The League of Lonely Geologists.

No, it’s not a hyper-specialised dating service, but a game. It’s only downloadable for Windows, but you can browse the archive no matter the choice of your os.

After digging in the dirt on a solo quest for digital rocks in the “The League of Lonely Geologists,” you may decide to toss one of your finds into the mysterious space portal situated in the otherwise mundane landscape. Immediately, another rock will be hurled back out of this strange gateway, but it won’t be yours. Instead, it’s one found by a previous wanderer of the game, their annotations and specimen name left behind in an ongoing catalogue of the terrain.

Created by Takorii and recently shared by Rock Paper Shotgun, “The League of Lonely Geologists” is available as a pay-what-you wish download for PC. It’s billed as a game of “awkward & uncomfortable rock collection,” yet rock collecting is only part of its mechanics, which are revealed through experimentation. Toss a plant into the portal, and get a phonograph cylinder back, which may play some jaunty tune, or just an eerie hum. Throw in the phonograph, and the moon-like vista may spit out a shiny badge.

While the game can only be played in Windows, anyone can flip through the online catalogue of finds. As of this writing, 669 “geologists” have discovered over 2,000 rocks, such as the “dented lid” that’s “just a trash can lid someone spray painted gold,” and the “unstoppable rock” that’s constantly in motion, and “no obstacle can stop this movement.” Some players take their naming and description more seriously than others, but it’s surprisingly enjoyable to have this kind of anonymous sharing. And like any scientific survey, albeit one steeped in absurdity, it keeps you curious about what else is out there.

Via Hyperallergic. The League of Lonely Geologists.


  1. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    Sounds great. It also, for some reason, puts me in mind of the Organization of Cartographers for Social Equality. I loved watching CJ’s face when the OCSE displayed the south-up Peter’s projection. I knew what was coming and had thought about the issues before first seeing the episode of the West Wing with the OCSE, but CJ’s character clearly hadn’t and I imagined watching myself when my mind was first blown up by the idea of other maps…and even more by the idea that other maps might actually be better than the one I had been used to all my life up to that point.

    Anyway, I imagine digging for rocks and labeling them in ways at which traditional/actual geologists might rebel. I wonder how many actual geologists play the game and enjoy giving rocks names they could never employ in a journal article.

  2. says


    I wonder how many actual geologists play the game and enjoy giving rocks names they could never employ in a journal article.

    No idea, but I had fun going through the catalogue. Can’t remark on the West Wing stuff, never seen the show.

  3. says

    Funnily enough, I was in an improvised musical a few weeks ago and wound up playing literally a lonely geologist. Sang an improvised song about exactly this!

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