- Gamers always seem to be fascinated by maps. I try to check out what's new on the Strange Maps blog every week or so.
- What? You don't know about xkcd, the geekiest stick-figure cartoon north of the Charles River? For shame...
- Grognardia has been talking about Diplomacy today, and that always makes me think of Slobbovia -- a free-wheeling Diplomacy variant that was played by a close-knit group of friends (including game designer Greg Costikyan) in the 1970s and 1980s. They ignored pesky things like rules and victory conditions, and concentrated on creating a shared world with rich history and traditions. This kind of long-term community building is a rare thing to find, and should be (IMHO) held up as an exemplar of the ways that games can enhance the quality and meaning of lives.
- Aberrant Hive Mind has posted an incomplete, but very fun-looking set of rules for an old-school D&D-based RPG.
- A nice blog about archaeology, history, wine, and sometimes games, is Mirabilis.ca. For some reason, reading it induces calm. Must be because it's author is Canadian.... :-)
- A great resource book for improving one's productivity (and other aspects of mental dexterity) is Ron Hale-Evans' Mind Performance Hacks. 75 individual tricks for making yourself into a better mentat!
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Six Random Links
If I can't prod myself to post new content at least once a week, this may become a regular feature of the blog. Why not share some link love?