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After a bit of engine retooling, woodworking, yoga, a foray into programming language design, and trying to figure out what the next game will be, I’m happy to say I’ve chosen a design and am actively working on a new project. It currently has lots of temporary artwork that took less than 10 minutes to make and lots of debug rendering.

After making Banished I had so many ideas for new games it was hard to pick what’s next. But given that a lot of the game ideas had similar requirements, I spent some time updating the game engine to have some of the features I’d need. Anything in Banished that could be reused I refactored to be generic, if it wasn’t already. I made a lot of additions as well, preparing for multiple prototypes of various designs. I also tried to make some changes that would reduce programming workload and decrease the introduction of bugs.

Now that I’ve chosen and am working on a specific project, I’m finding that trying to make generic systems in isolation isn’t really a good thing in practice. I violated the KISS and YAGNI principles for a bit, and there’s a price to pay. Without a specific goal it’s impossible to have actually designed things in a way that is fully useful. So most of the things I wrote and refactored need more refactors, additions, and removals. Hmmm.

As an example, I built a wonderful terrain generator that allows me to create giant 250sq km landscapes, control where mountains, oceans, plains, and rolling hills are placed, rivers are generated that flow properly, erosion is performed, and it the results look great. But I don’t think I’ll be using it in its current form. There are some great concepts in it and I learned a lot, but it’ll take a ton of rework to be useful for a specific game.

Unsurprisingly in writing Banished, creating good code for the game as it needed it, and only refactoring the code when things got messy resulting in some great generic reusable systems. 65% of the code from Banished is getting reused. And as I continue to put together the beginnings of a new game, that amount is going up as I find things to pull out of Banished for reuse.

Writing a game engine really needs a game to go with it. Otherwise I’m just guessing.

Now back to programmer art and putting a new game together. More to come!

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tingham
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Been waiting a while for this post… :)
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DIE #1WRITER: KIERON GILLENARTIST / COVER: STEPHANIE...

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DIE #1

WRITER: KIERON GILLEN
ARTIST / COVER: STEPHANIE HANS
VARIANT COVER: JAMIE MCKELVIE

DECEMBER 05 / 40 PAGES / FC / M / $3.99

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE writer KIERON GILLEN teams up with artist supernova STEPHANIE HANS (THE WICKED + THE DIVINE 1831, Journey Into Mystery) for her first ongoing comic! DIE is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji.” That only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in oversized debut issue—where fantasy gets all too real.

The December Image solicitations are out, which includes the solicitation for the debut issue. Admire it! Want to now more? Here’s a three page teaser trailerwhich introduces the set up and gives you some more lovely Stephanie Hans art.

The Divine Jamie Mckelvie will providing an alternate cover for issue 1 which we’ll be revealing shortly. 

Speak to your retailer about pre-ordering and to express your interest.

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GANG!
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Destiny 2: Forsaken: Ascendant Challenge Week 2 Guide – Forfeit Shrine

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In this guide we’re going to be looking at the Ascendant Challenge in Destiny 2: Forsaken.

It takes place in The Dreaming City and is a weekly bounty you can receive from Petra Venj. As it’s part of endgame content you can expect to receive very good gear indeed.

Whilst it remains the Ascendant Challenge, the content and the location change weekly so we’ll keep updating this page to reflect each week’s bounty. Let’s take a look at what’s in store for this week in Forsaken.

Destiny 2: Forsaken – Ascendant Challenge week two

The blurb for the challenge this week reads: “At the overlook’s edge, the garden grows onward.” What you need to do is head to The Dreaming City then head in the direction of where you’d usually find Petra Venj.

Upon exiting the cave, turn right and keep going until you reach an opening with a large tree in the centre. This is the garden. Once you’re in this area, turn to the left and up on the overlook’s edge is a portal.

You will need to use the Tincture of Queensfoil item to enter the portal, so consume that for your 30 minute buff and head through the portal.

You will then arrive in the Forfeit Shrine. The focus in this section is on the three orbs and several powerful Knights.

In the centre, there is a space for you to deposit the orbs. Ideally, this should be completed as part of a fireteam, so you can take on an orb and a Knight each.

Walking through the black fields will slow you down, so try and avoid doing so. You also don’t appear to be shielded when dunking the orbs so be mindful of enemies around you.

