Saturday, July 31, 2010
What could be better than that?
Well, there is the free version of the app to try out before getting the full-featured version.
Friday, July 30, 2010
You can't have a four-oval Venn diagram. Five, sure, but it's messy.
So you could have ovals representing "Like Pina Coladas", "Getting Caught in the Rain", "Making Love at Midnight", and "Have Half a Brain (at least)". The song doesn't exactly state that it is a minimum of half a brain, but I believe this to be the correct interpretation.
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
Each player is a zombie searching for brains while trying to avoid shotgun blasts as represented on the sides of the nicely crafted green, yellow and red dice. The colors are important because your probability of success is higher with green than with red, but the dice you roll are chosen randomly, so look out. (Note: if playing a zombie bothers you for some reason, you could easily flip this game around and be humans looking to shotgun the zombies before your brains are eaten, but that would be more challenging with these dice. The zombies numbers are overwhelming.)
The rules literally take seconds to learn, and their simplicity might fool you into believing that the game is too simple. Start believing that and you'll pay everything (to paraphrase the song) when you roll the dice just one more time. You risk all the points for the round on every roll, and you can only dodge the shotguns for so long. Under the best circumstances, there's better than a 40% chance of seeing the business end of those barrels.
There were a few drawbacks discovered from our first sessions. First, going last is a major advantage, so we have a House Rule that the first player from the previous round goes last in the following round so that this position rotates.
Second, there's no interaction between the players other than goading them into taking another dangerous roll or convincing them to play it safe. Psychological manipulation aside, maybe an expansion could address this with some kind of challenge dice or interference cards or some other twist.
Third, after a few games, the nifty Zombie Dice cup start to show signs of wear around the rim, caused by players shoving their fingers down into the narrow can to draw their dice randomly. (It's called "gravity", people. Tip the cup upwards and the dice will come to you!) Quick Fix for next time: put the dice in a spare dice bag and use the cup to roll only the three you select.
Summary: Great, quick game. Perfect between longer games, for the one-last-game-before-we-go game, or a we're-still-waiting-for-you-know-you game. (And then tell them about all the fun they missed for coming late.) And if you like zombie games, you probably have bags of little plastic zombies. use them to keep score.
(*) In FOR*GET*IT, if, for example, all the "IT" dice are out of play, you're free to continue rolling until you max out of points without any chance of losing. There's always the possibility of Bad Stuff on every die in Zombie Dice
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
There aren't too many ways to "mathematize" Charo's name, which is actually
María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Gutiérrez de los Perales Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Hinojosa Rasten,
or so she says.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
"Love parallelogram" just didn't have the right ring to it. And if you love it, you have to have a ring on it.
"Love trapezoid" was right out.
Thursday, July 08, 2010
There were so many absolutes in the classic cartoons, and the only shades of gray were the penguins and rabbits.
It's been too hot to work on this stuff, so there's a bonus comic today.
(Note: if anyone can provide me with trademark info for the above -- or even proper wording -- please let me know. Thanks.)
Sunday, July 04, 2010
Other than "GOL!", I have no clue what they're saying on the Spanish station. But they have much more enthusiasm than the guys on ESPN or ABC. And they seem more intelligent, too.
And if things were really well-timed, this would've been posted a couple of days ago.
Happy Fourth of July!