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NaNoGenMo entry 2018: "Out of Nowhere"
"...a 50,000-word stage play generated from the English example sentences given in late 19th and early 20th century European phrasebooks. Among a cast of seventeen, each character is assigned their own phrasebook and will only use verbatim sentences from it in their speech."
nanogenmo  language  creations 
7 weeks ago by kevan - Scrabble Capital
"In response to Brett Smitheram's call to make Croydon the 'Scrabble capital' of the United Kingdom, an attempt to calculate the current Scrabble capital of the United Kingdom, on the basis of highest word score."
creations  cities  scrabble 
december 2017 by kevan
kevandotorg/nanogenmo-2017: Tillman, Victor Lima, KOD
"The Merchant of Venice, through the 1897 Robinson Telegraphic Cipher [...] The Tempest, through the International Code of Maritime Signals, 1969 [...] Romeo and Juliet, through a list of Internet acronyms from Ed's Web Site, a 2008 Geocities page."
creations  nanogenmo 
november 2017 by kevan
Two Ex-Googlers (@2xgbot)
"Two ex-Googlers want to replace your charity shop with a metal sarcophagus that crowdsources its supplies."
creations  twitter  future 
september 2017 by kevan
Wikipedia: The Text Adventure
Interactive non-fiction built in real time from the Wikipedia API.
creations  wikis  if 
june 2017 by kevan
Chuck Wood (@autochucker) on Twitter
"How many mikes could Mike Love love if Mike Love could love mikes?"
creations  twitter 
april 2017 by kevan - The Skeleton Deck
"It's a regular poker deck, combined with the numbers 1-6 in eight coloured suits (red Stops, orange Bricks, yellow Suns, green Leaves, blue Drops, purple Shields, white Skulls and black Keys), six wildcards in six of those suits, and the numbers 1 through 52."
creations  cards  games  hacking 
march 2017 by kevan
How It's Made Up (@howitsmadeup) on Twitter
"Acrylic-rimmed windows are fitted over the vials to protect them. They also pass under a metal detector. The key is those polymer particles."
twitter  creations  technology  mutation 
november 2016 by kevan
Astra Nauseam (@astranauseam) on Twitter
Autogenerating a fictional constellation every hour.
space  lies  twitter  creations 
july 2016 by kevan - I charge thee, speak!
I played around with a different take on the same idea five years ago, but didn't do anything with it, so here it is. "Proposed Marcellus Shale Legislation Gets Mixed Reviews."
creations  writing  twitter 
june 2016 by kevan
Science Advisor (@civadvisor) on Twitter
Civilization alert boxes plus Wikipedia's fads-by-decade categories: "Discovery of Gangnam Style by Germans renders reality television obsolete."
history  creations 
may 2016 by kevan
Unbuilt London (@unbuiltlondon) on Twitter
"The Meat Grinder is a 250 ft tall designer research facility in Barnet."
london  architecture  lies  creations 
april 2016 by kevan
"Around the World in X Wikipedia Articles - generating a 50,000 word novel using Wikipedia's API to pull out location coordinates and descriptions. Written for NaNoGenMo 2015."
creations  books  fiction  programming 
december 2015 by kevan - Chancery Lane
"The aim of the game is to be the first to reach Mornington Crescent. If a player's pawn is located here at the end of their turn, that player wins the game."
games  board  tube  mornington  nomic  creations 
january 2014 by kevan
Fourble : Build a podcast from a list of MP3s
"Fourble is a tool for assembling podcasts from existing MP3 files. Feed it a list of files hosted anywhere online, and it'll give you a podcast RSS feed to subscribe to, delivering the episodes at a rate of your choice."
sound  mp3s  creations 
august 2013 by kevan
Welcome to Night Vale deck - Dvorak - A Blank-Card Game
"The Glow Cloud is considered to be located at all Locations."
games  cards  creations 
june 2013 by kevan
Liar's Dice Roller
I made this because nobody else seemed to have: "This is a simple Liar's Dice roll generator, to allow a group of people to play the game without having to carry dozens of physical dice, or have the same model of mobile phone."
games  dice  creations 
april 2013 by kevan
Freeze-Dried Games Pack
"This is an ongoing project to collect rules for interesting card, dice, word and pen-and-paper games that can be explained in no more than 100 words."
