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TwitchCon 2019

Last weekend, LucidDancer (twitch.tv/LucidDancer) and I went on a crazy road trip to San Diego from Salt Lake City for TwitchCon. 

I got to meet some stream friends (twitch.tv/sheepfuzz), lemmiecat, obstkhanisar, nucaheart, dirigitive, JaneTV, Kintinue, and many others. I was accepted into a hackathon where we worked with twitch devs to make a twitch extension. 

We didn't win anything but we completed a small project to show off to the judges and streamers browsing the venue. It was pretty well run except for dealing with the reimbursement/TicketFairy folks. The Twitch Developer invite-only party was really good. The Twitch Party was alright; better if you're a fan of concerts, or have a buddy to go with. Blink 182 did a good job. 

Got to hit the beach and see some sights on the ride back. It was pretty fun!

Photo album: https://www.flickr.com/gp/184804963@N07/W8uTp3

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Writing Practice

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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Sanctuary: Enter Magnos career booth

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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Global Game Jam 2019 results

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