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The Flexicat: A card game system for new games, or to emulate way too many existing ones – The Wrong Tools
"Each of the 88 card names has one letter emphasized in bold. Below the name, each card has 0-3 dots to suggest a point value, with rarer letters having more points."
games  cards  cats  hacking  via:zarba 
11 days ago by kevan
4,000-Year-Old Game Board Carved into the Earth Shows How Nomads Had Fun
"Archaeologists say that the rock shelter and it's ancient game board were used by nomadic cattle herders during the Bronze Age, about 4,000 years ago."
games  board  history  stone 
6 weeks ago by kevan
Richard Garfield and Fantasy Flight Games Found KeyForge, a New Model in Game Design and Production | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
"[E]ach Archon is represented by a deck, and each KeyForge deck ever sold [will] be a unique combination of cards not available to any other person who ever plays the game. [...] What's more, each Archon is named and depicted through some kind of random name and image generator."
cards  games  random  words 
august 2018 by kevan
John Johnson and Harding Collections
"Writing Blanks, Board Games and other Educational Games of the 18th and 19th centuries from the John Johnson and Harding Collections" - historical boardgame scans from the Bodleian.
games  board  history  dice 
march 2018 by kevan
Who's on First? | Board Game | BoardGameGeek
"Game players try to guess where their opponents have placed their players on the baseball diamond playing board."
board  games  sport  humour 
january 2018 by kevan
ICv2 Interview: Asmodee Execs on Counterfeiting
"We believe for some [board] games, that more than 70% of all sales in the U.S. market have been counterfeit."
games  board  illusions  mutation  crime 
january 2018 by kevan
The magic lantern game system – Analog Games
"The Larklamp Game Lantern is a wooden lantern that stands about ten inches tall. Game boards made of shadow and light are cast from patterns cut into the lantern’s removable side-panels."
light  board  games 
october 2017 by kevan
Adventurers Wanted
"Adventurers Wanted is 250-hour long tabletop roleplaying game: an epic odyssey of battles, monsters and quests, lasting for the entire Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017."
games  comedy  time 
august 2017 by kevan
A Game Of Legacy, for & by Bernie De Koven with Coney by Coney HQ — Kickstarter
"As Bernie De Koven, jedi master of play, nears the end of his life, A Game of Legacy explores what it means to pass onto posterity."
games  future 
july 2017 by kevan
1001 Rogues
"Every day, 1001 Rogues generates an unique roguelike adventure which can take place anytime, from prehistory to the distant future."
games  emergence  random  roguelike 
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
Hanafuda - Wikipedia
"Each time gambling with a card deck of a particular design became too popular, the government banned those cards, which then prompted the creation of new ones. [...] Because hanafuda cards do not have numbers (the main purpose is to associate images) and the long length to complete a game, it has a partially limited use for gambling."
japan  cards  games  history  law 
november 2016 by kevan
How to Win at Monopoly and Lose All Your Friends - Album on Imgur
"At this point, you will be asked repeatedly to build some friggin' hotels already so that other people can build houses. Don't."
games  board  via:linkmachinego 
october 2016 by kevan
IFDB: PataNoir
"The Baron's daughter is missing, and you are the man to find her. No problem. With your inexhaustible arsenal of hard-boiled similes, there is nothing you can't handle."
metaphors  games  language  if 
july 2016 by kevan
Scientists have created a microscopic, real life-or-death version of Pac-Man | Polygon
"The goal of the study was to discover how euglena respond to being in a life-or-death situation when being chased by rotifers in an physical area that's less than 1mm in diameter."
games  simulations  death  mazes 
july 2016 by kevan
For World’s Newest Scrabble Stars, SHORT Tops SHORTER - WSJ
"The data showed how often a long word would leave the player vulnerable to a counterstrike or a series of bad draws."
scrabble  games  words 
may 2016 by kevan
Accessibility Kit | 64 Ounce Games
"64 Oz. Games accessibility kits allow both blind and sighted players to play together with a [boardgame] retail product. [...] Most of our kits consist mainly of transparent sleeves and a printout with all of the text of all of the cards."
