17Aug '13
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Terraforming in Wurm Online: Rainbow Crow Harbour

One of the more intriguing features of Wurm Online is the ability to terraform and sculpt just about any portion of land. Usually it is used to create flat land to sow or build upon, but players have done amazing things with it as well. Entire mountainsides have been carved through or leveled, vast craters have been created, and tall earthen spires have been built to tower over the landscape.

Now I’ve never really done anything like that myself, as I prefer for things to look more natural. However, I did give myself a terraforming project: creating the harbour for Ravenstone.

It was the first large terraforming project I had ever done. While I am very pleased with the results, I discovered that I just don’t like digging all that much. And there was a lot of digging. :P

As usual, Wurm has a bunch of “rules” associated with terraforming and it can be hard to wrap your head around. Things like how you don’t just dig on one tile but on the corner of 4 tiles, slopes and how many dirts high something is, flat-raising, how steep a slope can be based on your digging skill, and so on. But no one ever said Wurm was easy. ;) Read more →

04Aug '13

Using CSS selectors to style the Jetpack Subscribe by Email widget

Update:There’s a better way to do this using the [attr="value"] selector.

Being a web designer, I like to make things as close to pixel perfect as I can when I’m coding. So when I created a really nice button purely out of CSS for my blog redesign, I wanted to apply it everywhere.

Nice search button

Yaaaaaay!

One thing I love about WordPress is that everything is neatly labelled with all sorts of classes and IDs, making it super easy to style with CSS. Read more →

02Aug '13
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Elder Scrolls Online and EverQuest Next impressions

Normally I’m not very up-to-date when it comes to new game news. I’m the sort of person that discovers games months or even years down the road and wonder how the heck I could have missed it all this time.

But it seems that I’m totally on the ball today. It started when I received an email yesterday from Elder Scrolls Online letting me know that they would be showing live gameplay on Twitch today. I do love Skyrim so I was excited to see what ESO looked like. So I decided to check it out while I worked.

I’ve embedded videos of the live streams at the bottom of each section if you’d like to watch them yourself.
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27Jul '13
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Cave Clutter: So many games!

I really feel like I should be blogging more. I seem to have all these great ideas when I have no time for blogging, and then when I finally get to sit down…I usually end up feeling blah about it and simply playing games. I’m an awesome procrastinator that way.

So I’ve made a resolution: I am going to post at least once a week. I should be able to find an hour or two to type up a post somewhere in that time frame. That shouldn’t be too hard, right? …Right? If I fail, my boyfriend is to blame since I’ve tasked him with making sure I do this a-post-a-week thing.

I’ve also decided that I’m going to be whimsical and call the posts that are just full of miscellaneous things I did this week “Cave Clutter”. Get it? Because this is called The Lair of the Wolf Dragon. Oh, the things I do to amuse myself… Read more →

17Jul '13

The Secret World: The first 30 minutes of confusion

Wall of text and The Secret World spoilers ahead! Turn back! Beware! BEWARE! Please continue reading if you are unafraid of either of these things. You have been warned. ;)

The Steam Summer Sale has prompted me to have a “what the hell, it might be interesting” attitude towards a bunch of games. As a result, I’ve bought several games on sale, including The Secret World MMO.

I had been intrigued when the beta for this game was first announced, but I had never actually gotten around to trying it because I was distracted by other games. Now here it was, 50% off and no subscription required. Too tempting not to give a shot.

I was somewhat stunned to see Steam downloading 18GB for TSW, and then rolled my eyes when the launcher then downloaded another couple GBs of patches. Whatever, it’s an MMO. Large file sizes are to be expected. I was hoping to have more time to play but once all of the downloads had finished, I only had about 1/2 hour to play around before bedtime. I decided to test it out anyways. Read more →

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