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chess sets

Strange how things stick in your head and don’t let go and you return to them again and again.

“re-animated, re-configured and re-claimed object a Readymake

It is still the Knight that enthrals me. I would happily have a whole game set just with these pieces. Truth be told whilst there are hundreds of great chess piece designs, I have never found a whole set where I am 100% delighted with all of the pieces.

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Man Ray bishop

The best option might be a set of disparate but complementer pieces? Getting the weight, material, colour/tone of all the pieces to ‘match’ would be a very interesting occupation/hobby. Sounds like a new pastime/meme to me.

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something with a Chinese puzzle ball base

eggshaped-weighted-base non-topple Castle in the Pyrenes Magritte rook
Duchamp knight
Man Ray bishop
a queen with a slowmotion splash crown
Calvert-esque stupa king sans cross
Elongated neck Cluedo-gamepiece-like Staunton pawn

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secret agent

Shame I didn’t pay full attention when the xmas puzzles by GCHQ were put out, as right up my street.

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blind forest

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This game is looking like a winner? Ori and the Blind Forest. A traditional type platformer but the visuals look scrumptious. These are the ‘simple’ games that all to easily become totally immersive; especially if you have an enormous screen to play on with surround sound.

VR the return

I saw an ad in the paper the other day with the title, “Is 2015 the year of Virtual Reality?”, and an illustration of a man wearing what looks like a diving mask. Reminded me of the early 90s TV show with Craig Charles, and how we all thought it was so cool. Despite big promises [just like personal jet packs/helicopters/moon cities promised in the 70s] nothing has materialised yet.

I haven’t watched TV for several years now, but it seems the 90s were a golden era for everything tech and interactive? From the Crystal Maze to Gamesmaster to Robot Wars to …

But then I haven’t been a gamer since the days of Tomb Raider, Oddworld Abe’s Odyssey, Resident Evil, etc. Was that really already the late 90s early oos.

Bridges

I found this puzzle last week in a newspaper. Similar to traditional plank puzzles. Looks interesting. You have to read the instructions carefully, as not obvious that you may have ‘more than one’ bridge between pairs of islands [but not more than two]. In some ways a higher maths dot-to-dot.

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FANTASTIC!

skyward

No smartphone so haven’t played this game but the visuals look great.

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slinky

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An interesting article on the then new toy ‘slinky’ from 1953. Apparently if there was a staircase that descended to earth from space it would take a slinky just over 5 days to climb down the stairs at 0.8 seconds a step. Here’s the patent from 1946.

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ping pong

Everyone should have one; at least once in their life.

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polarity

I got this game for Xmas. Neat. Really simple rules but quite sophisticated game play. The purpose of the game is to gain points by forming towers of discs. The playing pieces are magnetic, with each side of a disc oppositely charged.

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