Orichalcum

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by dirtyZiu on 23-10-2013

Orichalcum is a metal mentioned in several ancient writings, including the story of Atlantis as recounted in the Critias dialogue, recorded by Plato. According to Critias, orichalcum was considered second only to gold in value, and was found and mined in many parts of Atlantis in ancient times. By the time of Critias, however, it was known only by name. In numismatics, orichalcum is the golden-colored bronze alloy used for the sestertius and dupondius coins. In many sources of pop culture, such as novels and video games, orichalcum is presented as a valuable ore that can be mined and crafted into powerful armor and weapons.
The name derives from the Greek ὀρείχαλκος, oreikhalkos (from ὄρος, oros, mountain and χαλκός, chalkos, copper or bronze), meaning “mountain copper” or “mountain metal.”
The Romans transliterated “orichalcum” as “aurichalcum,” which was thought to literally mean “gold copper.” It is known from the writings of Cicero that the metal they called orichalcum, while it resembled gold in colour, had a much lower value.[1]
Orichalcum has variously been held to be a gold/copper alloy, a copper-tin or copper-zinc brass, or a metal no longer known. The Andean alloy tumbaga fits the same description, being a gold/copper alloy. However, in Vergil’s Aeneid it was mentioned that the breastplate of Turnus was “stiff with gold and white orachalc” and it has been theorised that it is an alloy of gold and silver, though it is not known for certain what orichalcum was.
In later years, “orichalcum” was used to describe the sulfide mineral chalcopyrite or brass. However, these are difficult to reconcile with the text of Critias, because he states that the metal was “only a name” by his time, while brass and chalcopyrite continued to be very important through the time of Plato until today. For that reason, other authors on the subject[who?] conclude that orichalcum is either the gold-copper alloy tumbaga, or possibly amber.
There have been references that Orichalcum was in fact electrum by another name, and that through selective casting the metal smith could alter the amounts to vary the colour. Other references mention that a liquid metal was added possibly mercury (so a mix of gold, silver, copper and mercury), and that the alloy was heated while lighting in a jar was added (possibly a early reference to electroplating or low level electricity like the Baghdad Battery being applied, while the metal was heated.)

MoonGold cancelled until further notice

Filed Under (Announcements, MoonGold) by Sonucais on 09-04-2012

Our title “MoonGold: Flash Arcade Shoot ‘Em Up” has stopped development some months ago now. This is not a farewell, more like a see you. The game will resume up again later, starting all over again using most of the material created to date. There are many reasons, one of them is the lack of time to work at the game art, another one because of the possible dissolution of our work team “3guys1game” organized at Po3. But never mind, we expect a much better result after this long pause.

SWEET GRIM for Newgrounds Awards 2011

Filed Under (Announcements) by Sonucais on 05-04-2012

Recently, our movie “SWEET GRIM” has been nominated for the Newgrounds 2011 Awards along with other 21 great movies from the Portal. It is a big surprise since we never tried get this far, it’s a nice touch. We totally don’t expect more from this and we already know there are way much better movies in the list, but we will be waiting for the results just like little girls. Go check the movie nominees at Newgrounds Wiki: 2011 Awards. We will keep you informed of any update about the awards.

SWEET GRIM

Filed Under (Announcements, Media) by Sonucais on 03-11-2011

We’re proud to publish our second JOYCOT Team Flash movie. Once again, animated by NinJaco, we bring you SWEET GRIM, submitted to Newgrounds last Halloween. We ended exhausted to publish it before the deadline, that’s why we haven’t done any official blog entry before. We started making the movie just after Madness Day’s results and it turned out to be a 4 minutes long animation. We tried to improve several issues “The Magician” has such as the lenght.

Probably, we will animate something for Christmas too due to public demand, and after that, Jaco will most probably already have his Cintiq ready, so we will start developing a game. Hope you’ll enjoy the movie.

Edit: There will not be any Christmas animation but Jaco’s has ordered a Cintiq already :)