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THE FOLDER
January 09, 2008

This was last year's resolution, but I went through a folder of stories I'd never gotten around to writing. The outlines weren't very good and I jumped over them and said "oh I better do things this way or that way or whatever."

I'm ready to go through these stories and don't care if they're any good. I noticed a date on some of the printouts--July 1997, just before I left my place at college. It was one of those times I tried to get a lot done before I had to pack up and go.

I've made my life so I don't have to pack up and go too often, but then that stability means I need to find new ways to poke myself into action. This time, I got sick of staring at the folder inside my file cabinets.

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worldcat.org
January 07, 2008

It was bound to happen. I'd half wondered why something like it hadn't come sooner, then I forgot about it.

I recommend worldcat to see if there are any books in the area. It's useful for me, because I can find books in suburban libraries, university libraries, and city libraries.

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Happy New Year.
January 02, 2008

It's been a while since I posted here. I'm a bit sick of gaming/FAQ writing at the moment--I stretched my goal for # of documents a few times near the end of the year & got to my final goal with 3 documents submitted but not posted before year's end. It was fun to do on vacation/slow time, but I think I put bigger things aside for it.

There's a lot to do in the new year, a lot of small new stuff and important new stuff. I called up a state senator today, then a state representative's office, about mass transit. I'd never done it before. I managed to ask some pretty decent questions including how to call if I disagree with a vote, or if I may disagree. The person there was helpful.

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boxmap
October 20, 2007

When I get sick of games there's always map making to do for games I wanted to replay.

Today I finished my guide for Champions of Krynn, even cutting out certain info because I wanted to get it posted by 3 PM. But SBAllen(I guess it is now) posted everything around 1. And he takes Friday afternoon for backlogs of game data etc(I think.)

Still I'm pleased how quickly I got done and with how sharp the maps look.

My next project which took 2 hrs of programming(and a few of planning) was a box mapper. You know how text adventure maps(think: early InfoCom Invisiclues) have square rooms with lines between them, broken for secret passages and arrowed for one way?

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Must...explore...new...game
September 23, 2007

So I got through Bard's Tale III a couple weeks ago, and stupid things like work and reading got in the way of Silver Blades. I think I got through a fight a couple years ago and shelved the effort. Repeat performance 2 wks ago. Now I want to map out the first few areas tonight.

Maybe I'm still exhausted from BT3. I'm really happy about the maps I wrote. I need to send in minor corrections, but I just can't be bothered. On the other hand, I had a lot of fun working out how to win certain fights.

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No draggin with Dragon Wars
September 05, 2007

So I trashed Dragon Wars, writing and organizing the maps. Nailed down a few fun cheats too, accepted at GameFAQs nonetheless. I was shocked to see 14 cheats on the update page. I'd sent in 4. The backlog was ~80 or so before it got cleared. So 66 of 80 cheats were rejected. Puts some of my cheat rejections in perspective.

Also tuned my map editor. You can now delete squares and walls with 1 button push instead of having to reassign a wall/icon value of zero. I was cranking through maps at the end.

There's so much that is easy to design the basic coding for--drag drop cut paste, undo, bookmarking favorite icons, even inserting text. There's so much that's cool to see, that demystifies what commercial apps do, but then you realize there are so many details.

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Option D
September 04, 2007

Well in the previous post I thought I'd go in for Choplifter, but instead I tweaked my map maker. It isn't as user friendly as I like and only puts out a 24 bit bitmap and not 4 or 8 as I'd like but I can edit that with MS Paint if I have to.

I made a dry run with Dragon Wars, redoing some maps that were frankly pretty ugly, and it went well. It's weird how much simple stuff you put off til later as you get used to something new, a lot of bugs you know are there but you will have to deal with.

I also found a few things I left out of my FAQ. There's a funny semi-cheat where you can get easy fights with rats consistently and another where you can restart the game, zapping your items, so it allows you another one-time chance to give a player druid magic.

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