Brad Grier

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The White Box: A Game Design Workshop-in-a-Box

Almost everyone who’s ever played a game has had an idea for how to make it better. To tweak it, improve it, or even build something new from its …

From Wingleader to Wing Commander The Digital Antiquarian

No one at Origin had much time to bask in the rapturous reception accorded to <i>Wingleader</i> at the 1990 Summer Consumer Electronics Show. Their …

PC Gaming

Opinion: Alberta's digital media sector needs help to power up

As a company proudly founded in Alberta, BioWare is encouraged to see the provincial government take the initiative in seeking new ideas on how to …

Digital Media

The 50 Best New Board Games

Order a pizza, invite over one to three friends, and try out the best new board games.<p>Sure, the classic board games like Monopoly, Risk, and Battleship are still great fun. But the number of new games has exploded in the last several years as designers dream up space adventures, deck-building …

Board Games

Alberta's first satellite is now in space - University of Alberta

The first ever made-in-Alberta satellite was launched into space earlier today.<p>Ex-Alta 1, a small cube satellite designed and built by University of …

Quake Champions: Why I'm Sold on the "Quake" Part

Quake Champions is simultaneously a return to timeless FPS action in the style of Quake 3 Arena, and a foray into the precarious and topical genre of …

Gaming

Blood Bowl review: A triumphant return after 22 years out of print

If you only buy one high fantasy/American football crossover, make it Blood Bowl.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our regular series on tabletop games! …

RPGs

[WSIG] Solo Print & Play Games

Hi guys. I've seen some solo, print & play games come across my Instagram feed recently, and I'm thinking to write a feature for them on my blog. So …

Hong Kong

Requiem for a DM

A friendship bonded in a broken clock and the roll of dice<p>The regulator clock on the kitchen wall had a distracting tick. For the first 49 seconds of a minute, it would go tick-tock, tick-tock. At the 50th, it would go tick-tick until the end of the minute. Sitting in the living room, poring over …

RPGs

Kickstarter ALWAYS Works: A Cautionary Tale

Hello Mayday Fans!<p>Well, we have had a crazy week. Bucket King 3D was initially rejected by Kickstarter as being too similar to the previous version …

Crowd Funding

Great Job, Internet!: Sean Spicer picked a fight with the wrong journalism outlet

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s contempt for the press is well-known. His press conferences are unhinged assaults against the fourth estate, while he plays nicer behind closed doors with the racist, misogynist fringe outlet <i>Breitbart</i>. Just this week, the Trump team began emboldening rape …

Journalism

Let’s Study Air Resistance—With Coffee Filters

In many physics problems, we simply ignore the air drag force. Why? Because of two reasons. First, the effects of air drag are often small when …

Physics

Naughty Dog's guide to cinematography for game artists

Naughty Dog art director Robh Ruppel believes cinematography and visual art (more specifically, concept artwork) have evolved together over the years.<p>…

Game Design

Here are the 2017 Hugo Award nominees

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards were announced this morning, and the ballot includes a refreshing number of women and authors of color in what has been a historically white male-dominated field.<p>The Hugo Awards, named after <i>Amazing Stories</i> editor Hugo Gernsback, are awarded to recognize the …

Science Fiction

10 games that are way better now than at launch

Like a fine wine or Matthew McConaughey’s filmography, some games have only improved with the passage of time. As the industry veers ever further …

Gaming

How Public Service Broadcasting Tells The Future Using The Past

Public Service Broadcasting playfully teaches history via mixed media, combining archival stock footage, propaganda films and their own propulsive music. <i>Every Valley</i>, the band's forthcoming third album, tells the tale of coal mining in South Wales and how its industrial collapse serves here as a …

Music

This AI Can Convert Paintings Into Photos and Summer Into Winter

A team of researchers at UC Berkeley have revealed an ‘Unpaired Image-to-Image Translation’ technique that can do something really interesting: it …

Photography

NASA's $1 billion Jupiter probe just sent back breathtaking new images of the gas giant

A probe the size of a basketball court has taken unprecedented new images of Jupiter.<p>NASA's $1 billion Juno spacecraft, launched in August 2011, took five years to reach and settle into orbit around the gas giant, which is more than 415 million miles from Earth.<p>The probe has so far photographed …

Solar System

CMON Unveils Brick and Mortar Retail Program

At the GAMA Trade Show, CMON Limited revealed CMON Play, its new retail program for brick and mortar stores in North America. The program includes …

Siri’s Not Even the Best iPhone Assistant Anymore

Apple’s Siri may not be the most capable voice assistant, or the most beloved. In the race to dominate the next generation of interfaces, though, …

Floigan Bros. DLC Released!

It's been 16 years since the game's release but for the first time ever, all 12-months of timed DLC for Visual Concept's Floigan Bros. has been …

PlayStation

How to Host a Game Night

Concordia was our most-played game night game in 2016. There’s an open seat if you want to join us.In February 2016 I started a weekly game night. I …

Board Games

Collectors Hardwood Catan Board

My name is Tyler, I’m an artist, a marine, and a huge gaming nerd. I’d like to share with you my story on how our family business began crafting …

Board Games

No Man’s Sky gets the full-featured Photo Mode it so richly deserves

Capture the beauty of a near-infinite universe with these new tools.<p>Back when <i>No Man's Sky</i> was first released last year, we noted how a focus on …

Monkey Island (or, How Ron Gilbert Made an Adventure Game That Didn’t Suck) The Digital Antiquarian

Shortly after completing <i>Maniac Mansion</i>, his first classic graphic adventure, Ron Gilbert started sketching ideas for his next game. “I wanted to do …

Adventure Games

The best board games of 2016

The Board Game Geek community weighs in on the best of the best<p>Over the past few years the team at Board Game Geek has grown to become a powerful force in the tabletop space. It boasts an exhaustive database on games, both new and old, that is constantly refreshed by its well-informed community. …

Board Games

Declining adult coloring book sales challenge bookselling's recovery

The unexpected success of adult coloring books was a huge boon to booksellers, going from a standing start to $90M in sales in 2015, and bringing …

Publishing

Lego announces "Women of NASA" minifigs

Last year, MIT News editor Maya Weinstock submitted her Women of NASA minifigures design to LEGO Ideas. LEGO has just approved the idea and laster …

NASA

5ive: King's Court

A game where alliances are useless, and compassion is for the weak. Complete your King's Court and assume dominion over your gaming table!<p>5ive is a …