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May 2006 Entries

Eventually, all roads lead to home or something like that. I'm back in town and back in the game. A few things to update: - GWB Game Contest, yes. still working on that one. My Tank game without tanks has suffered a minor setback, but should be playable in time. - Reality Check, yes. we have a space, should be open mid July. - South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 - still on track, still need a location. We have 3 months and 16 days to go. (We spent less time preparing for SCCC 1.0 and that was a huge success.) ......

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THIS is worth watching. It's COPS except with Stormtroopers. Funny stuff.

Ok, here's the pitch... get ready... it's a tank game, without tanks... oh I already told you that? Ok, how about this, you're a wizard fighting another wizard with spells and monsters. (ok technically the monsters come from spells, but you get the idea.) Screen/Display: You're in a 2D maze (topdown view) with no entrance or exit. (This is not Room-Passage-Room like HA!) This is arcade style, not turn based (like HA!) Actions: - You can move and cast spells. - Some spells summon monsters (which will ......

As I continue to dive into the code of Managed Chaos, my Tank-like game without tanks, I pause a moment for thought... At the same time... far across the country, my "friendly rival" consults his elders for advice ......

I love the Mac commercials they've been showing lately... I like them even better now:


While my buddy phat bastard is trying to grasp the subtler points of hello world and paying homage (pronounced Oh-Mahj) to one of the dumbest movies of all time, I was busy actually writing code that does something. So far I have the basic game board designed, along with a random factor to improve replayability. No, it's not HA! 2.0 or anything like that, although I'm certainly applying some of what I learned there. If anything, it's closer to something resembling a Tank Warfare type game (oh no ......

Deep in the lair of my arch-nemesis... It's going to take more than curly-braces and wishful thinking if you want to win THIS contest. Let's face it... 42* days from now, VB.NET will be the clear winner. * yeah, that's right... I said 42. The magic number. The answer. Move along ......

Looks like my arch-nemesis* Jason is jumping into the GWB GameDev contest with both feet. It also looks like we have two completely different approaches to what is going to win this contest... Jason is all about pretty code, adhering to standards, best architecture, blah blah blah and that's all fine if you have time and a team of developers, but we have 43 days to get this done. I'm a lot less worried about what the game will look like internally and more about whether or not it's playable, complete ......

Top 20 most played songs in my iTunes (at work) right now. Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends (Theme) Don't Know Why (Norah Jones) Cold Cold Heart (Norah Jones) Just One Fix (Ministry) Hero (Ministry) Come Away With Me (Norah Jones) Overture Of The Rebel Angels (Danzig) Jesus Built My Hotrod (Ministry) I've Got To See You Again (Norah Jones) Loose (Primer 55) Du Hast (Rammstein) Bloodletting (Concrete Blonde) My Sacrifice (Creed) Let the Bodies Hit The Floor (Drowning Pool) Payback (Flaw) One Piece ......

Seen it, in it, gonna win it.

In case you don't know what the heck I'm talking about, check out Jeff's announcement post RIGHT HERE and get the full scoop. The rest of you punks can go back to your boring lives now.  ;)

L8r,

BlogusMaximus


Thanks for getting me hooked on THIS crack-like substance...

(link capitalized for my hypertextually-challenged friends)


Glen Gordon (SouthEast US Developer Community Champion) spoke at the GSPDevelopers meeting last night. I've heard Glen speak before (several times, in fact) and he always does a great job. Last night was no exception. After some initial announcements and Code Camp hoopla, Glen got started. He spoke for about 90 minutes on the System.Net namespace in 2.0 and what all you can do with it. Very entertaining and engaging presentation. You can grab the slides and sample code HERE. Also, Glen introduced ......

Seems like thanks to the obvious success of Smallville, we'll be getting some new superhero shows in the Fall or 1st Q 2007. There's this one, on NBC... (Jan 2007) Heroes is a serial saga about people all over the world discovering that they have superpowers and trying to deal with how this change affects their lives. The relatable superheroes include Peter Petrelli, a 30-year-old male nurse who believes can fly, Diego Medina, a 28-year-old junkie who has the ability to paint images of the future ......

You'd think my 500th blog entry would be a little more interesting.

You'd think that, and you'd be right... so without further delay, I give you... Dancing Spiderman.

This is my gift to you, go on... take it. Seriously.


Spent a few hours this weekend making some tweaks to the Dungeon Generation code in HA!. Specifically, I added 4 new SquareTypes to the room generation code so that room & passage corners would be explicitly defined instead of just using the more generic Wall square. While there is currently no difference in gameplay (hopefully) or appearance, it will make the dungeons more graphics friendly for those folks using the dungeon generator for things other than HA!. I'll update the DunGen source code ......

