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Magic: The Gathering and Keyforge creator Richard Garfield on 35 years of making the games he wants to play | Dicebreaker
Magic: The Gathering and Keyforge creator Richard Garfield on 35 years of making the games he wants to play
10 days ago by Chirael
Explorable Explanations
Lion cubs play-fight to learn social skills. Rats play to learn emotional skills. Monkeys play to learn cognitive skills. And yet, in the last century, we humans have convinced ourselves that play is useless, and learning is supposed to be boring.

Gosh, no wonder we’re all so miserable.

Welcome to Explorable Explanations, a hub for learning through play! We’re a disorganized “movement” of artists, coders & educators who want to reunite play and learning.
education  parenting  games 
6 weeks ago by Chirael
Kriegspiel (chess) - Wikipedia
Kriegspiel is a chess variant invented by Henry Michael Temple in 1899 and based upon the original Kriegsspiel (German for war game) developed by Georg von Reiswitz in 1812.[1][2][3][4][5] In this game each player can see their own pieces, but not those of their opponent. For this reason, it is necessary to have a third person (or computer) act as an umpire, with full information about the progress of the game. When it is a player's turn he or she will attempt a move, which the umpire will declare to be 'legal' or 'illegal'. If the move is illegal, the player tries again; if it is legal, that move stands. Each player is given information about checks and captures. They may also ask the umpire if there are any legal captures with a pawn. Since the position of the opponent's pieces is unknown, Kriegspiel is a game of imperfect information. The game is sometimes referred to as blind chess.
chess  games 
july 2019 by Chirael
Riichi Mahjong Strategy Books
Riichi mahjong (modern Japanese mahjong) is a game of skill and luck, sharing some similarities with rummy and poker. After learning that riichi is quite popular in Europe, I decided to write a book on riichi strategies for European players. I then ended up splitting the manuscript into two volumes, one for beginners & intermediate players and the other for more advanced players. I have completed the first volume so far. The second volume is coming soon (hopefully by early the end of 2019).
games  books  opensource 
june 2019 by Chirael
The Unexpected Philosophical Depths of the Clicker Game Universal Paperclips | The New Yorker
Universal Paperclips and other clicker games represent the way human activity is constantly mediated by screens, our lives made up of fleeting words and images and rising numbers.
games  videogames  psychology  ai 
march 2019 by Chirael
Linux Reverse Engineering CTFs for Beginners | 🔐Blog of Osanda
After a while, I decided a write a short blog post about Linux binary reversing CTFs in general. How to approach a binary and solving for beginners. I personally am not a fan of Linux reverse engineering challenges in general, since I focus more time on Windows reversing. I like windows reverse engineering challenges more. A reason me liking Windows is as a pentester daily I encounter Windows machines and it’s so rare I come across an entire network running Linux. Even when it comes to exploit development it’s pretty rare you will manually develop an exploit for a Linux software while pentesting. But this knowledge is really useful when it comes to IoT, since almost many devices are based on Linux embedded. If you want to begin reverse engineering and exploit development starting from Linux would be a good idea. I too started from Linux many years ago. Saying that since some people when they see a reverse engineering challenge they try to run away. So if you are a newbie I hope this content might be useful for you to begin with.
linux  security  programming  profdev  games  assembly  c 
february 2019 by Chirael
How BioWare’s ‘Baldur’s Gate’ Saved the Computer RPG - The Ringer
The genre-stretching game broke new narrative, technical, and gameplay ground and established the identity of one of the past two decades’ most storied video game studios
games  videogames  history 
december 2018 by Chirael
Patterns — Gordon Brander
This is my bag of tricks — loose notes, design patterns, rules-of-thumb, methods of enquiry, tools, cheatsheets, gimmicks, leverage points, descriptions of systems, key questions, risks, and unknowns.
storytelling  startups  games  science  datascience 
august 2018 by Chirael
Last Man-The Game About Avoiding The Game Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
“Last Man in America to Know Who Won the Super Bowl,” better known as Last Man or #lastman, is an annual game played in the hours and days — and sometimes weeks, months, or even (very rarely) years — after the NFL’s championship game.

Contestants, called “Knowledge Runners,” seek to avoid, for as long as possible, learning “The Knowledge” — the outcome of the Super Bowl.

You may have read about Last Man in the New Yorker, or heard a podcast about it, or learned of it via some other article. If you want to play Last Man, here’s a step-by-step guide. 

To learn more about this fun, silly, challenging, light-hearted game, please read the rules and the FAQ, and peruse the other pages on this wiki.
sports  twitter  games 
july 2018 by Chirael
The Invasion of the German Board Games
Their peaceful premises and intricate rule systems are changing the way Americans play—and helping shape an industry in the process.
games  german 
january 2018 by Chirael
Inside Antarctica's Illicit Gaming Scene - Motherboard
People are going to great lengths to play mobile augmented-reality game 'Ingress' on Earth’s frozen, southernmost continent.
mobile  games  antarctica 
january 2018 by Chirael
The Notorious Board Game That Takes 1,500 Hours To Complete
The thick, black-and-white rulebook packaged with every copy of the 1979 war-game The Campaign For North Africa is full of obtuse decrees, but the tabletop community always had a special appreciation for entry 52.6 - affectionately known as the “macaroni rule.” The Italian troops in World War II were outfitted with noodle rations, and in the name of historical dogma, the player responsible for the Italians is required to distribute an extra water ration to their forces, so that their pasta may be boiled. Soldiers that do not receive their “pasta point” may immediately become “disorganized,” rendering them useless in the field. It’s a fact of life really: if the Italians can’t boil their pasta, the Italians may desert.

It was a joke, by the way. Richard Berg, the legendary game designer and author of The Campaign For North Africa, says so himself. He’ll happily admit that this was an unreasonable game for unreasonable people, but still, a pasta point? There’s attention to detail, and then there’s taking the piss. As Berg explains, the rule wasn’t even entirely factually accurate. “The reality is that the Italians cooked their pasta with the tomato sauce that came with the cans,” he says. “But I didn’t want to do a rule on that.” Yes, at the pinnacle of North Africa’s ridiculous excess, even Berg couldn’t help but poke a little fun at the obsessives in his wake.
games  history 
september 2017 by Chirael
Invent With Python - Useful Python Books
Including Automate the Boring Stuff with Python
Everyone in the 21st century needs to learn to code, right? But not everyone needs to become a software engineer or computer scientist. Automate the Boring Stuff with Python is written for office workers, students, administrators, and anyone who uses a computer how to write small, practical programs to automate tasks on their computer.

You don't need to know all the complexities of algorithms and syntax, you just want to write basic programs to automate mundane computer tasks. In the process, even total beginners will learn to use Python to control their computers without having to learn complex information about computer science. This is a practical programming guide for the rest of us.
python  games  programming  education  scratch 
july 2017 by Chirael
Making a virtual machine in Google Sheets | Hacker News
I don't think I've actually seen a more elegant functional visualization of how computers work at that level. I could see this being used as an educational aid to introduce students to the key concepts.
education  programming  excel  parenting  assembly  games  finance 
july 2017 by Chirael
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