Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Faves: Crazy Apple News

So I don’t know how many of you lovely people have read my pages up above, but in the gaming section I give credit to one “big brother” for introducing me to the world of computer gaming. I did not include that he has since introduced me to countless random board games, and even one (gasp) Role Playing Game that you play with real people in the room with you, instead of online.

I didn’t latch on to GURPS, sorry, Nate.

BUT I digress. The point is, that said brother, is here with us today!


Nate is also an amazing writer who needs to get his stuff out there! Ahem.

Anyway, here’s his take on his favorite things:

So, I’m probably not who Kadie had in mind for this little column. But that’s what makes it so fun. I’m a programmer, and an Apple humor columnist…basically I’m a standard nerd. So, what does this standard nerd like? Will publishing this article make my sister go insane? Let’s see!

Favorite Design Trend: Art Deco

See, right off the bat I missed the boat and mixed some metaphors. This is clearly not a current design trend. But I can’t hide my true feelings any longer. I love Art Deco stuff. From the exceedingly simple:


To the large and ornate:


I’m in love with the strong, clean lines and eye for detail and motion:


And the sheer joy of clean, stylized typography:



Anyway, Kadie can stop shuddering now, because I’m moving on to my

Favorite Author: Man, Who Knows?

If I had to pick one we’d be here all day, because I can’t. I love Douglas Adams, Leo Tolstoy, P.G. Wodehouse, Stephen Lawhead, Terry Pratchett…the list goes on and on. But for now and purely at random I’ll choose Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, because they worked together on a book called Good Omens, which you must read.


Good Omens is the story of an averted apocalypse, as seen by an angel and a devil that have both been on Earth for about 7000 years now, and are pretty good friends. Told with Pratchett’s good humor and Gaiman’s sense of story, it’s a fun and interesting read, regardless of your religious views. But moving on, if we were to talk about my favorite game, that honor would have to go to

Smallworld! Or Cosmic Encounter.

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I’ve been playing Cosmic since forever (Shameless plug for an article I wrote on another blog) and the newest edition is the best. But Smallworld, from Days of Wonder games has threatened Cosmic’s throne in my heart on more than one occasion. Both games feature you, with special powers, trying to take over territory from other players, who also have special powers. Both games involve a lot of thinking and a fair number of variables that make each game fresh and unique. But the two games are very different, and both very fun. I have somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 games in my huge game closet, and these two still battle for the top spot.

Okay, that’s all from me. Join Kadie next week for a guest post from someone who knows what they’re talking about in terms of interior design, or feel free to join me on any of my blogs. Bye!

I wuv my big brudder. And PS, I would NEVER shudder from Art Deco. I love it! (As seen here (ha he’s not the only one who can shamelessly plug his own blogging!)) Also, Cosmic Encounters is one of the best games ever made. It takes awhile though, so be prepared to invest an afternoon if you decide to play.

And I’m slightly surprised he didn’t mention Monkey Island as his favorite game. Hmm, maybe he forgot.

Thanks Nate! And tune in next week for another edition of Friday Faves!

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  1. For the record, Rolemaster trumps GURPS.

  2. What a fun guest post! I've never heard of those games before... They sound fun though! :D

  3. My friends and I are considering trying out straight up D&D, but how could anything top GURPS? Who doesn't like spending 20 minutes figuring out how fast they can go in a boat?

    My Name is Nate Dickson, and I approve this message. (I've always wanted to say that.)

  4. Rolemaster gives you that same joy, but I like their mechanics better. It's the old Iron Crown system basically from the original Middle Earth Roleplaying System, extracted for use across gaming universes.


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