I read this blog on a regular basis, and it's typically good advice. Then I read this entry... now, I sell a buttload of stuff on ebay, so while I agreed with almost all of his points... he made one that I totally have to call him on. International bidders account for at least 30% of my sales, I've never had a problem yet. Yeah it's a minor hassle when dealing with customs paperwork, but Ebay/PayPal makes that really easy too. (ironically, I have had a few problems when making my own international ......

yo. check this out - http://www.techcrunch.com/2006/05/14/moolas-interesting-business-model/

you want it, I want it... is it real or fantasy? Who knows...


Coming in 2007, no more HTML nastiness from Microsoft Word? Sorta...

Check it out...

Writing your Blog in Word, with all Word gives you, is a great notion. Cutting and Pasting from word to HTML has been less great. Looks like Word 2007 may change all that...

Now if we could get them to clean up the non-Blog HTML generated by Word.


I've been playing around with AJAX/Atlas lately and it's no surprise that you can pull off some pretty cool stuff with it. We've all seen the Virtual Earth and Outlook Web Access examples, but I'm interested in seeing “who else” is doing “what else” with it... specifically in terms of game development. Shoot me a line, send me some links (you can't post links in comments unfortunately, too much spam) and tell me about what you are doing with it. Some pretty cool ideas are ......

The guys at 10 news are having a contest and the prize is a sweet new rig... Don't even bother, it's mine.

Took part in a podcast last night on Code Camps with Robin Edwards, DonXML, Brian Button & Thom Robbins. Thanks to Jeff Julian and John Alexander. Check it out here: http://download.podcaststud... ......

I was chatting with my friend Andre, who happens to be working on a gesture-based game for the experimental gameplay competition. I like Andre (obviously, since I call him my friend) but... I hate gesture based games. Seriously. *I can't count the number of times I screwed up and accidentally slapped my pet in Black & White when I meant to praise him. Ruined a perfectly good game, in my opinion. One of the earlier Elder Scrolls games, don't recall which one, used gesture based combat... try playing ......

Interesting blog I've been reading.

I've shared some of his pain, at one point or another, but fortunately not all at once. Sounds like another EASpouse, although not actually the spouse this time. I'll be watching this one to see where it goes... or where he/she goes, at least.

Good luck.


That would be Metrics that Matter (in case you weren't hip to my acronym), although in this case it's the Metrics that DON'T Matter that I'm really steamed about. Ok, perhaps evil is too strong of a word, how about: necessary evil. I understand the need for an evaluation system, I'm not arguing that point. However, there needs to be a way to seperate the relevant evaluation points from what I like to refer to as, the crap. If you've ever taught, you know what I'm referring to... The guy who give ......

I've opted not to renew my World of Warcraft subscription. I didn't even play two hours in the last month, because I'm just too busy with work and side projects. I'm keeping my City of Heroes / City of Villains account for now, but I almost never play that either. I just don't have the time. Of course, this: www.dungeonrunners.com looks kinda interesting... so (go figure) I signed up for the private beta. (I might as well, since I beta'd D&D Online, City of Villains, Auto Assault and countless ......


September 16th and 17th - Greenville, SC

We have a great lineup so far, but there is still room for more... speakers and volunteers!!

For more info, please visit the website.


Sorry Neo, but Superman is gonna kick your ass this year. I just watched the second trailer (twice) and OMG. http://www.apple.com/traile... You must watch it now. (twice.) I'll wait... seriously, go ahead. I know, I know... I was one of the first (of many) to stand up and scream that this movie was going to suck horribly (and it very well could) but after watching this trailer, I have hope. Much hope. Is it the same level of OMG as Batman Begins? No, honestly, ......

Do you live in the SouthEast US and have a fun or interesting project you want to share with others? Whether you wrote it yourself or just built upon it, we have a track especially for you at the South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 this coming September 16th & 17th. In addition to an all day Game Dev track (ending with a Game Dev Q&A panel), we also have a “Coding For Fun” track, put together especially for the casual/hobbyist programmer to show off a bit. For more information, visit ......

The next INETA Live webcast is coming up on May 31 is So You Want to Start a User Group and is chock full of advice from people who have done exactly that!! If you're thinking about starting a user group, don't miss this webcast. On June 28, yours truly will be co-presenting on Best Practices in Running a User Group, so make sure you tune in for that one as well!! If you aren't familiar with INETA Live webcasts, check out the link above. Good stuff ......

May 13th, 2006

www.atlantacodecamp.com at DeVry University in Decatur, GA.

I'll be there, speaking on Dynamic Web Graphics w/ GDI+ 2.0