On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: nine
[ by Charles Cameron — if the territory is graphical, so’s the map ]
Terrain, with its named places and transportation links between them, is graphical, as illustrated in this map:
#IS info graph claims 53 suicide attacks for Sept 2016 in #Syria and #Iraq pic.twitter.com/niCVar6ArW
— Jasmine Opperman (@Jasminechic00) October 6, 2016
It makes me wonder how often graph theory (of the sort that gives us the Königsberg Bridge Problem, see the first post in this series) is applied to troop movements — as it often is to public transportation (see the upcoming tenth post).
My next example of the use of a node-and-edge graphical design both puzzles and intrigues me:
Development Directions is out! https://t.co/R4I9mSZaQE #FB Stories via @mamaphlls @PublicSphereWB @clarissa_panama #poverty #aid
— Raza Ahmad Rumi (@Razarumi) October 6, 2016
It puzzles me, because I can’t quitec grasp what Raza Rumi — a very bright fellow — is up to in choosing this particular illustration. And it intrigues me, because once on a vision quest I glimpsed an outstretched eagle’s or hawk’s wing, with a similar graphical overlay of its structural essence. It’s a sight I’ve never forgotten, an exquisite linking of the real and abstract worlds, and one that I’m sadly ill-equipped to reproduce visually myself. Words don’t do it justice.
My third example, as you can see, is taken from a learned paper describing the use of graphs to illustrate musical compositions according to a strictly defined protocol:
"On the Modeling of Musical Solos as Complex Networks” #facemelter #rockon https://t.co/RhMQR8I1vD pic.twitter.com/swnHg4XPq8
— Chris Danforth (@ChrisDanforth) October 4, 2016
What interests me here — aside from the fact that any of these digrams could be used as a board in a sufficiently complex HipBone or Sembl game — is that I ran across this particular paper within 24 hours of reading m’friend Bill Benzon‘s account of his friend Michael Bérubé and his son Jamie, introduced in this tweet:
#downssyndrome Aesthetic investigations of a young man with Down syndrome. https://t.co/CqTg88arVV
— Bill Benzon (@bbenzon) October 6, 2016
Bill’s post Jamie’s Investigations, Part 1: Emergence to which his tweet refers us — is illustrated thus:
Michael Bérubé, we read, has recently published a book about Jamie, who has Down’s, Life as Jamie Knows It: An Exceptional Child Grows Up, and it contains a series of Jamie’s drawings, of which this is one example.
Bill, who is himself the author of Beethoven’s Anvil: Music in Mind and Culture, notes “Jamie loves music, and his dad is a rock-and-roll drummer, so’s his older brother Nick, I believe.” And here’s the clincher — he then asks:
In what way are these drawings like drum beats?
So that’s two examples of novel visual representations of musical pattern in just two days, earlier this week.
Enough for now — onwards to On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: ten — a long, fascinating post IMO, long enough that I’m glad this is a Sunday.
Earlier in this series:
On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: preliminaries On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: two dazzlers On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: three On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: four On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: five On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: six On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: seven On the felicities of graph-based game-board design: eight
October 10th, 2016 at 2:51 pm
That Jimi Hendrix graph reminds me of this concert poster from a show he did in Germany:
That perm he wore really drove the kids crazy, I guess.
It’s funny that the other graphs seem so oddly fitting also.
Rock Me Baby looks like the basic blues scaffolding of Red House with the cluster in the middle just emerging, but more ordered and deferential.
The original members of Pink Floyd were all architecture students, and it’s been said that training in structures shaped how they constructed their songs. It shows in that graph.
Crossroads being about the interaction of heaven- first as he “asked the Lord above” – then the present middle that is empty and abandoned as “everybody passed me by” – until finally descent to the bottom where he implores, “believe I’m sinking down.”
October 10th, 2016 at 7:57 pm
October 10th, 2016 at 9:20 pm
Speaking of Königsberg, you probably heard Russia just deployed short range missiles there capable of attacking Poland, in violation of the 1987 INF treaty. This is to deter NATO missile defenses in Poland and counter new combat battalions permanently stationed in the Baltics. Maybe we should be graphing out all the recent ‘tit-for-tat’ going on in Eastern Europe.