This accidentally fell out of her pocket when I bumped into her. Took me four goes.

Saturday, March 17

Geek

Mongofied

I survived MongoDB Sydney!

Don't think I would have lasted much longer in those lecture hall seats, though.  My back is aching again, but it's more a long-day-need-to-lie-down ache than the help-I-am-severely-injured pains of two weeks ago.

Spent some time talking to one of the MongoDB engineers, whose wife, by curious coincidence, is named Meenu.  No, really.  He was staffing the desk when I picked up my name tag, and I had it listed as my company (since in fact it is).

Pretty impressed with the talks, and I'm eager now to put it to use at both my day job and mee.nu.

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Cool

Salamandered!

Another Kickstarter project shepherded safely across the finish line. So far every project I have backed has been funded. That streak looks set to break with Metacell 2, which hasn't raised much interest and has a pretty ambitious target.

I think everyone is still learning here. After the sudden outbreak of megaprojects like OotS, DFA, and that iPhone dock thingy (and now Wasteland 2), it will take a while for people to find the best balance between ambition and pragmatism.

Anyway:

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Friday, March 16

Geek

Mongolated

In theory I'm off to a conference on MongoDB in about nine hours.

In one sense the timing couldn't be better, because I'm about to deploy MongoDB in anger (or at least, sincere aggravation) for the first time.

In another sense, I'd rather sleep all day.

In yet another sense, I can sleep just as well at the conference.  Really.  You haven't met my neighbours' kids.

'Night.  Don't forget to set HoiHoi-san on bedbug patrol.

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Art

Your Table Awaits At The Minx Cafe

Minx and Miko, drawn by the wonderful Chelsea Rose.
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Looks like they've had to take up a part time job because I'm running late rolling out mee.nu.  Hang in there girls!

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Thursday, March 15

Geek

With A D

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Cool

Shut Up And Take My Money...

...Has been the popular response to the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter project, which has reached its ambitious goal of $900,000 in under 48 hours, with 33 days left to go.

This is to be a turn-based, party-oriented, story-driven, isometric, tactical RPG. There was some argument on the Obsidian forums when a smilar idea was floated there, with some discounting the pent-up demand for precisely this kind of game and predicting that a Kickstarter drive would only bring in a few thousand dollars over the course of a month. Wasteland 2 is bringing in a few thousand dollars per hour.

Does this presage a new Belle Époque for cRPGs, and for old-school games in general? One can certainly hope. Obsidian just suffered the cancellation of a major project for Microsoft, so they have to be looking even more seriously at Kickstarter than they were before.

And then there's baldursgate.com (warning: plays music) which is currently showing a countdown timer.... And crashed earlier today under the load.

The load. Of a countdown timer.

I think the real limitation is not demand at all but the number of independent developers who can credibly propose this sort of project. Brian Fargo has reassembled much of the old team for Wasteland 2 and gained the trust of the fans; there's Trent Oster (of Neverwinter Nights fame) behind the Baldur's Gate teaser, and Chris Avellone of Obsidian (Planescape: Torment, Icewind Dale, Neverwinter Nights 2) floating the idea of a spiritual successor to Torment.

Beyond that, I don't know. I don't think fans would take kindly to Bioware trying this; they're part of EA now and they already told old-school fans where to shove it with the abortive Dragon Age 2.

Meanwhile, the Erfworld Motion Comic and Random Goodies Pledge Drive has closed at over 350% of the original goal, and... Oh, Kickstarter has fallen over.

Damn.

I'll have to update the rest of the details later.

Wait, they're back. Okay!  Here's those, and a couple of other neat-looking games that I've thrown a few dollars at.


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Wednesday, March 14

Cool

One Door Closes, Another One Opens

The Double Fine Adventure Kickstarter just finished, raising $3,335,265 of its original $400,000 goal.

And now the Wasteland 2 Kickstarter has kick... started... So far raising $391,536 of its $900,000 goal in 12 hours.

I expect we'll be seeing more of these.

Also, any salamander fans out there, time's running out to help get The Adventures of the Salamander over the finish line.

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Sunday, March 11

Life

Went Outside Today

I even tied my shoelaces.

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Thursday, March 08

Cool

Awesome In Progress

Sample from the future mee.nu artist-in-residence: Minx and Miko.

These aren't the final product, but they're already shaping up wonderfully.

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Wednesday, March 07

Geek

Enemies Everywhere!

There were only two games I was looking forward to this year, and both of them were sequels: Mass Effect 3 and Torchlight II.

Now I find that there's a new XCOM game:



A spiritual successor to Terraria, a new game from the creator of Day of the Tentacle, probably a new Wasteland game, possibly a new isometric tactical RPG from Obsidian...

And SimCity 5.



God only knows when I'll have time to play these things - I didn't finish Planescape: Torment until 2007 - but until then, I'll be in my bunk.

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