Castle Defender is a brilliant new game for the BBC micro  Every now and then a new game is developed for vintage computers. Built by computing enthusiasts these games are often better than the original offerings from the time that the machines were first popular or include titles and ideas that come from the modern age.Castle Defender is the BBC micro's first ever tower defence game and it is really very good. Programmed by Chris Bradburne with graphics by John Blythe this game is superbly…

Superdecade Games: Castle Defender is a brilliant new game for the BBC micro

Advent Calendar for Geeks #12  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Map of the Dead  Map of the Dead is a zombie survival tool powered by Google maps. It provides information about possible infestation areas in the event of a zombie apocalypse.  Along with areas to avoid the map lists locations of where to get your supplies such as the fire station which could be a could source of axes or hospitals…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #12 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Map of the Dead Map of the Dead is a zombie survival tool powered by Google maps. It provides information about possible infestation areas in the event of a zombie apocalypse. Along with areas to avoid the map lists locations of where to get your supplies such as the fire station which could be a could source of axes or hospitals…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #11  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Music Map  Music Map is a site that lets you explore which musicians are similar in style to others. You simply enter the name of one musician or band and a cloud of other musicians will appear around it. The closer two musicians appear next to each other more likely a person will enjoy both musicians and a great way of discovering…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #11 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Music Map Music Map is a site that lets you explore which musicians are similar in style to others. You simply enter the name of one musician or band and a cloud of other musicians will appear around it. The closer two musicians appear next to each other more likely a person will enjoy both musicians and a great way of discovering…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #10  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Your life in history  Your Life in History allows you to explore how your personal timeline relates to major world events. You simply enter your date of birth and the site puts the history of your timeline into context.  For example my father's life can be split into two halves - one before hip hop records and one after. For me…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #10 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Your life in history Your Life in History allows you to explore how your personal timeline relates to major world events. You simply enter your date of birth and the site puts the history of your timeline into context. For example my father's life can be split into two halves - one before hip hop records and one after. For me…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #09  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Estimate of World Sleeping Population  How many people are asleep right now? Alphabet Passport have an estimate on their site.  The algorithm makes assumptions such as 90% of the population of a country would be asleep at peak time and most people sleep for 8 hours (I wish!). Then taking population and timezone data from Wikipedia the…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #09 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Estimate of World Sleeping Population How many people are asleep right now? Alphabet Passport have an estimate on their site. The algorithm makes assumptions such as 90% of the population of a country would be asleep at peak time and most people sleep for 8 hours (I wish!). Then taking population and timezone data from Wikipedia the…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #08  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Sideways Dictionary  Sideways Dictionary is a dictionary of technical jargon explained through everyday analogies.  If the jargon term you are looking for is not there then there is a suggest button although I do not know whether this site is actively supported. There are currently fewer than one hundred terms available although each…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #08 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Sideways Dictionary Sideways Dictionary is a dictionary of technical jargon explained through everyday analogies. If the jargon term you are looking for is not there then there is a suggest button although I do not know whether this site is actively supported. There are currently fewer than one hundred terms available although each…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #07  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Strobe illusion  Strobe illusion is a good implementation of the motion perception illusion. Stare at the animation for thirty seconds and then look around you as your drawing room goes all wibbly-wobbly.  advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #07 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Strobe illusion Strobe illusion is a good implementation of the motion perception illusion. Stare at the animation for thirty seconds and then look around you as your drawing room goes all wibbly-wobbly. advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #06  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Medieval Fantasy City Generator  Software developerOleg Dolya has created this procedurally generated medieval city map generator.  Currently there are various options for selecting the size and features of your map with an option for exporting in PNG and SVG format for use in your roleplaying games advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #06 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Medieval Fantasy City Generator Software developerOleg Dolya has created this procedurally generated medieval city map generator. Currently there are various options for selecting the size and features of your map with an option for exporting in PNG and SVG format for use in your roleplaying games advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #05  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Touch Pianist  Touch Pianistis a fun web toy for playing a present piece of music. The tutorial features Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven (which reached number one in the charts in 1801) but other tunes are available.  Plus one Geek Experience point for Batuhan Bozkurt  Play the piece is really easy you simply have to click…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #05 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Touch Pianist Touch Pianistis a fun web toy for playing a present piece of music. The tutorial features Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven (which reached number one in the charts in 1801) but other tunes are available. Plus one Geek Experience point for Batuhan Bozkurt Play the piece is really easy you simply have to click…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #04  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  CivClicker  CivClicker is an online 'clicker' God game.  Simply click the buttons to gather resources then hire workers to do it for you! The more you click the more you can build. This game should keep you busy until the next toy tomorrow. advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #04 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. CivClicker CivClicker is an online 'clicker' God game. Simply click the buttons to gather resources then hire workers to do it for you! The more you click the more you can build. This game should keep you busy until the next toy tomorrow. advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #03  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  OverType  OverType is an 'over the top' type writer simulator for desktop machines. You need a physical keyboard to get this toy to work - no touch screens I am afraid.  Have fun by adjusting the 'brokenness' of the wonky text. Load correction paper when you realise that you have made a mistake and there is no 'delete' button on a…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #03 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. OverType OverType is an 'over the top' type writer simulator for desktop machines. You need a physical keyboard to get this toy to work - no touch screens I am afraid. Have fun by adjusting the 'brokenness' of the wonky text. Load correction paper when you realise that you have made a mistake and there is no 'delete' button on a…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #02  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Brick Block  Brick Block is a building creation toy by Oskar Stålberg.  Simply click to build and right click to demolish.  advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #02 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Brick Block Brick Block is a building creation toy by Oskar Stålberg. Simply click to build and right click to demolish. advent calendar

Advent Calendar for Geeks #01  Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents.  Antipodes Map  The Antipodes Map allows you to stick your head through the planet and see what's on the other side of the world (the antipode).  My family live in New Zealand. I wonder what's directly on the other side of the planet?  Oh look Spain!  The Antipodes map is a really cool toy with loads of useful information for all geeks…

Advent Calendar for Geeks #01 Everyday of Advent I'm going to post a geeky link to something you can play with online until it is time to open your presents. Antipodes Map The Antipodes Map allows you to stick your head through the planet and see what's on the other side of the world (the antipode). My family live in New Zealand. I wonder what's directly on the other side of the planet? Oh look Spain! The Antipodes map is a really cool toy with loads of useful information for all geeks…

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