All posts tagged: Week 1

The Adventurers: a board game review

The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac is designed to prevent you from winning – that doesn’t sound like a fun board game. In order to win, five detailed player miniatures must travel between two slow moving walls, across 10 unstable glyph tiles arranged over a lava pit, over an unstable bridge or over a waterfall, and reach the exit before a large plastic boulder blocks the corridor, ending the game even if your alive. It’s a hard game, even for experienced board game reviewer, Tom Vasel, “I have still not survived [a game].” But comments like this are said with enthusiasm for the game. The reward of playing The Adventurers isn’t from collecting treasure around the board tiles, it’s from beating the mechanisms designed to kill you. “I have still not survived [a game].” I’ve survived once, and admittedly winning felt better. I learnt quickly what I shouldn’t do, to survive; like don’t jump on the bridge (it will break) or don’t stay in the wall room too long (it will eventually crush you). This is the first issue of The Adventurers: the …

We aren’t expected to be experts

BCM112: BUILDING 25.107 — It’s break time and the drone’s lights start flashing red. With a light finger press the drone rises to waist height; its four propellers whirl. Who’s more excited: the students rushing for the bathroom to get back to watch, or the grinning academics huddling around the small drone?  The drone sways in the air, tilts left, and soars into the wall. Ted laughs. Ted Mitew is the lecturer for this cohort. He’s passionate about small robotics and values the practicality of wearing toed shoes. He, along with Chris and Travis, are revitalising the digital media course by providing the opportunity to use drones and 3D printers.   Ted’s drone flight was lacklustre, but it didn’t spoil my excitement. Just look at the glee on Ted’s face even though his fingers are too big for the phone controls.  We aren’t expected to be experts; we’re expected to test new technologies, and they’re not expected to always work – they’re only prototypes. Chris, a tutor for this course who stacks his office walls with Lego, encouraged me last year that my …