games  cards  dice  paper  creations 
november 2012 by kevan
Name-Letter Effect Careers Advice
A stupid joke based on something that was on the radio this morning. "We expected that people with names such as Dennis or Denise would be overrepresented among dentists, and people with names such as Lawrence or Laura would be overrepresented among lawyers."
names  business  psychology  creations 
may 2011 by kevan
BBC Radio 4b
"Built upon that sinking feeling of tuning into Radio 4 and hearing people acting at you, Radio 4b plays you a string of random programmes from Radio 4's factual archive. [...] You will not hear middle-class actors tapping a teaspoon and talking about divorce."
radio  hacking  creations 
march 2011 by kevan
Hide&Seek Weekender | Hide&Seek
The London pervasive games festival returns to the South Bank this coming weekend; I've co-designed the chase game Visible Cities for the Friday night.
games  pervasive  creations 
july 2010 by kevan
Board Game Selector
I made this since nobody else seems to have. "Enter a list of BoardGameGeek usernames to get the games with the highest average ranking between you. You'll also get the five games you all hate the most, and some highly-contested ones to reassess or argue about."
board  games  creations 
january 2010 by kevan
24 Hours of Inform : Results of the Fourth Contest
Two submissions this time around: "Semi Intelligent Design" from Andrew Dean, and "The Stone Cage" from me.
games  if  creations 
november 2009 by kevan - Scannergram
Seeing that some good potential mechanics were being neglected in Bananagrams, Holly and I remembered that we were game designers, and came up with a different game on the same "grid of Scrabble tiles" basis. Here are the rules.
games  language  creations 
september 2009 by kevan
24 Hours of Inform
Back for 2009, partly because I didn't have time to enter IFComp this year. "The game must begin in a setting (world, society, organisation, etc.) which has completely ceased to exist by the end. "
if  programming  creations 
september 2009 by kevan
Charles Jefferson (deskofCJ) on Twitter
Random CJ quotes, to hassle me a couple of times each day, in case I'm not working. "I didn't get where I am today without recognising a person who doesn't pull his weight."
twitter  television  work  creations 
july 2009 by kevan
Ludocity Forum - All Discussions
Ludocity, the pervasive game site I've been working on, now has a discussion forum, for feedback, design, event-planning and general street-game conversations.
games  design  pervasive  creations 
april 2009 by kevan
Charles Pooter (pooter2009) on Twitter
"Why should I not publish my diary? I fail to see - because I do not happen to be a 'Somebody' - why my diary should not be interesting." The Diary of a Nobody opens on April 3rd 1888. For this year's reboot of, I've given Charles Pooter a Twitter feed.
web  books  creations 
april 2009 by kevan
Ludocity - a ruleset wiki for pervasive gaming and new sports
A new project, with Holly, to fill a gap in the movement - a site for pervasive game rulesets, all released under creative commons licences. A place to write them, to discuss them and to find somewhere and someone to play them.
creations  pervasive  games  wikis 
july 2008 by kevan
Numbers Station Bingo
A clear, steady voice reading out a stream of numbers and repeating them each time - it's obvious, in retrospect. This is a quick online version of a game that I'll be running at this week's Sandpit.
creations  games  radio  secrets  mysteries 
april 2008 by kevan
Urban Dead - Welcome to Monroeville
This has been fun to work on; a custom secondary map for the UK release of Diary of the Dead, the doomed survivors being given video cameras to record their personal apocalypses, and the dead walking forever in a Romero-canonical world without Necrotech.
creations  zombies  games  films 
february 2008 by kevan
Dadaist Pursuit : A Trivial Pursuit mutation
Writing up the random-answer Trivial Pursuit variant, as it might save someone's Christmas. "Moving clockwise around the room, each other player then selects the funniest answer from the card at the top of their pile, and reads it out."
creations  games  random 
december 2007 by kevan
Wikipedia Album Generator
An automated version of a meme that's going around LiveJournal at the moment - keep clicking Wikipedia's 'random page' button to get a band and album title, and a track listing. "Punta Gorda Ice Plant, by Mystery of the Glowing Eye."
creations  random  music  wikis 
december 2007 by kevan
Citation Needed Sticker | CafePress
Surprisingly, these didn't seem to already exist anywhere, so I made some. "Cut this sticker into three strips, and start flagging inadequately-sourced objects in the world around you." Also some badges, for marking up poorly sourced T-shirt slogans.
