The Monster Scouts are a wonderful thing: monster-obsessed makers who have created a collaborative, detailed, LARP-ish world in which monsters are real and an imaginary scouting organization called the Crow Scouts, founded in 1907, has operated for more than a century to help our monster friends.
Monster Scouts are a real society that you can join by pitching in, creating your own steampunkish scouting uniform, and adding to the lore and collecting badges for doing good works and making life more fun for your co-scouts. The organization was founded by the delightful Steam Crow people, artists who make and sell beautiful, vintagey monster designs. They’ve collaborated with the monster aficionados who signed onto the scouts to create a huge, sprawling, wonderful shared world that has, until now, largely existed at cons and meetups, but which is now making the leap to real-world campouts.
These weekend-long “shindigs” are coming to five US states in 2017, and are a combination of a family weekend, a gaming weekend, a LARPing weekend and a maker retreat. I ran into the Steam Crow folks at Denver Comic-Con yesterday and was blown away by the raw delightfulness of their vision and what they’ve achieved with their fan-collaborators.
Kevan Davis’s Wikitext is an incredibly clever mashup of Wikipedia and Infocom-style text adventure games: starting with a random Wikipedia entry, it gives you the article summary, an 8-bit-ified version of the main photo, and “directions” to the articles referenced by the one you’ve landed on. (via Waxy)
Brian K Vaughan and artists Marcos Martin and Muntsa Vicente started syndicating The Private Eye just before the first Snowden revelations hit, which was a fortuitous bit of timing for them, since their surreal science fictional tale was set in a future where the rupture of all internet security had provoked humanity into banning the internet altogether, replacing it with a world where cable news was so dominant that the police had been replaced by reporters.
The Park Playground Tumblr features Kito Fujio’s gorgeous, dramatically lit photos of Japan’s whimsical playground equipment: climbers, slides and other fun stuff styled to look like animals, abstract modernist forms, world monuments, magical creatures, robots, gadgets, and whimsical beasts.
If big-game bow hunting sounds a little too intense for your delicate sensibilities, or you want to start building your kids’ archery proficiency early, this Real Action Crossbow Set is a fairly convincing replica of the real thing.The toy bow fires suction-cup tipped bolts up to 20 feet, so you can work on your marksmanship […]
If there’s such a thing as a household name for networked home audio systems, Sonos is definitely at the top of the list. And for good reason—their products provide dead-simple wireless setup, with hi-fi speakers designed for a wide variety of interior spaces. But for anyone who doesn’t care about brand-name prestige, the QFX Elite […]
It’s easy to forget about your phone’s dependency on modern infrastructure when you have free public WiFi and consistent access to electrical outlets. But for all their ubiquity in first-world urban spaces, smartphones become a lot more temperamental once they’re out in the wilderness. To keep using your device’s offline abilities when you go off […]