Theatre games – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:45:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://theatreuaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-18-120x120.png Theatre games – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ 32 32 The best war board games https://theatreuaf.org/the-best-war-board-games/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 00:45:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/the-best-war-board-games/ Board games cover a wide range of themes and game mechanics. You could solve a murder mystery one moment and go to war the next. Such war games are often tense and filled with strategy. Many games in the genre focus on real historical events. Other war games will play fictional wars on distant planets. […]]]>

Board games cover a wide range of themes and game mechanics. You could solve a murder mystery one moment and go to war the next. Such war games are often tense and filled with strategy. Many games in the genre focus on real historical events. Other war games will play fictional wars on distant planets.


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It doesn’t matter if you want an epic battle that will take all game night, or shorter and quicker experiences, there is a war game to try. Here’s a selection of war games worth checking out, ranging from historical to fantasy.

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10/10 Risk legacy

Risk Legacy Board Game Box

Risk is a classic war game where your army tries to take over the entire world. You’ll roll dice to determine the outcome of each battle, deciding when to hold back and when to strike. The standard game can be fun, but the legacy version of Risk is the best variant to play.

Legacy games are all about consequences. You will play each game following your previous games. Risk Legacy is set in the future, with five unique factions vying for control. There is a lot of content in the legacy version that keeps this war game fresh and exciting throughout the campaign.

9/10 Air, land and sea

Air Land And Sea Board Game Box - The Cards

Air, Land, And Sea is a two-player war game that won’t take hours to complete. You play as a commander, trying to earn 12 victory points first. You achieve this by winning battles in each theater of war: air, land and sea.

Each turn, you’ll manage your hand of six battle cards, determining when it’s best to deploy them. Each time you play a card, it will increase your power in one of three theaters. If you have the most power in a theater, you have control. Air, Land, And Sea is a fast-paced game. The battles end very quickly. It’s all about timing. Each decision has unique effects on the battlefield.

8/10 A game of thrones

Game Of Thrones board game box with two palaces/castles

Due to the initial success of Game of Thrones, there are many Game Of Thrones games. But none come close to this epic war game. You will play the role of one of the houses of Westeros just before the edge of war. You are in for a long and epic battle that lasts around four hours or more.

The Game Of Thrones board game can be intimidating. There are many complexities to understand. It’s not just about fighting. There are other ways to gain influence and power throughout the realm. You will have to negotiate, form alliances and be ready to betray your friends. But you’ll be hooked once you get stuck into this immersive experience.

7/10 Twilight Imperium

Twilight Imperium 4E box art

In Twilight Imperium, you play as alien civilizations vying for dominance in the galaxy. The galaxy is different every time you play, filled with planets to battle and asteroid fields to avoid.

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There are many tactics you can try to succeed in this sci-fi warfare. You can build a formidable army or take control of the economy, for example. The faction you play with will have their specialties that will influence your playstyle. You will make decisions for the high council and pilot your starships across the galaxy until one of you reaches ten victory points. Twilight Imperium is a vast, sprawling adventure that’s unique every time you play.

6/10 Cthulhu Wars

Cthulhu Wars board game box

If you can’t wait for Lovecraftian horrors to go to war, you’ll love this game. In Cthulhu Wars, you play as horrific Old Ones and their loyal cultists. But only one alien god can take over Earth. You’ll gather power, traverse the battle map, and unlock useful spell books.

Cthulhu Wars has amazing and detailed miniatures that you will be eager to paint. The alien gods have their own playstyles and disastrous abilities that will decimate Earth by the end of the game. It’s a tough battle, full of strategy. Plus, it’s just cool to play as giant monsters.

5/10 Star Wars: Rebellion

Star Wars Rebellion Board Game Box - The Board and Components

For even more sci-fi war shenanigans, you can dive into the world of Star Wars. There are many awesome Star Wars video games to play. But for those who prefer a tabletop experience, you have to try Star Wars Rebellion. Taking place during the original trilogy, you play as the Galactic Empire or the Rebel Alliance, striving for victory.

The game is packed with fantastic figures as you battle across the galaxy. Both sides have their advantages and strategies. The Galatic Empire has a vast army spiraling across the board. The Rebels, on the other hand, have plenty of sneaky tactics and a Rebel base they need to stay undetected. You will create a new version of this classic space story.

4/10 ring war

War Of The Ring Board Game Box

War Of The Ring is a massive asymmetrical board game set in the world of Lord of the Rings. One side will play as Sauron and his seemingly unstoppable army of orcs. They win the game if they manage to take control of enough fortresses. The other side will play as the good guys, trying to convince these strongholds to go to war to stop Sauron. Not only will you go to war, but you will also try to bring Frodo to Mount Doom to destroy the ring.

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The battle map is huge. There are also countless thumbnails to use. War Of The Ring is an unforgiving experience but will captivate you throughout. It looks like a showdown between the teams, where you don’t know who is going to win.

