Filmographies

As we near the end of 2012 that means we get another stirring Filmography video from Gen Ip. She has crafted another superb compilation video that elevates all the films within to a higher level…


Boardgame Renaissance

It would seem we are in revolutionary times when it comes to what were once humble boardgames. There are the very old games like Chess, Go and a horde of card games, the classics like Monopoly and…


Luminocity and Hypersurface

The Faculty of Built Environment had a few large shows at the end of this year for UNSW. We had several exhibitions as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival with some very groovy Hypersurface…


Octopi Family

The request was a pic to go on the front of a home-spun diary for the grandparents - somehow that inspired this little image of us as octopi. This was a pencil sketch in the normal A5 sketchbook,…


Microsoft Surface Love Hate

OK, I have been playing on and off with one of the new Microsoft Surface RT tabletty laptopy doodads for a week or so and have been having a very mixed experience. When I ordered the machine there…


Stunning CryEngine3 and Crysis 3

One thing that the Crytek engine is famous for is the visual fidelity that it can muster is gorgeous real-time. While mortals may struggle to develop assets of the quality on display in the new tech…


Unity 4 and Serious Games

Yep, Unity 4 has arrived and comes armed with "a new animation system, graphics, special effects and performance optimizations" plus more. See the full list of New Features for all and sundry which…


Coop Games and Card Creation

I have gone on something of a spree so our gaming groups can try out a suite of coop games. Apart from the Moths and Butterfly concept I have been working through - I took quite a few tangents…


Board Game Mechanics and Kickstarter

Over the weekend I generated quite a few notes and schemas on possible game mechanics that could form part of Valley of Wings which not only impact gameplay but are also helping to flesh out the…


Lego pop-up buildings

The mighty Lego bricks have spawned oh so many wondrous pieces of design and here is another that is sure to make you gasp. Here are two videos showing the work of talapz who created these…


Valley of Wings - Board Game Inspiration List

With more and more thinking about how to translate the world and narrative of my Moth and Butterfly world to a board game - - I have been looking (too much) at a range of games that would…


Petchkovski 3D print art

There is something extra groovy that technology now allows more easily than ever before, bringing digital thinking and models into the real world as unique prints using very cool new 3D printer…


Small World

With Tuesday GAMENIGHT being super fun over the last few months, I thought it was worth a mini review of Small World that has dominated our play sessions - we just cant stop. Days of Wonder are…


Unity, Butterflies and Moths

The shiny new Unity 4 engine is poised to be released and we have the first demo of the new capabilities in the form of The Butterfly Effect short film. Passion Pictures have teamed up with Unity to…


Media Leviticity Scale

While I have been working through options and scenarios for a Valley of Wings board game (Moths vs Butterflies world) one of the key decisions is how light/comical the mood should be. This idea of a…


Groovy new RMIT Building

Universities are often great places for exciting pieces of architecture to spawn because of their more adventurous nature and their ability to use buildings as advertising of their research and…


Moths, Butterflies and Board Game Destiny

Since I/we have been playing many more board games over the last two months and having a heap of fun doing so. I have been thinking about porting over the Moths vs Butterflies realm to a board game…


Win8 progress and the ASUS TAICHI

I have the release copy of Windows 8 running on my HP 2760p and it is a little cleaner again than the previous iterations. I still have 'issues' with how the machine handles Win8 in tablet mode - so…


Win8 laptopy tablety fun

I applaud Microsoft's attempt to bring their OS to a spectrum of devices, even though so far I have been using my Windows 8 machine just like a Windows 7 one with touch added. The is plenty of…


CryE Vegetation & Video

Here are a handful of recent community additions to CryEngine3 that give us more capability and beauty over and above all the joy we get from the base SDK. I will give all of these a try in the next…