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Quakecon 2015

Wed 11:07PM Got all my stuff packed up at mi casa

Thu 9:27AM Unloaded at the Hilton Anatole

Thu 9:43AM The hotel let us use a cart briefly to get our stuff in from the outside, then they had to take it back. Fortunately, we befriended a father and son duo that were nice enough to share their cart with us. Next year: cart is mandatory. They’re so handy and it seemed like everyone had one this year. We talked to some people about their carts and it sounded like decent ones can be had for cheap.

Thu 9:54AM Daunting line

Thu 10:29AM Got barcoded!

Thu 10:39AM Daunting line moving relatively quickly

Thu 12:17PM My seeeeeeat! I really really really really wish we had one of these big giant sturdy tables for the apartment. When I have my computer at a proper desk and chair as opposed to a tv stand and sofa, I really miss being able to sit upright and use a keyboard and mouse properly. Anyone in the DFW getting rid of a long table like this?

So this is pretty much what my screen looked like the entire time. Skies of Arcadia on the right, and something else on the left. Sometimes it was the FAQ, sometimes it was reddit, sometimes it was hearthstone. The setup worked quite well. Avery and I would take turns playing/browsing, one on the controller, the other on the keyboard and mouse. Its definitely not uncommon for people to play games split-screen at Quakecon, but this is the most I’ve “shared” a computer at Quakecon, and I’m very pleased with the experience. I think it worked out really well! Also you can see Twitch running in the browser. Avery set it up so that we could stream Skies of Arcadia with the ambient noise of BYOC on top of it. I plan on streaming the remainder of my Skies of Arcadia playthrough when I get setup again at my apartment.

Tools of the trade

New keycaps! I got a few others in the baggie but this was my favorite.

Avery and travnewmatic

WTB girlfriend ad written on half a paper towel posted on the Quakecon Craigslist

Sunday morning, got our stuff hauled out of the BYOC

Making our way back to the front of the hotel

Guard duty while waiting for Mike to bring the car around

Obligatory 2015 BYOC shirt and badge pic

Fantastic year this year. Kinda feels like a blur right now. Sooooooo many random battles in Skies of Arcadia. While I didn’t accomplish my goal of completing Skies of Arcadia.. or completing the first disc of Skies of Arcadia… I still had an awesome time. I am reminded of how great of a game it is, instilled with a drive to finish it once and for all.. also feeling good about learning how to stream stuff on twitch, at least the basics of it. Glad its over, really looking forward to getting home tonight (currently have 5 more hours at work).. Made a few new friends.. Another successful year!

First Day at New Job Tomorrow!

As per career advisers advice, I used connects in the community to learn about my area of interest, and sure enough, I got a job!  And the first day of that new job is tomorrow!

I do still have a handful of remaining shifts with my previous employer, but that will end in less than two weeks.

Tonight I deleted the recurring events in my Google Calendar for my previous job.  Kinda sad, actually.  That’s my main circle of friends.  I can always go back to visit, and I fully expect to, but I will miss them.

However, this is a very very positive step.  I’m a bit nervous but very very excited to begin this new chapter of my life.

Gonna be a bit hard to sleep tonight.

Semi productive day

Worked, ate lunch with good buddy lazer. Came home, took a nap, ate dinner, studied for a bit, watched tv with the rents… And now I’d like to have some one on one with Body Bargain…

Changing rooms

Was into the guest room, now I’m back in my old room, which my mom was using for her office. Still have a bunch if unpacking to do, but this is a great start.

Finished Lost Pig

I managed to finish Lost Pig tonight. I did it with the help of a walkthrough, and I don’t think I would have been able to finish it otherwise, as I am still developing my IF skillz.

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No pigs were harmed in the making of this game, no need to worry 🙂

I took a LOT of notes when I was playing this game. Not just notes about this game in particular, but about the game of interactive fiction as well. Like… read everything, and pay attention to everything. Don’t disregard descriptions of things as fluff. Although there is a lot of that.. and I suppose that’s the challenge of IF, knowing what’s important and what isn’t. I think that carrots that are dangled so to speak, things that are obfuscated or hidden… are worth investigating. Writing things down definitely helps. This game also used some commands that I didn’t know existed, like WAIT, for example. IF has a language, and I suppose some games have a greater language than others. 9:05 had significantly less vocabulary than Lost Pig.

Here is a great beginners guide to IF from Adame Cadre. It gets into vocabulary and such, verbs that may be useful on your journeys. Adam Cadre has created many gems in the world of IF, including the aforementioned 9:05. I’m sure there are others out there, but I feel like his site, the way he presents his games, makes IF very accessible to a variety of tastes. Definitely recommend his site. Oh, he also did Photopia as well, the first IF I played.

Well I better get some sleep, I have my second day observing tomorrow, and I’m definitely looking forward to it. And again, work at night. Planning on getting together with Michael after that so we can geek out on all this stuff. Happy reading!

Found another potentially useful IF resource: Planet IF

Lost Pig

Get it!

Made my first map! This is a really cute game so far. But don’t take my word for it…

1st Place overall; 1st Place, Miss Congeniality Awards – 13th Annual Interactive Fiction Competition (2007)

Winner, Best Game; Winner, Best Writing; Nominee, Best Setting; Nominee, Best Puzzles; Nominee, Best NPCs; Winner, Best Individual NPC; Winner, Best Individual PC; Nominee, Best Use of Medium – 2007 XYZZY Awards

2nd Place – Interactive Fiction Top 50 of all time (2011 edition)

(above taken from IFDB)