creations  wikis 
august 2007 by kevan
YouTube - First Video - Show Me the Way (to Go Home)
First video of a spoken-direction project I collaborated on for a Tokyo art exhibition. It's either at the Ginza Art Laboratory or the Koiwa Project Space, I'm not sure which.
creations  art  travel  language  videos  gps 
july 2007 by kevan
Chore Wars :: Earning Experience Points for Housework
"Recruit a party of adventurers from your household or office, and whenever one of you completes a chore, you can log it and claim XP." An old idea of mine, finally live. I claim 100XP.
creations  roleplaying  metaphors 
july 2007 by kevan
Theme Hacks - New Themes for Old Games
An old idea of mine; alternate settings for existing boardgames, leaving the rules intact. I was playing Shadows Over Camelot last week and realising that it'd work just as well (and actually feel more coherent) if it was played as a zombie mall siege.
creations  games  mutation  hacking  zombies  wikis 
july 2007 by kevan
show me the way (to go home)
If you've got a moment: "As part of an art project about spoken directions, we're trying to collect as many recordings as possible of people giving directions."
creations  art  maps 
june 2007 by kevan
The Diary of a Nobody, as a daily weblog
"I should very much like to know who has wilfully torn the last five or six weeks out of my diary. It is perfectly monstrous!" Inspired by the BBC4 documentary, I've revamped an old site of mine as a pick-your-own-start-date RSS extravaganza.
creations  books  weblogs  humour 
april 2007 by kevan
LiveJournal Space Adventure
"You are walking through a gently-lit cargo bay. You hear the sound of my life story echoing through ventilation shafts." More adventures autogenerated from LiveJournal profiles, this time in the sci-fi genre.
creations  games  space  aliens 
march 2007 by kevan
Infinite Dvorak card game - Cards and Rules - The Dvorak Game Wiki
"The Infinite Dvorak Deck is an ever-expanding card game, which anyone can add cards to. There's no coherent theme, and cards can be original, inspired by anything, copied from other Dvorak decks, or even dragged in verbatim from other card games."
creations  games  cards  meta  nomic 
march 2007 by kevan
Dvorak - The Nomic Card Game System
"Dvorak is a card game where all of the cards start out blank." Finally getting around to doing something with the seven-year-old site, and giving it room to grow - it's now a wiki, instead of a hacked and stunted one-man nightmare of perl scripts.
creations  games  cards  nomic  wikis 
february 2007 by kevan
Nintendo Wii Fake Error Message Prank
"The Wii Remote has been immersed in liquid. Remove it to continue." From an idle thought about the tricks you could play with the Wii browser. Not very convincing, but it doesn't really need to be.
creations  illusions  lies  wii  technology 
january 2007 by kevan
The New Year's Resolutions of LiveJournal
More autogeneration from processed LiveJournal profile content. Fun for throwing up forgotten interests. "Find a new Iceland. Start an Adelaide fund. Go programming three times a week. Connect with my inner Morrissey."
creations  random  future 
december 2006 by kevan
The Twelve Days of LiveJournal
Fun with the LiveJournal interest-list API. "Five gi-i-i-iant squid, Four random words, Three cheapass games, Two magnus mills, and a bartok in a synergy."
creations  weblogs  random 
december 2006 by kevan
Catfishing - A Wikipedia Category Guessing Game
"Catfishing is a guessing game built from Wikipedia articles. Given a list of all the categories that an article belongs to, you must guess its secret identity." Game concept from Sumana, script and silly name from me.
creations  games  wikis  mysteries  via:sumana 
december 2006 by kevan
The Movie Quote Generator
"Listen to them. Children of the random word generator. What music they make." Doubles as a guess-the-film quiz.
creations  films  language  random 
november 2006 by kevan
Rubicon : A Machine-Building Puzzle Game
My Java implementation of Chris Pressey's classic cellular-automata esolang RUBE, with enough additions for it to double as a fixed-goal, Incredible-Machine-style puzzle game.
creations  games  puzzles  physics  emergence  design  programming  technology 
october 2006 by kevan
LiveJournal Dungeon Adventure
"You find yourself in a gothic-arched temple. Across one wall is a faded fresco of pigeons." Autogenerating choose-your-own-adventure dungeons from LiveJournal profiles.