3/10 Root

Root Board Game, four different meeples on the forest map

Even adorable little animals are not above war. Root is a battle for the forest. Cats fight birds, while woodland critters rebel in the shadows. Root is a fully asymmetrical war game. Each faction has its own objectives and gameplay mechanics to help them achieve victory.

Don’t be fooled by the cute art style. This war game is just as unforgiving as any other game on this list. You need to keep a close eye on all of your enemies to make sure no one is rushing in with the win. There have also been several extensions for Root. These expansions add even more fun factions to participate in the war, like Cultist Lizards. You will soon have your favorite faction to play in this epic battle.

2/10 Blitzkrieg

Blitzkrieg Board Game Box - The Main Board

Blitzkrieg is a fast-paced board game. It simulates war in just 20 minutes. Instead of battling for control of areas on a map, this war game consists of multiple tug of war contests taking place simultaneously. The council has several theaters of war. You will play army tokens on these theaters to bring the chances of victory closer to your side. You will win the war if you win enough of these individual battles.

Blitzkrieg is all about choosing your battles. Often, you’ll have to ditch theaters to focus on fights elsewhere. But you also don’t want your opponent to run away with a win. You only have a small selection of Battle Pieces to use, so each decision feels just as important as the last. Whether you win or lose, you’ll be eager to play again.

1/10 Indomitable: Normandy

Intrepid Normandy Board Game Box - The Earth Tiles

Undaunted: Normandy is an amazing two player game. You will embody the American or German forces during the Second World War. The game mixes deck building and war strategy. Each turn, you will have a limited number of cards to control your troops, battling for control of territory. If one of your troops is downed, they are permanently removed from the game.

There are different scenarios to play. The game is slowly introducing more features, such as snipers. No battle is the same. There is an excellent balance between luck and strategy. The turns are simple and the game keeps moving forward quickly. If you fancy more storylines, Undaunted: North Africa and Undaunted: Reinforcements expand the game in a number of exciting ways. The Undaunted series is simple to learn and fun to play.

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Free Community Event: Live Stream of 2022 World Cup Matches at Waldo Theater https://theatreuaf.org/free-community-event-live-stream-of-2022-world-cup-matches-at-waldo-theater/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 23:15:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/free-community-event-live-stream-of-2022-world-cup-matches-at-waldo-theater/ The most prestigious tournament in the world is coming to the Waldo! From this SundayThe 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup welcomes 32 nations to Qatar as they compete against each other and bring together fans from around the world to share the passion and love of football. The Waldo will broadcast the opening game, a […]]]>

The most prestigious tournament in the world is coming to the Waldo!

From this SundayThe 2022 FIFA Men’s World Cup welcomes 32 nations to Qatar as they compete against each other and bring together fans from around the world to share the passion and love of football. The Waldo will broadcast the opening game, a number of the weekend’s games and then the final game live.

The Midcoast has tons of football fans and we know it’s hard to find a place to watch the World Cup! So The Waldo opens its doors and invites faraway and savvy soccer fans to come together to enjoy the tournament they’ve all been waiting for. It only happens every four years, so let’s take advantage of it! Bring your team! Bring your friends! It’s going to be awesome.

From this Sunday 20 November with the opening match of Qatar vs Ecuador at 11 a.m. Then on Sunday November 27we will watch Croatia vs Canada at 11am, and Spain v Germany at 2 p.m.


We also plan to show games Saturday, December 3 at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday December 4 at 10 a.m. culminating with the World Cup final on Sunday, December 18 at 10 a.m.

This is a free community event. Doors open thirty minutes before the start of the match. Concessions will be available for sale.

Join us at The Waldo in downtown Waldoboro for this fun community event! Gooooooooooooooooool! More information at www.thewaldotheatre.org.
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Northern Bears drop two weekend games at Notre Dame https://theatreuaf.org/northern-bears-drop-two-weekend-games-at-notre-dame/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 00:56:23 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/northern-bears-drop-two-weekend-games-at-notre-dame/ Photo from the Herald file. Prince Albert Northern Bears Jacquelyne Chief handles a puck during SFU18AAAHL action at the Art Hauser Center It was a tough weekend for the Prince Albert Northern Bears as they lost two games at Wilcox to the Notre Dame Hounds in SFU18AAAHL action. Saturday night’s contest saw Notre Dame defeat […]]]>
Photo from the Herald file. Prince Albert Northern Bears Jacquelyne Chief handles a puck during SFU18AAAHL action at the Art Hauser Center

It was a tough weekend for the Prince Albert Northern Bears as they lost two games at Wilcox to the Notre Dame Hounds in SFU18AAAHL action.

Saturday night’s contest saw Notre Dame defeat the Northern Bears 4-2.

Northern Bears head coach Steve Young says Prince Albert matches Notre Dame in terms of work ethic, but the Hounds are capable of executing better

“Similar to what we did, we faced a team that worked as hard as we did but at the same time they did the little things that got ahead of them this weekend.”

