Brad Grier

12 Magazines | 5,459 Articles | 14,496 Followers | 6 Likes | @bgrier | Lifestyle and technology blogger with an unquenchable curiosity and passion for tech, photography, gaming and his dogs :)

The rise and rise of tabletop gaming

It’s a bright Thursday morning in Oxford, and the Thirsty Meeples cafe on Gloucester Green market is thrumming with activity. As we sit at a sun-warmed window table, the maitre d’, Gareth, introduces himself and presents a list of recommendations.<p>First, he suggests Forbidden Desert. It is not a …

Board Games

Evolution of Photography: Exposures Versus Keepers

Photographer Mason Resnick created this humorous (but perhaps painfully true?) graphic about how photography has changed since the days of …

Photographers

How To: A Primer on Reducing Noise in Photos Using Adobe Lightroom

Nothing can be more frustrating than taking a beautiful photograph only to later find out that it is riddled with digital noise. While digital image …

Photography

Booting the Final GameCube Game

Every single GameCube game can at least boot in Dolphin 5.0. Except one. Star Wars: The Clone Wars and its complex way of using the PowerPC Memory …

Emulation

NASA's Astronauts Are Professional Space Photographers

Jeff Williams tosses around $16,000 like it’s nothing. To be fair, 16 grand is pennies compared to the cost of his current home, the International …

NASA

A Hacker From South Africa Just Rescued The First NASA Computer In Space

The Apollo Guidance Computer, launched on 1966's Apollo-Saturn 202 mission, was the first of its kind. It successfully led a rocket in and out of …

Space

Old technology could create new savings for light rail transit - University of Alberta

University of Alberta mechanical engineering professors Pierre Mertiny and Marc Secanell are looking to make an old technology new again and save …

Transit

Samsung will reportedly issue worldwide recall of Galaxy Note 7

Samsung is preparing to announce a massive and global recall of its brand new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency. <i>The Korea Herald</i> also reported earlier that Samsung is "considering" a recall. The drastic and unprecedented step would be a direct result of …

Samsung

Sunrise is dead, and so is the dream of an excellent calendar app

Today the sun finally sets on Sunrise, the calendar app that Microsoft acquired last year. Microsoft announced its plan to merge Sunrise into Outlook, its mobile email client, last October. And now Sunrise, which began life as a more socially adept calendar, will now be a feature inside an email …

App Store

Sierra Gets Creative The Digital Antiquarian

Coming out of Sierra On-Line’s 1984 near-death experience, Ken Williams made a prognostication from which he would never waver: that the real future …

PC gaming

After 13 years, Eve Online will become free to play

Internet spaceship MMO Eve Online will be free to play from this November via a new offering similar to World of Warcraft's free offering.<p>The change …

MMOGs

World of Warcraft may have just had its best expansion launch ever

Legion makes a stellar first impression<p>Last night at around 11:50 p.m. PT — 10 minutes or so earlier than expected — <i>World of Warcraft</i>’s new <i>Legion</i> expansion went live.<p>For those in-game in those first moments, the process was surprisingly seamless. Players at the pre-<i>Legion</i> level cap of 100 knew the …

World of Warcraft

Why the F-35 could 'never in a million years' beat the RAF Typhoon or the Russian Su-35 in a dogfight

In a recent interview with Business Insider, Justin Bronk, a research fellow specializing in combat airpower at the Royal United Services Institute, dropped a bombshell about the US's $1 trillion F-35 program:<p>"The F-35 cannot outdogfight a Typhoon (or a Su-35), never in a million years."<p>In earlier …

Typhoons

No Mario's Sky Is Exactly the Game You Think It Is

A team of four designed a mash-up of 2D Mario and No Man's Sky in 72 hours, and you can play it now (provided Nintendo hasn't pulled it down).<p>No …

Nintendo

Sci-fi MMO Firefall is offline and may finally be dead (update: it's back)

