Everyone plays. Kids and adults. Men and women. Uptight or relaxed. Tall or short, from any place on the Earth and with any skin colour. We play with our hair and our food. We play when we tease our friends and family about their weird habits. We play videogames and boardgames. We roleplay as practice for a big interview or new job, or just for fun. Play is a natural part of being human, and even if we don't realise it we all spend at least some of the time every day playing. Ludiphilia is a highly-polished, thoroughly-edited collection of stories about how and why we play.


Episode 9: If Monks Had Macs

It all started with a Macintosh ad: 'You too can be a knowledge worker.' This is the story of Brian Thomas' 15-year odyssey at the helm of one of the strangest pieces of multimedia software ever created — If Monks Had Macs.

You can learn more about Brian, and about Monks, at his website:

All music and sound effects from If Monks Had Macs, except:

  • I Am a Man Who Will Fight for Your Honor by Chris Zabriskie
  • Oneiri by Kai Engel
  • Comatose by Kai Engel

Thank you, as always, to my Patreon backers — Anuar Lequerica, James Weiner, and Nick — whose amazing support has helped and encouraged me to improve the show episode after episode. You too can support me by making a recurring donation at or a one-time donation via PayPal.

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