Category Archives: General

WordPress: Settings Clarity

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

This is a quick update post!

For a while now I have been trying to figure out why some posts won’t let you read them in their entirety through the WordPress Reader. This has been an issue for me because my posts can’t be viewed through the WordPress Reader, and I want them to be. If a person using WordPress doesn’t want to be bothered with going to my website just to read my blogs (even if I think my site is pretty cool), I don’t think they should feel obligated to. So I have looked through the settings in the WordPress Admin to rectify this problem, and I found the culprit.

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YouTube: A Plea For Better Playback Options

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On this blog, I have typically discussed the design of videos games and game features. Today, I am going to be discussing something a little different. This particular discussion is still going to be focused on design, but it shan’t be related to video games. Instead, I will be discussing the design of a free service that millions of people use on a regular basis. The service in question is Google’s video sharing service known as YouTube.

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How Did The Year Go? 2015 Year In Review

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen!

Today, I am going to present you with a post that is a little different from the blog’s usual fare. With the Holidays hastily making their way upon us, I wanted to take the time to discuss how the blog has done since I officially started it at the beginning of the year. I also want to discuss how some of my other projects have panned out, as well as plans I have for the next year. I will also state this post will be the last one for the remainder of 2015, but more on that later. For now, lets see how the year went.

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Heroes Reborn: I’M SO EXCITED!!

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Today’s post is going to be shorter than usual (hopefully). On a weird note, this post will also not feature anything related to gaming. This means that I won’t have any room to insult World of Warcraft in any way possible. I know, I know! You’re totally sad about that, but we must try new things (sometimes). Of course, if you are reading this, you have already read the title and aren’t expecting a gaming-related post. For those who come here for gaming posts, fear not. More will be coming, but I cannot be sure if it will happen this week. For the rest of you, let’s discuss Heroes Reborn.

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Stuff, and Things, and New Blog Content!

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I want to do a quick update post and talk about some stuff, and things, and possible new blog content.

First, Marvel’s Ant-Man came out to theaters last week. I have been pretty hyped to see it for a while now, but after seeing a couple clips from the film I am even more excited to see it. Tonight, I plan to see the film with my girlfriend, and I was thinking of doing a follow-up post to the “Ant-Man Speculation” I did some time ago. There may be some bits of movie review thrown in there, but it is more likely going to be a post focused on my own personal thoughts. Note: I may still be gushing with excitement afterwards.

A WIP of the game's World Map. At the time of taking this screenshot, I completed the tiny tutorial island. Lawls!

A WIP of the game’s World Map. At the time of taking this screenshot, I completed the tiny tutorial island. Lawls!

Next, I am currently working on a small-ish game project using the RPG Maker VX Ace platform. I have wanted to make a game with this software for a while now, but a lot of my main ideas seem to require a lot of preparation. This “small-ish” project will be built using solely the base assets available in the RPG Maker software. I don’t have any concrete ideas set for this project. I am going straight into building it and figuring out all the little details later. I am currently working on the game’s world map. Players will use this feature to traverse the game’s world, while I will be using it to figure out the scope of the game. More details, and possible posts, as progress is made.

Lastly, I want to discuss some content I am preparing for the blog! Since I have been more than lax on adding new content to the blog, I wanted to start work on two, potentially massive, segments that focus on MMORPGs. Both of these segments will be similar to the “Itemization Woes” posts I did a while back, but focusing on the creation of an entire MMORPG instead of just a single facet of gameplay. However, they will tackle this similar subject from two slightly different angles. I will make another post that goes into greater detail about this new, potential content once I figure out exactly how I am going to present them.

So, what have you guys been up to? Have you seen Ant-Man yet? What were your thoughts? Do you have any projects you are working on? I’d like to know! Join the discussion below.

This Year, I’ll Finish A Game

Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and Merry Year of Newness!

As we start off a new year, one cannot help but contemplate the past, examine the present and daydream (or nightmare) about what may come in the future. One might contemplate plans made in a prior year that never came to fruition, or projects begun that were left unfinished. These could include any number of things such as finding a job, starting a blog, writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, beating that newly purchased game, or binge watching TableTop. The examination comes from realizing the progress that has been made on these various projects and how one might move forward to achieving completion. The obvious answer would be to just get them finished, but that is often easier said than done. For me, there are numerous projects just waiting to be completed, or started in some cases, and the first of those on my list this year is this blog.

This blog is a project that I’ve been meaning to start for a couple years. The idea of having a slice of the internet where I can express my (often numerous) thoughts has always had a certain appeal to me. I have had some fun with my Tumblr account and that has been around for at least two years. I believe my biggest issue with getting this project started, other than the waves of distractions and detractions, was deciding upon a good opening post. I’ve written out a list of topics I thought would be fun to write about, so I have no shortage of ideas, but none of them felt like good introductory posts. As the year 2015 grew closer, I began to examine the progress (or lack thereof) I had made on projects I had in mind. Thus, I was inspired to write this post. I will endeavor to post regularly; at least once a week. We’ll see how that goes.

Another project that lies ahead of me this year is the creation of my first official game using the development platform RPG Maker VX Ace. Technically, it might be the second game that I’ve made because I once created a game for my girlfriend that featured her as the protagonist, and the core gameplay involved her favorite part of videogames (collecting the monies) in order to progress to the end. This time around my focus will be put into a project that is comparatively much larger in scale than my previous one. I’ve experimented with this platform a lot, written a few different game concepts and stories, and I think it’s time to just make one. In future posts, I’ll discuss my plans, a few ideas and provide updates regarding any progress that has been made. Stay tuned.

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The original Bardock Trevelyan. His known aliases include: Santa Fist, War Claus, and Fist Kringle.

When I’m not working on projects or dealing with the outside world (shudders), my time will be spent playing one of my new games or within an MMORPG. This includes Dragon Age: Inquisition; a game that I have played for roughly 20 hours between two characters. The second character, however, is merely a recreation of the first and holds the most significant chunk of my time played. During my first play through, once I completed the initial portion of the game and reached Haven, I realized something awful about my first character: he too closely resembled Kris Kringle from the 1970 stop-motion TV movie “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”. As a result of becoming disturbed by the mental images of my character howling “Ho, Ho, Ho!” as he waded into battle, I decided to terminate War Fist Claus and start again.

In addition to playing video games, building a video game and blogging, I am going to be testing out a tabletop roleplaying game that I have been developing since the fall of last year. I’ve spent several weeks fleshing out the rules and the basic concept of game flow, the next step would be to create the first set of game pieces to begin the first wave of alpha testing. I have this dream of seeing my game played on Wil Wheaton’s TableTop show on YouTube. It might sound like a crazy dream, but I like the structure of the show, and it is a really good platform for showcasing new and old games. One of my best friends is pretty eager to play the game as well (I’ve probably talked his hear off telling him about it), and is positive that we could create a rather impressive game that could top any game he has seen played on the show. In any case, it will be fun to finally play a few rounds of a game that I designed myself.

Now that I have laid out some of my plans, what do you have planned this year? Are there any projects that you have been itching to get started? Let me know in the comments below.