Ted Meredith is Austin's Improv Assassin

Improv Assassins T-Shirt

Ted Meredith is Austin's Improv Assassin

Ted Meredith is Austin’s Improv Assassin

Ted Meredith won last year’s Austin Improv Assassins. The prize was a handmade T-shirt of him with his gun.

I’m thinking the shirt will look great doing reverse screen printing using a past that removes color from the shirt instead of applying ink. In this case I’ll remove the negative space around the image on the black shirt, getting the image above.

Confusing? Yes. Awesome? Yes. One of the benefits of this technique is that you get a fadeproof print because there’s no ink to flake off in the washing machine.

If you like you can support the Austin Improv Assassins game by purchasing a print on a shirt of your choice ($15).

GoldieBlox: Engineering toys for girls

While I really dislike how many childhood activities are gendercoded a single way, it’s probably a good idea to get balance and at least code it male and female both. Go future female engineers!

Cruel 2 B Kind Game



The infamous pillowfight at the Planetarium last year showed that viral marketing, a healthy sense of fun, and interactive public games are all coming to Buenos Aires. In the States large games like this are not unknown. A great example is Cruel 2 B Kind, a new twist on the classic game of Assasins where you have to “kill” people (usually with squirtguns). The change here is that you register as a group and “fight” other groups by hurling compliments. Alliances can form. Etc. Etc.

Pillows are one thing and registering and showing up is another. I don’t know if Buenos Aires is ready for this but if anyone is interested in helping to organize this game like this, let me know.

Life Takes Visa

I just read this article called Monopoly ditches cash, goes plastic. My understanding is that this is relatively old news but then… Visa Takes (on) the Game of Life.

This is nuts! Games are meant to teach things. One of the only redeeming qualities of Monopoly is that it teaches small kids to count cash and, hopefully, use it wisely. Life is similar. For little kids, who are realistically the only people who will enjoy these two games, should be learning arithmetic. The Visa Card essentially puts a branded calculator in the boxes. Except it’s worse. Research, which I heard somewhere once, says that people spend about 15% more with credit cards than with cash so we’re certainly teaching them something, but what?

What is a good game to play when you’re sick?

Do you have folks to play with? If you do, you guys probably have your own games you can play and you probably don’t want anything structured anyways. But let’s say you have 4 or more folks who you can play with: ASSHOLE. It’s a fun game because you can roleplay the with the Great Delmuti terminology. Just now the President is the Great Delmuti and can be a kind and benevolent ruler or a mean one. The Vice President is the Lesser Delmuti to be respected not as much as the Greater Delmuti. And the Asshole is the Peon, who can be either subservient or rebellious, whatever.

The real fun of the game comes from playing your role. If you’re sick and the peon you can moan and be miserable and oppressed. If you’re the Great Delmuti you can just lie back and order around the commoners who kiss up to you.

But the real issue about being sick is not what to do with your friends, it’s about what to do when you can’t think and you don’t want anyone around and you’re too tired and irritated to do anything creative. You’d stare at a computer monitor but it gives you a headache. Nope, you need something low key but interesting, yet something you can put aside so you can drool and stare at the wall.

Knitting? Yes!!!! but if you want to a game, i highly suggest Choice (also called Dice Solitaire in Sackson’s Gamut of Games). All the rules you need are downloadable from boardgamegeek.com. All you need are 5 ordinary dice and pencil/paper to keep score with.

Learning new games is no fun when you’re sick so I highly recommend learning these before getting sick and adding a deck of cards and dice to your “Sick Kit” (you have one don’t you?). Even better, don’t get sick.

Anyone know any more games?

Game Costumes: The Chest Set

Awhile ago I signed up to take an experimental design class. It’s funny cause I have no idea what it’ll be about or involve but it sounds pretty exciting. One thing I’m a little worried about is that it will involve making clothes. What I really want to design are games. Board games. A game box would be cool too. I dunno. Anyways, I don’t really want to make clothes but just in case I’m already coming up with ideas.

Gentlemen, I give you the Chest Set:


In reality in the context of a clothes class I would make a tight shirt out of it and have it so you could play chess with felt velcro pieces. Perfect for smart college parties…

errr… something like this: