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Welcome to 2013

Since you are reading this, we obviously survived the Mayan apocalypse, and here we are in 2013.  Hopefully everyone is having a good year so far.

I’ve obviously not done a good job keeping up with my fruit/baby pictures, so I just posted a couple to catch up.  I’m going to try to be more on the ball with those moving forward.  Things are still going really well, so hopefully my neglect didn’t cause any worry.

I was surprised but the Kickstarter project I’d pledged to met its goal and was funded.  Actually it blew past the goal by $330,000!  So now I have a new version of the game Elite to look forward to sometime in 2014.

We saw Les Miserables.  Good movie.  Spoiler alert: every time you turned around, someone was even more miserable.  Very miserable people.

I’ve been catching up on my photo organization for 2011 and 2012.  I’m almost done uploading all of my photos to my flickr account.  I really need to do a better job keeping up with that this year.

Today, we went curling at the Granite Curling Club.  I’ve been wanting to try it out for a long time and I figure it is probably my last chance at Olympic glory.  I’m not sure if I really have a shot at the Olympics, but it was a lot of fun.  Here I am learning how to sweep.


Being a California girl, Amber was a natural, of course.  (She really did good and won our first game end for us.)  Here’s Amber learning how to throw the stone:

Amber learning how to throw

Her winning stone:

Amber's winning stone

It’s definitely something I’m hoping to do again with more friends.  Their next open house is February 9, so let me know if you are interested.

Elite progress

I wrote a few posts ago about a Kickstarter project for an updated version of Elite.  Here's the video:

I've been checking on the progress of the Kickstarter project, and I'm starting to worry that it isn't going to get funded.  They have 21 days to go, and it's at $1,179,243 of $2,015,800.  Only 21 days to go.

New Elite game kickstarted

One of my first video game loves was the original Elite on the Commodore, an open-ended space adventurer simulation.  I played that game for hours and hours, meticulously tracking my trading and other adventures in logs (which I still have somewhere).  By today's standards, it was crude graphics, but there was an elegance to the vector graphics that is lacking in a lot of modern games.  The gameplay was just great.  It was unlike anything I'd played before.

I was very happy to read this morning that there is a kickstarter project to fund a new version of the game.  The stuff they show looks awesome.  I've got my pledge in!

Humble Bundle 5

If you like indie games, you should check out the Humble Bundle 5.  The Humble Bundles are a collection of indie games, but instead of paying a fixed price for them, you get to a) decide how much you are going to pay and b) decide how the money you pay is to be divided between a charity, the game developers, and the people that put together the bundle (to go toward their costs for hosting, etc.).

The two charities for this bundle are Child's Play (if you are a fan of Penny Arcade, then you are probably familiar with this one) and the EFF.  The kicker for this bundle is that if you pay more than the average ($8.09 at the time of this writing), then you get four additional games in the bundle. 

Included at any contribution is LIMBO, which I think is reason enough to buy the bundle.  Here is the complete list:

  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP
  • Amnesia: The Dark Descent
  • Psychonauts
  • Bastion (pay more than the average to unlock)
  • Lone Survivor (pay more than the average to unlock)
  • Braid (pay more than the average to unlock)
  • Super Meat Boy (pay more than the average to unlock)

I think this is a great model for indie games.  For this bundle to date, they've had more than 455K purchases totaling more than $3.6 million.  Obviously it works.

There are only six days left to purchase…

Portal 2 Video

One of the things that I love the most about the Portal franchise is the humor.  Check out this trailer for the new level editor that is releasing for Portal 2.  J. K. Simmons as Cave Johnson is hilarious!

Portal 2 Video