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Games and Puzzles



Are certain countries associated with certain games? Use a broad definition of games, like sports. Kind of no, kind of yes. It would be fun to ponder why certain societies are linked with certain games. Mostly tradition, but other stuff too.

Atoms get together to form molecules. I thought of making a card game with that. It's about filling valence shells with electrons.

There are grabby slappy games. If the conditions are right you grab the object or ring the bell faster than any of your opponents (which can and does lead to injury). Let's make something that is like that and is not like that.

For the new concept, grabbing/slapping an object should depend on body language and mind games and discreet communication.

If we get it right, you want to slap the card in the middle of the table, under the right conditions. How do you know the right conditions? By watching Ralph. But if it's time for you to move, Ralph or someone else might pick up on that and slap the card.
Or something along those lines. Oh, and don't get suckered into slapping the card at the wrong time, or you will lose.


So Nunavut, the Canadian territory. Not just Canada's north, but far north. Like the picture above. Population: almost nobody. What if you had a modern board game made from someone there? What would it be like? Would the game be any good?

Language and Culture


Definitely is definitely pronounced definitely.

Not deafly.


I Went To The MOST ASIAN City In North America (Richmond, BC Travel Vlog)




Imagine what it would be like to be a decision maker for the German Army in the spring of 1944. Note the timing, and the situation at that specific time. The Battle of Atlantic had been lost. Infantry had been eaten up mostly by combat in Russia. The introduction of long-range P-51 fighters allowed bombers to reach into Germany and bomb important targets. As a result, German fighters were forced to intercept, and these fighters and pilots were attritted. The recent "Transportation Plan" meant that Allied air power had pummeled transportation and much else in northern France. Fuel always was a problem.

The Allied invasion of Europe is coming, but where and when? Get it right and you stop the invasion.* Get it wrong and you lose the war. The evidence shows there will be a landing in Pas de Calais, so forces and attention were moved there. Would the Allies land in more distant Normandy, where they don't have a port immediately available? Maaybe. There is evidence that the Allies will land in Norway. Southern Europe is possible too. Confusing.

* On D-Day the Allies landed five divisions by boat into France. Germany had 90 divisions in France. The panzer divisions were the important ones.



From real life:

"He's idiosyncratic."

"He's an idiot. Just say it."


Here are some things to get the imagination going, with an emphasis on speculative fiction, science fiction.

- Eurovision -

If you were to science fictionise this, you would get .. Eurovision. A huge, colourful event that everybody is talking about, stakes involved. Costumes and dance.


- Knights of the Zodiac -

I saw an advertisement for Knights of the Zodiac, a still picture of a man and a woman. I can't even tell what era it is. The important thing here is the name.

A dedicated group of special security people, while the word Zodiac provides a mysterious zing of fantasy. Symbols.


- Dark North -

Dark North is the name of a podcast about Canadian crime. Neat name.

For fiction, think organised crime, behind the scenes. But with a sense of place.

So you're producing a board game. Imagine having the best people on the job, the best designer, the best developer, the best artist, the best marketer, I guess supply chain manager, etc.

Consider any group activity that requires a group with individuals who are good, even the best at their individual job. Mission Impossible or some such. Making a Hollywood movie, get that script and foley artist and editor and the trailer people. A company for your software idea.

- Prime -

Among all the numbers out there, certain numbers are special, almost like they have a special power.

So you've got some kind of catch-the-bad-guys plot. There is a special team, where each individual is the cream of the crop for one type of skill. Plugged in to the authority and information of government departments, but left to do their own thing.


- Cyber Tracker -

Gathering intelligence, but in its own world.

- The Japan Cipher -

Two and a half words I came up with in my youth when I got into ciphers.




Lilacs smell nice.

Dice Tower had a thing where they listed their top three smells. I find this is an interesting topic of conversation that can go in unexpected directions.



I love the smell of this ginseng drink.