Wingspan: how birds colonized board games

Interview with Elizabeth Hargrave Download PDF Wingspan is a game entirely about birds and it has been a wonderful surprise, being considered one of the hottest titles for 2019[1]. This is the first game from designer Elizabeth Hargrave, published by Stonemaier Games, and will be available in March this year. In this game, the playersContinue reading “Wingspan: how birds colonized board games”

Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games

Niamh Fitzgerald Little Lost Fox. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: niamh (at) littlelostfox (dot) com Download PDF Valleys Between[1] is an environmental puzzle game, where your goal is to grow your world for as long as you can while protecting it from threats that will damage its health. When we started designing Valleys Between we wanted toContinue reading “Valleys Between: bringing environmental issues to games”

Cephalopods of the Multiverse

Mark A. Carnall Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Oxford, UK. Email: mark.carnall (at) oum.ox.ac (dot) uk Download PDF Magic the Gathering (MTG) is a popular trading and collectible card game, first published by Wizards of the Coast in 1993. Although the game now spans many formats and game types, the core concept pits twoContinue reading “Cephalopods of the Multiverse”

Moa v Superman

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF During his heroic career Superman fought several foes. Some of these stories are truly memorable, like The Death of Superman (1992–1993), when he faced Doomsday. But many stories just ended up completely forgotten. Granted,Continue reading “Moa v Superman”

Douglas Adams and the world’s largest, fattest and least-able-to-fly parrot

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF “The system of life on this planet is so astoundingly complex that it was a long time before man even realized that it was a system at all and that it wasn’t something thatContinue reading “Douglas Adams and the world’s largest, fattest and least-able-to-fly parrot”

The entomological diversity of Pokémon

Rebecca N. Kittel Museum Wiesbaden, Hessisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Natur, Wiesbaden, Germany. Email: rebecca.n.kittel (at) gmail (dot) com. Download PDF Pocket Monsters or as they are better known, Pokémon, are playable monsters which first appeared in the 1990’s as a video game in Japan, but soon expanded worldwide. They are still very successful withContinue reading “The entomological diversity of Pokémon”

Zoological Nomenclature of Ice and Fire

Evangelos Vlachos CONICET & Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. Email: evlacho (at) mef (dot) org (dot) ar Download PDF Valar gūrēñis — All men must learn The diversity of the World of Ice and Fire (Westeros, Essos and the other continents combined) is remarkable. All kinds of species of animals and plants areContinue reading “Zoological Nomenclature of Ice and Fire”

One squid to rule them all

Rodrigo B. Salvador Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Wellington, New Zealand. Email: salvador.rodrigo.b (at) gmail (dot) com Download PDF When it was released in 2014, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment) proved to be the game all Tolkien fans had been waiting for. Its sequel, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, released inContinue reading “One squid to rule them all”

The plants of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium

Walter S. Judd1,2 & Graham A. Judd3 1Department of Biology, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. 2Florida Museum of Natural History. Gainesville, FL, U.S.A. 3Independent researcher. South Saint Paul, MN, U.S.A. Emails: lyonia (at) ufl (dot) edu; gjudd (at) me (dot) com Download PDF Many readers of The Hobbit or The Lord of the RingsContinue reading “The plants of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium”

Arthropod diversity in Pokémon

André W. Prado* & Thiago F. A. Almeida Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. *Email: awp03 (at) hotmail (dot) com Download PDF Like most regular children in the 2000’s, we were obsessed with Pokémon games and anime series. The experience of exploring new environments, discovering new creatures and collecting them, alwaysContinue reading “Arthropod diversity in Pokémon”