games  eyes  via:james 
may 2016 by kevan
Princeton University - Video-gaming fish play out the advantages of groups
"The researchers projected the simulated prey — which appeared as small reddish dots — onto one side of a tank containing the famously ravenous bluegill sunfish."
games  fish  simulations  illusions  emergence 
april 2016 by kevan
Rules of Card Games: Cuttle
"The exact origin of this unusual two-player game is unknown. Dating from the 1970's at the latest, it is the earliest example I have found of a combat card game."
games  cards  history 
april 2016 by kevan
I don't have time for a whole game, get me the EXPRESS!! | BoardGameGeek
"...taking popular games (or even thoroughly reviled games) that can take hours to play, and turning them into quick and light games that preserve the basic essence of the original game."
games  board  dice  hacking 
march 2016 by kevan
Dirty Hands - A cheating scandal in the world of professional bridge
"In eighty-two of eighty-five videotaped hands, Fantoni or Nunes led a card vertically when his remaining holding in the same suit contained an ace, a king, or a queen, and horizontally when it didn’t."
cards  games  cheating 
march 2016 by kevan
A few key signs betray betrayal | Science News
"[Diplomacy players] who were excessively polite in general were more likely to betray, and people who were suddenly more polite were more likely to become victims of betrayal."
games  psychology  language  lies 
august 2015 by kevan
Shut Up & Sit Down | Review: Cards Against Humanity
"Our hobby isn’t new, yet it’s now growing in a way it never was before. It’s reaching more people in more places and, please God, I don’t want Cards Against Humanity to be its ambassador."
games  cards 
may 2015 by kevan
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities (1890), Duodecim Scripta
"None of the above passages shed much light on the details of the game. Our knowledge of them is mostly gained from an epigram of Agathias on a case of special ill-luck which befel the Emperor Zeno (A.D. 474-491)."
games  history  board 
march 2015 by kevan
Quantum Fingers -
"The face value of each card remains indeterminate so long as gameplay is not affected by what it is: as soon as the state of the underlying "classical" game (i.e. the ordinary card game on which the "quantum" game is based) depends on whether a player has a particular card, that player chooses at that point whether or not it holds that card."
games  cards  secrets  via:minkette 
february 2015 by kevan
The quest for Shadow of the Colossus' last big secret •
"There was nothing behind the door in the 11th colossus' temple. There was nothing but glitchy, half-finished architecture above the Secret Garden, towards the top of the shrine."
games  secrets 
january 2015 by kevan
Brain games exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit – scientists | Science | The Guardian
"Our biggest concern here is that older people are making choices – both about how they spend their money and on how they spend their time – based on this kind of information that we feel is not well-grounded."
brains  games  advertising  lies 
october 2014 by kevan
The Canonical List of TWL2 Anamonics
"If we can remember the phrase 'RELAXING BY HIS CELL DOOR' for the stem 'INMATE', we will never waste time trying to find a seven-letter word in 'AEIMNTU' ('INMATE'+'U'), because there are no 'U's in that phrase."
games  scrabble  words  memory 
october 2014 by kevan
Rules That Should Be in Every Game | BoardGameGeek
"Before beginning play, punch the counters out of the cardboard frames." [...] "Place the board face-up on the table."
board  games 
may 2014 by kevan
Untrusted - a user javascript adventure game
"Untrusted is a JavaScript adventure game that requires you to modify its source code as you play in order to complete puzzles."
games  puzzles  programming 
april 2014 by kevan
BBC News - Aggression from video games 'linked to incompetence'
"If the structure of a game or the design of the controls thwarts enjoyment, it is this not the violent content that seems to drive feelings of aggression."
games  design  psychology 
april 2014 by kevan
Gamasutra - 'Beating' games around the world
"'Beat' is probably an American conceit, rooted in our capitalistic, competitive culture. My English friends say they 'finished' a game, or 'completed' it."
