Playfulness is a gift.

And author/fun theorist Bernard De Koven
invites you to open it!

Welcome to A Playful Path:
The Book, the Spirit, the Experience.

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“As the name suggests,” explains sitemaster Lorenzo Pilia, “ is a site dedicated to local multiplayer video games, which means ‘games that can be played by two or more people in the same physical location’ (if you can come up with a better definition, we’re all ears).” One of my happiest moments in exploring the world […]

when somebody gets hurt
Still in play, just not playing

When you’re playing a game, for example, or a sport, even, and someone gets hurt, you stop playing – almost. You’re still in play, still a member of one team or another, you still want to win and probably still think you can. But the clock has stopped. And you’re concerned, for the time being, […]

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Games and learning

We play games because they’re fun. When they stop being fun, we stop playing them. And no matter how clever the rules or attractive the trophies, if they don’t lead us to fun, they show themselves for what they, in themselves, truly are: irrelevant, without purpose, or value. On my walk this morning I passed […]

Deep Play and the arts

In the abstract (which is all I could access online without having to pay somebody) of his paper The Child and the Daemon: Mozart and Deep Play (published in 2001), Peter Pesic (or an editor) helps us, via Mozart, make some deep connections between the art, philosophy and anthropology of play. It’s a useful glimpse […]

Kinetic Sculpture

As I perhaps may have implied in my article about the amazingly playful art of Keith Newstead – we have only begun to gasp. And so, today, we visit Anthony Howe. Allow me to illustrate why: And perhaps this in particular: Which, when given the wind to set it in motion, becomes this: And, well, […]

People Pass
You ARE Playful

In case you hadn’t noticed, you are a very playful being. Whether you play in public, or not; whether you play games, or not; whether you have toys, or not – you are playful. I’m writing this to you because I can imagine, given all the stuff about playfulness you find on this site, and […]

The entrance to your playful path is wonder.

Get inspired listening to selections from Bernie’s books and articles, and then more inspired playing games from Bernie’s huge repertoire of deeply playful games.
The Experience

Readings from A Playful Path:


Kudos, kindness and kittens!!
(just kidding, no kittens, but more reviews here →)


"This volume should really be titled A Guide to Being Human.
I recommend you read only a page or two at a time. Let it sink in. Apply it. Revel in it."

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"Now, finally, we come to Bernard DeKoven’s new book, A Playful Path.
It is, for me at least, the best self-help book I’ve ever read."

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Playfulness opens you. It lightens your heart

“A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.”

‐ the Oaqui

"I know that if we only let ourselves out to play we would rediscover ourselves and reunite with the world."




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