Thursday, September 30, 2004

As it happens, we have a few points of interest for you today. If you're into programming at all, it's worth a look. If you're into stories more than games, a writers group will do you more good. I personally am digging it. It is helping me bring my character's to life.

As it is, today is pretty tame. I've spent a good bit of it reading the princess bride. I have always loved the movie and have been meaning to read it the moment that I found out that it was a book, much in the same manner as I needed to read fight club. So far, I am immensly enjoying it.

I also began my second tour through the lands of Fable last night and so far my character is unscathed by the blade and is without scars. I imagine he will be quite the badass taking advantage of such wonderous toys as Mana Sheild and Slow Time. Such beautiful little spells, they'll make fine additions to my fighter's character. Additions that make me invulnerable to damage, to say the least, and offer to make my damage multiplyer rise, higher, and higher, muahahahahaha.

The release of Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is close to release. Six more days or so. I guess time will tell how good they've been to this series. I do hope they have, though, in a sense, by not including Al Lowe in the production of it, they have already been very VERY bad to it. But who knows, it could still turn out to be loads of laughs. And if it doesn't, I guess Sierra really is just dead. Ken, that sellout.

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Completed another MASSIVE milestone in Short today. Now you can walk around with commands AND type text that doesnt go anywhere. Nice to see a new compileable version so quickly. It was a lot more work, but it went much faster. Longer work times maybe. But I attribute quite a bit to getting a better understanding of the code.

Playing more Fable at the moment. Maybe I'll be one of the few to discover the fabled sandgoose.. or one of the many other implied secrets of the game. Maybe they just say theyre there to keep pepople guessing. Never know.

For today's randome amusement, I present to you, Caves.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Just finished Fable, I am most impressed, but definitely too short. I still feel like I'm missing so much, but from what I can tell online, it's only because the game is loaded with unfinished quests. I can only hope that an expansion is planned at the very least for the near future. THat would be worth getting xbox live for. That and the Ninja Gaiden expansion packs.

I bought Dawn of War today in a moment of weakness, I need to take it back tonight, because I don't really want it... not right now. It's 50 dollars that belongs in my bank account. So I'm going to do that on the way home from work. *sigh* I hate acting rational.

My dad put his cat to sleep, she was sick. I didn't get to see her for a long time before she went. I feel bad about that.

Monday, September 27, 2004

This weekend was very satisfying. On friday night I was up till 2 am as usual... doing homework and laundry. Woke up promptly at 7 am to no hot water, and began my trek to my truck, lugging my portfolio and my tools case. Class went by quickly, it was very rewarding. I really like Drawing I and I think it will end up doing me quite a bit of good. Maybe if I ever make anything even worth looking at I'll post it up here. Probably not, unless I surpass my old stuff. But I suppose that is a distinct possibility.

Later on that night we had a grill and a good six people showed up for it. It was very nice to slow cook fajitas and fresh corn on the cob. We sat around, chatting, and listening to music and George and Jake saw Donny Darko, which I was compelled to buy as neither of them had ever seen it before. It was tough to do so, because I had spent 30 the night before buying a copy of the greatest operating system ever. I mean, wow, I love Go, it's such a beautiful game. When I saw there was an OS dedicated to it I was compelled to purchase it and the accompanying thumb drive as I don't have one of my own anyway. We chilled and shared our Fable characters and traded books. I got a horrible headache though for no reason around 11.

It was terrible, and I still stayed up till 2 a.m. playing Fable before I finally went to sleep. And even then, it was a restless sleep. But when I woke up, I felt normal. Like I'd had a normal sleep and like I'd never had a headache, I didn't feel great, but because it contrasted against the headache from the night before, I felt GREAT. It was like being reborn.

Later on that day George and Mike showed up, and they worked on Mike's laptop and other various small tasks while I was working with Scott on Short. So far, Scott has been mostly dictating, but the more I work with him on this the more I can actually guess what we're going to do next. I don't have the vision to write something like this yet, or do the planning for it, but I can understand when I look at it already done, and we haven't written anything yet, just trimmed and cut and rewritten bits to fit other bits.