Felicia An opened the scoring on Saturday with a power play goal just over three minutes into the game. Sophia Kuzminski will add another for Notre Dame a little over two minutes later.

Claudia Lammers responded for Prince Albert with 2:43 left in the second period to make it 2-1 after the first quarter.

Notre Dame scored the only second-half goal as Alyssa Rasmuson scored just over seven minutes to extend the Hound’s lead to 3-1.

Kyra Anderson scored on the power play just over five minutes into the third to extend Notre Dame’s lead to 4-1.

Prince Albert fired back just over fifteen seconds later as Jacquelyne Chief scored a power play goal to make it 4-2.

Notre Dame outshot the Northern Bears 47-20 in Saturday’s game. Brooke Archer stopped 43 of 47 shots for Prince Albert. Mackenzie Bloom stopped 18 of 20 shots for Notre Dame.

A slow start to Sunday’s game proved costly for the Northern Bears, who lost 3-2.

Alyssa Rasmuson and Kyra Anderson would score in the first period for Notre Dame. Virginia Harazny would strike just under two minutes into the second period and that’s all the Hounds would need to claim a 3-2 victory.

Tristyn Endicott and Jasmine Kohl scored for Prince Albert in the losing effort.

Young said he thought the Northern Bears tried hard after not playing their best against Saskatoon earlier in the week.

“I thought so, we had no choice but to be involved for 60 minutes. The way Notre Dame plays, they work hard and come to you. You have no choice but to work hard against them and that’s what we did.

Although the Northern Bears’ record was 2-9-0-0 at the start of the season, Young says the team is showing promising signs and developing well as it prepares for the Esso Cup in Prince Albert in spring.

“You can learn against any team you play. When you play against a team like Notre Dame, they’re going to work hard against you and do the little things so that we can learn that way. When we did those things , we had the advantage. And to control what we can control. We are where we are in terms of wins and losses, we just have to work hard.

The Northern Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host first-place finisher Regina Avana Rebels. The puck drop is at 1:30 p.m. at the Art Hauser Center.

sports@paherald.sk.ca

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Reindeer games, roller skates and aerial exploits in Cirque du Soleil’s “It was the night before…” https://theatreuaf.org/reindeer-games-roller-skates-and-aerial-exploits-in-cirque-du-soleils-it-was-the-night-before/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/reindeer-games-roller-skates-and-aerial-exploits-in-cirque-du-soleils-it-was-the-night-before/ Visions of sugar plums, a jolly old elf, and the prancing and squawking of reindeer hooves – the imagery of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” instantly conjures up the magic of Christmas. It’s no surprise, then, that Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal entertainment company that reinvented the circus arts, brings these images […]]]>

Visions of sugar plums, a jolly old elf, and the prancing and squawking of reindeer hooves – the imagery of Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” instantly conjures up the magic of Christmas. It’s no surprise, then, that Cirque du Soleil, the Montreal entertainment company that reinvented the circus arts, brings these images to life with “‘Twas the Night Before…”, an evening of gravity-defying acrobatics using Moore’s poem as Setting. The show is coming to the Boch Center Wang Theater from November 25 to December 25. 11.

“We usually first build an acrobatic skeleton for a show,” said James Hadley, creator and director of “’Twas the Night Before…”. “But for this show, the poem came first.”

The poem functions as an inner setting for a story about Isabella, a teenager who has become jaded by the high-pressure expectations of the holiday season. Although she is no longer interested in the family tradition in which her father reads “A Visit from St. Nicholas” aloud, when she opens a gift he gives her, it transports her to a winter wonderland. of the poem.

Hadley says some of the performances use specific imagery from the poem, including Isabella being lifted into the sky by straps (“like the leaves before the wild hurricane flew”); an acrobatic table number that imagines “children snuggled up warm in their beds” unable to fall asleep or even remain seated; a “sleigh full of toys” delivered through the overhead antics of a hotel cart; and reindeer, in the form of hoop divers, landing on the roof.

Other acts include a pair of roller skaters performing on a “frozen lake” with an incredibly small circumference, performing lifts and dips and spinning at breathtaking speeds, as well as “Sharing the Spark”, in which “Les Tuques” – mischievous elves – dance with a spark of light that takes Isabella into the world of adventure.

Performers dressed as reindeer jump through hoops in Cirque du Soleil’s “‘Twas the Night Before….”KYLE FLUBACKER/MSG ENTERTAINMENT

Since this production is performed indoors rather than in a marquee, there are no trapeze acts, and Hadley says there is a greater use of dance and movement to bond. more fluid between the different parts of the poem and the circus routines.

While the poem creates certain parameters for the design and order of the acts, Hadley says it also provides flexibility. When Isabella is transported to a magical world, there’s room to play with imagery, like having her greeted by Jolly, a juggler who tries to put her at ease.

