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(Escapist Magazine)   Board game won't be playable until the year 4000   (escapistmagazine.com) divider line 47
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2013-03-30 03:57:20 PM  
To steal a comment from TFA comments ..

"Will still come out before HL3"
 
2013-03-30 04:01:49 PM  
What the fark.... it's just snakes and ladders with the the snaked replaced with eels and the ladders replaced with stairs. ASSHOLE!
 
2013-03-30 04:29:36 PM  
Let me guess.... you're not allowed to play it until you lose your virginity first, right subby?
 
2013-03-30 04:37:42 PM  
I didn't know EA made board games.
 
Pud
2013-03-30 04:42:31 PM  
Snakes and foxes?

/Tarmon Gai'don is at hand.

//Maybe a little obscure for most, but some will get it.
 
2013-03-30 05:00:28 PM  
He gets a lot more attention by doing this than if he had actually released the game, which probably would have been none.
 
2013-03-30 05:01:31 PM  

Pud: Snakes and foxes?

/Tarmon Gai'don is at hand.

//Maybe a little obscure for most, but some will get it.


The Wheel of Time counts as obscure now?  It might at that.  I really need to do a reread, since a bunch of books have come out since I last touched it,
 
2013-03-30 05:05:56 PM  
2000 years in the future someone finds it, and uses it for scrap.
 
2013-03-30 05:39:31 PM  
He's also got a bank account set up to pay off the reviewers, too. Bastard!
 
2013-03-30 06:03:01 PM  
Alternatively, I just discovered this in a stack of board games while I was at a friend's house. It gave the adults a new spin on the Goldilocks story after I mentioned that these bears have a Pedobear likeness to them.

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2013-03-30 06:05:42 PM  

Pud: Snakes and foxes?

/Tarmon Gai'don is at hand.

//Maybe a little obscure for most, but some will get it.


I would love a Snake and Foxes board game. Light knows, I cheat at all the ones I play anyway.
 
2013-03-30 06:25:38 PM  
media.moddb.com
 
2013-03-30 06:31:27 PM  
Too bad nobody will read English anymore.

farm8.staticflickr.com
 
2013-03-30 06:51:39 PM  
That being the case, it's still better than our future inhabitants finding a near-intact foam starbucks cup and trying to decypher humanity from that..
 
2013-03-30 06:59:05 PM  
He makes the bold assumption that English won't be a dead language whenever it's found.
 
2013-03-30 07:09:10 PM  

Somaticasual: That being the case, it's still better than our future inhabitants finding a near-intact foam starbucks cup and trying to decypher humanity from that..


Don't forget all those "E.T." videogame cartridges they buried.
 
2013-03-30 07:25:57 PM  
even if you do find it you'll never find anyone willing to play it with you.

/like every board game
 
2013-03-30 07:40:55 PM  

fusillade762: Somaticasual: That being the case, it's still better than our future inhabitants finding a near-intact foam starbucks cup and trying to decypher humanity from that..

Don't forget all those "E.T." videogame cartridges they buried.


"We have deciphered these strange blocks, and have determined that the society that created them must have been highly masochistic."
 
2013-03-30 07:54:26 PM  

ParagonComplex: He makes the bold assumption that English won't be a dead language whenever it's found.


Or he uses "rule diagrams," and I make the bold assumption the diagrams aren't in English, hence "rule diagrams" and not "rule words."

Anyway, title is wrong--game is playable now.  Story just says it won't be found for 2000 years.
 
2013-03-30 08:18:38 PM  

ParagonComplex: He makes the bold assumption that English won't be a dead language whenever it's found.


So what, they would just translate it to whatever they speak.

If they care about that game. I'd be surprised if anyone 2000 years from now would give a shiat about that game, with all the other artifacts just from our time period, they'd have to study.
 
2013-03-30 08:36:38 PM  
Sounds like he didn't make shiat and came up with a perfect way to cover.
 
2013-03-30 08:47:30 PM  
The only question is whether A Game for Someone, now a GDC award-winner, can live up to over 2000 years of hype.

I already don't care. It's an interesting little work of art, and it will be funny if anyone ever finds it, but making something artificially scarce doesn't actually make it any good.
 
2013-03-30 09:04:27 PM  
And to ensure that nobody finds it before he's good and ready, Rohrer has buried the game and its rules in the Nevada Desert where even an organized search could take lifetimes.

