Flash platformer/adventure game with absolutely staggering production values and art. The intro sequence is awesome.
posted by juv3nal
on Apr 14, 2009 -
Around Cape Horn
- if you've ever wished for an authentic glimpse into the bygone era of the majestic age of sailing, this is it - a rare 1929 true adventure film about sailing a four-masted commercial barque around the Cape Horn during a huge gale. It was shot with a hand-cranked camera by Captain Irving Johnson who offers a spirited narration. 36 minutes, B&W
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 11, 2009 -
A man whose bravery and fame is matched only by his commitment to truth, the great Baron Münchhausen
has permeated all artistic mediums of any worth: books (on
), cartoons (french
), an animated short film
, an online graphic novel
, even a game
-- if you are so despicable a person as to, for no other reason than the amusement of yourself and your fellows, slander the Baron's name with lies of your own invention. Though a similarly-named syndrome
would falsely imply otherwise, he is an entirely honest man who exaggerates as little as he boasts, and as to the latter I have assurances from no less a personage than the Baron himself that his humility is without equal in the 7 earth continents, and 2 out of 3 of the moon's.
posted by TimeTravelSpeed
on Feb 27, 2009 -
New Extreme Sports.
Mega ramp skateboarding, ostrich racing, underwater golfing, pole dancing and pillow fighting are just a few of the innovative new sports you may see in future X Games
. (via SpoFi
posted by netbros
on Feb 6, 2009 -
"Well behaved women rarely make history," said Laurel Thatcher Ulrich. Scandalous Women
brings you the lives, loves, and sexual adventures of some of the most fascinating women who rocked the world. Like Olimpia Maidalchini
who managed to achieve something that no woman ever has, for the 11 years of her brother-in-law Innocent X's reign as pope, Olimpia was the real power at the Vatican; or Elizabeth Armistead
, wife of a cabinet minister, courtesan to many. Read the bios and follow the tales of nearly a hundred women of scandalous pursuit from Mata Hari
to Typhoid Mary
posted by netbros
on Jan 16, 2009 -
Youngest Briton to climb Everest dies in Alps
Last year, two British kids skied, sailed, and biked through North, Central, and South America, en route from the north pole to the south pole
. They made it the whole 180 degrees
, but as you can read in the articles, they almost died several times. You may enjoy reading an interview about that trip
They had already climbed to the top of Everest at 19 years of age.
They were named Adventurers of the Year for 2008
by National Geographic.
They died this weekend
, January 10, 2009, climbing in the French Alps.
posted by peter_meta_kbd
on Jan 13, 2009 -
Wartime wandering through the Eastern states by bicycle, truck, and riverboat. 1944.
In 1944, a dear friend, Doris Roy, and I undertook an adventurous journey that we dreamed of during countless hikes together over our college holidays. We had been Camp Fire Girls together, loving the out-of-doors, camping and hiking the open road. Our dreams finally developed into a plan to ride bicycles from our home in Buffalo, New York, to Cairo, Illinois, where the Ohio River met the Mississippi. We admired Mark Twain’s adventures, had read his Life on the Mississippi, and sought to follow his path to the Midwest.
We were 21 years old...
posted by Fuzzy Skinner
on Dec 28, 2008 -
are out there. In February, Mike Beaumont
completed the fastest circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. Tomorrow, Rosie Swale
, age 62, finishes her 4 1/2 year run around the world. As posted previously
, Zac Sunderland is now attempting to break the record for the youngest sailing circumnavigation of the planet, now held by Jesse Martin
posted by Xurando
on Aug 24, 2008 -
, first American in Afghanistan, Commander-In-Chief of the Afghan Army, Quaker, and Prince of Ghor
; the inspiration for Rudyard Kipling's short story "The Man Who Would Be King
" (and thus the John Houston film
). The title was gained for himself "and his descendants in perpetuity" and never rescinded, making actor Scott Reiniger
(Dawn of the Dead
), Harlan's great, great, great grandson, technically a prince of Afghanistan. (previously)
, an English archeology student who ventured to India in 1939 "to putter about with a few cameras and do a bit of medical work, maybe write a book" and ended up in the jungle on the Burmese border as "Queen of the Nagas", leading headhunting tribes against the advancing Japanese Army. (Real Audio BBC Radio history segment
, extended MP4 video interview
from 1985, shortly before her death, online archive
The "White Rajas
" of the Kingdom of Sarawak, a dynasty of the Brooke family, who ruled a region of Brunei for over a century; the progenitor of the family, James Brooke, was likely an inspiration for Joseph Conrad's "Lord Jim
". [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Aug 13, 2008 -
(w/ pix) of a motorcycle journey through Angola. Stumbled onto this from the Black Flag forums and have not been able to stop reading it.