“There are iconic images,” he says, “but there are other moments that I hope will surprise audiences.”

There are also musical surprises, he says, courtesy of Cirque du Soleil composer-arranger Jean-Phi Gonçalves (“Alegria” from Cirque). Gonçalves wrote new arrangements of familiar Christmas carols, including “Angels We Have Heard on High”, “O Christmas Tree”, “Do You Hear What I Hear” and “Joy to the World”, as well as new music for accompany the circus acts and ensure the transitions between the scenes.

IT WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE…

At the Boch Center Wang theatre. 25 Nov-Dec 11. Tickets start at $30. www.bochcenter.org, 800-982-2787

Terry Byrne can be reached at trbyrne@aol.com.

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Iqbal Khan on the ‘terrifying’ Birmingham Commonwealth Games ceremony https://theatreuaf.org/iqbal-khan-on-the-terrifying-birmingham-commonwealth-games-ceremony/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 00:01:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/iqbal-khan-on-the-terrifying-birmingham-commonwealth-games-ceremony/ The theater manager was behind the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham earlier this year (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo) Birmingham is experiencing something of a renaissance thanks in large part to one man: theater director Iqbal Khan. As Iqbal’s acclaimed production of Molière’s 1664 French satire Tartuffe draws to a close at Birmingham […]]]>
The theater manager was behind the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham earlier this year (Photo: Alamy Stock Photo)

Birmingham is experiencing something of a renaissance thanks in large part to one man: theater director Iqbal Khan.

As Iqbal’s acclaimed production of Molière’s 1664 French satire Tartuffe draws to a close at Birmingham Rep, the director, Royal Shakespeare Company specialist and associate artist at The Rep, sat down with me to take stock on what turned out to be a remarkable year for him.

Because in addition to Molière’s classic comedy about religious hypocrisy, which The Kumars At No 42 writers Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto transferred from a Catholic family living in the Paris of Louis XIV to a Muslim family living in the modern Brum, there was that other show success of Iqbal.

This lasted only one performance when it opened earlier in the year. However, it turned out to be one of the country’s few – perhaps only – feel-good moments in a time fraught with anxiety about war and the cost of living.

We talk about the surprise success of this year, the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

July 28, 2022: Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr, West Midlands, England;  2022 Commonwealth Games, Opening Ceremony: The stage during the 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

The Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony has a highlight of the year (Photo: Alamy Photo)

“It was terrifying,” admits Iqbal with a contrite chuckle. The star-studded cast of the event included Prince (now King) Charles driving a vintage Aston Martin, pop greats Duran Duran, a massive mechanical bull (representing the city’s bullring and industrial past ) and the youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, who was treated at the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital after being shot and nearly killed by the Taliban.

“But it was ultimately very rewarding,” adds Iqbal with pride and perhaps a hint of relief that all of that is behind him. We sit in the slanting sunlight by a window in the lobby of the National Theater on London’s South Bank.

“I relied a lot on the people I worked with, but the responsibility was mine,” he says of the spectacular Games ceremony. As if directing the event wasn’t daunting enough, Iqbal knew the outcome would inevitably be compared to director Danny Boyle’s much-loved opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics.

Opening Ceremony - Commonwealth Games: Day 0

Joe Lycett caused a stir at the ceremony in a fabulous pink tracksuit (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

Opening Ceremony - Commonwealth Games: Day 0

The youngest Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai, represented her adopted hometown (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)

“I spoke to Danny very early on. He was very generous,” says Iqbal, whose production triumphed in part because of his theatrical directing skills, but also because his roots are in Birmingham, where his parents moved from Jhelum in Pakistan and where Iqbal now lives with his wife, fellow RSC director Kimberley Sykes.

But what Danny’s Olympic ceremony lacked – apart from the Irish dancers, the giant books on the stems and comedian Joe Lycett – was Malala’s moral authority.

“It was very clear to me from the start that I wanted her to be involved in some way and ideally to reach out to us,” says Iqbal.

“She is so eloquent and symbolizes something very important about Birmingham.”

Tartuffe.  Birmingham Representative CREDIT GERAINT LEWIS

Iqbal put a modern spin on Molière’s 1664 French satire Tartuffe (Picture: Geraint Lewis)

Malala was just one of the ways Iqbal wanted to reflect the city’s sense of renewal while acknowledging the colonialism of its past – and that of the Games.

“After all, it was the Empire Games,” observes Iqbal. “We decided to challenge head-on the really uncomfortable and problematic imperial connotations of this word.”

With the Games now a fond memory in the minds of director and audience, it seems that Iqbal is now more comfortable creating works rooted in his own Pakistani Muslim heritage than he was when he was making a name for himself. At the time, the theatrical establishment’s assumption that a British Asian director would be best suited to tell British Asian stories was something he resisted.

