LudoBox : learning-by-doing


January 2015 – First testing. Of course, when the idea emerged to use a wifi router to host free licensed print-and-play games, we had never testedinstalled neither a PirateBox nor a LibraryBox before. Challenge!

Early january, we order our first TPLINK router and usb key to test files installation at home, let’s go.

We grab and read existing on-line tutorials available in English on the refering sites – and – as well as francophone documentation : thanks to Labomedia [1] and Resonance [2], although sometimes we play riddles trying to decipher between the lines, how to exit Vi! A « : wq » so convenient but never properly mentioned, in short, we guess, we try, we do mistakes and we brick the box … ouch … We knew that it would not be cooked all.


First operational box !

In Brussels, we knocked at Pieter’s door from Bxl HackerSpace and a « Master Chief TPLINK », to help us better identify where was the bug, from where re-start and reset the firmware, etc. We came with two bricked box and left with two repaired BUT we did not complete successfully the installation ourselves, ah, frustrated !

The opportunity to go to Transmediale Festival [3] in Berlin late January, offered us a nice catch-up session. The festival‘s theme this year was « Capture All » declined in many sections: surveillance, artificial intelligence, Big Data, gamification, quantified self, algorithmic society etc.

David Darts, PirateBox’s creator, alongside with Mathias Strubel who takes care of the development, were in Berlin to propose a MasterClass PirateBox [4]: you could not ask for more! To repeat the installation step by step, with updated tutorials, nicely guided, that changes everything. In two hours, we had a PirateBox , right on time to finish by renaming the file in Vi « Ludobox Play Freely« .


Transmediale, PirateBox and maté.

Follow the MasterClass was also a great opportunity for a metaknowledge transfer: we were as much interested in the content as the way to approach the workshop to prepare our LudoBox workshop few days later in Saint-Herblain. It was also really inspiring to attend the first meeting of the Clandestine Offline Networks gathering other initiatives to expand our vision and potential of offline devices.


Clandestine Offline Networks : first meeting

On aura de cesse de remercier le travail de documentation, y compris les erreurs documentées des uns des autres. On souhaite à notre tour proposer une documentation en français à jour sur la base du tuto avec quelques éléments de langage démystifiées afin de continuer à donner envie de s’y coller ! -> oui au plus vite.

Here we thank again the documentation process of the community, even the ones including errors : we wish, our turn, to contribute with an updated documentation in French on the basis of the tutorial with some language’s elements demystified to keep on encouraging people it’s worth a try ! -> Yes ASAP.

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