Today I want to revisit a Friday Time Waster from several months ago. When I first wrote about Auditorium, by Cipher Prime, it was still in development and the only thing available was a demo. It’s now complete and, for the low low price of $10.99, which gets you 70 levels of play across 15 acts, and some really pleasant music to go with the scritch in your brain as you try to solve the puzzles.

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Who knew when the Wii came out that those miraculous little Wiimotes could be used for so many cool things. Granted, the whole idea of playing a video game with a wireless controller that responded to movements was pretty darned revolutionary to begin with. The fact of the matter is, techno-geeks have since been doing things with Wiimotes that perhaps only they could imagine. You might call it Wiimote meets Star Trek. The Star Trek franchise is the only place I can think of where we even dared to imagine that we might be able to feel a hologram.

My apologies to everyone who was relying on this blog to find cool things to look at/read. I could blame the fact that I haven’t posted anything in weeks on my back, and that would be partially true. The truth of the matter is that I’ve been sucked into one of the oldest computer games that’s still in active development. Yes, there are probably older games out there, but they’re basically dead – they haven’t been updated in years. For the VAX geeks among us who may not have heard of Nethack, it’s like Moria but WAY better.

If you don’t have anything better to do for the next 6 years or so, have a go at some Nethack. It’s open source and available for just about every platform out there. There are 2D skins that you can use rather than the old ASCII dungeon maps, which I highly recommend. The one I’ve been using is Vulture’s Eye. I have no idea if it’s available for Windows, so if you happen to find a Windows graphic interface for it, feel free to post it in comments for the non-Linux-geeks out there.

Ok, so I’m hopelessly behind the times. But I’m 39, darnit, and it takes me a while. I’ve never seen a puzzle game quite like this one. Before you ask me for hints or help, let me warn you that I’m not going to be much assistance. I’m sitting here looking at the level 6 page. I knowhat the alternative is, but haven’t found what it’s an alternative to, so I’m still looking!

What could be more relaxing than wiling away the time building a model ship.  How about taking it down the local pond and sailing it around with a dozen of your closest friends?

Just watch out for these people…

The MWCI is a model warship combat club. They build 1/144th scale replicas of warships, load them full of bb’s and then zip around ponds shooting at each other. They game in shallow ponds so that the ships can be retrieved, patched up, and sent back to the battle.

Sound fun? Events are held year round all over the United States. There are other model warship combat clubs, but I haven’t found anything outside of North America. Canadians might be in luck, although websites for their activities are slim.

update: The Australians are in on it, too.

Brian Koehler has a great page on the hobby, including video from past events and pictures of ship building.

(P.S. Thanks to Kevin Inscoe for reminding me about this. We went to an event years ago but lost track of the local club. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon with the family.)