“I was interested in the classics and wanted to be celebrated for being a good director, not for being a British Asian.” So I leaned into one type of work and resisted the other for a while in my career.

Whether Asian or non-Asian, his future plans are shrouded in secrecy when I ask what’s next.

But there is a new project that could be described as the perfect combination of British and Asian heritage. Shortly after this interview, Iqbal became a father for the first time at 52 years old. When the subject came up in the interview, he was beaming at the thought of being a dad.

“So it’s a very, very big year,” he said.

Tartuffe is at Birmingham Rep, until tomorrow.

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Away games generate economic impact – The Oxford Eagle https://theatreuaf.org/away-games-generate-economic-impact-the-oxford-eagle/ Fri, 28 Oct 2022 22:02:04 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/away-games-generate-economic-impact-the-oxford-eagle/ Away matches generate economic impact Posted at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022 By Wayne Andrews Fall often has our community focused on football season. Match weekends seem to attract attention as alumni, visiting team fans and the community turn up for the action-packed weekend. It is believed that away games will lead to […]]]>

Away matches generate economic impact

Posted at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2022

By Wayne Andrews

Fall often has our community focused on football season. Match weekends seem to attract attention as alumni, visiting team fans and the community turn up for the action-packed weekend. It is believed that away games will lead to less turmoil. Still, those few open weekends get busy. Open weekends are perfect for local organizations to host events. Lectures fill open weekends seeking to integrate the city into the visitor experience. Cultural groups are trying to offer a break from the pressure of the tailgate preparations.

Looking at the most recent 14-day window with two weekends without home football, you understand how other events are creating an economic impact. Beginning last weekend, Lafayette County hosted the Southern Foodways Symposium which drew 250 culinary and foodie experts to our community. While the Symposium includes several meals between lectures, lectures and presentations. Chefs, writers, researchers, brewers, distillers and foodies in attendance explored restaurants in our community. The fact that the city itself is part of the symposium experience adds to the overall quality of the program, but also contributes to the local economy.

Another 200 visitors explored Lafayette County as the arena hosted regional barrel races drawing visitors from Tennessee and Mississippi. Participating in a barrel race involves a crew. Who must be fed, housed, and who need equipment to support the horses brought to compete in competitions. Local vendors, from food trucks to artisan goods, have created a festival that engages attendees to encourage attendees and viewers to spend the day in Lafayette County.

Three different art exhibitions enlivened the square over the weekend. Southside hosted an artist conversation to wrap up their current show. The Motel Art Show featured local and guest artists drawing hundreds to celebrate the Southern artist. MIC Harder 9000 held a pop-up exhibition showcasing his paintings of Oxford restaurants. Collectively, these three shows drew hundreds of locals and community visitors who purchased art, dined out, and for overnight visitors.

This coming weekend features a host of events that impact the local economy. The Monster’s Ball at the Country Club and the Ghostly Gala at the Powerhouse on Friday will create local business for local bands, caterers and their vendors as hundreds of adults attend the parties. Attendees dressing up means buying costumes. Spending a night out means Uber fees, babysitters, and even ordering food. Add to that the many family events at Spooktacular, OPD Haunted House, or Coleman Funeral Home Trunk or Treat, resulting in a slew of businesses buying local and spending to support community events.

So hopefully we’re all excited for the next home football game. Encourage all community organizations that fill weekends away with theater productions, concerts, festivals and conferences. The impact of a successful football season means more focus on our community, attracting visitors to explore all the experience available to them in the Lafayette University of Oxford community.

Wayne Andrews is president of the YAC.

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Next week’s Epic free games will take you to ‘Nam https://theatreuaf.org/next-weeks-epic-free-games-will-take-you-to-nam/ Thu, 27 Oct 2022 16:20:36 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/next-weeks-epic-free-games-will-take-you-to-nam/ It’s new Free Games Day on the Epic Games Store, which not only means you can pick up a terrific Warhammer 40K tactics game for free, but you also get a preview of what’s on deck for next week. . For the week starting November 3, the Epic Store free PC games will be military […]]]>

It’s new Free Games Day on the Epic Games Store, which not only means you can pick up a terrific Warhammer 40K tactics game for free, but you also get a preview of what’s on deck for next week. . For the week starting November 3, the Epic Store free PC games will be military FPS game Rising Storm 2: Vietnam and sci-fi puzzle game Filament.

Rising Storm 2: Vietnam is Tripwire’s sequel to Rising Storm, a standalone expansion for Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad that the studio created with help from the Red Orchestra modding community. The first Rising Storm shifted the action from the Eastern Front of WWII to the Pacific theatre, and Rising Storm 2: Vietnam – as its name suggests – explores that area again, but moving forward in time until to the Vietnam War.

It’s in the style of classics of the genre: big 64-player battles using era-specific weapons and vehicles. Forces include the North Vietnamese Army and the National Liberation Front against the United States Army, Marine Corps, Australian Army, and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

This one might already be in your Epic library – Rising Storm 2: Vietnam was also one of Epic’s free games in October 2020.

