5 Lesser-Known Board Games

Written by Toni Tompkins.

Our Board Game Night is right around the corner, and while it is always fun to play classic board games, like Life or Battleship, there is a whole other world of unknown and rare board games that are just as fun!

Anybody’s Guess

“The riotous game of revealing clues!” If you’re a fan of fast-paced games, then you should check out Anybody’s Guess. The objective is to reach the end of the board by earning the most points before the other team does. To do so, the teams take turns guessing their keyword within one minute; and the quicker you answer, the more points you get. The opposing team can also score points if they correctly predict how many clues your team will use.

Kreskin’s ESP

Do you have Extra Sensory Perception? To find out, checkout this board game made by the mentalist, The Amazing Kreskin. Test your psychic abilities with tools like the Mystery Pendulum or the traditional Symbol Cards. Similar to a Ouija board, this game can also answer yes/no questions and spell out words. So, what are you waiting for? The world’s leading authority in ESP knows that you’ve got the power.

Fun City

“Where the craziest things happen like clockwork!” To win this game, you must have the most Fun Cards by the time the clock hits 5 o’clock. And the only way to get those cards, is by getting things done, whether that be grabbing lunch at Chez Ralph’s, taking the bus to Bowl-A-Gnome, or escorting the SLOG (Somebody’s Lil’ Ole Grandmother)  to the library. Hurry up now, the others are all out the door!

Channel Surfing

“The game that will change the way you see TV!” This is a relatively easy and enjoyable game to play. You split up into teams and draw twelve cards that have random objects on them. One person in your team controls the remote, and within three minutes, you have to find as many of your objects as you can, while surfing through the channels on your TV. What could be more fun than a TV scavenger hunt?

Lie Cheat & Steal

“The game of political power.” The objective of this game is trying to get elected for a position in a public office. And what better way to do that than by buying votes and libeling the other players. Be aware of your competitors, though, as they might call for a Senate Investigation on you if you get to close to winning. Who doesn’t love a game that is similar to Monopoly, but is twice as likely to end up thrown on the floor?

Whichever type of board game you like, come play a few rounds with other board game lovers at the SUA Board Game Night on Wednesday, November 15 from 7-9 pm in the Roll20 Esports Lounge on Level 1 of the Kansas Union. Snacks will be provided.

Hackathon 2017 is here!


Written by Toni Tompkins.

SUA and KU Data Minding are hosting the KU Hackathon this weekend! Since, I myself am not the techiest person out there, I’ve decided to dig deeper into what programming is and what it is used for, in this blog post. If you are already a boss at binary, stick around because this post will also contain information about the up-and-coming Hackathon.

So what is computer programming? Programming is a very complex process that starts with the formulation of a computing problem to be addressed, and ends with the execution of a computer program or program languages. Depending on how successful the sequence is, it can be applied to millions of machines worldwide.

The ultimate goal of programming is to find a certain sequence that will allow the computer to carry out a specific task. This specific task can be many different things. For Markus Persson, or Notch as some of you might know him as, he wanted a program that could generate complete virtual worlds in which gamers have (almost) unlimited freedom. Using the Java program, he made Minecraft. For Bill Gates, this meant creating one of the most notable computer operating systems in the world: Microsoft. Ever heard of the Linux kernel? This operating system, programmed by software engineer Linus Torvalds, is responsible for the prime functionality of Android and Chrome software.

Apart from the various end products listed above, programming can be used in many other applications. Movie makers use programming to produce a wide array of special effects through CGI and photoshop. More and more people in the medical profession are learning how to program as well. Having a decent knowledge of how the innovative technology in a labs or offices works, allow doctors to perform their work more smoothly. Programming can apply to such a wide array of fields, and because of this, that it is becoming a popular career choice. As technology across the world continues to evolve, so will the demand of new programming languages. This opens up many opportunities for coders and programmers.

This year’s Hackathon competition will begin Friday, November 10th at 6 pm in the Roll20 Esports Lounge on the 1st floor of the Kansas Union. Saturday, November 11th will be a work day for teams, with lunch provided at 12 pm in the Esports Lounge. Finally, teams will present to a panel of judges at 12 pm.

Sign up HERE to compete in SUA’s Hackathon. Each member of the winning team will receive a $100 cash prize!

Good luck to all the coding connoisseurs competing in this year’s Hackathon! It’ll be a weekend full of fun. If you aren’t competing, consider doing so next year. You never know, maybe you’ll be the next Bill Gates!