For those of us who didn't have time to check out Burning Man this year, here's a handy time-lapse video. In it you'll see the amazing construction of a temporary city, and the mesmeric glittering lights of the festival at night. Certainly worth watching.
Settlers players with big backyards can take inspiration in the work of Matt Bell and friends: As a project for Burning Man a few years ago, Bell constructed a life-sized Settlers of Catan board. Bell says that the size actually changed the way the game was played:
An interesting game dynamic emerged. Unlike in the board game version, people were spread far enough apart that you could have a private conversation with another player. We also had too many people wanting to play, so we ended up with 2-3 players on a "team". As a result, a diplomatic wheeler-dealer atmosphere emerged, where players would huddle and discuss trades, periodically sending emissaries to speak with other players.(Matt Bell via MAKE)
Satellite view of Burning Man 2010. Crazy. More than 50,000 people attended this year.
(via Dude Craft)