Also free next week is Filament, an indie sci-fi themed puzzle game. Here, you’ll have to solve wire-based puzzles by physically threading a wire around the contact pegs – reportedly very difficult and includes a charming story to weave it all together.

Check out our list of the best free Steam games if you’re looking for more ways to save your gaming dollars.

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Professor Hanington’s Talking Science: Feeling the Video Games https://theatreuaf.org/professor-haningtons-talking-science-feeling-the-video-games/ Mon, 17 Oct 2022 23:00:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/professor-haningtons-talking-science-feeling-the-video-games/ GARY HANINGTON Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated experience that uses physical body tracking and 3D glasses screens to give the user an immersive feel in a computer-created world. Applications include video games, education and business. Imagine a surgeon broadcasting to thousands of students at once using virtual reality to teach the intricacies of an […]]]>

GARY HANINGTON

Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated experience that uses physical body tracking and 3D glasses screens to give the user an immersive feel in a computer-created world. Applications include video games, education and business. Imagine a surgeon broadcasting to thousands of students at once using virtual reality to teach the intricacies of an appendectomy. Or perhaps attend a conference using virtual reality without leaving the comfort of your living room.

Typical virtual reality systems today use either VR headsets or multi-projection environments to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in the location as the origin of the diffusion. A person using VR equipment is able to look around the “manufactured world”, move around it and interact with the objects defined in the display. The most common VR headsets consist of tiny displays with screens mounted directly in front of the eyes, incorporating both auditory and video feedback, further enhancing the sense of participation. Now, a newly invented smell machine called an olfactometer also makes it possible to smell your surroundings in virtual reality.

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An interdisciplinary research group from Stockholm University and Malmö University has now built a scent machine that can be controlled by a gaming computer. The research, funded by the Marianne and Marcus Wallenberg Foundation, has been included in the upcoming January 2023 issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

The discussion of the device on the university’s website contains the following comment from Professor Jonas Olofsson, leader of the research team: “For those who, for example, have lost their sense of smell after COVID-19 or for d For other reasons, new technology may mean an opportunity to regain their sense of smell using game-based training.” Smell training is a doctor-recommended method for those who lose their sense of smell after colds and other viruses, the site says, but according to Olofsson, many people stop training because it gets too boring. According to the researchers, the new technology comes in the form of a full motion VR game where the participant moves through a virtual wine cellar, picking up virtual wine glasses containing different types of wine, guessing the mixtures from of their aroma.

The combination of sight and smell is not new. At the 1929 screening of the film “Lilac Time” at the Fenway Theater in Boston, Massachusetts, the director poured a pint of lilac scent into the plenum chamber of the theater’s ventilation system so the audience could smell the lilac when the movie title appears. . It was a huge success. On a larger scale, the movie “Scent of Mystery” (1960) incorporated a system that emitted scents throughout the movie theater during the movie so that the viewer could “smell” what was happening in the movie.

Invented by Hans Laube, the process injected 30 odors into the seats of a movie theater when triggered by the film’s soundtrack. Unfortunately, the daring experiment never really caught on because it would take a long time to eliminate one smell from another. Because the human nose has trouble transitioning between odors, it takes tens of minutes until the molecules that triggered an odor are completely cleared from the nose. As viewers discovered, the release of large volumes of fragrance got mixed up and confused.

Always an experimenter, Walt Disney was actually the first filmmaker to explore the idea of ​​including scents with his 1940 musical “Fantasia,” but ultimately decided against it for cost reasons. However, in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, when guests watch the 3D movie “It’s Hard Being a Bug”, an unpleasant odor is released when a bug is seen on the screen.

The Stockholm University olfactometer consists of four different valves, each connected to a channel, and in the middle is a fan that draws air into a tube. Using a computer, the player can control the four channels to open to different degrees and deliver different blends of flavors that can mimic the complexity of a real wine glass. The game has different difficulty levels and the user gets points if the wine estimate is correct. Maybe they also get a bottle of wine.

“Smell helps us enjoy food and drink, it warns us of dangerous chemicals and it makes our environment more pleasant. However, olfaction is one of our least explored sensory systems. With my colleagues, I discovered that olfactory deficits could be an early indication of a developing dementia disorder. Thus, olfactory tests could be used as a diagnostic tool in the future. Our goal is to develop methods to train the aging brain on odors to enhance the brain’s perceptual and cognitive abilities,” says Olofsson.

Gary Hanington is Emeritus Professor of Physical Sciences at Great Basin College. He can be contacted at garyh@ahv.com or gary.hanington@gbcnv.edu.