There are a few Taken Phalanx enemies scattered as well as the Knights you must defeat. If you are less than Power level 520-530 this section could be rather difficult, even as part of a fireteam.

On the outskirts of the central platform are some trees. If you jump up on those, you’ll be safe from the Knights and any melee enemies, and it’s a good vantage point for sniper or scout rifles.

Once you’ve defeated all the Knights, a loot chest will spawn, and you’ll be able to hand the bounty in for even more powerful gear.

See you next week for a new Ascendant Challenge! If you’re struggling to get to 600 power, check out our guide on how to boost those numbers.

The post Destiny 2: Forsaken: Ascendant Challenge Week 2 Guide – Forfeit Shrine appeared first on VG247.

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I don't think ya'll are big gamers but know this, the ascendant challenges in Forsake are some of the hardest puzzles in video gaming ever created.
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Amazon Is Stuffing Its Search Results Pages With Ads

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Rani Molla, writing for Recode:

If it feels as though Amazon’s site is increasingly stuffed with ads, that’s because it is. And it looks like that’s working — at least for brands that are willing to fork over ad dollars as part of their strategy to sell on Amazon.

Amazon-sponsored product ads have been around since 2012. But lately, as the company has invested in growing its advertising business, they’ve become more aggressive.

Paid placement isn’t new to retail. It’s a genuine racket how items gets placed on shelves in grocery stores. But there’s something that feels a bit unseemly about this.

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tingham
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As long as the facet bar stays I really don't care about ads. What I do mind is when I leave Amazon and I'm still seeing the same ads for the shit I didn't want.
Cary, NC
sirshannon
8 days ago
And ads for 12 more of the thing I just bought. Because I need 13 electric toothbrushes.
dreadhead
8 days ago
Or ads for things you have ordered because I need another 1000feet of cat6 cable.
MotherHydra
8 days ago
Wouldn't you like a baker's dozen of WeMo mini switches?
dreadhead
8 days ago
Just get a dash button!
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Be Your Own Dang Publisher

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We get a lot of unsolicited manuscripts and book ideas at Lost Art Press – way more than we could ever hope to handle. As of now now we have 18 upcoming books under contract, which is more than five years of work for us.

So when potential authors come calling, I am quick to encourage them to publish their book themselves. (If they embrace the idea, that tells me something about their dedication to their project. If they reject the idea, that also tells me something about their dedication to their project.)

These days, it’s easy to print a decent-quality book using a “print-on-demand” (POD) service. These POD products aren’t permanent books. The pages are merely stacked and glued. With traditional books, the pages are folded, sewn and glued, which makes for a much more durable product.

POD_interior

But the POD option is a good one for guerilla publishers. Or people who want to make only a few books at a time. There are many companies that will print and sell your POD book (Amazon and Lightning Source are two of the bigger players). But there is a smaller and sometimes cheaper option.

Local libraries often have “Maker Spaces” that have POD machines, such as the Espresso book machine, a $185,000 technological wonder. The Cincinnati Public Library has one, and I’ve been using it for the last year to print off workshop manuals and personal publishing projects with great success.

Yes, it sucks that its book blocks are glued and not sewn. But there is a solution: Sew the book blocks yourself. It’s not all that difficult, and I’ll demonstrate the process in a future blog post.

Lately I’ve been printing up the 70-page manuals that I’ll give to students who take my staked furniture classes. Compared to other photocopied and stapled manuals, these POD manuals are nice. And they don’t cost much more than a trip to Staples or Office Depot.

So, if you have your own publishing project in mind – “The Baptist’s Tool Chest” or “The Democratic Design Book” – you might want to first give your local library a call to see if it has a POD machine. You might just put me out of business some day.

— Christopher Schwarz



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tingham
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When you have so much work you're begging people to compete with you just so you can be less busy.
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die-comic: For more information go read the first interview over...

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die-comic:

For more information go read the first interview over at the Hollywood Reporter and subscribe to this tumblr. The Die website will be more stationary - this is very much the newsblog.

My suggested tag is #diecomic for this. DIE is too general and also very mean sounding. Let’s be nice.

It’s what Kieron’s been calling CODENAME SPANGLY NEW THING until now and it’s what Stephanie Hans, Clayton Cowles and Kieron Gillen have been cooking up over the last two years. We’re very excited.

My new book. 

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SUBSCRIBED.
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