During a break, Mike, George, and myself went to eat and to walmart for George to get a new tape to play his iRiver in his car. While we were there I longingly gazed at Dawn of War. I'm not going to spend my money. I wonder what would happen if I was totally responsible with my money for once. Would I perhaps have savings? You never know. When we got back, Mike and George were out the door by midnight but when Scott and I started up again at 1 we were hindered by countless yahoo bugs and computer crashes and we didnt finish until 4 am. Fun, Fun.

I mean, it was LOTS of fun. But the way my eyes burned when I wake up this morning wasn't. Anyway, we've debugged and fooled around in Short, and now it works. It's an instant engine ready for world generation. You can walk around in a fairly large room filled with random objects that show off the line of sight system. Debugging left me behind again. Showed me I still have a lot to learn and I need to remember other things better, but each mistake I make I do my best to remember not to make it again. I wonder if we can have this game all wrapped up in a week, or maybe two or three. It would be amazing if we could. I can't wait to see how the parser will work.

Maybe the competition will get George to do some real work with me. I'd like to see him work on our project. I'm always willing to drive for it. And I do show initiative, but the dude get's distracted. *shrug* Only time will tell. For what little I've done while working with Scott, I feel intensely rewarded for my efforts and I can't wait to do more work on it later. Now back to familiarization with the code. Ciao.

Saturday, September 25, 2004

Make up post for friday. I brought my XBox to work and played Fable all day. I have a really bad headache right now, I threw an awesome bbq tonight and everyone had lots of fun. Hope everyone else in the world had an awesome evening. Goodnight.
Make up post for friday. I brought my XBox to work and played Fable all day. I have a really bad headache right now, I threw an awesome bbq tonight and everyone had lots of fun. Hope everyone else in the world had an awesome evening. Goodnight.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Sooooooooooooo close to finishing The Forever Hero today, going to read it hard core, should finishe before I go home tonight. Going to eat out with Mike. Decided to grill hamburgers on saturday evening.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

*sigh* Just a sad slow day. Hot outside, but as the day wears on the airconditioning keeps up with it better. It was a nice weekend, I saw City of Lost Children. It was a fun movie, had some very cute moments. I'm feeling a little sick and I'm pretty busy, so I'm done for the day.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Fair bit of news today. Nintendo has announced a release date for the Nintendo DS, and they have also announced that they will be installing pictochat onto the hardware so that it will be an active communication device right out of the box. It has also been set at a release price of 149$, which is nice enough, I guess. I won't be getting it till Metroid Prime: Hunters comes out. But I will have to get it eventually. Shame, so many games are coming out. I don't think I'll be able to afford all of them. I'll manage one way or another.

Monday, September 20, 2004

I am a Fenderson. You can be one too. The specific rules and regulations for how to become a fenderson are documented in the fourth or fifth edition intro to the principia discordia. I forget which and even if I remembered, I certainly wouldn't tell you, of all people. But for the sake on not denying anyone the priviledge of becomming a Fenderson by not telling them how, so for your benefit I will abreviate it here. You simply say, " I am a Fenderson, " and then you are one.

What is being a Fenderson good for? Well, far be it for me to tell you, but, it's really only what you make of it. Certainly, if you use it to start your own Greater Brittish Empire you have certainly done more with it today than most, but that is by no means a guarantee. But that should never stop you from trying. If it helps, if you were to start your own nation without borders I will certainly be glad to join it; but I feel you should be aware, I tend to feel that it would be just as fun to destroy a new nation as to start one. Fair warning given.

If you're a fenderson, do me a favor, and email me and let me know. I'd certainly like to know who to avoid at the family reunion. Fnord.

Find out what's wrong with your brain. Scanning yourself for mental viral infection is the first step to not doing anything about it at all.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Fable is consuming my days, but I would give it up in an instant to begin working on a game, Scott mentioned helping me work on a roguelike. It's burning up here, the airconditioning is on full and I still feel like I am trapped in an oven. I am trying to smile and just stand in front of the vents but it is getting harder and harder.

I recently found out that since the last time I looked at any pertinent Gamespot account information they have added an AMAZING amount of functionality that essentially measures gamespot as a community now and not just a news and review website. They also deleted all the reviews I posted on there. I am reposting them and perhaps, it is my secret hope, they will be noticed and appreciated. Maybe I will review Fable, Doom III, and Thief III, and Farcry like I meant to so many times.

