Conway Painter is a game inspired by Conway's Game of Life, a well-known cellular automaton invented by mathematician John Conway.
A cellular automaton consists of a regular grid of cells (the universe), with each cell having a finite number of states. At set time intervals, the state of each cell is updated according to a set of rules governed by the state of other cells in each cell's "neighborhood". When implemented visually, cellular automata can result in complex and beautiful patterns and behavior, each with it's own personality.
In the classic Conway's Game of Life, the universe consists of a regular square grid, with each cell being either "state" or "dead", and influenced by an eight-cell neighborhood.
Conway Painter departs from its classic counterpart by using a regular hexagonal grid, with each cell having one of three states (maybe "state", "bored", or "dead"?), and influenced by a six-cell neighborhood.
To play Conway Painter, simply paint on the canvas and watch as your worlds come to life and evolve. As you paint, you are bringing dead cells back to life. If you paint while the universe is active, the spawned cells immediately start affecting their neighborhood. Play around with painting different shapes to see what worlds you can create!