GeekDad Draws: T-Shirt Art With ‘Krita’

GeekDad Draws: T-Shirt Art With ‘Krita’

A while ago, I received a graphic tablet as present and immediately started playing around with it. As a big fan of Open Source software, I turned to ‘GIMP’ rather than ‘Photoshop.’ When looking around on the internet for tips and tricks about working with the graphic tablet, I soon stumbled over ‘Krita,’ another Open Source project, which has gained momentum lately. Read More

‘My First Stone Age’ Wins Best Children’s Game

‘My First Stone Age’ Wins Best Children’s Game

Last week, the jury of the German Spiel des Jahres (“game of the year”) prize announced their choice of best Children’s Game of 2016. Out of the three nominated games, the jury picked Marco Teubner’s ‘My First Stonge Age’ as their favorite. Thanks to our local library, which is always quick in buying nominated games, my family had the chance to find out, whether ‘My First Stone Age’ will also turn out to be one of our favorites. Read More

Game of the Year: The Early Classics

Game of the Year: The Early Classics

The German Spiel des Jahres is sometimes called the Oscars of board games. I find myself revisiting some of my favorites from the early years of the awards. Two of these classics, “Hare & Tortoise” and “Enchanted Forest”, completely reinvented the old-fashioned dice-driven racing game. Read More

A History of Computer Entertainment

A History of Computer Entertainment

Recently, at the Christmas party at work, talk turned to our first computers, and from there to the computer games we played back then. “Ah,” says one, “‘Defender of the Crown’ on my Amiga, that was something.” “‘Monkey Island,'” says another. “Those Infocom games,” says I. As we continue reminiscing, I realize that none of my colleagues is aware of ‘The Digital Antiquarian,’ who during the past years has thoroughly researched these and many more computer game classics. Read More

This Fall: Interactive Fiction Galore

This Fall: Interactive Fiction Galore

Fall has brought a fresh harvest of interactive fiction. The annual IFComp (Interactive Fiction Competition) offers 54 games (parser-based as well as hypertext-based) for your consideration, many of them ready to play directly in your browser. If, on the other hand, you are more into chose-your-own-adventure books, there is the 2015 Windhammer Prize for short game-book fiction, offering 16 PDFs for download. Read More

Spelling ‘General Grievous’: Making Orthography Fun

Spelling ‘General Grievous’: Making Orthography Fun

It was with a bit of trepidation that I observed my kid’s first brushes with orthography in grammar school. When it became apparent that something had to be done in the way of regular spelling exercises, my first thought was daily dictations, such as I had been subjected to by my parents. I had hated them (the dictations, not the parents), but spelling could never be fun, it seemed. Read More