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JAXA Hitomi satellite disaster

The world watched with excitement as Japan successfully launched its Hitomi satellite in February. Priced at more than a quarter of a billion dollars, the Hitomi satellite was designed to eavesdrop on black holes, exploding stars, and massive galaxies. What would eventually happen would go on to cast a long shadow over Japan’s space program. Formed in 2003, JAXA was poised …

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Analog Games in Pop Culture : Make Your Own Handmade Discworld

This Amigurumi Discworld was crafted with love by June Gilbank. She sent the image of a completed project to Sir Terry Pratchett who replied: “Well, if you’re going to crochet Discworld then that’s the way to do it!” You’ll find June’s patterns for sale on her website Planet June. Here are some instructions for creating the Discworld. ← GaymerX is …

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Analog Games in Pop Culture: GaymerX is a Fun Weekend Escape

GyamerX is a convention which celebrates queer gaming with a focus on diversity. Previous sponsors include Intel, Harmonix, Blizzard, and Trion Games. The convention is heavily weighted towards video games. There were several rooms allocated to tabletop RPGs and a robust lending library of board games. One highlight was the panel which focused on queer issues in analog games. Queer …

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Steal fearlessly.

Chris Rowlands at One Thousand XP asks, “what if?” As in, “What if I stripped away everything else that was here and made a game solely based on this dice placement mechanic?”’ In his post, he looks at what it means to take inspiration from other games’ mechanics, and why you should never fear what your game may or may not become …

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Learn to draw your own game maps

Every game designer or adventure writer reaches the point where they need a map. You can sketch it in a notebook and find an artist to draw it for you, fire up your favorite graphic program and do your best, or try one of the dedicated map-making apps on the market. Or you could learn to draw your own cartography. …