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About efaardvark

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    Space Camp Staff


  • Favourite Anime
    Lots. Off the top of my head (and in no particular order)...

    Ghost in the Shell
    プラネテス (ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ)
    Any "real" science fiction actually
    Angel Beats!
    Clannad: After Story
    Your Lie In April
    Pet Girl of Sakurasou
    Spice and Wolf
    FLCL (original)
    Any Miyazaki/Ghibli
  • Favourite Genres
    Slice of Life
    Space Opera
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  • Location
    Someplace between Santa Monica and Sedna.
  • Occupation
    Data systems engineer
  • Interests
    reading (SF), electronics, science, engineering, space, computer programming
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  • Favorite Video Game/Series
    Kerbal Space Program

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  1. efaardvark

    Gaming chat

    Back in the dim dark Age Before the 'Net there was a program called "Adventure Construction Set" that let you build your own games. It was pretty simple but it let absolute know-nothing game developers (aka 12yo me) develop games for the Apple ][. My brothers and I had a lot of fun with it at the time. I'm looking for something similar for a relative's kid who is about that age and has shown an interest in game development. I was wondering if anyone has any recommendations for game development tools for complete noobs.. as in no programming or artistic skills to speak of. I want something with basically no learning curve to start, but I would like some optional depth, should they want to delve a bit more deeply into the details once they get into it. The Idea is to encourage early success, even if it means running into game-engine limits relatively soon. Ideally it should be easy to add content like tilesets or custom scripting/programming if that's the direction they want to go in. Eventually, inevitably limits will be reached, and I have no aversion to having to switch to "real" game creation tools at that point, but the initial introduction should be as painless as possible. So far the most promising software I've discovered this afternoon looks to be RPG Maker MV (youtube review). Does anyone have any experience with this? Anything else out there that might work?
  2. Built a large air-mobile "base" in Planet Nomad. Being able to move around is very helpful (thus the game's name) and breaking down and moving my base all the time was getting to be a hassle. I tried making a wheeled base but .. mountains, and rivers, and trees. This still isn't something I can rely on as my only transportation since it is too slow and can only fly for about 15 minutes per day before it has to land and recharge, but it does make moving easy when I've cleared out an area of resources or the action moves so far away that travel to/from the active area starts to dominate gameplay. I've built in provisions to upgrade the propulsion system for faster, longer flights once I get some advanced power generation going, but for now this will do nicely. At least it beats having to clear trees for the rover. (When I wasn't having to winch it over a mountain, out of a ditch, or across a river...) Here's a pic of it landed on the shores of a lake, with an alien spacecraft on the other side of the lake. (The black ball with red lines, my next object of investigation.) Note the smaller craft attached to the top of the base. That's the VTOL craft I posted previously. It is much smaller, faster, and has much greater range but it can't carry much cargo or any of the heavy equipment that I have at the base. I use it for scouting and only move the base when I have to.
  3. Cinnamon-raisin bagel. Easy to munch on in the car on the commute. Later there was a scone and coffee at work.
  4. Noticed today that KSP recently got another update. The "breaking ground" DLC got one too. Downloaded and installed both, but I probably won't play it any time soon. Even if I do find time that I can "waste" on games then I'll probably work on my planet nomads game instead.. at least until all my usual KSP mods get updated for the new version. The major focus of the KSP update seems to be mostly visual - texture updates for the surfaces of planets and the space ship parts that you build with. Supposedly there's a frame rate bump too though. I might take a few minutes to do some quick, unofficial benchmarking with a couple of my ships with larger partcounts, just to see how noticeable any performance gains are.
  5. Speaking of stupid computer tricks. I have this game, KSP, that I play. A lot. For most of the time while playing the game you're in a third-person, 3d mode. While in this mode, the 3D view is pointed at your space ship, and you can rotate around your ship to see different views/angles by moving the mouse while holding down the right mouse button. This is quite common in these sorts of games, so if you play other 3d, 3rd-person game then you are probably familiar with the concept. The/my problem comes whenever I see a screenshot of the game. Maybe I'll be in some online forum looking at someone else's screenshot, or I'll be scrolling through my own collection of screenshots from my own game(s). Every time I view a screenshot of the game I do the mouse click/drag thing to try to rotate the view, just like I would if I were in the game. Every. Single. Time. But of course it doesn't move like in the game because it is just a screenshot, and screenshots don't rotate. WHY DO I DO THIS?
  6. Doing a bit of exploration in Planet Nomad using my self-built VTOL aircraft. Exploring is my next-favorite thing after designing/building things. I'm exploring.. prospecting actually, trying to find a mineral called "xaenite" so that I can make a super-alloy so that I can - wait for it - build more stuff!
  7. efaardvark


    iPhone 8. Can’t recommend it.
  8. Building in Planet Nomad. I get so distracted building stuff that I forget to actually play the game. The only time I even look at the mission objectives is when I need to unlock a part to build with. I'm like that in other games like Kerbal Space Program too. The only reason I do contracts is to have $$ to buy parts to build stuff with, or to get science points to unlock more parts to build better stuff with.
  9. I, er, may have played that game. Well, not the reciting bit. The rules were/are that you take turns calling out the next higher prime number from the last call. If your number is not prime or you miss a prime in the sequence - and someone calls you on it - then you . If you call someone's number not-prime and it turns out it actually is prime then you . Aids like paper or phones or computers are not allowed except for figuring to settle disputes. Winner is the last one standing, or the person with the last correct prime when the booze runs out. I don't remember who won, but I think we made it to 5 digits. I still haven't watched past ep 2. Sounds like I have some stuff to look forward to.
  10. efaardvark

    Gaming chat

    But can AMD's new ($4,000) 3990X CPU run Crysis? Yes. Yes it can. Without a GPU. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LaKH5etJoE
  11. This one is worth listening to at least twice. (At least.) Listen once before you see the movie so when you get to that one part... and once after to remember it.
  12. “Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

    The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

    Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

    The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

    It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”
    Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space


    Just spending some time in the total perspective vortex this morning..


  13. I'd agree with Wolf's Rain. Also Angel Beats!, Your Lie in April, Clannad: After Story, and AnoHana (that I can think of offhand) all had an episode or two that was pretty intense.
  14. efaardvark

    Gaming chat

    Looks like a new minecraft snapshot for 1.16 just dropped. New nether biomes! And netherite.. better than diamonds for tools and armor, and it floats on lava! The bad news is that it is extremely rare, and only found under lava in the nether. https://youtu.be/jxLytC1nAIo
  15. Manaria Friends.. shortend-form (10x15min eps) iyashikei. Cute, simple. Not exciting or fancy like the others in the Shingenki no Bahamut ilk, but that's how these things are supposed to be.

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