Noah J Nelson on Wednesday, Mar. 20th
Knights of Pen & Paper (mobile game)
This entry in the Independent Games Festival’s 2013 student competition has been making my, uh, downtime pass by like a fresh breeze. Knights of Pen & Paper is a turn based, pixel art styled simulation of playing a pen and paper roleplaying game. The action revolves around a gaming table, complete with a dungeon master and snacks you can buy, through in game rewards or microtransactions. The work of students from the University of Brazil, this Unity engine based game is as accomplished as some of my favorite mobile titles. –Noah Nelson
Farewell, Fung Wah: A Musical Memorial for an Affordable Bus (Article)
All you needed to get from Boston to NY was $15, 4-6 hours, and a small sense of adventure. But what riders called tolerable, safety inspectors called illegal and recently shut the company down. Every Fung Wah rider has their survivor story; my bus got so overheated that my metal armrest burned to the touch. Before rider complaints turned to rider mutiny, the sleepy-looking driver pulled over on highway shoulder, walked to the back of the bus and punched out the emergency hatch. But that’s nothing compared to the highlight reel on the wikipedia page, Fung Wah safety.
I think it’s important to note the majority of stories end with “no injuries reported.” Like a lot of fun things, Fung Wah was cheap, reckless, and mostly nobody got hurt. Here’s another rider’s ode to the beloved, lost bus line. –Ike Sriskandarajah