Happy Planet 313 Day!

posted Mar 13, 2015, 10:36 AM by John Force

Friday March 13, 2015

It seems appropriate to share the story of how I came up with the name for Planet 313. 

You can blame it on the X-files.  Back in the 1990’s when Mulder and Scully were running one of their freaky investigations they ran across the luckiest man in the world.  Whatever he set his mind to do he would be mega successful at it!  If he made a paper airplane, it would glide around the room catching even the slightest thermal draft to keep it afloat, and not hit the lamp.  If he bought a lottery ticket, it won.  You get the idea.

As the episode continued you saw that all of his luck was counterbalanced with “bad luck” for those around him whenever his “good luck” was manifested.  He would find a dollar - and the kid behind him would drop his ice cream cone into a storm drain, out of reach, and into slimy goo so that there was no chance for the “count-to-three” rule kids have.  Things like that would happen all throughout the show.

The “lucky” man lived in apartment 313.  Mulder made mention of it to Scully about the #3 being a lucky number.  Well documented by the culture of “Blah blah blah”; and of course, the unlucky characteristics of the #13 which are carried to our own culture today.  He even added the individual numbers together to reach “seven” and explained its perfect number references in the Bible and other places in Jewish and Greek cultures. 

It was a great episode!  What does all of this have to do with Planet 313?  It just so happened that the day I saw that episode is also the day I made my first email account ever - with Net Zero – (back when they advertised “Free Forever and Defenders of the Free World”) – I made my Email address with my name and 313 behind it.  It has been that way ever since with all my emails. 

Giving the game the numbers that has been my “cyber” connection only seemed natural.

First three prototype designs
First three prototype designs!