posted by jcruelty
on May 26, 2008 -
to the controlled, indoor world of modern kids might be Adventure Playgrounds
. Messy, chaotic, but counter-intuitively, safer than traditional playgrounds, there are only two in the US: Listen
Adventure Playground on NPR, or check out some flickr shots
In Europe, where they originated from the rubble of WWII
, and in Japan where they are also popular, the importance of play that involves risks is better understood
. There are hundreds
of Adventure Playgrounds
outside of North America.
posted by serazin
on Aug 18, 2007 -
Real Life "Colossal Cave Adventure”!
Discussion of original source code, different versions of the game, hand draw maps, and lots of photos inside the cave the game is based on. Grab your shiny brass lamp and tasty food and meet me at the Bedquilt entrance.
posted by cosmicbandito
on Aug 13, 2007 -
Imagine the possibilities of an interactive web, but before Flash, before Java, before video plugins, before anything but text and graphics (and graphics take up so much
came out of this era, and over the years there have been quite a few
(not all paths SFW) incarnations of the concept. You can even roll your own
with open source. Can you find your old stories?
posted by mazatec
on Mar 21, 2007 -
The cruiser Emden
was launched in 1910. When World War One broke out, she was under the command of Korvettenkapitän Karl Friedrich Max von Müller, with Kapitänleutnant Hellmuth von Mücke as executive officer, who "was as extroverted as his commander was modest." When Graf von Spee, commander of the East Asiatic Squadron, decided to keep it united and head for Chile to coal up, Müller said he'd rather go off on his own and harass British shipping. Spee agreed, and the Emden
embarked on a spree of destruction that made him a hero not only to the Germans but even to the British; when it was over, the Telegraph
said: "It is almost in our hearts to regret that the Emden has been captured and destroyed.... There is not a survivor who does not speak well of this young German, the officers under him and the crew obedient to his orders. The war on the sea will lose some of its piquancy, its humour and its interest now that the Emden has gone."
posted by languagehat
on Aug 19, 2006 -
"King Anfortas currently owns this magic stone, schmooze him, take him surprise, how ever you will get it, but bring me this stone! As award I promise you my daughter and a place on the crown!"
-- The Mystery of Castle Wildenburg
, a slightly goofily-translated game that combines point-&-click with classic text adventure gameplay, and photos of the lovely German countryside. Read the "Prehistory," mouseover everything, save often (though you lose your accumulated points on loading a saved game), and be careful not to die of thirst.
posted by Gator
on Jul 17, 2006 -
resembles-but-is-legally-distinct-from a certain beloved adventurer whom you may remember from a certain series of copyrighted movies
. The first few games
in which he stars are in French (and a little on the primitive side), but the gameplay is simple enough: Arrow keys to move, jump, and duck, spacebar to attack with the whip. The latest game in the series, Alien Wars
, can be played in English. Lovely squishy little blood spurts, among other things, when death ensues. (Flash.)
posted by Gator
on Mar 8, 2006 -
The Flowering Nose in Slugland
adventure game. As a goblin with a flower for a nose, your ultimate goal is to find the lost sprout. Defeat enemies by throwing flowers at them; power up with hearts; teleport from level to level with such esoteric trinkets as donuts and cherries. (Java.)
posted by Gator
on Jan 27, 2006 -