Thursday, November 26, 2020

Giving Thanks

 Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

I'd like to give thanks this year for video games. Video games have helped me and my wife and kids endure nearly 9 months of social isolation and being indoors more than preferred due to Covid, as well as helping us play with friends without exposure risk. A couple of games I'd like to be thankful for right now are Oxygen not Included, a colony sim which I'm really enjoying and which has a lot of interesting options and cute funny people running around making funny faces, Rim World, a different colony sim with a bit more fighting and seriousness, and Kingdom which my kids are really enjoying with me and which was coded by three people and has a rather nice feel to it. I'd also like to give thanks for sports which we've done when we can get a few precious moments outside, like playing Soccer with my kiddos.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Rounding a corner

I feel I'm rounding a corner. Its been a lot of time with toddlers and babies in the house but we're nearing the end. My youngest is finally turning four this year. I'm getting more time in the evenings to work on my Rhuidia game and play. I've recently beat the Draco Lich in NWN 2 and he was hard. Apparently Being a Cleric Thief with a Tiefling fighter friend works well against him if I keep casting remove fear and the Heal spell but he's still very tough. I have been playing Icewind Dale with my boys every other Saturday. They are really enjoying it and I might get my brother involved. I'm also occasionally playing D&D with them. Life keeps getting better as kids get older. Less diapers, more board games. I'm going to endeavor to blog a little more, not super regularly, but a little more than before when I was so strapped for time. Another neat thing I read in the news is that they are opening a Studio Ghibli land in Japan. How cool is that?

Friday, January 24, 2020

T Shirts and icons

I've been working hard on icons for my game I'm making with friends. Also I'm enjoying Neverwinter Nights Enhanced Edition that Anton gave me for my birthday. I haven't really recognized what is enhanced about it except the graphics resolution but that's OK because I never got to play Shadows of Undrentide or Hordes of the Underdark so there's plenty of adventuring to do.

Lastly I am trying my hand at making t-shirts for fun and profit.

Here's my first one I made on Zazzle!


C'mon, buy it. You know you want to! Especially if you have Asian family like me.

You can make one too and share it in the comments :) I'd love to see your creations! I might even buy one, with my spare change...

Monday, November 4, 2019

2019 - Busy busy busy


One would think I'd dropped off the face of the earth. Instead I'm just really really busy. I'm busy at work making Genetic Sequencers become cheap. I'm busy at home helping my boys learn about dungeons and dragons, and I'm busy with my girls teaching them to read. I'm busy working on my game with Anton and Mordecai. I've got a loot system in place but it needs polishing and basic attack system is working but it also needs polish and lots of more cool moves. I'm busy avoiding listening to Trump on the radio. I'm busy trying to relax sometimes. My wife broke her leg this year and its better now, but that kept me busy being daddy/mommy. So yeah. So busy this year. But fun. Went to Italy with my wife. Played a lot of board games. I highly recommend Lords of Waterdeep, and Asara.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What's going on this year

I've finished the rough draft pictures for all the character classes for my game but my wife has reminded me that someone might steal my art if I share it so I'm not going to share all of them. I'm working on the walking animations now for the warrior class. In the game playing department I've played a bunch of Stardew Valley this year. I highly recommend the game as its very fun and relaxing. I like it more than I liked Rune Factory Frontier which was overly grindy and too hard to marry the girls I was trying to marry, and didn't have the great of a plot either even though its graphics were more polished than Stardew, Stardew has serious charm and cute subplots. The dungeon gets boring pretty quick, though I'm glad its there. And the farming also gets old for me after a year. but the rate at which they give you new things to farm or raise is almost right, and the world is fin to explore and there are enough new things the characters say to keep you entertained for a good long while.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Trip to Japan

So I went to Japan last month for two weeks. It was really neat. They have really fast quiet trains (with video game commercials running on the walls inside and outside on the buildings), and quiet polite people, usually. The food was ok, I'm spoiled cuz I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I think our Americanized Japanese food is slightly better. Which is unusual since most countries I visit I think the authentic food is better than the Americanized stuff. Italy definitely follows that paradigm. Anyways so I was shopping over there in the malls for knickknacks and  I looked in the video games section cuz I have to, its Japan right? And I noticed that the prices are astronomical every place I looked just for the games. Makes me really glad to be living in the US. I'm attaching a picture for your reference.

Now just divide everything by 100 to get an idea of how much everything costs in dollars (yes I know the exchange rate isn't exactly that but its close)

68 dollars to buy Zelda Breath of the Wild (52.99 online in the US), 96 to buy that other game, 85 for Heroes 3, even the cheapest games were 47 bucks. Ouch, those poor Japanese gamers. At least it looks like they had the switch in stock but maybe that was just the display copy :)

Anyways, if you ever go to Japan, definitely visit in the spring, the flowers are gorgeous and the weather is nicest I think

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Still working on my game

Still working on the turn based game I'm working on with family and friends. Adding some concept art i did. Needs a little more polish on the sword but its almost there.