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The Connector Chess Set

BNC Chess. Why BNC? The authors explain: "50 ohm BNC, SMA, and N terminators with various BNC, SMA, N, APC7, F, UHF connectors and inter-series adapters; or any other RF connectors you can find around the house. White gets nickel or stainless steel and black gets gold top pieces. p.s. Dad lost the first game."

Aside from the beauty and functionality of the design, and the amazing feat of playfulness required to re-envision the form and function of electronic findings into a chess set, what I like best about this achievement of junkish art is the playful appropriateness of what the inventors named it. The Connector Chess Set.

Yes, yes, it's made out of connectors. And they had to find new connections between the connectors in order to make the connection between connectors and chess pieces. But imagine the connections forged when they created the chess set together. Dad lost the first game? When you imagine how deeply connected both father and son became, making this beautiful set together, out of findings. When you think of how wonderfully connected it feels when your son is successful, more successful, even, than you. Well, that's the kind of loss we all should suffer.

Thing-a-ma-bots

Gamewright's card game "Thing-a-ma-bots" is a silly game, naturally, because I designed it.

Built completely from parts of other games, the parts I Iike best – Thing-a-ma-Bots is a 'junkyard approach' to card game design. A unique, new game, built from a combination of rules from other, older games. A card game designed to challenge everyone equally, kids and adults, based on collections of rules that make people exercise both mental and social abilities. Rules that are often very surprising, and most important to me, rules that make people laugh. Like, for example, that bit from the game Steal the Old Man's Bundle where "If you play a card that matches the top card of an opponent's bundle, you steal their whole of their bundle and add it to the top of yours, placing the matching card that you played on top." Very fun little bit. Makes it impossible to know who's going to win until the very last minute of the game. (more)

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