Interesting things

Instead of reviews, here are some small things I found of interest these past few weeks!

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Mansion Maniac allows you to explore public domain maps of New York apartment houses (map source here). The funky thing is that when you exit a room, it randomly generates another room. The algorithm isn’t foolproof yet – it’s possible to get stuck in a room because exits overlap with another room’s walls – but it’s awfully cute.


 

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/r/playzorkwithme is a subreddit for playing real-time IF events – a bit like an RPG, a bit like a MUD. The idea looks interesting, though I’ve not tried it out. (I also recently discovered the less active /r/textventures, which runs on the same idea.)


 

Joey Jones created a Twitter bot called Unlikely Powers – basically superheroes with disadvantages.


 

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Nicky Case has created a sim-building tool. It’s astonishingly simple and incorporates some not-so-simple ideas. It’s also fun to play with!


 

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Speaking of simulations and world models, Oskar Stalberg has created an adorable 3D tile editor, where you can plant your own terrain and build your own cities. (He also has other 3D tile editor tools such as Brick Block) It’s great fun, even if it made my computer go mad.

 

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