Los Angeles-based artist Andrew Tarusov (link slightly nsfw) inspired himself from movie posters from the 80s and 90s and reimagined them with superheroes. The result is rather amazing. Check them all out below (and be sure to hit the “Read More” link if you are reading this from the front page!)
When most people think of fishing, we imagine relaxing in a boat and patiently reeling in the day’s catch. But modern industrial fishing — the kind that stocks our grocery shelves — looks more like warfare. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson and Jennifer Jacquet explain overfishing and its effects on ecosystems, food security, jobs, economies, and coastal cultures.
For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon is having a huge sale on a large variety of strategy board game, including titles such as Kingdomino, Shadows Over Camelot, Isle of Skye, and a LOT MORE! There are over 90 games available!
It turns out there’s a scientific explanation behind the saying, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity!” Learn why a hot and humid day feels so dismal and some tips to avoid the really sweaty, gross days on today’s Quick Question!
This Star Trek TOS road trip sunshade might be just the thing you need to protect the inside of your car from those dangerous radiations coming from our sun.
It’s only logical to protect your car’s interior, and this Star Trek TOS Road Trip Sunshade will block UV rays and keep your parked car cooler. Made in the USA, it’s also a universal size to fit most cars, trucks, and vans. You’ll definitely need this for traveling by car when your transporter is malfunctioning. Perfect for your next five-year mission!
All this week we’ll be taking a look at some of the jargon used in board games. If you’re new to gaming, you might like our piece from last year explaining the terms used to describe different types of games. This week we’re concentrating on terms used by more dedicated players to describe characteristics of games and gamers, particularly ones that can be controversial or problematic.
Today’s phrase is “alpha gamer” which refers to a situation in cooperative games (players work together against the game rather than one another, such as in Pandemic) where one or more players wind up giving advice so strongly that they are effectively telling people what to do on their turn. It can also be referred to as “quarterback syndrome”.
This can be deliberate or it may be the result of someone with an overbearing personality or more assertive confidence than other players. It can be a particular problem when the “alpha gamer” is highly experienced with the game and playing with newcomers.
The negative of “alpha gamer” is simple: the other players feel they are having little or no input into the game and are effectively reduced to spectators.
Alpha gamer is largely a combination of a social issue and an inherent drawback to cooperative games. However, if you are uncomfortable with addressing the social issue during a game, there are a few ways to mitigate the issue.
- Look for games which combine a shared win condition with personal, secret objectives such as Dead of Winter. This can help players feel more confident about making moves that aren’t necessarily what the potential “alpha gamer” is advocating.
- Look for games which may have one player in a traitor role such as Dead of Winter again or Shadows Over Camelot. This can add enough doubt about the advice of the “alpha gamer” for players to consider taking a different path.
- Explore games with a twist on the co-operative setup. For example, in This War Of Mine, players don’t control individual characters. Instead one player takes control of all the characters for a particular turn. The rules suggest that the current player makes all the decisions for the round without consultation and the group only discusses the decisions at the end of the round.
- Consider games such as Escape: The Curse Of The Temple which play in real-time and are usually too frantic for players to not only take care of their own actions but also figure out and tell others everything they should do. In some games such as Magic Maze, communication is actually restricted as part of the gameplay.
From Scott A. Stevenson:
On August 21, the United States will experience a total solar eclipse across nearly the entirety of the central part of the country. To give a perspective on what people will see I am publishing this video that was made with images shot of a total solar eclipse from November, 2012. This Total Solar Eclipse 4K video features time lapse footage for 3 phases of a total solar eclipse. The first phase is partial due to the sun being blocked from view behind a hill during sunrise. What is seen is the moon moving in front of the sun until it is perfectly aligned to completely block out its disc of light. During totality we can see the sun’s corona which appears as a halo around the shadowed disc. We can also see solar prominences as bright pinkish spots extending from the perimeter of the eclipse. Ordinarily to observe solar prominences one needs special equipment due to the blinding light of the sun. It is during the totality of a total solar eclipse that one can use an ordinary telescope to see such amazing features.
The moments just before and just after totality one will see what is known as the “diamond ring effect” where the sun is peeking out from behind the moon’s shadow and the eclipse takes on the appearance of a diamond ring. In my video I managed to capture this effect at the end of totality. It is one of the more astounding effects to observe during a total solar eclipse.
Did you know? Last week marked the 30th anniversary of the theatrical release of Masters of the Universe! Check out some of the lesser-known trivia you are probably not aware of about this cult classic!