Category archive: Games

Learning go

One of my father's favorite pastimes was playing go. I posted a while back about how he tried to teach... (More...)

Probability and Dice Wars

There's this Flash game that I play called Dice Wars. It's sort of like a stylized and abstracted version of... (More...)

Life updates

And yet again, two weeks have gone by without a post from me here. What've I been up to? Day... (More...)

House rules for playing Slash

At WisCon 2014, Vylar Kaftan introduced a bunch of us to a very entertaining fast-paced casual game called Slash: it's... (More...)

Good weekend

This weekend went surprisingly well in various ways: I completed something like a dozen to-do items that I had been... (More...)

My emotional state

A couple weeks ago, I sat down to write a blog entry about how I was doing with regard to... (More...)

Ingress: Augmented reality game

I've been playing Google's augmented-reality game Ingress intermittently for a few months now. Yesterday, I reached level 7 and (coincidentally)... (More...)

Shuffling notes

I've been trying out some boardgames that require a fair bit of card shuffling; in particular, RoboRally requires shuffling the... (More...)

Neat sliding-number-puzzle games

There's a nifty iOS game called Threes, in which you slide numbered tiles around on a board and combine them... (More...)

Assorted updates

I feel like I haven't posted a general life update here in ages. Partly that's because I have half a... (More...)

Cup game, cup song

I vaguely heard of the cup game years ago, but never tried it before, and I'm not sure I've ever... (More...)

Countdown update

A couple weeks ago, I posted about the mysterious countdown that was happening on the Pronunciation Book YouTube channel. Today,... (More...)

Some Letterpress strategy notes

Letterpress is an iOS word game. I played it a fair bit in spare moments for a couple months, mostly... (More...)

New toy!

I was sad a couple weeks ago when ThinkGeek sold out of portal guns six minutes before I saw... (More...)

A few Kickstarters of possible interest

Yesterday, my Facebook stream conveniently grouped together posts about four different Kickstarter projects. (What's the collective noun for Kickstarters?) I... (More...)

More on Scrabble scoring

I've been playing Words With Friends, and it's helping me further shape my ideas of what I want Scrabble to... (More...)

Half-amusing juxtaposition

I get spam now and then from the IGN Games website. I think I tried to unsubscribe at some point... (More...)

Upcoming events and other stuff

Suddenly it seems like there are many Things going on around here: This weekend in Vallejo: NorCal Pirate Festival. Entertainers,... (More...)

Home safe

Had a good trip. WisCon; Chicago; Swarthmore. Good to see people. Am unlikely to write up a full report of... (More...)

That was the month that was

I haven't been posting much lately, have I? In particular, it looks like I haven't posted any life updates here... (More...)

Nifty hand game: Sticks/Chopsticks

Tivi, who is seven, just taught me and Jim a nifty game we hadn't seen before. Tivi called it “Sticks”;... (More...)

iPhone game: Scarlett and the Spark of Life

Recently played an entertaining iPhone puzzle/adventure game: Scarlett and the Spark of Life. In this game, you play Princess Scarlett,... (More...)

New iPhone game

Forgot to mention that I also picked up a couple of iPhone games today when I needed a break from... (More...)

Pandemic, the game

I've now played the cooperative boardgame Pandemic five times (all at the beginner level) and won twice. When I first... (More...)

Now these points of data make a beautiful line

I played the Portal closing-credits song, "Still Alive," for Kam the other day, as a sort of coda to our... (More...)

Some iPhone games

I've downloaded 100 iPhone apps in the five months or so since I got my iPhone 3G. Been meaning for... (More...)

Still alive

Had dinner with Pam & Arthur & Ray & Robbie (who's about to turn 2); got home, decided to give... (More...)

Portal is longer than it looks

I sat down this afternoon to finish playing Portal--I had made it halfway through level 18 previously (with the knowledge,... (More...)

Two more online games

A couple games that've been sitting around in my browser windows: The so-called "French Military Game" is a Java version... (More...)

Dicewars vs US electoral map

I think I'm not really entirely awake today. I was just looking at the electoral map at the top right... (More...)

Online Encore

I still haven't figured out the right way to balance my language blog with my main blog. Whenever I post... (More...)

Congratulations! You're on the path to sentience!

Spore is finally being released! Apparently it's already available in much of the rest of the world, but the North... (More...)


Friday evening, Kam and I watched National Treasure 2. It was fun and silly; perhaps not quite as much fun... (More...)

Game store in South Bay

For years, a store called Gamescape (in Palo Alto) was where I always went to buy games. I didn't buy... (More...)

The uses of a V

I'm playing Scrabulous again with Mary Anne. Good words so far: she led with TILDE, I countered with PORCINI, she... (More...)

Three software releases of note

Been a busy week for software releases of interest to me; even more pleasing, all three of the items here... (More...)

More Scrabble thoughts

Having completed a couple games of Scrabulous in Facebook, I have some more thoughts about what I do and don't... (More...)

Philosophy of Scrabble

At some point I'll post more about Facebook. But for now, having fallen into two Scrabulous games almost immediately upon... (More...)

Items: Chain games

Three Flash games with only the vaguest of thematic connections to each other. Chain Factor. You drop numbered circles into... (More...)

Arcade games (and pinball) in San Jose this weekend

This weekend in San José is California Extreme 2007, "an annual celebration of coin operated pinball machines [and] video games,"... (More...)

Flash, Java, and JavaScript games/toys/puzzles roundup

Assorted interesting and/or cool online games, toys, and puzzles: Gimme Friction Baby, which Charles D described as "sort of a... (More...)

Second Life, terraforming, Oversight, ARG?

It seems that Jason Stoddard's company, Centric, has offices in Second Life (as well as in the real world). Recently,... (More...)

Computer game day

Today's been a day full of computer games. I took a vacation day, 'cause Mary Anne was here. We were... (More...)

Cool online games/toys

Be prepared to spend quite a lot of time on these. (The first two require Flash; the third is a... (More...)

Spelunker Today and Easy Sally

One of the many ways I misspent my youth was by playing the original Colossal Cave text adventure. A bunch... (More...)

Items: Video

Links to a bunch of cool online video items, for your delectation and enjoyment. Some of these require Flash; some... (More...)

Bouncy ball-droppy soundy pingy thing

Scott introduced me to a nifty software toy: BallDroppings, available for Mac, Windows, and mobile phones, plus a Java version.... (More...)

Items: Keep the objects moving

Three more or less unrelated items of varying levels of interactivity: Thomas Dietz juggling video #10. Even the people who... (More...)

Online tile game

Michael showed me a cool tile puzzle/game today called Tantrix. Despite the name, it has nothing to do with sex;... (More...)