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Pic of the Week: Dubai  Cruise
Cruising past Atlantis, Dubai October 09

How the machine is changing us

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Listen to Songs, Digital Stories and Gavin's Film Music

America 3000 Trailer

"It is 900 years after the Great Nuke and the roles of women have changed dramatically, much to the displeasure of men and mutants."

Bubba Ho-Tep Trailer

The Hidden Cost of War

globalhumour video - MAD TV: The iRack

"Night Flight" by GlobalMantra

Monday, August 13, 2007

Day 3

Day 3 went much more smoothly, however I realise that my playing skills are so much slower than the kids, and they have jumped ahead. I resigned myself to giving up and moving around the room watching the kids play, as I was missing out on too much action in the game. The video capture software is hopefully capturing their game play.

My video camera is capturing their language and discussion, as they seem to have split into two distinct groups. Jordan and Scott have gained higher levels and teamed up with Amy across the table and are working together. Amy is actually the furthest through the game. I suppose I imagined that the boys would be better at this - gender prejudice?

It seems that there is three stages of training, elementary, Intermediate and advanced. They are now working through their advanced training, still on training island though. The other three Harley, Sophie and Stuart are also working together, but at a lower level, not quite moving at the pace of the other three. There are characters in the game that one must talk to - these are guides for the different levels that describe the tasks required to move further into the game.

The complexity of the game is quite astounding, and the kids seem to grasp the rules through experimentation rather than reading the game -play web site. They also gather implements, clothing, weapons, food and of course money. They frequently add powers and skills to their "skill tree". At higher levels one can collect spells and use magic. interesting to see their cooperation emerging, they also run off and play by themselves at times, then team up later at strategic points once they have completed tasks.

You can see examples of game play here:

and here:


The player guides are worth reading in the forum section of the web site:


The comprehensive newbie guide is useful:


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