2012 in review

December 31, 2012 1 comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 590,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 11 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

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Superb Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge AAR

December 25, 2012 1 comment

A friend over on BrokenForum has been writing a superb Command Ops AAR where day by day he recounts the battle for Bastogne on the same days in December that those historic events occurred all those years ago. The result is a superb retelling of history along with the interesting perspective of someone playing through the battle in the excellent Command Ops: Battles from the Bulge game engine. Go have a read, Fishbreath has done an excellent job!

My Kerbal Space Program obssession

December 13, 2012 Comments off

showposterI’m currently completely an utterly obsessed with Kerbal Space Program, a rocket-building sandbox game currently in development (demo (old) version available at link). It is really, really great fun and supported by a very active modding community (even new features can be modded in!). I find myself semi-roleplaying a space program by starting off with comsats and rovers before moving into manned landers and flight.

I’m documenting my progress over on Broken Forum in a Let’s Play. Come have a read, and go give KSP a try!

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Mutant book signed!

November 14, 2012 1 comment

An O’Reilly customer got a copy of my book that had “mutated” to include about 1/3rd of another book at the start. I volunteered to sign it and, of course, O’Reilly sent him a correct copy. Stuntateous sent me his mutant book, AND his underpants to sign and a demo disk as a gift (er, thanks?!).

Shine on you crazy diamond!

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Automated Dwarf Fortress minecart shotgun!

September 18, 2012 3 comments

I’ve been messing with minecarts and dwarven computing in Dwarf Fortress and produced these two videos which show the hilarious results of flinging dozens of gold bars at invading trolls and goblins. I’m going to work on some basic dwarf fortress engineering/computing tutorial videos as well in the near future. Enjoy!

Automatic Minecart Shotgun for Dwarf Fortress

Minecart Shotgun and FROGGER Defense System for Dwarf Fortress

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My Dwarf Fortress webcast

August 24, 2012 2 comments

Dwarf Fortress Webcast

Click the link to watch my O’Reilly Dwarf Fortress webcast on YouTube – Quality isn’t great (damn NZ internet), but 28 minutes MINECART SHOTGUN!

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O’Reilly Dwarf Fortress Webcast – links and info

August 17, 2012 Comments off

Today I completed a webcast with O’Reilly on Dwarf Fortress. In the webcast I talked about a number of forts and features. If you’re interested in following up on any of these forts or checking out the tools I’ve mentioned, have a look at the links below:

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