We know roughly the size of the disturbance, and the purported region. I'd bet flying an infrared camera over the region would spot the anomaly in a week.

/Not worth my effort.
//Although I know some guys that build drones....
 
2013-03-30 09:42:07 PM  
Hope he remembered to put it in a nullentropy bin.
 
2013-03-30 09:50:55 PM  

Sim Tree: I didn't know EA made board games.


No, no, if EA had made the game it would be released as quickly as possible, i.e. rushed out the door before they had time to implement everything and possibly half broken.  Several of the pieces and game cards wouldn't be included with the game, but would be available for purchase separately.  And the game board would have an arbitrary electronic component that required you to call in and get an activation code prior to each game to make sure you are the original owner and you are playing the game by the official rules.
 
2013-03-30 09:50:59 PM  

ParagonComplex: He makes the bold assumption that English won't be a dead language whenever it's found.


It will be around it will just look different.
 
2013-03-30 10:03:24 PM  
I'm sure the post-apocalyptic robotic sentient war machines that find it in the year 4000 will get good use out of his little game.

Maybe they'll reverse engineer the game to figure out a new way to kill all humans.

Do people never THINK this shiat through?
 
2013-03-30 10:38:22 PM  
 
2013-03-30 10:39:46 PM  

King Something: [www.chessvariants.org image 640x480]

/yes, it's real


Mega Shogi?
 
2013-03-30 10:43:24 PM  
copiousnotes.bloginky.com
 
2013-03-30 11:02:35 PM  

doglover: King Something: [www.chessvariants.org image 640x480]

/yes, it's real

Mega Shogi?


I think Mega Shogi would be smaller than the one I posted.

Taikyoku Shogi -- 36x36 board, each player starts with 402 pieces. Among those pieces are 36 pawns, two Royal pieces (pieces which can be checkmated -- in this case, a King which moves one or two spaces in a straight line in any direction, and a Prince which moves just one space), a third piece which promotes to a Royal (Drunken Elephant, which moves one space in any direction except straight backwards and promotes to a Prince), and over 200 other types of pieces.

It's a good game to play if you have about 9,001 hours to kill and don't want to play DIsgaea for some reason.
 
2013-03-30 11:25:07 PM  

King Something: doglover: King Something: [www.chessvariants.org image 640x480]

/yes, it's real

Mega Shogi?

I think Mega Shogi would be smaller than the one I posted.

Taikyoku Shogi -- 36x36 board, each player starts with 402 pieces. Among those pieces are 36 pawns, two Royal pieces (pieces which can be checkmated -- in this case, a King which moves one or two spaces in a straight line in any direction, and a Prince which moves just one space), a third piece which promotes to a Royal (Drunken Elephant, which moves one space in any direction except straight backwards and promotes to a Prince), and over 200 other types of pieces.

It's a good game to play if you have about 9,001 hours to kill and don't want to play DIsgaea for some reason.


And... how many serpant or old woman pieces are there?
 
2013-03-30 11:27:56 PM  
Crap. I just lost the game.
 
2013-03-30 11:33:36 PM  
I think I'll stick to playing Cyvasse with my dwarf friend...
 
2013-03-30 11:41:06 PM  

King Something: doglover: King Something: [www.chessvariants.org image 640x480]

/yes, it's real

Mega Shogi?

I think Mega Shogi would be smaller than the one I posted.

Taikyoku Shogi -- 36x36 board, each player starts with 402 pieces. Among those pieces are 36 pawns, two Royal pieces (pieces which can be checkmated -- in this case, a King which moves one or two spaces in a straight line in any direction, and a Prince which moves just one space), a third piece which promotes to a Royal (Drunken Elephant, which moves one space in any direction except straight backwards and promotes to a Prince), and over 200 other types of pieces.

It's a good game to play if you have about 9,001 hours to kill and don't want to play DIsgaea for some reason.



Tamerlane's chess is better.
 
2013-03-31 12:30:27 AM  
Considering that Jason Rohrer hasn't made a video game that will ever be playable, I suppose this is a start.
 
2013-03-31 02:15:43 AM  

King Something: doglover: King Something: [www.chessvariants.org image 640x480]

/yes, it's real

Mega Shogi?

I think Mega Shogi would be smaller than the one I posted.

Taikyoku Shogi -- 36x36 board, each player starts with 402 pieces. Among those pieces are 36 pawns, two Royal pieces (pieces which can be checkmated -- in this case, a King which moves one or two spaces in a straight line in any direction, and a Prince which moves just one space), a third piece which promotes to a Royal (Drunken Elephant, which moves one space in any direction except straight backwards and promotes to a Prince), and over 200 other types of pieces.

