I’ve got a couple of goodies for you guys tonight.
GOODY #1: SPACETEAM
First up, I want to share my very first “Let’s Play,” which I made at the urging of The Boy. In this video filmstrip, you can hear the two of us playing Spaceteam, an addictive and exciting game designed especially for sci-fi geeks.
In the game, you use your cell phone (or tablet) to receive technobabble instructions, which you then must shout out to your teammates, who must complete the instructions on their screens, WHILE you are trying to hear and follow the instructions that others are calling out for you.
It’s a blast.
WARNING: There is some cursing in this Let’s Play video.
Spaceteam is a free download. Be aware that the connection process requires wyfi or bluetooth capability on all devices involved. It can also be a little fiddly. On our phones, it works great about 3 out of 4 times. When it doesn’t work, the phone must be restarted. This is also a huge battery drain WHILE you’re playing, but it doesn’t seem to be a bother when it’s not in use.
Scroll down to see credits for all the great digital artists who provided the clipart I used to illustrate the filmstrip. I like to give credit where credit is due, even when I don’t have to.
GOODY #2: OPENCLIPART.
Wait. Clipart that doesn’t require any credits at all??
Check out the following information I’ve swiped from the Openclipart website:
Unlimited Commercial Use
Lots of image projects use confusing words such as images being royalty free, then you read the fine-print and find there are fees or limitations on how you might use an image. We try to make it clear that you may use all clipart even for unlimited commercial use. We believe that giving away our images is a great way to share with the world our talents and that will come back around in a better form.
All Clipart are Released into the Public Domain.
To the extent fully possible, each artist at Openclipart releases all rights to the images they share at Openclipart. The reason is so that there is zero friction in using and sharing images authors make available at this website so that each artist might also receive the same benefit in using other artists clipart totally for any possible reason.
So how cool is that? But it gets better. Not only can you use the clipart there, you can also use a pretty sophisticated digital editor (along the lines of Photoshop) to alter said clipart, or to make your own. It took me a couple of days to get a feel for the tools, but I will definitely be using it in the future.
That’s about it, but I do want to send a nod out to the following folks, who give away their art without expecting anything in return:
- Cartoon Robot – Sirrob01
- Spaceship Whit Fire – samden
- Teleporter – qubodup
- Rounded Red Button – mi_brami
- Knife Switch Off & On – Erulisseuiin
- Slime Drop 1 – inky2010
- Solar Panal 2 & Device Direction Pad – Merlin2525
- Korean Sign, Access Forbidden & Tethered Together, Astronaut – j4p4n
- Button (6 multi) – leandrosciola
- Indocatore batteria – scigola
- Online (girl repairing) & Nuclear Explosion – tzunghaor
- Fasten Seatbelt Sign – bencn
- Danger High Voltage – Rfc1394
- Audio Panel (Contemporary) – Startright
- Asteroid Belt – NASA
- Help Orb Button – decosigner
- Toilet Plunger – bnielsen
- Blue Box Wood – ilnanny
- Toxic Dump 2 – durand
- Spiral Cone – jarda
- Bolt2 – cfry
- Micro-Pestle (arrows) – gsagri04
- House 2 – Machovka
- Faucet – johnny_automatic