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(Above) We’ll also see how he was a secret member of the Hellfire club. Happy Easter! via Reddit
It may not be much, but here is a glimpse of the new animated series, Star Wars: Rebels, which was shown at this year’s Wondercon.
The art style is nice and doesn’t resemble the Clone Wars series, which is good. I hope that the cheesy explosion effect that was used on the exploding tie-fighter stays in.
What happens when you combine sound pressure with flammable gas? DANCING FLAMES.
Created by the brains at Fysikshow, the Pyro Board is basically a 2D version of a Ruben’s Tube:
The pressure variations due to the sound waves affect the flow rate of flammable gas from the holes in the Pyro Board and therefore affect the height and colour of flames. This is interesting for visualizing standing wave patterns and simply awesome to watch when put to music.
Makes me want to have a dance party and set the Pyro Board to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre”.
Ustwo just released Monument Valley, a beautifully-designed game that involves rotating, moving your device to find hidden spots in a world that looks and acts like an M.C. Escher drawing.
Gorgeous. It’s only available for iOS now, but don’t fret non-iPhone users! The Android release is coming out soon.
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.
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(Above) “Chat Noir”. via Rafael Albuquerque