games  language  via:minkette 
march 2014 by kevan
Mini Metro
"Your small city starts with only three unconnected stations. Your task is to draw routes between the stations to connect them with subway lines."
games  tube  via:sarah 
march 2014 by kevan
Zombie apocalypse proves fertile ground for urban street games duo - Telegraph
"We’ve found an abandoned supermarket in Wembley that still has food in it, so we’ll be using that as one of our locations."
games  pervasive  zombies 
march 2014 by kevan
Stonemaier Games » An Open Letter to Small Game Conventions from a Tiny Publishing Company
Play-and-win. "As the convention is winding down, one piece of paper is selected from each [game], and a name is randomly selected from the people on that piece of paper. They get to keep the game."
games  random 
february 2014 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 - Counterfeit Cards
"Based on the current Magic [the Gathering] economy, I cannot name a single thing in the entire world that is as easy to counterfeit as a Magic card that would provide a higher rate of return."
games  cards  illusions  crime  china 
january 2014 by kevan
Revealed: spy agencies' covert push to infiltrate virtual world of online games | World news |
"According to the briefing notes, so many different US intelligence agents were conducting operations inside games that a "deconfliction" group was required to ensure they weren't spying on, or interfering with, each other."
games  spies  secrets 
december 2013 by kevan
Puzzle Script - an open-source HTML5 puzzle game engine
"Programming puzzle games isn't all that hard in the grand scheme of things, but the barrier to entry is way higher than it needs to be."
puzzles  games  design 
october 2013 by kevan
Japanese professor pushes for Hide and Seek at the Olympics - Telegraph
"In the first five-minute half, one team is given two minutes to hide on a 'pitch' that measures 65ft x 65ft."
games  sport 
september 2013 by kevan
Big Game Hunter - 2008 Summer Journey - TIME
"As Finkel translated the bewildering blend of Babylonian and Sumerian words, he began to realize it was a treatise on the Royal Game of Ur."
board  games  history 
september 2013 by kevan
Oldest Gaming Tokens Found in Turkey : Discovery News
"[The] elaborate pieces consist of 49 small stones sculpted in different shapes and painted in green, red, blue, black and white."
board  games  history  mysteries 
august 2013 by kevan
Good Little Games
"Good Little Games is a showcase of free print-and-play microgames. All our games use a maximum of just 18 cards, plus perhaps a few common components, such as counters or regular six-sided dice."
games  cards 
july 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
Beaverton couple brings board game museum to public
"Featuring a collection of more than 1,600 games, ongoing exhibits related to gaming culture and history — and a play area where members can try an old favorite or previously unexplored game."
games  board  museums  via:rachel 
may 2013 by kevan
GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!
"Look at the [random Google street view] and figure out where you are. Click the map to place your guess marker."
maps  games  via:sarah 
may 2013 by kevan
What happens when pirates play a game development simulator and then go bankrupt because of piracy? | Greenheart Games
"The [developer-created] cracked version is nearly identical to the real thing except for one detail. [...] Slowly their in-game funds dwindle, and new games they create have a high chance to be pirated until their virtual game development company goes bankrupt."
games  piracy 
april 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
Monopoly's Hidden Maps Help World War II POWs Escape - ABC News
"Before leaving for missions, British airmen were told that if they were captured, they should look for escape maps and kits in Monopoly boards and other games delivered by charity groups. They were told that 'special edition' Monopoly sets would be marked with a red dot on the free parking space."
games  board  war  secrets  maps 
march 2013 by kevan
Emperor's New Clothes by Springboard ... Powered by Game Salute — Kickstarter
"The game incorporates unconventional printing techniques and will appear blank to both non-gamers and a small subset of gamers. There is a risk that a backer will receive what appears to them to be a box of blank components."
games  design 
march 2013 by kevan
For Tag Game Player, 'It' Will Be a Long Year -
"During the service, as Mr. Caferro walked toward the altar to take communion, he paused at the front row and grabbed his friend's shoulder. Mr. Schultheis looked up to acknowledge what he thought was a sympathetic gesture. Mr. Caferro mouthed, "You're It," and went on his way."
games  death  via:josh 
march 2013 by kevan
Shooters: How Video Games Fund Arms Manufacturers • Articles •
"It is hard to qualify to what extent rifle sales have increased as a result of being in games. [...] But video games expose our brand to a young audience who are considered possible future owners."
weapons  games  america 
january 2013 by kevan
It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being 'It' -
"There are no geographic restrictions and the game is live for the entire month of February. The last guy tagged stays "It" for the year.
