Gold Rush – A Miner’s Adventure

I’ve had this idea long ago, but finally I finished this beautiful exploration boardgame. It is called Goldrush and can be played by 2 to 4 players. You dig shafts in the old mine and try to find gold, while avoiding rocks, water and gas-explosions. You can buy equipment like boots, backpack, diving-suit, dynamite to proceed quicker or at all. It is a thrilling exploration adventure with beautiful ilustrations by Juan Pablo Cornejo Serrano. It is not available yet on Amazon or in the Yodagames-Shop, but you can easily order it by sending 35 Euros directly to yoda@yodagames.de using Paypal – this already includes worldwide shipping. It is a big box with lots of game-pieces and even more fun.

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Once upon a time in 1991 …

… I created a cute brainkiller game called “Bomber Jack” for the Atari 800 XL computer. But what is a brainkiller game? This is a genre of games I wrote that feature arcade-action, but at the same time need a lot of thinking and puzzle-solving skills. Bomber Jack was one of my favourites, so I decided to resurrect it. Tadaa! It’s done! You can play it now for free on my website Yodas Video Arcade. Of course I updated the graphics a little bit, but just a little bit. It still has the cool retro feeling. Try it!

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Bomber Jack Resurrection

Wanted: Reference-partners!

online games for your website

Do you own a business that has a website? Do you want to get more visitors, a longer time of stay at your website? More word-of-mouth promotion? Want people to understand what you’re doing and appreciate it more? Here’s your chance:

I develop online-games for website. These games are related to the business and will show people what you’re doing – in a fun and playful way. They will like you more, understand your service, promote you and get exposed to your content for a longer time.

Usually, developing a game related to your business would cost between 2000 and 3000 Euros for development, graphics and a full, unlimited license. But here’s the deal: I’m looking for reference-partners! That means: I will develop your game for your business, you put it on your website. Depending on your business type and size, I can offer that either totally free for you or with only a little cost or some service-exchance for you. Oh yes, and there will be a link to my website in the game for reference.

How does it work? Just send me a mail and include your contact, a link to your website so I can have a look. I will get back to you and hopefully, you will soon have a really cool and fun game on your website that attracts a lot of visitors.

 

Suppliers’s Day in Hanau

On the last two days, the “Supplier’s Day” took place in the Hanau Congress-Centre. A very good choice of supplier’s sited in and around Hanau presented their products and services in an inspiring environment. Being a B2B event, it was quite easy to make new networking-contacts and find useful co-operations with visitors and participants at the same time. Thanks to everyone who visited my booth and dared to play one of my games.

Game designers are no inventors?

It is quite interesting that at the moment there is a big discussion about if authors of table top games should be recognised as inventors and therefore have a copyright on their games. Their ideas are the blood in the vessels of the game industry.

Exactly here I remember that this kind of thing already happened in the 80′s, when Atari, leading game company at that time, decided to not print the names of the designers on the game boxes and therefore neglected the rights of the authors.

This lead to the genesis of the company Activision, created by some of Atari’s best game designer’s of that time. They created such great games, that Atari soon had a big problem. It looks like history has to repeat itself. Some people just never learn …

Retro games and computer music

gulp splat zong von yoda zhang

For anyone, who still remembers the beginning of the video game era: The book GULP SPLAT ZONG describes what happened when Pac Man, Space Invaders, pixelated graphics and strange computer sounds were dominating the arcades, shopping centres, cinemas and other public places in Germany. At the moment, the book is available in German only, but an english version is under construction. You can get the printed hardcover edition here or order the kindle-edition directy at amazon.

Uhrzeitkrebse & Co.

This article is in German – because this magazine was available in Germany only:

Yps HeftYps – die Kultzeitschrift der 80er. Ich erinnere mich an diverse Gimmicks, das waren die dem Heft beiliegenden Spielzeuge. Die Uhrzeitkrebse, den fliegenden Zeppelin, die Rose von Jericho, oder die mexikanischen Bohnen, die so seltsam hüpften. Die Gimmicks funktionierten leider nicht immer wie versprochen, aber es machte trotzdem Spaß. Nun ist ja 2013 ein neues Heft erschienen, das bereits ausverkauft ist. Man kann das neue Heft, das jetzt für Erwachsene gestaltet ist, aber beim Verlag abonnieren. Mal sehen was daraus wird. Ich fand ja immer am lustigsten, dass das Känguruh immer in der gleichen Richtung kariert war, egal in welcher Position es gerade stand. Hallo Schablone. Oder lieber Toblerone?

Weird computer music from the 70s

Yellow Magic Orchestra

One of the first vinyl records that my brothers has brought home when I was young, was this YMO – Yellow Magic Orchestra. On the front cover there’s a portrait of a woman with a medusa-like hairstyle made of electric cables. On the back you see the four musicians with their weird huge wall-sized synthesizers, holding bunches of cables. Very impressive that is.

The first track is a swelling symphony of video game sounds, getting louder and louder until it leads to the first real song Firecracker, which even has been in the top charts at that time. A groovy Japanese style melody with very creative piano-soli and an intensive crescendo topped by a big explosion.

Number 3, “Simoon”, a slow, melodic and literally out of tune rhumba with vocoder voices. I didn’t like this song when I was young, but now, with more musical understanding, it’s very “ear catching” for me, since it has a very interesting melody and – typical for YMO – weird lyrics. The guys included some real disharmonic sounds, but especially that creates some specific charme in that song. Try to find the lyrics on the web, you will be surprised.

The last song on side A – yes, vinyls have two sides – is “Cosmic Surfin”. This song even today succeeds in confusing me about the beat again and again. Where is the “1″ again?

On side two of the record it all starts again with a slightly shorter version of the computer game sounds, this time with more invader sounds and less circus melodies. It then segues into the “Yellow Magic – Tong Poo” song, which is very beautiful and a nice combination of synthesizer sounds. You may say it’s cheesy, and yes it is, but it’s just beutiful. Real drums, real piano, synthesizer sounds and vocoder voices. And this womans voice is really sexy.

“La Femme Chinoise” – a very interesting topic for japanese, my favourite song. Again a typical asian melody and typical YMO vocoder voices. Say hello to the Roland Space Echo. They included some french lyrics, maybe in order to sound more international. Or maybe as a weird copy of Visage’s Fade To Grey.

“Bridge Over Troubled Music” is a nice title, but doesn’t have anything to do with Simon & Garfunkels song. Maybe they hoped someone will buy the records because they confused the song-titles. Actually it’s not a song but really only a bridge leading to the last song: “Mad Pierrot”. Really mad. Sounds like a copy of the classic Popcorn. But more interesting and more complex. And of course with some spacy vocoder voices. A great ending for this retro synth record. I love it.

Hyper interactive music events

brainwater reactable interactive music events

Have you ever heard about the Reactable? That is some kind of musical table. You put different objects on the table and that generates music. Very weird that is. But very cool at the same time. It is perfectly usable for trade shows, in clubs, bars, vip-lounges. For your event, if you’re planning one and want to have a lot of visitors that will keep talking about your event for a looong time. Brainwater will provide an impressive show for you and your guests.