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Poetic sessions, games, book release enliven the meeting of AMU graduates https://theatreuaf.org/poetic-sessions-games-book-release-enliven-the-meeting-of-amu-graduates/ Sat, 15 Oct 2022 19:29:12 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/poetic-sessions-games-book-release-enliven-the-meeting-of-amu-graduates/ A poetic session filled with ghazals featuring the poet Azhar Iqbal, games, the release of a book on mental health among many other exciting things marked the meeting of the Alumni Foundation of the Muslim University of Five-year-old ‘Aligarh at a hotel in the city of Lucknow on Saturday. The theme of the event was […]]]>

A poetic session filled with ghazals featuring the poet Azhar Iqbal, games, the release of a book on mental health among many other exciting things marked the meeting of the Alumni Foundation of the Muslim University of Five-year-old ‘Aligarh at a hotel in the city of Lucknow on Saturday.

The theme of the event was “Women and Power: Transforming Communities by Improving Women’s Wellbeing”.

Poet Iqbal, who is also a screenwriter, presenter and founder of the Harfkaar Foundation, which supports theatre, poetry, dastangoi and the arts, stole the show with his poetry. It drew much applause from the audience with verses ranging from romance to politics. “It almost feels like he was performing in front of a crowd of college girls,” remarked someone in the audience, which included alumni, including those from the 1973 AMU band.

The event also witnessed the soft launch of a mental health book called “Humans of NurtureLife” written by one of the alumni, Farah Sarosh, the founder of the nonprofit NurtureLife, who aims to provide solutions to mental health problems. The book was started by Dr. Hari Om (IAS).

The foundation has also undertaken a scholarship program for underprivileged girls for the past two years. This includes taking care of their fees, books and study materials, all funded by this alumni foundation. The foundation also runs a mentorship program with former members.

“The alumni foundation was created five years ago because until then there were only groups of boys. The girls used to attend, but they weren’t comfortable,” said Iram Raza, founder of the AMU Women’s Alumni Foundation. “Now we have ex-AMU women from a variety of fields enrolling in the alumni foundation, whether they are space scientists, doctors, bureaucrats, entrepreneurs. You name it and we have them,” she said.

The day ended with all the former students collectively singing the AMU anthem.

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Much more right in front, more music, food, drinks and games https://theatreuaf.org/much-more-right-in-front-more-music-food-drinks-and-games/ Mon, 10 Oct 2022 02:03:59 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/much-more-right-in-front-more-music-food-drinks-and-games/ The rush for things to do hasn’t stopped since early fall. Between the Alabama National Fair, Halloween preparations, music and culinary delights, there’s plenty on your plate in the 10 for the week of October 10-16. A full week of Alabama National Fair coming up The Alabama National Fair continues now through October 16, with […]]]>

The rush for things to do hasn’t stopped since early fall. Between the Alabama National Fair, Halloween preparations, music and culinary delights, there’s plenty on your plate in the 10 for the week of October 10-16.

A full week of Alabama National Fair coming up

The Alabama National Fair continues now through October 16, with the magic of fairway rides, amazing treats, animal exhibits, live music on the outdoor stage, the chance to win lots of prizes. money in the Blizzard of Dollars machine, and more, all at the grounds around the Garrett Coliseum in Montgomery. Monday is school day, with $7 entry, and kids have the chance to win fair bucks in the slot machine. Entertainment includes attractions such as Swifty Swine, The Puppetone Rockers, K9s in Flight, a live shark encounter and the Zerbini Family Circus. There’s live music from JJ Weeks on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Steel CuZ’n on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Atlanta Rhythm Section on Fridays at 7 p.m., and Hotel California on Saturdays at 7 p.m. New on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. is the Shall we dance K-Pop? Workshop. They will have special theme nights, with discounts and wristband offers. Get the full schedule and prize information online at alnationalfair.org.

Bartender of the Year Contest

The search is on for the best bartender in Alabama.

The Alabama Restaurant & Hospitality Association is heading to one of Montgomery’s hottest new spots, Ravello Ristorante, 36 Commerce St., Monday from 5-8 p.m. to find out who the best bartender in the state is. It’s a good place for that. In addition to the restaurant, Ravello has a huge bar where bartenders from across the state can work. The overall winner will win a prize of $1,500 and a trophy. The competition is sponsored by Old Forester and United-Johnson Brothers.

Join the Hilltop Howlers for Community Board Game Night on Tuesday

Play games like Monopoly during Community Board Game Night on Tuesday at Sanctuary.

Don’t be bored! Get out of the house. Bring the whole family to The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite St., Montgomery for Community Board Game Night on Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Everything is brought to you by The Hilltop Howlers. Play the games offered by the Howlers or feel free to bring your own. It is an event for all ages. The Howlers hold it every second Tuesday of the month.

Dance Days at Alabama State University

The Fall 2022 Dance Concert will take place October 12-14 at Alabama State University.