creations  games  random  weblogs  underground 
june 2006 by kevan
Fantasy World News Generator - 24-Hour Mirror-Universe News from Another World
Better than the sci-fi version, unexpectedly. "The war on chaotic-evil will continue long after the Kurmak Caves and Rustheap are stable, warlord Peter Frogsteel, lord of the Orcish Empire, told military officials from around the realm Friday."
creations  news  monsters 
march 2006 by kevan
HipBone Board for Instant Messenger Games
A board with editable circles, that you can use as personal notepaper while playing the game over instant messenger or something. Still astonished that there's no better way to play this online.
creations  games  board  paper 
march 2006 by kevan
Nohari Window - Personality Flaw Map
Johari Window inversion. "By describing your failings from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of perceived and unrecognised weaknesses can be explored." It's a bit harrowing.
creations  psychology  secrets  society 
february 2006 by kevan
Interactive Johari Window - Mapping Personality Visibility
Luft and Ingram's personality mapping. "By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up."
creations  society  psychology  secrets 
february 2006 by kevan
Sci-Fi News - 24-Hour Mirror-Universe News from Around the Galaxy
"Queen Sawid II delivered a somber Generic Holiday Period meme Sunday, remembering those who lost loved ones in last year's Dylabos timequake and the transit bombings that shook Megacit's security."
creations  news  future  random  space  aliens 
december 2005 by kevan
Jerk : Built with Processing
Ben was wondering how a Thrust game would feel if you controlled "jerk" (acceleration per time) instead of acceleration, so I threw this together. It's quite odd.
simulation  maths  creations 
november 2005 by kevan
Bad Joke Generator
"The Bad Joke Generator autogenerates terrible, terrible puns about any person or object or archetype, based on the keywords you give it." Doing my bit to destroy the Christmas cracker industry.
creations  humour  random 
november 2005 by kevan
Bilateral Thinking Puzzles
"Q: Everyone else at the party who drank the punch subsequently died of poisoning. Why did the man not die?" "A: The man is a priest." Bored, wondered if this would be amusing. Still not sure. But 'the man was playing Monopoly' is another good catch-all.
creations  humour  random  puzzles 
august 2005 by kevan
Urban Dead - A Massively Multi-Player Web-Based Zombie Apocalypse
I've finally gotten around to knocking out a zombie web-game. "...military quarantine units have closed Malton's borders, and are moving in to eliminate the looters, to forcibly evacuate those civilians who still refuse to leave their homes."
games  zombies  creations  cities  apocalypse  roleplaying 
july 2005 by kevan
Top Trump Squads - DispatchWiki
Invented a while ago and beaten into shape over the weekend - a game to play with Top Trumps decks that isn't completely dull and mechanistic. A vague Yahtzee hybrid, forcing random characters into simple representations of scenes from their films.
cards  games  creations 
june 2005 by kevan
Flickr Group: Chinese Whispers Extreme
Going back to the hardcore "copy the previous photo as exactly as possible" ethos, as the other group seems to have descended into "photos you could have found by clicking a random tag".
photos  creations  coincidences 
april 2005 by kevan
eBay Feedback Generator
"Item magnificent! Fantastic delivery. Splendorous packaging." Written for Matt Green; an auto-generating alternative to having to think up new adjectives. (Although it's morbidly fascinating how self-reinforcing the natural language of eBay feedback is.)
creations  random 
april 2005 by kevan
The Surrealist Dalek
Possibly the worst thing about Doctor Who returning is that topical comedians are doing the tired old "words ending in -ate" dalek trope again. The Surrealist Dalek is here for the head of Mitch Benn.
random  daleks  creations 
april 2005 by kevan - scattering tags
Now incorporating an image-based display; taking the top Yahoo images result for each of your tags, and slotting them all into a slapdash grid of accuracy, insight and unsafe-for-work nonsense. Discover what the inside of your head really looks like.
photos  web  random  creations 
april 2005 by kevan
The Ultimate Personality Test
You'll never take another personality test again.
lies  psychology  creations 
april 2005 by kevan
24 Hours of Inform
Writing a text adventure in fewer than 24 non-consecutive hours, before 2005. "The adventure must be set in a theatre. It must involve a petticoat, an advertisement, something which is repainted, and a trapdoor."
games  if  todo  creations 
november 2004 by kevan

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