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26 March 2019 @ 12:45 am

Here is a random post about recent events and my latest new year's resolution update. 

Yesterday I was a professional escort, hired by a guy to hang out, chat, and help wingman at a bar. Last week, I was hired to play with a kid in Terraria. Last week I also started a hard keto diet (high fat, low carb style) for the next three months as well. Fun times. 

My new year's resolution was to write a novel as part of NaNoWriMo this year. As such I have been starting to do writing practice and study. 

Here is the (very short) story I wrote as part of the Start With This podcast challenge (by the makers of Welcome to Nightvale). The challenge was to write about an idea you had. Set aside an hour and just create something based on the idea. I ended up going a little over an hour and found myself (just like in game creating) needing more time to polish. 

The idea I just pulled from my idea notes, a database of ideas and thoughts I jot down sometimes. I picked one randomly, and I couldn't remember fully what the idea was about. This was in my notes: "Now the thing I did to her, is going to happen to me" transfers from person to person. everyone from same person, just different steps  -friends are near you in step. 

I made up a new word in this story, "wearned" which means "looked like it has had no maintenance for a long time" and carries a meaning like it is pleading to be repaired or put out of its misery. Other words like friender and tracker can be conferred by the context. Feel free to let me know what you think!

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20 March 2019 @ 01:53 pm

Now I can say I've been a keynote speaker! I spoke this morning at an event called DigiForge which helps young students explore careers in STEM. 

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15 March 2019 @ 10:29 am

Earlier this week I contributed some volunteer time to this project, and added a giveaway mechanic to the game for this demo. Looks like it really helped during the showcase to the kids and hopefully it inspired several new positive game development careers!

JAK3 explaining about careers and the game.
JAK3 explaining about careers and the game.
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08 March 2019 @ 06:18 pm

From Dec to Feb 2019 I tried another crazy diet experiment. For this one I wanted to learn what it was like to go to the same place over and over. When would I get sick of it, would I become a regular, etc. I got a Smash Pass which let me get one free burger a day, and most of the time, that's all I ate. This is not diet advice!

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03 February 2019 @ 11:01 pm

Worked on a fun little project and learned that Firebase is not as simple as you might think, and AirConsole wouldn't work out of the box for me. Spent 75% of the time trying to learn a new networking technology and in the end tossed it aside and spent 25% of the time making a local multiplayer game with the assets that were already made so far, and about 1/5 of that time was polish which felt like a good amount, but still not enough for the presentation to go as well as I hoped. 

Writeup: https://www.igda.org/blogpost/1019132/316888/Global-Game-Jam-2019-Utah-site-Report

Our game: https://globalgamejam.org/2019/games/give-me-sign

31 December 2018 @ 03:08 pm

I am proud to announce that the Entertainment Factory is finally available as an alpha release. I will be streaming it randomly here and there as my new year schedule gets worked out. 


06 December 2018 @ 03:41 pm

Here are my personal likes and dislikes about golang as I learned it and wrote a small microservice in it these past couple weeks. 

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As some of you may know, I was doing the Utah Terraria Survival Challenge for several months (you can check the highlights at https://www.twitch.tv/vazor222). That finally wound down to a finale and then the group decided to go for Stardew Valley next. Eventually teams were formed and a format was decided, and I'm happy to announce that the first session was a success! I wish I could have been on multiple teams at once but I think the race and format we have now is good. Thank you to Califer and Sky and KittenGiggles for helping organize and to all of the team captains for rallying their teams! 

 Without further ado — the Utah Stardew Valley Challenge inaugural session results!

Congratulations to Team Beutimus for deepest mine depth and most per-person money earned (2 people) and being tied for furthest bundles!

Watch and cheer for them at https://www.twitch.tv/Beutimus 

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27 May 2018 @ 01:22 pm

Been streaming more; I have some successful highlights to share. 

Utah Game Designer Interviews — Enemby Games

Utah Terraria Survival Challenge — May 2018

I also have some multiplayer games, if people want to play while I stream, let me know and we can find a time. :)

Ultimate Chicken Horse
Jackbox Party Pack 3 and 4
Rocket League
...and several others, ping me to check. :)

13 May 2018 @ 02:35 pm

During Hive Ignite Week at www.utahden.org a couple weeks ago I hosted the Interactive Jam. 

You can check out the details and watch a video of the final presentations.

Jam entries can be found on the submission site:
Closing ceremonies video:

I was planning to just supervise the whole weekend but as I'm finding is more commonly the case I was pulled into a team. The Covert Culture project was fun and interesting since I got to learn about integrating 360 video, and making something in VR with look-to-select mechanics.