The Alabama State University Fall Dance Concert takes place Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 7 p.m. nightly at ASU’s Leila Barlow Theater, 915 S. Jackson St. Featuring a showcase of choreography from the ASU’s dance faculty, it will bring performances in ballet, modern dance, African, hip hop and jazz. Tickets are $12 for general admission. They can be purchased online at ticketreturn.com and at the box office one hour before the show. ASU’s BFA/Dance program is the first dance program in the state of Alabama to offer a BFA degree in dance. The dance degree is performance-based and prepares students to confidently enter a career as a professional dance artist. For more information, call 334-229-6929 or 334-604-8186.

Bring your bones to a Halloween punk rock show at the Sanctuary

Four bands come for a Halloween punk rock show on Saturday at the Sanctuary.

Ready to get more Halloween rock than a trick-or-treating Charlie Brown? Abuses bassist Lyra Stephens put on a Halloween punk rock package at The Sanctuary, 432 S. Goldthwaite St., Montgomery on October 15. As usual, this is a punk rock show for all ages. In addition to Abuse, it features Grasping at Pieces and two bands from Atlanta – Tom Cheshire Band (TCB) and the famous Genki Genki Panic. GGP is a horror surf band from Mars. Admission is $10. Doors open at 6 p.m. Costumes are strongly encouraged and skeleton themed ones would be greatly appreciated.

Masked Ball Saturday at GTSouth

GTSouth is hosting a masquerade ball on Saturday.

The folks at GTSouth are all about geeks and gaming, which for many comes with really casual attire – T-shirts, shorts, and maybe even flip flops. But on Saturday, it’s time to get a little more fancy – dresses, maybe even tuxedos. It’s a masquerade ball, so dress to impress, and that includes your mask. The ball will take place from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at 2015 Cong WL Dickinson Drive. This is for ages 21 and up.

It’s more anime ramen! What more could you want?

Ramen & Anime Night is Saturday at Montgomery in Lower Dexter.

We have a Saturday that’s a recipe for an awesome time: Ramen & Anime Night at Elegant Lower Dexter, 25 Dexter Ave. In case you haven’t heard, they host events on Dexter Avenue that build community and build relationships in the city. from 5:30-9:30 p.m. they feature a ramen night by Express Yo Noodle, The Co Lab Collective/Prevail Union drinks, live art by Lydell Bell and Curbie Toles, a cosplay contest, DJ Jhavonn Brown, and a 360 photo booth by Revolve Around You Productions. General admission tickets are $35 and include entry to the event, a bowl of ramen, a mocktail, and entry to the cosplay contest. VIP is $45 which also includes a VIP armband which includes 1 drink voucher (beer/wine/coffee), access to the gaming loft (Sega Genesis/Nintendo Switch/PS5) and 360 Photo Booth . Tickets are available online at eventbrite.com/e/ramen-club-tickets-417090979347

Find Your New Furry Best Friend Saturday at PAHS Pet Palooza

Prattville's Pet Palooza/Autauga Humane Society is Oct. 15 at Cooters Pond Park in Prattville.

You might not want to admit it, but you need a dog. And it turns out there are many, many dogs out there who need someone like you. It is therefore destiny that this Saturday you can finally be united with the Prattville/Autauga Humane Society (PAHS) Pet Palooza on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cooters Pond Park, 1844 Cooters Pond Road, Prattville. There will be several fuzzy pals ready for adoption. They will also have children’s games, pet contests, bake sale, raffle, grills, jewelry and vendors. The microchip will be available for $25. If rain falls on Saturday, they have a rain date at the park from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Lily Pad Open House Saturday in Millbrook

Lily Pad's open house is October 15th.

Saturday from 4-7 p.m., join the Thirsty Turtle, along with Lux Salon, Color Copy Shop, The Nail Lounge and Abundant Grace Ministries, for the Lilly Pad Open House and Customer Appreciation Night. They will raise funds for the Humane Society of Elmore County. Bring the kids in costume for a chance to win a prize in the Cutest Kids Costume Contest at 4:30 p.m. There will be a live auction at 5 p.m. If you have a cute dog, bring it (on a leash) for a chance to win a prize. cutest dog contest. At 6 p.m. there is another live auction and at 6:30 p.m. they do a drawing for a liquor cart. It all happens at 4884 Main St, Millbrook.

Big Jaripeo dance on Sundays at Rancho Paraiso

La Maquinara Nortena is part of the October 9 lineup at Rancho EL Paraiso in Montgomery.

Get ready to dance the night away with four amazing bands bringing the sounds of Mexico on Sunday. Rancho Paraiso, 1890 Snowdown Chambers Road, Montgomery, has La Maquinara Nortena (The Northern Machine), La Energia Nortena (The Northern Energy), La Reunion Nortena (The Northern Gathering) and Los De Chiwas. Tickets are $60. The doors open at 2 p.m., and it’s a 100% family atmosphere. Children under 12 enter for free. Buy your tickets online at ranchoelparaisoalabama.com. For more information, call 334-306-1198.

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