Thursday, September 16, 2004

Got Fable yesterday and learned that I was picking it up the day AFTER it came out. All I can say after 10 or so total hours on the game is... WOW. I love the game. The quests will never have multiple solutions, though they will have multiple outcomes based on how well you did; so the game can never really be more than an action RPG. However, even so, it is the most dynamic, inclusive, expansive, and unique action RPG ever. It truely is the very best at what it is, and even if it isn't the best role playing game ever, it is on par with the best, easily. Some may even disagree with me. I know now, playing this game, that I will be playing it again and again and again.

My best chicken kick is 12.005 feet. Highest combat multiplyer is 11. Could have been higher but I got hit at the last minute. Could have been MUCH higher. I wish there were a way to just print out the statistics to a txt file and then copy paste to here. Maybe one of these days, saturday most likely, I'll take the time to copy my stats by hand onto here.

Right now I'm at work and I didn't bring my xbox so I'm starting to have cold sweats and even some of the shakes... I'll be fine after I play just one more quest, that's all I need, I swear. I can quit after just one more quest. I can quit anytime I want.

In other news, George bought an xbox last night just for Fable, which he bought with it. Played it all last night and most of this morning when we started comparing notes. It's amazing how much you can enjoy the game if you don't run straight through it, given our pretty much equal 5 hour progress through the game we have both spent maybe 10 or 15 hours actually playing and starting over various times. I'm trying to search out every single nook and cranny of the game... I LOVE some of the mini games like showing off trophies or bar table coin golf. George says he doesn't plan on playing any other games on his XBox, but I'll make a console gamer out of him yet. I already KNOW that he wants to play Crimson Skies... I'll work on loaning him that after he finishes Fable, then after that, probably not too long because crimson skies is a short game, Ninja Gaiden. Ninja Gaiden will both frustrate and elate him simultaniously. After that, there is more work to be done, Jade Empire, Conker: Life and Reloaded, etc.

Signing out.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Okay, well, Mike had an interesting idea. A comic styled text adventure. Basically a text adventure with comic depictions of the actions you take. Sounds cool. But he doesn't want to do the story about playing as a thief. Trouble is, he doesnt know what story he does want to do. Catch 22. So, not much to do till he knows what sort of story he wants.

I still really like the idea of playing a thief and having certain tools and developing alternate solutions to puzzles in a text adventure. I think it makes it more gamelike, asigning points based on the difficulty of the solution. Oh well, when he decides what to make his story about, I'll help him out even though he could do it himself.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

>You are standing precariously on a ledge on the twentieth story of the Gerswin Tower. Your harness is latched to a rope that is dangling precariously below you as you feel the with blowing hard through the space between all the building high above the city streets. You are holding a glass cutter as you brace yourself against the office window.

>look at window

>As you glance at the office window you notice that the occupant has been alerted to your pressence and is reaching inside is desk for what looks like a gun. He pulls it out and levels it at you taking careful aim.

>cut rope

>The glass window begins to shatter where you were less than a second before. Surrounded by a confetti of glass shards, you begin to fall. . . .

Monday, September 13, 2004

This weekend was really slow. I had my art class on saturday morning, but it did pick up when I went to Jake's party on saturday evening. It was very fun, Jake and I talked a good deal about books and he beat Metroid Prime for the first time, and I played the Metroid Prime 2 demo. It was good... not way beyond MP, but about as good. Jake's dad makes incredible bbq, and his brisket was excellent. Sunday was lazy, lazy, lazy, read over 100 pages of The Forever Hero. Ate diner with Mike, George, Jackson, Marcia, and Kayla. After that read more Forever Hero and went to sleep late.

When Mike called, we talked about how George wasn't working much on the game. Mike has been really intrigued by the idea of making his own game for a long while, and so we discussed some possibilities. I had a really cool idea of being a thief, and he said sci fi, and I think the two can be combined awesomely. Being a sci fi thief with all kinds of neat tools for picking locks and breaking through things in a text adventure. I could do some neat stuff with that. I hope he is ready to work on it in the next few weeks.

Friday, September 10, 2004

The Forever Hero is turning out to be a pretty good book, I am really enjoying it. Of course it was probably a good guess that I would enjoy it. The Magic of Recluse series is some of the best fantasy I have ever read, the man is simply amazing. He is very good at making very mundane believable worlds our of extraordinary universes. It's a very tough thing to do.

