Welcome to the Riddle of the Everlasting Man, a web-puzzle & art project ruminating on the question of what it means to be human in preparation for the Journey to the End of the Night, a game of robots vs. humans urban tag.
JtoEofN is “a giant game of tag” on September 15 in Chicago, and according to its Facebook event page, 247 are already committed to playing. Sounds … incredible.
Win a copy of Cards Against Humanity
I bring you two points of excellent gaming news.
Cards Against Humanity, the terribly awesome, awesomely terrible card game that was originally funded via a massively successful Kickstarter campaign and which is perennially sold out, is back in print. Starting next week, you will be able to order it for $25 from Amazon and nowhere else. You will get a box of 550 cards, about 100 of which have been fine tuned or added for this edition.
I’ve played the game a few times recently and it has lived up to all its promise. Yes, it’s a raunchy version of Apples to Apples. But where A2A’s mechanic of attaching nouns to adjectives allows only a glimmer of insight into your twisted psyche, CAH breaks the gates wide open and gives your craven, demented sense of humor a fertile playground of dada-esque word salad in which to run wild. You may literally soil your pants from laughter.
You can have this game for free! The generous CAH folks are giving me three copies of the game, which I will to give to three of you. The condition is simple: just come up with a new idea for a CAH black card and post it in the comments. The three card ideas with the most potential for gut-bustery, as decided by me, will earn a free game. You may enter as many times as you’d like (though you can only win one game at most). Even if you live overseas — they will ship internationally.
Black cards are the prompts in the game. The typical construct is a sentence where a noun or noun phrase is replaced with a blank. Sometimes there are two blanks, which during the game is a prompt to submit two white cards instead of just one. The white cards contain nouns or noun phrases that fit the blank or blanks.
Use the images above or the examples at cardsagainsthumanity.com as inspiration. (Here’s the full list of cards in the game.) You have until the end of the day on
March 14th March 18th to submit. I’ll review the submissions and post the three winners a couple days later.
Democratic Chess is a new interpretation of the traditional chess game. New ways of playing are made possible by the shape of the figures. Pieces taken are not eliminated but stacked, thus creating new figures, which have more abilities. For example, a knight or even a second queen can be made from several pawns etc.
Because it’s crap. It takes ages to play, suffering long action-free periods in which the players endlessly circle the board in search of the streets they need to complete a set, and lacks the interaction between players that we look for in a game. In short, it’s boring and lacks skill.
Except that it isn’t crap. Actually. You just have to play it the way it was designed to be played.
You just have to read the fucking rules.
Other generic tech terms include “wiki” and the already-approved “blog,” plus a derivative, “vlog”. “Badware,” “fansite,” “webzine,” “inbox,” and “darknet” all made it, too. And then there are the two social networking firms: MySpace and Facebook, which are now approved terms as well.