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.


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.