I really need to find something interesting out here to do.. I'm falling asleep and I really don't want to. The weather is too warm for my liking and I am very uncomfortable. I keep fantasizing about playing World of Warcraft when I get home. The desire to play it is almost sexual.

Last night I ate at IHOP with Mike and George. The food was okay, but it didnt feel like it was worth 10 dollars and I think I overate. I always seem to over eat, I should order things with smaller portions. Maybe it has something to do with how much I eat out.

I have Drawing I tomorrow. Second class, so far. I need to do my homework for it, still. I am really hoping that this class will improve my artwork. It would mean a lot to me if it did. I am working on a logo for a company for Mike. If they like it, I may even get paid. I've got a couple of ideas. It would help if they better knew what they wanted.

Jake is throwing a party sometime tomorrow evening. That should be fun to go to, I can't wait to try more of his dad's cooking. His dad always cooks competitively at the rodio, he is an awesome chef, and his food is delicious.

Being unique is always measured as being 1 in a million. How many parts of a million would someone average be? 555,555 in a million? 999,999 doesnt seem right. What are the genuine odds of being average after you've seperated it from all the chances of being unique?

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Demos galore are out, now, as a new one for the Warhammer 40k game Dawn of War is out to download. The game has gone gold and will be hitting shelves none too soon. I probably wont be buying it with all the games that I already have to buy dragging me down. Fable comes out on wednesday. I am looking forward to that very much.

Political news: John Kerry pulls his political campaign down to only 14 states, neglecting his promise to take the fight to every single republican state in the union, moreover, writing off 6 to 8 states that could have swung either way.

I've been reading my GURPS books hard core, and I'm more than ready to game master the current game with Chris and George and Scott and Kevin. Chris and George are on a mining mission to Jupiter's rings. Chris is pressently on his way to the rings with a crew of four others, one of whom will have an accident and force a rondezvous with a returning mining ship and a crew trade, moving George onto the same ship. Chris is in the employ of the black market and will be in particular trouble this trip when he has to deal with Kevin and George, space pirates extraordinairre. Should be fun; I love player versus player combat.

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

I grilled last night. I made hamburgers and chicken fajitas and corn on the cob. Everyone loved it, I always love cooking for people. My friend Jake is having a get together on friday or saturday and having brisket, I'm definitely going, it should be fun.

Only a few more days till Fable comes out. Should be in my hands by next wednesday. For now I'm going to settle for playing lots of Ninja Gaiden. I am loving that game, I am up to 30 scarabs in it. I've only missed one so far and I hope I can go back to get it. Probably wont be able to though, oh well, my loss.

Doom 3 has a demo coming out now for all those who don't have it and haven't tried it. I guess it's a little late for me considering I've already beat the game. Maybe I'll try it and then buy another copy of it. Well, I would if Fable weren't coming out next week.

There is a Star Trek MMORPG in the works. Eat your hear out, Mike.

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Well, I've neglected this for almost a year, which is unforgivable considering the number of writing experiments I've done on the page. I'm going to update every day now. It may be trivial but an update is an update. I'll do my best to find at least one thing every day that I feel will be worth seeing. Maybe I'll even better myself through this exercise.

This morning my dad bought me 55 dollars worth of art supplies. It was very kind of him, I really needed them, and I hadn't even considered that they would cost that much. Charcoals, Conte Crayons... large sketchpads, fixative spray, etc. All of them are on the list of things I need for my drawing I class, and I'm not really in a financial spot to pay for it all. My technical skill has always, I feel, been my biggest failing in my artistic expression. Dad, if you ever read this, thank you very much and I love you.

I've also been reading The Forever Hero by L.E. Modesitt Jr. He wrote the Magic of Recluse series and so I have to give his sci-fi a try, as the Recluse books are some of the best books I have ever read and rise up to the level of the Lord of the Rings. Perhaps higher, at the very least they were wildly original. So, now I have to try his sci-fi. So far I am enjoying it greatly.

For today, I found out there is a transatlantic tunnel that has taken over sixty years to build that will be run by a maglev train between the US and the UK. Readuing about it has made me feel rather small in comparison and has given me a new respect for some presidents .

That's all I really have to say for today, so I will bow out with a quote.

"In 1969, as Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon, Lyndon B. Johnson became the first American President to walk underneath the Atlantic Ocean. "
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