"The game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement. Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired or strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions." -Benjamin Franklin
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As Per My Ability was formulated in 2019 by Andrew Davidson as a rather archaic and primitive YouTube channel. As someone who not only plays games but studies them (game studies), Andrew sought to have an online presence where he could talk about games.
As Per My Ability’s mission statement is to examine games through a narrative lens. However, as time marched on, As Per My Ability focused on having real-life discussions about games, what they can do for their players, and how they can help individuals better understand themselves.
Over time, the message morphed into different media outlets. In 2020, As Per My Ability became a blog and podcast. Andrew's podcast series History & Game gives a brief insight into the history of many historical games depict (along with a review). These episodes are 10 -15 minutes long and are perfect for your commute to work. Season One of History & Game is complete. Andrew is currently working on season two.
Andrew Davidson began his board game journey in 2010 with a simple game—Arkham Horror: The Board Game. On December 31st, 2009, Andrew and his girlfriend spent the entire evening, playing game-after-game until the sun began cresting over the horizon, playing the game over and over again, determined to win. It was on that day, January 1st, 2010, that a spark ignited within him. An overnight of gaming offered him something more than just entertainment, or a puzzle, or a chance to spend some time with his girlfriend it offered him a myriad of chances to learn about himself.
For the past ten years, Andrew has been an advocate for board games. He believes that every board game creates and/or develops bigger life lessons within its players. Board games are didactic. They are tools to unlocking player’s understanding of themselves, their own anxieties, ideologies, and the world they live in
Andrew hosts a weekly gaming event in the community, hosts the APMA YouTube channel,
blog, and always celebrates International Tabletop Day like it is his second birthday!