12Oct '14
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Showcasing settlements in Wurm Online

On Friday, Wurm Online published a cool little video about the settlement of Newspring. It looks to be the first episode of a series called “Wurm World News – Emergent Stories”, which will be about the players of the game, also known as Wurmians.

I think this is a great idea. The devs have created some amazing tools and mechanics for this sandbox world, but it’s the players that come up with awesome ways to use them. Since there’s not much in the way quests, storyline, end game, or pre-made structures, Wurmians are a vital part of making the world come alive. They aid each other (or fight one another), make up the vast majority of trade and economy, and create their own events such as the ever popular Impalong. The devs provide us with wild lands to be shaped and developed, and boy do we do that.

I’ve never been to Newspring myself but I’m quite impressed with what they’ve accomplished so far. And having 200+ citizens in a game where the average population online at any time is about 1000…that’s pretty awe inspiring. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard of a village that large. It is located on Xanadu which is turning out to be a very popular server, so if it would happen anywhere, it’s there.

The editing of the video was done rather well and they made the right choice when they picked Stormray to narrate the portion about Newspring. He does a fantastic job.

So without further ado, here’s the video:

08Oct '14
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The Fall – Take over a combat suit to save the pilot inside

I came across The Fall during the End of Summer Sale on the Humble Bundle Store and there was something about the description that really grabbed me. Not to mention that the trailer is really well done.

So I bought it and I wasn’t disappointed.

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06Oct '14
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Extra Life: Playing games to help kids

Hello again folks! Sorry it’s been so quiet after so many posts in a row. My vacation was over so I had to go from being my natural night owl self back to “normal” people hours and so the lack of sleep has left me feeling drained and blah.

However, I have something new and exciting to look forward to! I’m going to be participating in this year’s Extra Life event. If you haven’t heard of it yet, it’s an global game day to raise money for children’s hospitals, starting at 8am central time on October 25 and going to 8am on October 26. Combining 24 hours of gaming with a good cause, what’s not to like?

I’m going to be ambitious and shoot for a goal of $200, with 100% of the donations going to The Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. If you can spare even a couple dollars towards the cause, I’ll give you all the virtual hugs you want. You can donate online through this link or through the widget on the sidebar to the right. It’s all For The Kids!

12Sep '14
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Tune Den: Baba Yetu

Following the “lair” theme of my Cave Clutter posts, I’d like to introduce a new type of post: the Tune Den. Get it? Tuned In? Anyways…

“What are these posts all about?” Well I’m glad you asked, reader who only exists in my head. They are about video game soundtracks and fan-created music.

I am one of those people who almost never turns off in-game music. To me, it lends greatly to the atmosphere of the game and where you currently are in it. Not only do I listen to the music in-game, but also outside of it. I’ll buy the deluxe edition of a game just to get the soundtrack, or I’ll find and buy the album somewhere online.

Seriously, this is what my list of playlists looks like.

Seriously, this is what my list of playlists looks like.

And my collection only continues to grow, especially in the past year. I had to buy a phone with more memory just to hold them all, because I like to listen to this kind of music when I’m working in the office. So it was only a matter of time before my enthusiasm for game music carried over to my blog. Read more →

10Sep '14

Compact archives in WordPress without a plugin

If you’ve been blogging for any length of time, you might have an archive index page that lists your posts by month or year for easy viewing. And if you’ve been blogging for a long time, that list might be rather long like mine was.

And there are whole months that I skipped

And there are whole months that I skipped

Instead of such a lengthy list, what if you had something more compact? Where each year was a single line and all of the months, whether you posted in them or not, were listed horizontally. Read more →

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