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June 18th, 2012

Emerging from the depths to spruik a kickstarter

Have been getting into kickstarter a bit recently, and one of the projects I recently funded is a rather slick looking deck of cards…
The project is called ‘Ultraviolet’, by a group called Beta17, and the project may be found thither:
An example card from the Ultraviolet deck
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1445917233/ultraviolet-playing-cards-from-beta17-0

There are more examples on the page itself, but you can see why one would throw money at this from the pic.
Looks like they belong in a mid-to-high budget scifi series, dunnit?
(In interest of full disclosure - they are adding a free deck of cards to orders of people who mention their project on blogs/facebook…)

August 19th, 2010

Long awaited return of the t-shirt design

Greetings y’all.  Thought I’d better post something before I actually hit a full year without a post, to whit:

‘Futureblind’ t-shirt concept

…and there you have it.  B-Dub-P out!

September 23rd, 2009

That’s Not A Wowser…

Moral 9uardiansThis is a wowser.  Or a bunch of ‘em to be precise…

Crocodile Dundee was on last night.  Naturally, as a good Aussie, I considered it my duty to tape it and study it at length.  (Alright, to get mashed and giggle at the seminal Hogan-led ridiculousness).  Now, its been a few years since the last time I caught it, but it does tend to recur, so I know it better than I really ever needed to.  I was thus a bit surprised to note 3 chunks rather amateurishly edited out:  the first two being the crotch-grab our classy hero employs to confirm the gender of other characters where it is in doubt (twice in one movie!  It’s just that good of a gag); the third being scenes of somebody doing cocaine at a party.

What the hell is going on here?  The broadcast started at 9.30 in the evening, which puts it in the company of Bachelor Party and The Wire, and yet the good people at Nine thought these scenes would offend delicate sensibilites?  For that matter it seems odd that they were happy to leave in scenes of drunk-driving and the deliberate running down of a pimp.  At least cocaine guy wasn’t hurting anyone else.

So, seeking to vent my mighty ire on the hapless quaking executives of Nine I thought I would hit their website.  Surely there’s a feedback email, or a forum, right?  These are people who understand communication if anyone does, surely.  Yeah, not so much.  There was a helpful ‘have your say’ link in the sidebar there… but it only seemed to let me have my say about the upcoming Hey Hey It’s Saturday comeback.  Since my thoughts on such a comeback are better expressed through a primal howl, or some kind of vicious assault, I elected not to participate.

To sum up, channel 9; in the words of Happy Noodle Boy - “Fuck you, fucking fucker fuckeys.”

September 2nd, 2009

Nattering ’bout Nethack

Vanquished creatures list

Nethack is one of a very few games to which I return perennially.  I’ve been playing it on and off for at least five years and I think it’s because of my playing style.  I tend, when playing games for which it is an option, to be an explorationist gamer.  I always do the side-quests, and I loves me a sandbox.  I can show you where every hidden warp tile is in Giana Sisters.  Now, even after all this time, Nethack still finds new ways to kill me.  (I’ve never ascended, incidentally - mostly I die of impatience or silly mistake).  The highest-scoring player on my high-score table at the moment died by falling downstairs.  I was dragging a corpse back to a nearby altar, and idiotically went down stairs while seriously overloaded.  The next down was killed by a hallucinogen-distorted panther.

The fun of Nethack is not so much in discovering the story, or hidden areas (though there are plenty of these, the map is mostly procedurally generated so there’s no definitive knowledge to be had - though some special regions do recur in the same configuration).  The fun is in learning some of the enormous range of ways in which things can interact, then using that to try to survive a bit longer, or to disover yet more new things.  There is a saying amongst Nethack players, (naturally abbreviated to an acronym) - “The Devteam thought of everything”.  You never have the same game twice in Nethack - the random levels and assignment of equipment means you don’t know what you’re getting, and in the case of potions, rings, scrolls, wands etc. means when you do get them, you don’t know which type they are until you identify them somehow.