It's a good game to play if you have about 9,001 hours to kill and don't want to play Disgaea for some reason.


*spits pop on keyboard*

Cripes. Warn a body! :P
 
2013-03-31 09:21:36 AM  
So that's like, what, three or four games of Monopoly while you wait?
 
2013-03-31 09:27:52 AM  

spawn73: ParagonComplex: He makes the bold assumption that English won't be a dead language whenever it's found.

So what, they would just translate it to whatever they speak.

If they care about that game. I'd be surprised if anyone 2000 years from now would give a shiat about that game, with all the other artifacts just from our time period, they'd have to study.


People in the future are going to look back on this as one of the most unsatisfied and self-absorbed times in history.  People no longer create for the sake of creating; they create only if there is something to gain.  They look back at the great painters, sculptors, writers, inventors and artists over the last 2000 years and declare that they want to be just like them, and so they set out on these grandiose projects and when finished declare them to be the next "David".  The thing they fail to recognize is the arrogance and backwardness of such a statement.  The Sistine Chapel is not considered a wondrous piece of art because when he was finished Michelangelo stood back and said that it was; that distinction comes only from the generations of people that have been able to see it since and appreciate its beauty.  Michelangelo set out only to create using the best of his ability; he may well have known that he was creating something monumental, but it was not his place to declare it so.

Contrast that with the artists of today that set out on something like this game.  How presumptuous is it to believe that in 2000 years time anyone will care about or even remember his name enough to go searching for this sealed canister?  If we dug up a 2000 year old message in the desert today meant for people living in our times, THAT would be news because it would have originated from people that based on their understanding at the time had no way of knowing if the world would even exist so far in the future.  But for us, we know with relative certainty that the Earth will continue to exist for at least a few billion more years until it is swallowed up by the sun.  Placing a message in a bottle that is almost certain to survive until its rediscovery is not art, it is hubris.  It is glorified attention whoring.  It is not art for the sake of beauty, it is art for the sake of self.
 
2013-03-31 10:15:45 AM  
But enough about Campaign for North Africa.
 
2013-03-31 10:23:56 AM  

StrangeQ: People no longer create for the sake of creating; they create only if there is something to gain.


You know not of what you speak.
 
2013-03-31 11:15:20 AM  
Rohrer has distributed over 900 sets of GPS coordinates to each person at the presentation, coming to over a million possible locations. Mathematically speaking, if one person were to visit a location each day with a metal detector, the game would be unearthed sometime within the next 2700 years.

Or... somebody could just try to hack his credit card records and figure out where he's traveled to in the past couple of years, and narrow it down to maybe a few hundred possible locations (or less, depending on whether they're evenly distributed around the globe or whether they're clustered in certain areas).  Probably a lot less time-intensive.
 
2013-03-31 12:44:53 PM  

MrBeetle: King Something: doglover: King Something: [www.chessvariants.org image 640x480]

/yes, it's real

Mega Shogi?

I think Mega Shogi would be smaller than the one I posted.

Taikyoku Shogi -- 36x36 board, each player starts with 402 pieces. Among those pieces are 36 pawns, two Royal pieces (pieces which can be checkmated -- in this case, a King which moves one or two spaces in a straight line in any direction, and a Prince which moves just one space), a third piece which promotes to a Royal (Drunken Elephant, which moves one space in any direction except straight backwards and promotes to a Prince), and over 200 other types of pieces.

It's a good game to play if you have about 9,001 hours to kill and don't want to play DIsgaea for some reason.

And... how many serpant or old woman pieces are there?


There's either one or two of every (unpromoted) piece, except the 36 Pawns and 4 Dogs (which, along with the two Go-Betweens, start in the rank in front of the Pawns). The starting position is vertically symmetrical, so if there are two of any given piece, one will start on Rank X File Y and the other will start on Rank X File (37-Y)
 
2013-03-31 06:18:30 PM  
Organize a Fark Party to find it.
 
2013-04-02 11:40:44 AM  
"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."
 
2013-04-03 06:01:17 AM  

doglover: Tamerlane's chess is better.


One dimensional?
 
2013-04-03 06:02:10 AM  
I play this game, you`ve probably never heard of it. It`s buried in a desert and won`t be found for another 2000 years...
 
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