[Konesky] spent the next two days in the bushes outside Mr. Ammann's apartment, sitting in his friend's favorite bar or driving up and down his street. Mr. Ammann never showed."
games  pervasive  via:josh 
january 2013 by kevan
The PA Report - Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic rewards in Klei’s latest game: Don’t Starve
"Players given rewards will stop doing the thing you’re rewarding them for once you stop the rewards, even if that action was fun in the first place."
games  design  psychology  via:newsmary 
january 2013 by kevan
Matthew Hollett » projects » ONOPO
"I attempted to simplify and clarify the game system, removing thematic metaphors (such as place names) and other non-essential elements."
games  design  board  via:zarba 
january 2013 by kevan
Yavalath: On Evolutionary Game Design | BoardGameGeek News | BoardGameGeek
"This computer programme, called Ludi, creates games by taking the rules of existing games and scrambling them into new combinations using genetic programming (GP) techniques of crossover and mutation. New games are tested through selfplay trials and assigned a quality score based on their estimated potential to interest human players."
games  design  emergence  via:zarba 
january 2013 by kevan
ReadWrite – Augmented Reality Game Gets Player Busted: The First Of Many?
From the original thread: "Apparently sitting near a police station for about 5 minutes with a GPS view of the surrounding area with little blue blips on the screen is a red flag."
games  gps  illusions  police 
january 2013 by kevan
Flip All The Pronouns – blarg?
"[All] the dialog will now refer to Link as a young woman, rather than as a young man. I think I’ve gotten this right – this was all done directly on the original disk image with a hex editor, so all the changes needed to be the same byte-for-byte length, in-place."
games  language  hacking 
january 2013 by kevan
List of Buddha games - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Buddha games list is a list of games which it is reputed that Gautama Buddha said that he would not play. As such it dates back to the 6th or 5th century BC and is the earliest known list of games."
games  history  board  dice 
december 2012 by kevan
What a Wonder is a Terrible Monitor « ASCII by Jason Scott
"The phosphor glows [in Asteroids], the shots look like small stars floating across the glass, and a raster line is not to be seen. It’s an entirely different experience, and the teenagers at MAGfest had never seen it before, and unfortunately, it is well on its way out."
games  computers  history  light  via:blech 
december 2012 by kevan
"Rooklike is a lot like chess, with a few key exceptions: You move every single one of your pieces during your turn. There's no such thing as a checkmate — you win by capturing every black piece. The boards are arbitrarily sized, and can have walls which block movement."
games  chess  nethack  via:aparrish 
december 2012 by kevan
Advent Locker: the Advent Calendar treasure hunt.
"Every day December 1st–24th, we'll announce a code to get into an Amazon Locker in London. First one there wins whatever's inside."
mysteries  games  via:tomscott 
december 2012 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
Casual Formats : Resources : Trading Card Game : Magic: The Gathering
"Each player needs a single booster pack of Magic cards. Without looking at the contents, each player opens his or her pack and adds in three of each basic land (Plains, Island, Swamp, Mountain, and Forest). They then shuffle up and play a game of Magic just like normal."
games  mtg 
november 2012 by kevan
Introducing Mechanic Miner | Games By Angelina
"Once Mechanic Miner finds a variable, it randomly chooses a way of modifying it, and then gives the player a button that does just that."
games  design  emergence  via:aparrish 
november 2012 by kevan
Games Are Best When Things Go Wrong | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"There’s no rule of thumb here, I think, other than to make that point: the more ways things can go wrong in a game, the more ways players can have to be heroes."
games  design 
october 2012 by kevan
Please Value Your Education In The School Of Games | Rock, Paper, Shotgun
"Which seem like precisely the qualities of the things that Scruton describes as “high culture”. You need to spend thousands of hours read and studying to have a proper understanding of Proust or Derrida, and the same is true of DOTA 2 or Dwarf Fortress."
games  art  via:dom 
october 2012 by kevan
Jejune Institute (Where Else?).
