Beer pong and medieval warfare. Is there a better combination? I think NOT!
Fresh Dragon Games has come up with a simple way to transform today’s most popular drinking game into a strategy game. How much strategy can your brain remember when you’re drunk? Probably not much, but getting to wear a crown and throwing ping-pong balls into little solo-cup castles can make any bev’d up person feel like they’re taking over a kingdom. This is what Castle Pong: The Pregame of Throws is all about.
The castle walls snap right onto your beer cups, and they were made to add a bit more challenge by causing the ping-pong balls to ricochet off. If your opponent catches a ball, then you’re in trouble. If you land the ball in a cup, you plant a flag right into the castle wall. The objective is to break through the defenses by claiming three cups that connect and reach your opponent’s side of the table, and then by making two shots at the King’s Cup. Once you’ve done that, the enemy team has a chance to save themselves by making every shot on an uncaptured castle. If they miss, then the King has been defeated and must drink.
The rules are more in depth than that, and I’m sure people can alter the rules and make their own games. Personally, I’m a quarters guy, but the idea of having a medieval battle involving getting drunk seems pretty fun.
If you’d like to support the Kickstarter or learn more about the project, check it out here.
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri fans should be pretty excited right about now.
During PAX East over the weekend, Firaxis Games announced the next game in the very popular Civilization series, which will now let us settle on alien planets as the player attempts to become the dominant civilization.
Civilization: Beyond Earth will be familiar to fans of the series, as it will still bear many of it’s staple features like hex tiles, fog of war, relics, and so on. The game will feature multiple types of planets and alien races, and also give you the ability to settle on other planets through the creation of outposts.
As a fan of the Civ series, and especially of science fiction, this game just looks like pure geeky goodness. I can’t wait to get my hands on it, and all the inevitable expansion packs that come with it.
TV & Film
(Above) “Chat Noir”. via Rafael Albuquerque
TV & Film
(Above) The Incredible Hulk as drawn by Bruce Timm. via /r/comicbooks
There’s nothing quite as creepy as the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who. Whenever you look at them they appear to be stone statues, but as soon as you look away they move lightning fast. It’s enough to freak anyone out.
From the description:
“After over 300 hours of rendering, it’s finally done!… This is my first ever CG short film. It’s the culmination of about three months of work, from initial concept to final result. I had to use every single trick and technique I knew, as well as learn countless more.”
Be prepared for Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day on April 27, 2014 with this simple beer-can solargraph camera. According to Popular Science: Justin Quinnell “originally designed his simple beer-can solargraph camera for students at Falmouth University in England, but early experimentation quickly blossomed into a personal obsession. ‘The indestructibility of a pinhole camera opens up some fun possibilities,’ he says. ‘The only viewfinder you need is your imagination.’ Build and deploy your own by following these steps.”
∙ Empty 20- or 24-oz. aluminum can
∙ 6-cm. disc (cut from black card stock)
∙ 25-by-7–cm. strip (cut from black card stock, with 1-cm. notches on one long side)
∙ Roll of black gaffer tape
∙ 8-by-5–in. sheet of semimatte photo paper (i.e., half of an 8-by-10–in. sheet)
∙ Plastic cable ties
Can opener, pin, scissors, red light, blow-dryer, computer, flatbed scanner
1) Remove the can’s top with a can opener, and poke the middle of its side with a pin. Next, cut out the disc and notched strip from the black card stock.
2) Wrap the strip around the can’s base, and bend the notches inward at a 90-degree angle. Tape the disc on top of the notches to form a removable black lid.
3) Move everything into a darkened room. Turn on the red light to see, and insert 1⁄2 sheet of photo paper into the can facing the pinhole. Put tape over the pinhole.
4) Tape the lid over the can’s open end, and secure it with gaffer tape. (Use plenty of tape to ensure the camera is light-tight and waterproof.)
5) Take the project outside, aim the pinhole toward the southern sky, and vertically fasten the can to a signpost with cable ties. Uncover the pinhole.
6) Wait a month to a year (the longer the exposure, the more solar tracks appear). After the wait is over, cover the pinhole and take the camera indoors.
7) Remove the lid, and blow-dry the photo. Place it on a flatbed scanner, and make one-—and only one—high-resolution scan. (Don’t do a preview scan!)
8) Open the image, enhance its contrast (e.g., via “auto-equalize” or “auto-levels” commands), and invert the colors. Save the image to your computer.
Approximate time to build this project: 15 minutes
Cost: Less than $1 per photo
Here’s a photo Quinnell took after 6 months!
Pretty cool! (WARNING: Wear protective gloves when cutting beer cans. Also mind the law; strapping up empty cans in public may be viewed as littering—or worse.)
Remember kids: Never microwave a PSP. This isn’t bad. It picks up about 3:00 minutes in if you want to want more dance music.
According to Mike Song:
If I had the budget to make an entire dance movie… it would probably look a little something like this. In lieu of the new Final Fantasy releases, I wanted to create another video in the spirit of the Final Fantasy franchise. What started off as nothing but a simple “fantasy” (ha…ha…), transformed into an entire production. This is the first time I’ve tried to organize something with this many heavy hitters involved. It was definitely a learning process, but I am so grateful to have been able to collaborate with so many talented individuals on so many different levels. This would not have been possible without every single person who was involved with this project.
And also two rainbow bridges, which means twice the amount of times I can drive off into complete oblivion.
There’s also a few anti-gravity bridges, new characters, and new items. And Bowser is still a dick, so you have that to look forward to as well.
I’ll probably be watching other people play this at parties.