“We once used chess-playing as a barometer of intelligence and became disturbed when computers got smarter than us.” But at the same time, as Andrew Blevins writes, they’re putting a light to what Turing called our ‘shadowy little box’ of intelligence. [c/o 5it] #link
Ten days left to back the Kickstarter for Rumble Road, a strategy road-trip game managing a group of rookie wrestlers across the country towards their big payday. Update 2017.03.23: the project's been cancelled with a few days to go, as developer Steve Kim wasn't seeing the support he needed. That's a real shame. There's a place for a game like this, and hopefully Kim will find someone else willing to take on the project or share the burden down the road.#video
Bee and I had media passes to attend the first day of #GamerConDublin (or GamerCon Dublin, whatever it’s called) at the Convention Centre Dublin. It’s an event that generated a bit of controversy within hours of doors opening, as you might have read.
I tweeted some of our own experience of our visit, which I’m repeating here with additional observations.
A Japanese word game in which the players are required to say a word which begins with the final kana of the previous word. Kinda like that game where one person starts with a word in a particular category, and you have to follow with another in the same category starting with the last letter of the first. That’s a convoluted explanation, but you know what I mean. #link
Another fine list by Matthew Baldwin, and the bulk of them two-player options too. I'm looking at Patchwork and Lanterns in particular. And while I'm at it, there's Tiffin, Rael Dornfest's upcoming collect-and-deliver game; I hope it's a good one for two players. #link
It's been years and still modern board games have yet to cross over into the mainstream where the boring old likes of Monopoly hold sway. Walk into, say, Hamley's in Dundrum and see if you can come out with anything like Settlers of Catan or Carcassonne. So filler news items like the Monopoly World Championships will continue to pop up, and you're only ever gonna find great stories like this one, on the Catan Worlds, online. (Disclaimer: I've never played Catan, because it's a three-player minimum, gah!) #link
Makes sense to me. No reason why you can't do whatever the hell you damn well like with the medium (like the games collected here); whether it's any good or not is in the eye of the beholder. Besides, gaming is a manifold of subcultures, just like music. The twats who only play FPSs are like the people who burned disco records in the '70s; they're just sore that they're not the centre of the universe anymore. #link
Everybody's talking about this as the game to get. Bonus that it's a two-player game. But it's a tad expensive, and the playing time is quite long. 1960: The Making of the President, from one of the same designers, looks like a swifter play. #link