"I posted the photo to a popular electronical photo retention service and [a] few days later, I received a black envelope in the mail."
games  args  secrets 
september 2012 by kevan
Generating Interesting Monopoly Boards from Open Data (application/pdf Object)
"This paper proposes [games] that allow the player(s) to explore data that is derived from outside the game, by transforming the data into something that can be played with. The transformation takes the form of procedural content generation based on real-world data."
games  design 
september 2012 by kevan
GlitchHiker: the game that was programmed to die - Indie
"The source code isn’t available. What we have left is an executable that doesn’t run, because it’ll tell you it is extinct when you boot up the game."
games  dereliction 
september 2012 by kevan
Highlights from EA's lawsuit against Zynga | Joystiq
"As demonstrated in the chart below, The Ville uses the same precise RGB values for its skin tones as does The Sims Social."
games  colour  via:waxy 
august 2012 by kevan
Tai shogi - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Before the discovery of taikyoku shogi in 1997, tai shogi was believed to be the largest playable chess variant, if not board game, ever. One game may be played over several long sessions and require each player to make over a thousand moves. It was never a popular game; indeed, a single production of half a dozen game sets in the early 17th century was a notable event."
board  games  history  via:leonard 
july 2012 by kevan
"Every round, the top two scoring players use a tool built into the game to make a monster, item or class and then that object is automatically inserted into everyone’s game, and players fight for new high scores in an entirely different game every round."
games  design  nomic  via:zarba 
july 2012 by kevan
David Parlett - When is a Word not a Word?
"Word games differ from most other games in a distinctive double feature which can be either charming or exasperating, depending on which barrel is loaded and which end of it you happen to be looking down at the time. This is the question whether a given sequence of letters does or does not exist as a word, and, if so, whether it should be acceptable as such in a given word game."
words  games 
july 2012 by kevan
Robot Hand Beats You at Rock, Paper, Scissors 100% Of The Time - IEEE Spectrum
"It only takes a single millisecond for the robot to recognize what shape your hand is in, and just a few more for it to make the shape that beats you."
robots  games  cheating 
june 2012 by kevan
SimCity Social is an insidious spam machine. Sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts - PCGamesN
"SimCity Social tricks you into believing that other players are playing the game when they are not - and then it invites you to spam them with messages."
games  spam  illusions  via:zarba 
june 2012 by kevan
I've been playing the same game of Civilization II for almost 10 years. This is the result. : gaming
"[Big] cities are a thing of the distant past. Roughly 90% of the worlds population (at it's peak 2000 years ago) has died either from nuclear annihilation or famine caused by the global warming that has left absolutely zero arable land to farm."
games  simulation  future 
june 2012 by kevan
The Suspicious Developments manifesto
"If I'm playing a game and you interrupt it with a text-box tutorial, you have completely lost sight of what's interesting, powerful and cool about this medium."
games  design 
june 2012 by kevan
3D printing's forthcoming legal morass (Wired UK)
"Observers predict that in a few years we'll see printers that integrate scanning capability. [...] Once kids start merrily copying toys, manufacturers will push to hobble 3D printing with laws similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act."
plastic  games  design  law 
june 2012 by kevan
Advergames - Committee of Advertising Practice
"The complainant believed the game gave a misleadingly impression of the nutritional or health benefit of the product as a whole by implying that eating fruit-flavoured confectionary was equivalent to eating fruit."
advertising  games 
may 2012 by kevan
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