Saturday, April 30, 2005

Knizia day

I played nine games designed by Reiner Knizia today, a rather famous and prolific German board game designer. (In fact, that's essentially all I did today.) I won two out of the nine, which sort of makes it seem like I didn't really deserve the reputation I got, though I guess I did pull last place in a lot of those other seven. It's fun having a group of friends who are significantly older than I am.

It's also kind of fun recklessly zipping around residential areas in the darkness of night on the Segway. It's a lot more entertaining ride when I have a bigger patch of flat space to ride on; sidewalks here are narrow and not maintained well at all, and they're in pretty bad shape from all of the trees causing the tiles to shift around.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have you ever hit a hole or soemthing and fallen off your Segway??

Anonymous said...

You should modify your Segway and turn it into a segway of death with blades and armor. Then you could market it to the army. Just think of it now, a fully mechanized army, no more walking like suckers.

Travis said...

I was reading a while back that the army was in fact testing modified Segways. They removed the internal speed limit, and made some other modifications to make them more useful as single-troop carriers. I don't think that their plans included death blades.

Travis said...

I've had a temporary loss of balance a couple times, but I've never fallen off. It's pretty good about rebalancing if you know what you're doing.

Early on when I hadn't had it for very long, it had rained pretty heavily right before I was on my way to work, and I came across an old woman who was clearly terrified of it. I pulled over to the side of the sidewalk and slowed down like I always do, but I went a little too far to the side, and hit mud. Having never lost traction on one wheel before, it scared the crap out of me, and I actually jumped off of the thing. But, it recovered; it regained balance and kept going a couple more feet until it shut off because there was no longer anybody on it. It's got a couple scratches on the handlebar from that. I had muddy knees and feet, but that was it.