Players can’t log in and the developer’s website is gone<p>Red 5 Studios’ massively multiplayer online shooter <i>Firefall</i> may be down for the count. Players of the free-to-play MMO are reporting that they’re no longer able to log into the game, and both the game and studio’s websites are no longer …

Science Fiction

The Electronic Side of Board Gaming

<i>Tabletop games and video games have long held special places</i> i<i>n the hearts of gamers, but for most of their lifespans, these two formats were</i> …

Board Games

No Man’s Sky is an existential crisis simulator disguised as a space exploration game

It’s cold and lonely and empty and unsatisfying. It’s also worth your time.<p>At Recode’s annual Code Conference in June, venture capitalist Elon Musk made the provocative argument that reality is not reality at all, but a massive simulation built on top of some other reality.<p>“There’s a billion-to-one …

Physics

/u/amg on Where's the No Man's Sky we were sold on? A BIG list of things that are missing with sources, links and quotes. Also, dubious advertisement (x-post from r/nomansskythegame)

He's still working on it though. I'm not sure it'll ever be released, but I'm sure he's still tinkering.Sometimes I don't mind loosing out on money …

Indie Gaming

Patch The Process

No Man’s Sky didn’t send out review builds because the game wasn’t done. No Man’s Sky gets leaked by resellers breaking street date. Polygon, Kotaku, …

Certification

One Player’s Nine-Year Journey to Open a Locked, Secret Door

In the online MMO <i>Tibia</i>, there's a door with a simple message: "You see a gate of expertise for level 999. Only the worthy may pass." This week, a player named Kharsek passed through that door. It took him nine years to build up enough experience to hit level 999. But once he passed through the …

United States

There's a Fan-Made 'StarCraft' MMO, and Blizzard Isn't Going to Shut It Down | Motherboard

It's been a fascinating year for Blizzard Entertainment as regards player creations using its properties. Earlier this year the celebrated gamemaker ended up looking like a big, bad bully when it forced the closure of the popular <i>World of Warcraft</i> private server <i>Nostalrius Begins</i>, and there was much …

Gaming

Scythe, the most-hyped board game of 2016, delivers

Burn your brain with dieselpunk mech-fueled strategy.<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board …

Board Games

Scythe v1

You love that which you can lose, yourself, a woman, a country.<p><i>Scythe:</i> a remarkable, beautiful game. Here’s the rules summary and reference.<p>No doubt …

Design

Disney Infinity closure will render PC and mobile versions completely unplayable

Back in May Disney Interactive noted that it would be shutting down its toys-to-life series Disney Infinity. Now we have the details regarding how …

Walt Disney Company

Amid Board Game Boom, Designers Roll The Dice On Odd Ideas — Even Exploding Cows

When you play a game, you have to learn some rules, right? Well, same goes for designing a game. And here's one rule: No idea is too wacky.<p>Take a game called Unexploded Cow, for instance.<p>"That's a game where you've discovered two problems with a common solution," says the game's co-creator, James …

Game Design

How to download and install Pokémon Go for Android or iOS

<i>Pokémon Go</i>, the augmented reality game that lets you capture virtual Pokémon in real world locations, is now available to download for both Android …

Reaction Engines moves ahead with single-stage-to-orbit SABRE demo engine

Reaction Engines, the UK company behind the reusable SABRE jet-cum-rocket engine that could dramatically alter air and space travel, has secured the …

BAE Systems

The Joy of Unboxing: Scythe

In this situation mediocrity and genius are equally useless!<p>The EOG downs tools to open a copy of <i>Scythe: Collector’s Edition</i> by Stonemaier Games. …

Board Games

Peter Molyneux’s Kingdom in a Box The Digital Antiquarian

Peter Molyneux, circa 1990.<p>I have this idea of a living world, which I have never achieved. It’s based upon this picture in my head, and I can see …

Peter Molyneux

Textile scientist on quest to identify smelliest fabrics - Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences - University of Alberta

Do you have a piece of clothing that smells icky or downright stinks under the arms, even after you wash it? Do NOT throw it out. Instead, donate it …