Garden: XKCD's latest maddening, relaxing webtoy


#1

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Gardening
#2

It just sits there loading.

The only thing more maddening than a new XKCD webtoy is a new XKCD webtoy you can’t play with.


#3

Might work after a refresh, it did on mine. Though it looks like it’s getting slammed today, as word gets out about it.

[edit] Definitely slammed. I’ve had a few things grow in the last half hour, but every now and then it tries to refresh and gets stuck at the spinning tree.

(Got a lot more so far than when I was playing with this yesterday, when all I got after over an hour was what looked like a turtle. Those tentacles are worrying, though…)


#4

Lots of interesting gardens in the reddit thread:


#5

Ran it for hours yesterday and got nothing. The proverbial brown thumb.


#6

I haven’t played this game yet, but I do garden. Remember three four things.

  • vegetative and blooming wavelengths are different.
  • plants react to changes–they have a lifespan just like we do. Light is a factor, but one of many.
  • our mighty sun will beat the pants off of any lamp.
  • big/tall plants aren’t always healthy plants. Compact with big roots win the race.

#7

Yeah, I’m a min/maxer.


#8

Doesn’t even start loading in Firefox - the browser (correctly) blocks the Garden script because it’s not delivered securely.


#9

I started it soon after he published it. I played with the lights, and checked back occasionally over about nine hours. Interesting things were happening, people appeared, then it froze and went permanently to the loading screen. sad.


#10

So that was what I was doing wrong. I messed with the lights and was wondering what I was waiting for, then just quit.


#11

I get the same result in Chrome. No gardening due to insecure script delivery.


#12

@doctorow if you have a back channel to Randall, a polite bug report/nudge would be cool. We need to garden :smiley:


#13

My garden is full of cats and not a lot else.


#14

you’re lucky. I got donkeys.


#15

I got a deer, a bird bath, and a sickly tree. You can prune the tree.


#16

I’m getting a desk with a chair…


#17

There’s also the lovely negative-space non-image of two penises about to “kiss”:


#18

“I got a rock.”


#19

A desk with a chair will probably sit better. But in an garden? I Would love to have a big rock in the garden :wink:


#20