Tuesday, August 11, 2020

So...

 I am genuinely curious (assuming we are all alive in another 20 to 30 years) what our children's opinions will be about this period of "mostly peaceful protest looting."

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

For The First Time Since 2001

For the first time in almost two decades, my primary computer is no longer operated by a Razer mouse. This was a surprisingly difficult move for me, given how much I despise Razer's synapse software, however, after purchasing the Razer Lancehead for $160 on release because it finally offered the best of all worlds and then seeing the mouse fail to work properly over the course of the past few months, I've (at least for the moment) tired of Razer's lack of commitment to quality.

I am now using a refurbished Corsair M65. Let's see how this goes (only a few buttons on this thing, a fact that I do not love).

Monday, April 6, 2020

Updateme On The State Of Rift

Alright, we are deep in the coronavirus quarantine and overloaded with time because everyone is staying at home all day long. So, is the second playtest module ready to be mailed out? Sadly, no.

I have run out of poster board. So, unfortunately, I won't even be able to work on the second module until I am able to head out to the store to purchase a few more sheets of poster board. I made my module out of black backing. So, Shon, if you'd like a different color backing for your lanes, let me know and I will see what I can do when the shelter in place order is lifted and the stores re-open. No guarantees, of course. I know for a fact that they have black poster board for a good price which is the ideal weight and thickness for the project, but I cannot say whether there is any in a different color. I can certainly check, though.

This is a bit of a bummer, to be honest, because I honestly do have plenty of time to knock this project out. Yet, I have not been able to do so. I wish I had the foresight to grab the poster board when this was all starting, but I lacked that (and the money to be honest).

Building the lanes is a bit time-intensive. I looked into some alternatives, but based on my research, the cost goes up steeply and I just can't justify it at this point. If I were manufacturing this game for sale I think the other alternatives might begin to make sense - manufacturing things in bulk through automated services instead of hand-crafting them at home. I am not at that point.

The thing with Rift is that it is a lane limited concept. The lanes are integral to the identity of the game. Manufacture would be cheaper and easier without the lanes involved, but the game just doesn't make sense in that context. So, my apologies for the further extended deadline for this project. I guess Thanksgiving of last year was extremely optimistic as was Christmas (though to be fair I had all the cards finished by Christmas).

Am I still sending a copy to Shon? ABSOLUTELY. I wish I had the ability to have sent it out already. I don't, so it is going to have to wait awhile longer. I do feel terrible about that.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Why Not Google?

Home security. It was the realm of rich people when I was growing up and now it is so commonly available that people are actually spending time deliberating over the wisdom of having a camera connected to the internet which watches every corner of their house all day long. I don't have the tools to answer that conundrum. It's a deep discussion.

I do, however, have a desire to monitor the entrances and common areas of our home. For safety reasons. So I guess I fall on the foolish, self-monitoring side of the equation. The bigger question for me is how to accomplish the goal. We've tried a few solutions over the years and many are rather expensive.

I wanted to take a moment out of my day to simply state that it is possible to have robust monitoring in-home, covering three areas with HD/nightvision and a week's worth of history for less than $100. That's less than the cost of a single Nest camera and the solution we are using doesn't require a subscription to reap its benefits. So what are we using? Well, oddly, this is where I draw the privacy line. I can say we are NOT using Nest - because of the prohibitive and constant cost of it. But for those who want to know what we ARE using, you'll have to ask me in person. That, or work at Amazon I guess. I suppose you could just search my purchase history in that case.

Thursday, March 26, 2020

I already hate Borderlands 3

Thanks Art for buying it for me, but I have a control scheme that I use and it isn't the WASD garbage that everyone else uses because they don't like having any buttons near to their hand. It is the EXTREMELY SUPERIOR and better in every single way RDFG config.

However, Borderlands3 will not under any circumstance allow me to bind USE to the letter T where it belongs.

Where I've had it for every single game ever

Good game, I am sure. I am just really struggling with being forced to adjust everything I am familiar with just to accommodate some preset control scheme. I thought preset controls died out in the 90s. Why am I being forced to struggle with it in 2020? FWP, sure. And I AM grateful to have the chance to play the game. I doubt I would invest any money in the expansions, though. Not in this state.

How is RDFG better?
"But Mr. Banal Moron, it's too hard for me to put my hand all the way over on R. I get lost."
Then suffer, pleb. The contention that you cannot use a keyboard is not a valid detraction from RDFG, which is better MOST SIMPLY because it affords access to MORE KEYS conveniently.
Given a conservative equal footing:
WASD gives convenient spacing for 17 buttons.
RDFG gives convenient spacing for 25 buttons.
I guess if easy access to a wide variety of commands as ever-increasingly required by games doesn't really inspire you, then go use a controller. You've missed one of the greatest benefits of having a keyboard entirely.

Ok, your arrogance has won me over, how do you use RDFG?

R- Forward
D - Backward
F - Left
G - Right

E - Crouch/Sneak
T - USE
S - Primary Weapon or Lean Left
H - Secondary Weapon or Lean Right

Q - Grenade
W - Spray/Emote
Y - Talk
A - Flashlight/Horn/Etc
Z - Item/Tool Cycle or Reload if mouse buttons aren't recognized
B - Inventory (Bag)

Shift - Run
Alt - Examine/Reveal
Tab - Score
Tilde - Console

1-7 - Weapon Selection

Monday, January 13, 2020

Far Cry 5

Esther picked up Far Cry 5 for me for Christmas. It was a fun game to play, though it was entirely inappropriate for any moment with children around. Also there was way too much foul language. The scripting in the game wars terrible overall, forcing choices you would never make and putting you in positions you would either never be in or never survive. Also, there were gameplay elements that were just strange and not reflective of reality in a game trying so hard to be realistic.

All of this was fine to overlook, but I finally finished the game and experienced the most deeply dissatisfying ending I've ever seen in a game. All endings are losses, there is no way to emerge victorious and a game which spent the lion's share of its time being overtly preachy against the ills of people who lean on faith "too much" ends on an even more preachy note of complete hopelessness.

It is the first game I've played where I thought if a child who hadn't really spent much time building a foundational worldview immersed themselves in this story, then it would have the potential to really mess with their heads. And not in a good way. Overall, I'm going to have to say this is a pretty bad game. Despite its awesome mechanics and fun gameplay, the storyline manages to ruin it.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Rift Delays

There's been some shifting in my priorities over the past month. Though neither new nor original, the fact is that we are beyond merely poor at this time in our lives. This isn't public news necessarily, but its not revolutionary either and it is the truest justification for why I am not moving forward with the projects I'd intended. There is a bit of cost still associated with completing the copy of Rift for ZAO, and I don't have the means to make that happen at this time. There was also another unexpected hiccup in the process which doesn't deserve to be mentioned in detail, but its effect has been a pronounced need to take a step back from the card manufacture process.

I still fully intend to complete the project, simply at a slower, more measured pace. And once I finish that project it is unlikely I will continue making cards at any volume. It was fun, though.