Crash, Bang…

Okay well I decided to try and record three episodes of the Dwarf Fortress series this morning.  Got half way through my second episode when Dwarf Fortress decided to crash on me.  Loaded it back up, found I’d lost about 20 minutes of play time and so tried to get back to where I stopped recording, off camera, but it crashed again just about at the same spot.

I think I may go back to the 0.40.19 version of Dwarf Fortress and replay up to where I was at again and see how that goes.  I’m currently rendering the first episode I managed to get in full so that I can get that posted up to Youtube today.

2015

Okay well I’ve been slacking when it comes to recording new videos. I had hoped to pick up a bit and get my act together in that respect, but it never happened last year. So the plan this year is to get up extra early 2-3 times a week and start recording on a more regular basis. I really want to try and get myself more motivated and more relaxed at doing these and that’s only going to happen if I do more recording. If I could make this my main job then I’d be really happy, instead of having to fit this around my current full time job. So here’s hoping.

I’ll keep going with the Dwarf Fortress series and hopefully the Gnomoria one.  I’ve not played Minecraft in some time now, but will do what I can to get that series back up and running as well.

“Inversions” by Iain M. Banks

Reading “Inversions” by Iain M. Banks. I never realised this was a Culture novel, so I’d side stepped it when I was reading all the other Culture novels he wrote. I see Banks himself said that “Inversions was an attempt to write a Culture novel that wasn’t.“. Enjoying it immensely so far.

Elite Dangerous

Well Elite: Dangerous went live on the 16th December 2014.  I’ve personally been waiting years for this to happen.  I did back it on Kickstarter since I so desperately wanted to play another Elite game, so have been playing the beta for quite some time now and thoroughly loving it.

I remember back 1984 going down to a Computer Exhibition in Glasgow with my computing class and seeing the original Elite being demonstrated on the BBC Micro there.  One of my school friends had a BBC Micro and bought a copy, so I quite often went round to have a play of it with him.  It eventually came out on the platform I had at the time, the ZX Spectrum and so I was hooked.

I’ve played all the other releases that came out as well, Elite II, Frontier Elite etc.

I’m on as Cmdr Djan Seriy Anaplian, so look me up and say Hi!  I was privileged to be able to become one of the Founder players of this magic game.

New Release of Dwarf Fortress

A new release (0.40.19) of one of my favourite Indie games, Dwarf Fortress, was available for download on the 26th, looking forward to trying it out:

New stuff

  • Added gelding and associated profession/skill/etc.

Other bug fixes/tweaks

  • Showed animal gender symbols in a few more places
  • Got rid of mating-at-a-distance
  • Added drink tab to kitchen screen
  • Moved all remaining announcements to announcements.txt
  • Added ability add/remove bp flags to set bp group
  • Tweaked crowded pasture anger counter
  • Stopped liaison from inserting own gender into position change news
  • Added more work-arounds for compiler issue (fixing broken vault weapons and other problems)

Terry Pratchett – Unseen Academicals

Just finished reading Terry Pratchett’s Unseen Academicals, Discworld novel. I’ve put off reading this, since the premise of the book was about football and I’m in no way shape or form a fan of anything football related…

…but…I actually enjoyed this. I was half expecting it to be full of football matches and nothing but football, but it turned out to have a lot of other back story to it. I especially enjoyed the mystery of Nutt.

Bioshock 2

Well I finally finished the Bioshock 2 main solo campaign.  It’s took a fair while to get this done with the limited time I could play it.  It wasn’t the sort of game that I could play when my partner or son were on the go in the house since they didn’t like all the gore and shooting in it.

Personally I thought it was a superb game, loved the steampunk type style and the storyline.

After finishing it, I found that I still have the Minerva’s Den DLC pack to play, so will give that a go.  Some people are saying it’s a better story than the main campaign, so will see how for myself shortly.

I do have Bioshock Infinity waiting in the wings as well.  I played the original Bioshock a lot as well, infact I started it twice, the first time years ago, but I lost my save games, so had to start it again.  The second time I got about 2/3rd’s the way through and then found it wouldn’t run at all on my new Windows 8 PC, so gave up and went onto Bioshock 2.

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