10Sep '13

The quest to make fan art

I’m going to admit something right now: I can’t draw. As in it’s a miracle if I can even get stick figures to look proper. So as you’ve seen a couple times in the past, I like to play around with Photoshop instead. Blending and bendings photos is not much of a problem for me. After all, as a web designer, I use the program on a semi-regular basis, and sometimes I do it just for fun.

So when the Wurm Online Fan Art Contest was first announced, I didn’t think much of it. Not being able to draw can cause some problems when making art like that. :P I did go back on occasion to check out what cool pictures people were posting. Some of them were from excellent artists, but there were also those who were just having some fun with doodles or MS Paint. They didn’t care how they turned out, they were just having a good time. Somehow I found myself swept up by their mood. Read more →

27Aug '13
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Silly Wurm Online Screenshots

I know that I’m a little late on my weekly post. I blame it on having 2 weeks off from work and trying to fit in as much gaming and fun times as possible. Not to mention sleeping in until noon every day. *cough*

There’s still some Fable: The Lost Chapters to be played, and then I’m going to be setting up the N64 so I can finally finish Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time…so a more complete post will have to wait. In the meantime, enjoy these random silly screenshots I’ve taken over the years I’ve played Wurm Online! Read more →

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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