A list of random things I’ve encountered just in my last few games, to give you an idea of the variety and flavour; my god has gifted me Mjolnir, (Thor’s hammer) as thanks for a sacrifice on His altar; I have been bitten by a werewolf, and while subsequently transformed into one myself, summoned wolves to fight by my side; I have been blinded by a crow; I have been seduced by a nymph into removing a cursed item of armour (along with the rest of my clothing) which I couldn’t remove under normal circumstances; I have been attacked by the ghost of one of my own previous players; I have used a pick-axe to mine my way through the dungeon walls and find a hidden vault full of gold… and so on and on.

Of course, there is another acronymised phrase amongst Nethack players: YASND - Yet Another Stupid Nethack Death.  The thing is, Nethack is pretty hard, which is to say it will hand you your arse if you’re not careful, and maybe even if you are.  It is turn based, so a lot of the time the thing that kills you could have been escaped or overcome if you were paying more attention, or had thought a bit longer before drinking that unidentified potion, hence the ’stupid’ in YASND.  But Nethack pulls off a rare trick by making it fun to lose.  The fun is in the discovery, even your downfall can be pleasing by its novelty, and it never feels unfair.  This last is important.  I always feel cheated when an RTS beats me by giving a dumb AI a shitload of extra units or production capacity.  I don’t mind losing to Galactic Civilisations II over and over again, because the thing is just better at the game than I am.

Graphically, Nethack is very simple.  I’m not so old-school as to actually play in ASCII, but the tileset I use is hardly high-res.  It’s just really not the point.  It’s not much of a looker, but what a personality!  A metric fucktonne (which is 1.7 imperial shitloads) of character types, monsters, magical items, spells, hidden tricks and sly references.  One day I’ll finish it - until then I look forward to the next unlikely death.

August 18th, 2009

Their sports scholarship for high-jump is amazing…

MKU t-shirt pic. Hark, for the video-game muse is upon me.  (She is Consoliope, and she is quick to anger for her attention is ever-divided.)

A new t-shirt concept: enjoy, and so forth.

July 1st, 2009

Googlin’ the Zeitgeist

Having seen one of these elsewhere (would post a link if I could remember where…), am jumping on the bandwagon of posting an image of Google’s search suggestions.  Always marvellous to get a data-mining level look at the groupthink.

Google zeitgeist 001

So… death, taxes and Twilight.

June 29th, 2009

Botz

So we saw Transformers ROTF today…  Hopes for a decent film were not high, but how far wrong can you go with giant CG robots smashing each other to bits, and things exploding?

Quite far, as it turns out.  Don’t bother.

Robosexual

In other news, new t-shirt concept!  Enjoy.

June 28th, 2009

Contra Censors II

The impulse to censorship is something I have always found objectionable at best (and infuriating at worst).  I can see the argument that certain types of extreme content mightn’t do one’s mental health much good (particularly for kids… Won’t somebody please think of the children!), but the idea that some group (who are presumably immune to said damage for some unstated reason) gets to decide for you which content you should see…. particularly when that group is a political party… I mean, just fuck off, seriously.

On which topic, our proposed ‘Net censorship blacklist; if implemented, will it creep beyond blocking ‘child porn’, and into other areas of discourse?  Well, the leaked ACMA blacklist certainly looked that way, with content on it including information about euthenasia and religious groups, as well as poker sites and ‘normal’ (i.e. not kiddie) porn sites.  Add to this the recent news that the govt intends to use the new censorial powers to prevent access to games that are not MA15+ classifiable (because, alone in the developed world, Australia has no R18+ rating for games), and I’m guessing that yes, if introduced this censorship will be abused.

In light of the fact that even a massive and hugely funded body of wowsers would have no hope of compiling a list of even 1% of the type of material that is genuinely objectionable at any given moment, in fact, it would seem that the abuse is really the only reason to implement it to begin with, eh?

June 18th, 2009

Chiptunes n’ Lovesongs

The song this chap covers is a decade old now, but it’s the 4-bit beauty of LSDJ running in that Gameboy which really tugs on the nostalgia strings… The effect over all is rather nice.

April 30th, 2009

Charlie Brown, Miller Style

Excerpt of Frank Miller’s Charlie Brown

Grabbed via William Gibson’s blog:

This is hi-larious.

Visuals particularly are spot-on, though the writing does a pretty good job of reproducing Miller’s gritty style too.

B Dub P out.