Brad Grier

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This War of Mine: The Board Game is part social experiment, and entirely too long

It was a challenge to survive the night<p>Just a few weeks ago I kicked off a weekly board game night here at my house. I figured that a couple of friends, some adult beverages and a quiet corner in the basement might be just what I needed. And besides, the pile of new games isn’t getting any …

Board Games

OpenAI’s bot beats top Dota 2 player so badly that he quits

An artificial intelligence has beaten one of the world’s top Dota 2 players in single combat today. Danil Ishutin, better known by his gaming handle “Dendi,” threw in the towel in the middle of a second game against a bot that OpenAI created, one that had been beating him handily.<p>The two squared …

Artificial Intelligence

I made a custom 3d settlers of catan set for my friends wedding!

The project was really challenging but a lot of fun, link to the set below.http://imgur.com/a/apqKtsubmitted by /u/21mtho to r/boardgames <br>[link] …

Settlers of Catan

More than 40,000 Steam users were banned the day after the Summer Sale

Valve Anti-Cheat was working overtime.

PC Gaming

Bioware has removed the Denuvo anti-tamper tech from Mass Effect: Andromeda

A few days ago, we informed you about a new patch for Mass Effect: Andromeda. However, and even though it was not included in its release notes, it …

Mass Effect

Nobody Can Find The Source Code For Icewind Dale II

The people who make enhanced editions of old role-playing games like <i>Baldur’s Gate</i> and <i>Planescape: Torment</i> want to do the same thing for <i>Icewind Dale …

RPGs

Blueshift – the game that helped me survive

Last summer three things happened:<p>My husband quit his illustration job and<br>• Started working from home because<br>• I stopped leaving the house<p>At the time we …

Suicide

Insights from Plague Inc: The Board Game - Kickstarter

Hi everyone,<p>I’m the creator of Plague Inc. and this is part one of a blog series detailing the lessons I learnt when creating Plague Inc: The Board …

Crowd Funding

Reissue of Deep Space D-6 and New Mini-Expansion.

Deep Space D-6 is a self contained tabletop game designed from the ground up for solitaire play. In it, players take on the role of a starship …

An Independent Interplay Takes on Tolkien The Digital Antiquarian

When Brian Fargo made the bold decision in 1988 to turn his company Interplay into a computer-game publisher as well as developer, he was simply …

Kickstarter Skepticism: Why we’re not eager to play that game you backed…

<b>By: Chris Wray and Jeff Lingwall</b><p>Game night begins, and everybody stands around waiting for somebody to nominate a game. These days, most large groups …

Kickstarter

Board Games Are Better Than Video Games In So Many Ways

People have been asking what I've been doing recently.<p>WELL!<p>Call it video game detox. I've been pulling up fat handfuls of the roots of videogaming – …

The Many Faces of Middle-earth, 1954-1989

The transformation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s <i>The Lord of the Rings</i> from an off-putting literary trilogy — full of archaic diction, lengthy appendixes, and</i> …

RPGs

Dune: Spice and sandworms power one of the great “lost” board games | Ars Technica

How does the legendary-but-lost game Dune hold up today?<p>Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board …

Board Games

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

University of Alberta

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 …

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

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! …

Board Games

[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 …

Battlestar Galactica

Hong Kong mahjong: How the game is changing - CNN | CNN Travel

Editor's Note — CNN Travel's series often carries sponsorship originating from the countries and regions we profile. However, CNN retains full editorial control over all of its reports. Read the policy.<p>Hong Kong (CNN) — "The setting sun's endlessly endearing, but the light of day is disappearing," …

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 …

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 …

Investing

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 …

Logan Lucky

Let’s Study Air Resistance—With Coffee Filters

Author: Rhett Allain. Rhett Allain Science<p>Date of Publication: 04.04.17.<p>Time of Publication: 3:34 pm. 3:34 pm<p>In many physics problems, we simply …

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 …

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

Grand Theft Auto