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Forget the Ordinary Honeybee; Look at the Beautiful Bees They’re Crowding Out - Facts So Romantic

All of the images in this post are borrowed from the amazing Flickr feed of the USGS Bee Inventory and Monitoring Lab.

Any day now, the apple trees on …

Honey Bees

RPG Redo: Preview of upcoming Knights of Pen and Paper 2

I actually wear a hat like that when I role-play. The pointy one, not the one with horns. That would be too nerdy.Knights of Pen & Paper was a unique …

RPGs

Gave my girlfriend a custom-made Escape: Curse of the Temple/Portal crossover boardgame for her birthday.

As the title says, my girlfriend loves Escape: Curse of the Temple. She also loves the videogame Portal, so I decided to combine that for her …

Board Games

Never Alone wins Game of the Year at 12th Games for Change Festival

Newsbrief: E-Line Media and The Cook Inlet Tribal Council of Alaska's Never Alone has won both the "Most Significant Impact" and "Game of the Year" …

Gaming Conventions

Spirit

Day 1 of 90 [[The Spirit rover is on the surface of Mars.]] Spirit (thinking): 89 days to go! Day 88 of 90 Spirit (thinking): Two days until I go …

Geek Humor

Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found!

I really have no right to take any credit for this, because although I must have read about Wander in the Inform Designer's Manual some years ago, it …

Interactive Fiction

A Striking Look at How Focal Length Affect Head Shots

You’ve probably heard before that focal lengths between 85mm and 135mm produce the best head shots because they provide a desirable perspective in …

Larry Griswold, diving board stunt, amazing

D&D now on Steam, complete with dice and a Dungeon Master

Fantasy Grounds, one of the leading virtual tabletop platforms, now offers officially licensed Dungeons & Dragons content from Wizards of the Coast. Available through Steam, the software can allow players to virtually recreate the 5th edition D&D tabletop experience complete with dice rolling, 2D …

RPGs

How the selfie stick was invented twice

The selfie stick was invented twice, two decades apart, by men on opposite sides of the world - and both times it was the result of problems experienced on a European holiday.

The selfie stick has become so common that it is now widely seen as a nuisance - it has been banned from stadiums, concerts, …

Cameras

Releasing a game in 2015: 'Holy f**k, it's got harder'

New titles require unique non-game related hook or hilariously weird premise to gain coverage, says Cliff Harris

UK indie game development veteran …

Designer Diary: Crafting the Story of the New D&D Adventure System Game: Temple of Elemental Evil

I like everything I do to be an improvement on what I've done before. That means I study a lot, and often in directions that don't immediately apply …

RPGs

Judge gives chimpanzees human rights for the first time (update)

For the first time in US history, a judge has decreed that a pair of chimpanzees held at a university research facility are covered by the same laws that govern the detention of humans, effectively rendering the animals as legal "people" in the eyes of the law. New York Supreme Court Justice …

Social Justice

D xkcd: Up Goer Five

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The full-stack employee

Nearly two years after I left Google, I’m starting to understand what’s going on in the professional sphere. The conventional seams between …

Employment

Preview: Magicka 2 might be more wizardry than I can handle

The original Magicka was something of a surprise hit for publisher Paradox Interactive. The top-down, dungeon crawler by way of twin-stick shooter was …

Wizardry

Why astronomers hate the lawn-mowing Roomba

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., April 17 (UPI) -- Astronomers may have formed secret alliance with the lawn care industry. What else can explain the anger of …

Roomba

How Success Almost Killed A Game, And How Its Creators Saved It

Magic: The Gathering is a game where players use cards to cast spells on their opponents. The game quickly became a hit after it was introduced in the mid-1990s. But the game's very popularity led to a crisis inside the company.

Magic cards are sold in small packs with random sets of cards, like …

Success

Star Wars: Battlefront looks just like the movies, and it’s coming November 17th

I remember the first time I played Star Wars: Dark Forces back in 1995. It’s an oldie, but it was a goodie: a first-person shooter that put you inside a little corner of the Star Wars universe, where you could battle it out with blasters and thermal detonators to your heart’s content. It was …

Star Wars
Microsoft Windows

Ask.com can hijack your computer using Java updates

We learned this week that more than 317 million computer viruses or other malicious programs were unleashed by hackers last year, according to the Internet security firm Symantec. That's nearly a million new cyberthreats daily.

But not all attempts at messing with your computer are from sneaky, …

Java

10 Things You Can Learn From the Apple Store

My friend, Carmine Gallo, has written a book called The Apple Experience: Secrets to Building Insanely Great Customer Loyalty. The Apple Store is the …

Apple Store

Turns out I'm somewhere between Bill and Hillary. http://t.co/csUiazUhkt

After 18 Month Hiatus, 'Pandemic: The Board Game' Spreading to iPhone and iPod Touch This Week

Author Joseph Leray

Posted On2015-04-15 16:30:56

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The TouchArcade Borg Collective was pretty enamored with Pandemic: The Board Game [$6.99 (HD)] …

Board Games

Here's video of SpaceX's rocket landing, and the explosion

Yesterday SpaceX made another unsuccessful try at landing a Falcon 9 first stage on a barge in the ocean, but the fuzzy Vine clip posted cut off right before things got exciting. Today, the company posted a longer, higher res video but quickly pulled it from YouTube. Now, you can see exactly what …

Space

3D print your own gorgeous Dungeons & Dragons monsters for free | Games

Games By Apr. 15, 2015 4:29 pm

Dungeon Masters take note, it’s time to step up your game with some 3D monsters.

Designer Miguel Zavala has been going …

Monsters

The Ultimate Ground Speed Check - Tales from the Blackbird

Blackbird

Space album! Happy to announce that we will release a full album’s worth of music written and recorded in space in Fall 2015 with Warner Music​. Exciting!

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Space album!

Happy to announce that we will release a full album’s worth of music written and recorded in space in Fall 2015 with Warner …