The Particular Finest

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A Collected Set of Data


As a business aurynn, I keep finding out about conferences far too late to either submit to them or even attend.

Case in point: NDC in Sydney next week (Aug 1-5) that I found out about on Jul 28.

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Your Team In Four Dimensions

So I had a meeting the other day, where a really interesting term came up, that of temporal teams”.

In the context of the conversation, we were discussing teams that come together to achieve some goal, but disband after the project is completed. It’s a model that’s used extensively in the film industry, where contractors are brought together for the project and part ways at the end.

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Linear A

Oh hey

So you saw my post about Fly not that long ago, with the announced ebook that you can go look at right now! It’s pretty awesome stuff.

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Stellaris, an Update

So the Clarke” update for Stellaris came and went, and I gave it another go after my initial enjoyment of playing Space Kitties Bastards Edition, wherein I was a domineering warlike species that was busy subjugating half the galaxy.

It was fun. 😀

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The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

I’ve had this game in my library for a while now, having initially wishlisted it for an interesting intro trailer. Puzzle solving murders? Wandering around a beautifully realised village in the Pacific Northwest? Why yes, yes please.

I didn’t play the original version, opting for the more recently released redux” version, touting improvements to the checkpoints, graphical upgrades, and fixes to an area.”

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A Pile of Things

So I recently went on a trip to the Northlands in New Zealand, around the Whagarei region which is about a two hour drive north of Auckland. Auckland is its own entertaining adventure in sprawl, so 2 hours” is sort of from city centre, but also sort of not.

But I digress.

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So if you’ve noticed me on Twitter recently, I’ve been talking about the project I’ve slowly been working on in my Infinite Free Time1.

It’s called Fly, and you can download the ebook right here, right now. There’s also a pre-order up on my store, right here, if you’d like to own a physical copy of the work.

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Civ 6

So you may have see Civilisation 6 get announced recently, complete with fancily animated trailer narrated by the delightful gravel of Sean Bean. Exceedingly nice stuff!

But, well, how do I say this?

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A Day with Stellaris

So you might not have heard of the new Paradox title Stellaris, the new 4X game launched earlier this month. And that wouldn’t be unexpected, really, as Paradox has previously been known for developing the inscrutably deep Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings series, both of which I bounced off of pretty thoroughly.

But Stellaris is new, and is possibly well-described as Europa Universalis in Space”, but you should ask EU aficionados about the accuracy of that statement. It’s a 4X title, where you grow your empire from a single homeworld to an imperial juggernaut whose mere presence causes lesser states to tremble. You design your spaceships, you can play as a variety of Space Creatures (such as molluscs, and insects, and mammals), and even design your own species! I went with a race of Space Kitties named the Kilrathi, but we’ve drifted somewhat from the original ideal.

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Contempt Culture

So when I started programming in 2001, it was du jour in the communities I participated in to be highly critical of other languages. Other languages sucked, the people using them were losers or stupid, if they would just use a real language, such as the one we used, everything would just be better.


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