Posts tagged history
Posts tagged history
Google Earth Engine is a joint project between Google and NASA that allows anyone access to a 30 year time-lapse of the surface of the earth. I made a video about how amazing, terrifying, and important it is.
Amazing time-lapse imagery of the past becoming the present!
How many ancient civilizations can you find hidden in this puzzle? Post your answers.
The longest lister gets 10 ingots… GO!
(PS - thanks to Archaeology News for sharing!)
GAME DEV THURSDAY - This week, it’s a sneak-preview of some of the 3D objects that the *awesome* Pipes is creating for our upcoming Keep Mystery episode!
Now that you know Egyptian intrigue anchors one of the intertwined plot lines, stay tuned to see what mysteries the other quests harbor…
Whether or not it all went pear-shaped at Babel, it looks like our ancient ancestors may well have shared a common language, a cool 15,000 years ago.
British archaeologists have unearthed the remains of what might be the first queen of Windsor in a 4,400-year-old female skeleton adorned with some of Britain’s earliest gold jewels. The find could predate Windsor’s royal connection by more than three millennia. Read more
…. A few days late - with apologies to all the contestants here on tumblr! This week, the winner posted on our Facebook page, and notification over here slipped through the cracks. *wristslap*
It was, indeed, Wolfram’s marvelous mop of hair! Please play again next week! We’re actually going to try and get everyone to post in one place, because we also got some replies on twitter.
LIMITED EDITION ST. PATRICK’S DAY STICKERS!
Time Tribers: Dress up your Profile Page Coat of Arms with a bit of lucky, limited edition Green!
The shamrock is a native Irish species of white clover, typically with three leaves. During the Iron Age (ca. 1200 BCE – 500 CE), Druids valued the herb for its medicinal properties, and viewed it as a representation of key “three-fold” beliefs concerning the phases of the moon, and the realms of earth, sky, and sea. With the emergence of Christianity, St. Patrick (ca. 387-461 CE) in turn used the shamrock to teach the concept of the Holy Trinity, and, ironically to attempt to convert the pagan Druids. Celtic folklore features the shamrock as a charm against evil. This belief translates into todas notion of the shamrock – and especially the rare four-leaf variety – as a good luck charm.
ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
The Ides of March (Latin: Idus Martii or Idus Martiae) is a day in the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15. It was marked by several religious observances, and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE.
In the original Roman calendar, March was the first month of the year. The holidays observed by the Romans from the first through the Ides often reflect their origin as new year celebrations.
The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st) of the following month. The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.
PLAYERS OF THE TIME TRIBE, past, present, and future: Pay your respects to old Caesar today, in person. You’ll find him on his ”learned’ perch in the Keep. And while you’re there, find more quirky facts about calendars and timekeeping, in the Catalogue!
…in 1794 Eli Whitney received a patent for his cotton gin.
While this innovation finally made cotton production economically viable (by automating the tedious removal of cotton seeds from the plant fibers), unfortunately it also increased the number of slaves needed to pick cotton to fuel the burgeoning industry, thereby strengthening arguments for continuing enslavement of African Americans.
Cotton as a cash crop became so important that it was known as ”King Cotton” and profoundly affected US politics right up through the American Civil War.
Hello new followers, and thanks to everyone (especially Hank Green!) who reblogged Lucas’s (floerian) nerdfightastic post yesterday. To all those who have asked questions here or on our other channels, thanks for the feedback! We’re constantly tweaking things to make for the best game possible :)
Some people have already finished the introductory episode, or are close to it, and to that we say, Wow, you’re awesome. Be sure to come back a day or two after completing the episode, as two new mini-adventures will be available for you to play!
In the meantime, you can replay episode 0 from the Cartograph in the Library. Switch up your character choices and choose different dialogue options to learn more pieces of the story and unlock new rewards. Chat with all the different characters in the Keep – most of them have additional side quests you can do! There are seals to collect, minigame high scores to get, and always a Daily Quest. Create a personalized Coat of Arms on your Profile Page, and fill up your Chamber with llamas, bucklers, and Qin zithers.
Meanwhile, we’ve been asked, “When is the next episode coming?” Well, we’re working on the first Keep Mystery, called The Curse, and that will come out in a few weeks. We’re hoping to get the first full time travel episode released about a month or so after that. Unfortunately, our biggest barrier right now is the funding – we’re looking for major investors or a game studio who can partner with us to help deliver all of the awesome content we’re planning.
