Valve is releasing a competitive Portal board game
Last week, veteran board game maker Cryptozoic — which tends to make games and trading cards for a ton of licensed properties — announced that it’s developing an official Portal board game. However, in this case, Valve created the majority of the mechanics itself, then handed it over to Cryptozoic for polishing and production.
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This is too good an idea to not happen
Where we’re going, we actually will need roads. Roads and cities, mostly.
You could see the flames and the outer skin of the spacecraft glowing; and burning, baseball-size chunks flying off behind us. It was an eerie feeling, like being a gnat inside a blowtorch flame.
-Bill Anders, regards lift-off of the Saturn V, undated quotation credited by the International Space Hall of Fame
It was a thunderingly beautiful experience—voluptuous, sexual, dangerous, and expensive as hell.
-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Playboy magazine interview, regards the Apollo launches, July 1973
The vehicle explodes, literally explodes, off the pad. The simulator shakes you a little bit, but the actual liftoff shakes your entire body and soul.
-Mike McCulley, Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years, 2002.
January 24,1890: After months of public attention and anticipation, Nellie Bly, a reporter for the New York World, arrives in New York, completing her round-the-world trip in 72 days, 6 hours, and 11 minutes, beating the pace set in Jules Verne’s fictional Around the World in 80 Days.
McLoughlin Bros., Round the World with Nellie Bly [board game], 1890. New-York Historical Society, The Liman Collection, 2000.44.
Roman de la Rose, France 14th century.
Français 25526, fol. 106-160r (compillation contains fols. 106v, 111v, 160r)
— Frank Herbert, Dune
"Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing. That was the most arrogant and mendacious minute of "world history," but nevertheless, it was only a minute. After nature had drawn a few breaths, the star cooled and congealed, and the clever beasts had to die. One might invent such a fable, and yet he still would not have adequately illustrated how miserable, how shadowy and transient, how aimless and arbitrary the human intellect looks within nature. There were eternities during which it did not exist. And when it is all over with the human intellect, nothing will have happened."
-On Truth and Lie in an Extra-Moral Sense (1873), Friedrich Nietzsche
image: The wanderer above the sea of fog
by Caspar David Friedrich
Colonel Mustard: Wadsworth, am I right in thinking there’s nobody else in this house?
Wadsworth: Um… no.
Colonel Mustard: Then there is someone else in this house?
Wadsworth: Sorry, I said “no” meaning “yes.”
Colonel Mustard: “No” meaning “yes?” Look, I want a straight answer, is there someone else, or isn’t there, yes, or no?
Colonel Mustard: No there is, or no there isn’t?
Mrs. White: [shatters glass] PLEASE!
Sunset over Los Santos.
Here be felons.
Ancient Board Games. My brother and his wife are artists who took an interest in recreating ancient board games. They’ve created a number of games, from Egyptian, Scandinavian, and Anglo-Saxon history so far. Their blog is interesting, even if you’re not into this kind of thing. If you are, they’re always looking for suggestions on other ancient games to recreate.
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a leaf from a book about board games. This page shows three diagrams of chess boards. You can read more about chess in the middle ages over here.
Image source: British Library MS Royal XIII A 18. Image declared as public domain on the British Library website.