Rollory: Chris Crawford’s “Balance of the Planet” was my first introduction to ecology and environmentalism. It played a major part in making me a greenie leftist for about 10 years (basically, until I became an adult). A few years back (and well after I’d become a horrible reactionary caveman nazi racist homophobe etc), I dug up a copy on an abandonware site and took a second look at it. Discovered things like “total grassland = last year’s grassland – loss from...
David Foster: Some interesting work using games/simulations for the study of decision-making has been done by Dietrich Doerner: The Logic of Failure.
A Boy and His Dog: A lone Sapiens amongst Neanderthal would probably come off as extra faggoty.
Rollory: Cleve’s been around for a while. He is not all crazy. One of the things that made his reputation originally was that he was on the Australian team that was tasked with doing a sequel to Wizardry 8 (? I think), it was a horrific mishmash of incompetence, and he decided he could do just as good a game entirely on his own and that in fact it would be the BEST GAME EVER and in fact he’s been working on it super-hard and it’s going to come out WITHIN SIX MONTHS HE SWEARS and...
Isegoria: I for one welcome our new Neanderthal overlords.
Scipio Americanus: Man, Vault-Co. Been a while since I read through his archives. One of the most amusingly crazy people I’ve come across on the net.
Alrenous: Vault-co seems new to me and possibly significant. – Someone who is Neanderthalesque doesn’t get along with Homo Sapiens, you say? I wonder how well a lone Sapiens would do in a crowd of Neanderthals.
Space Nookie: Sometimes I use a post-apocalyptic metaphor — after the “death of god”, the shell-shocked survivors must survive using whatever they can scavenge from the wreckage. I don’t want to be too critical of Mr. Casnocha, but it’s as if he stumbled onto an Apollo space capsule, and he feels it might be useful as some kind of small hut if only it didn’t have all those extra parts attached.
Lu An Li.: It is estimated that any at given moment there were only about 2,000 Neanderthals in existence anyhow. So the population was very small to begin with and then spread out over a wide area, the Eurasian landmass. Possibilities for interaction with kindred were small.