While we work towards that, though, any revenue that comes in from the game will certainly go a long way towards helping. If you’re really enjoying the game, please consider subscribing or buying ingots. The Premium Subscription is actually incredibly cool. We don’t think there’s anything else out there like it. Not only will it give you a big boost with ingots and access to exclusive content in the game, but we’ll also mail you monthly letters, journal entries, activities, additional story material, and more!
In fact, we’re so pleased with the response so far that we’re going to offer you a discounton subscriptions — $1 off the monthly Basic price for 3 months, or $3 off Premium! Once you’ve subscribed, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your username, and we’ll refund you the rebate!
So spread the word, get your friends to play (and add them as friends on your profile to compare scores and user rooms!), and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as new content is available!
And again, thank you all SO MUCH for playing. We’ve been working on this game for years and we can’t tell you how exciting it is to see you enjoying it!! And continue to ask us questions here, on Facebook, or on Twitter!
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WE’RE GOING TO TOY FAIR!!
As you can see in our nifty banner, Kate’s in fighting form and ready to go. And so are we.
We’ll be doing the first public demos and previews of The Time Tribe at the Digital Kids conference in NYC Feb 12-13, in shared booth space with our partners at Dubit Ltd. Digital Kids is co-located with the awesomely massive Toy Fair at the Jacob Javitz Center, so we’re hoping to enjoy a fair bit of traffic.
Come by and say ‘hi’ if you’re in the neighborhood!
Please join us in extending the warmest of welcomes to our new 3D Artist …. PIPES!
We’re delighted to bring you a sneak preview of his upcoming contributions to the Time Tribe gaming home base – the manor house known as the Keep. We hope you like this evocative new elevator space as much as we do.
Richard “Pipes” Piper is a 3D Environment Artist specializing in scene and asset creation, texturing and lighting, utilizing various industry applications. Pipes has many years of games industry experience, previously working on environment art for LEGO City Undercover and LEGO Star Wars Clone Wars at TT Fusion. We can’t wait to siphon off more of his awesome talent and send it shooting through the ages to bring us some of the best artistic renditions of the past. Ever.
Before entering the games industry, Pipes graduated from the Art University of Bournemouth UK, where he earned a First Class Degree in Digital Media Production BA (Honors) and was the first winner of the Faculty of Media and Performance BA Digital Media Production Course Prize for excellence in his chosen field.
He’s a big proponent of sharing best practice knowledge and, accordingly, has released various tutorials on modelling techniques and the creation of industry standard artwork. He’s especially proud of his first professional tutorial with Eat3D, the respected CG educational website.
We’re so excited to have Pipes join the Time Tribe team, and proud already of his work that will help bring the Time Tribe story to vivid life, and hopefully contribute to the rise of transmedia titles the world over.
We’re going to StoryWorld!
While it isn’t a fantastic new theme park, it’s a fun-filled conference and expo in Hollywood, CA. It’s sure to be an absolute blast, especially with such noteworthy keynote speakers as Sean Bailey, President of Production at Walt Disney Studios, and Damon Lindelof, creator of the beloved TV show LOST.
Our very own Karen and Lucas will be in attendance live-demoing The Time Tribe beta. If you’ll be there and happen to see either one of them, be sure stop on by to check out our great game and say “hello!”
Should you not be in the area or are unable to attend StoryWorld, enjoy these four new screenshots showing off our player customizable Coat of Arms, rooms, and more!
MEMBERS OF THE TIME TRIBE! My name is Lindsey, and I have traveled from the distant past of 1982 to bring you news of GREAT IMPORTANCE!
I am very excited to announce that I am your new Community Manager. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what a Community Manager is and does, allow me to explain a bit. My job is to make sure that you all enjoy being members of The Time Tribe community, and to ensure that it remains a safe and happy place for all. I’ll be interacting with you all via our official Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages, along with right here on this blog!
Now that we’ve established what I will be doing, let me introduce myself more fully. I am married to a man with a devilishly handsome beard, and am the mother to a wonderful 9-year-old girl. I have been a gamer for 25 years, and have been fortunate enough to work with some really fantastic communities, like Meez and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I’m deeply passionate about the gaming industry, and I absolutely adore getting to know new people – and just my luck, you guys are new people! I’ve also been interested in history for as long as I can remember, so I am incredibly overjoyed that The Time Tribe allows me to revel in both gaming and history.
What can you look forward to over the coming weeks? Well, I’m not going to spoil the surprises, but I know that we’re planning on taking you all on quite an adventure! Stay tuned…