Andrea got caught behind a Berthoud Pass closure today on her way back from the mountains, and cotrip.org was a little vague on the situation and options, so she called me, and I pulled up a map to try and help out. While on the phone, she said she was going to stop in Winter Park and wait it out, so I zoomed in a little bit on Google Maps since my familiarity with the area is zero, and suddenly I was presented with this:
Winter Park detail on Google Maps
I thought it was pretty cool — they have not only the chairlifts, but also all the runs, and (I assume) they’re color-coordinated with their difficulty. I peeked at Vail, Copper, and just to confirm it wasn’t an Epic/Vail/Colorado thing… Nubs Nob in Michigan, which was NOT mapped, but nearby Boyne Mountain was. I was duly impressed. And then I dragged the yellow “Street View” guy onto the map…
Update: I did a little digging and I guess this got rolled out last Feb/March, so I’m a little late to the party. Still rad though.
My number one objective this holiday break was to make some definitive progress on the next revision of my board game about Gaul. I researched a lot of battle locations, tuned a lot of game mechanics, assembled a folding cardboard base to mount the next prototype board, and sat down to redesign the board from the ground up. My Illustrator skills are dusty as ever, but I’ve got a new draft I’m really happy with, which I will be sending to the printer on Thursday. It will be ready to playtest again soon, so if you’ve ever volunteered to do so, get ready!
In the meantime, check out this NPR piece on the hero and the culture that inspired the game:
Flashback six months ago: I thought I was doing well, financially. I’d been making a decent salary at Rapt Media, I (thought I) was making some progress on the credit cards I had run up while working on Signal Genius, and I just generally seemed to have a lot of money in the bank. Then on February 1… my mortgage, CrossFit membership and car insurance autopayed; the next day, my roommate came asking for the rent check, as well as two months’ rent for the Vail ski house I’d never made the trek to.
Mother effer. Suddenly I was back to carefully timing checks, watching my account balance like a hawk, and crossing fingers when the debit card swiped at the grocery store. There had to be a better way. Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, I attended a Board Game Developer’s conference called Protospiel. As luck would have it, it was in my hometown of Ann Arbor, MI, so the trip got to double as a visit to see the folks and an old friend or two. I got some shocking news the day I returned, so this is a little tardy.
I took revision 5 of my nascent board game — Vercingetorix (new name in the works… I realize it’s a mouthful) with the hopes of getting some final tuning feedback and try and drum up some interest.
The first morning of the conference (Friday), I arrived with my rolled-up board in a shipping tube and a plastic box full of components. I paid my reg fee, got my name tag, and looked around the room bewildered by what to do first. A guy named Oliver walked up and asked if I had a prototype I wanted to test. “Holy crap! Am I really ready to show this to strangers?” my brain panicked. Continue reading →
On two occasions I have been asked, “Pray, Mr. Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?” … I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question.
—Charles Babbage, Passages from the Life of a Philosopher
Boulder wakes up a different city today. Atlas Purveyors closed their doors last night, leaving many of us wandering the streets aimlessly before heading in to work this morning.
Like many, my introduction to Atlas was early in my Boulder tenure, accidental, and unassuming.
It was my second full day in Boulder, with no job. I went looking for a coffee shop with WiFi to work on my resume and search for work. I walked the full length of the bricks, stunned that there was no coffee save Starbucks. At 15th & Pearl, I pulled out my phone and searched “Boulder WiFi”. At the top of the list was “Atlas Purveyors — 1505 Pearl St.”
“I should be able to see that from here.” I thought.