Eldritch horrorDecember 22, 2013
I’ve been on vacation for two weeks now. I wish I could say that I’ve done nothing but relax, but that would be lying. I’ve actually been to the office more times than I want to admit.
I got a message from a few co-workers that they were going to have a board game night, and wondered if I wanted in. I’m really not into the whole fantasy-super-serious-gaming thing, but last time I joined in on the game night I had a really great time, so I decided to go. This time we played Eldritch Horror, which is a game that you don’t compete against each other, but you work together against the game itself. I’ve never played such a board game, and I’ll admit that at first I was really confused about the rule set.
But a few hours into the game, and everything was almost crystal clear. Esbjörn, the one who organizes these events, told us that generally a game will last for about three to four hours. Our play through took about six, and we didn’t even win. But then again, three out of four players had never played this game before, so I guess it’s not really that bad.
Everybody else were drinking some kind of red wine, me being super sophisticated and culinary aware, chose instead something more appropriate for the occasion. A fine can of red bull in a wine glass. Like a sir.
Anyway, my point being, if you ever get a chance to play these kinds of games, do it!
I’m currently watching through the TV show Battlestar Gallactica. I wouldn’t want to say that I like the series, it’s mostly pretty crap, with bad character development, boring side stories and awful acting at times. But, and there’s always a but, about every third episode something interesting actually happens and I continue to watch through all the episodes only to get a glimpse of those short burst of interesting parts. It’s pretty phenomenal how somebody is able to screw up such a great story (The main story) with all this non-logical nonsense that wouldn’t, and more importantly couldn’t happen.
For example, in one episode they need to connect their computers into a network, they’re apparently against creating computer networks because that’s how the Cylons were created (Cylons are somekind of AI that has gone rogue and now tries to kill humanity for some undisclosed reasons). How this giant spaceship can operate without a computer network is beyond me, but I’m going to let that slide. Anyway, they connect together a random bunch of computers, and set up a total of seven firewalls to protect the network. The Cylons then appear, and immediately start “hacking” this network. There’s no explanation how they’re hacking it, but they are, and they tear down each firewall. Just as the last firewall is about to fall they unplug the network and all the network access magically disappears.
I have a really hard time believing that a military battleship would have it’s network open for external connections, and it’s even less likely that the ship would have a wireless network connection open for anyone. And besides, if the ship didn’t have a network in the first place, and they had to connect their equipment, why not just leave the wireless communication system out of the loop?
And don’t get me started on the firewalls, I really don’t think the media industry understands what a firewall does. A firewall is in place to stop connections to different ports, only allowing predefined, pre-accepted ports from a white list of sources. If targeting a network, you wouldn’t target the firewall in itself, but target a service running on a port that the firewall has allowed external connections to. And if installing firewalls, and you know you’ll be attacked, why would you leave any ports open? Especially when you don’t depend on any external resources.