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Valar Morghulis / Re: Bug Reports
« Last post by WookieeWithAShotgun on Today at 02:07:59 PM »
I have a bug which crashes the game to desktop whenever I view a generals screen for a general with the standard bodyguard, this is only an issue with the latest version, any idea on the cause and the fix?
Bigosaur / Re: My Mom's a Witch: Castle Crashers meets Isaac
« Last post by Jubal on June 21, 2017, 11:06:14 PM »
I like the idea, and having it as a quote from the sage/mage guy I think is a great idea :) Mainly I'd make the text much bigger/bolder and the illustrations less so. Right now it feels very busy and my eyes would be all over the place: people need to see & read the text first and then look at the illustration.
Bigosaur / Re: My Mom's a Witch: Castle Crashers meets Isaac
« Last post by bigosaur on June 21, 2017, 09:49:01 PM »
The game has had a big influx of new players recently. One of the popular Twitch streamers played it live, so many people got the game. Some of them recorded live streams on Twitch and some on YouTube. I watched all of those and see that many players coming from simple brawler games often miss the subtle clues about weapons. They just run and gun and don't want to experiment, so they have a sub-par experience as they miss out on fun. On the other hand, as more levels are added the loading times are getting longer (esp. when you first start the game) so I'm planning to add some tips/hints to the loading screen. There will be about 30-40 of those, each showing some interesting mechanics or just explaining how stuff works. The game will pick one randomly for every "loading" screen. Here's an idea what it might look like:

What do you think? Is it clear or did I try to cram too much information in?

Any ideas how to make it even better?

Third and final part of my article spam for today, felt like this could be of interest to game designers etc:

Don't like twisting your neck while wearing a virtual reality headset? You're not alone.

Google has discovered that most people who watch VR videos rarely bother to turn their heads to view the full 360-degree experience. Research into how users view virtual reality videos on YouTube has shown that users spend most of their time looking at what is in front of them. Google has created heatmaps showing where in videos people focus the most.

Looking at the analytics for 360-degree videos posted on YouTube, Google found that people spent 75% of their time looking at the front 90 degrees of a video.


My main thought is "how often do humans actually change their viewpoint in real life"? I feel like someone ought to have done some studies on this; moving and looking forward most of the time and turning comparatively rarely *feels* like it ought to be the expected norm anyway, but I'm not sure.

Article link:
How does a duck change its sex?

Basically, female birds with ovarian problems can literally naturally change sex, because they stop producing oestrogen, and this can actually lead to a bird with full male secondary characteristics and the capacity to father offspring. I hadn't even really realised just how different the sex hormones are in other vertebrate species, I'd assumed that X/Y was actually common among vertebrates, and I certainly didn't know that the primary inhibitor hormone is oestrogen in birds whereas it's testosterone in humans. It's rare that an avian natural FtM sex change happens succesfully, primarily because the change is started by some sort of major ovarian problem, but it's fascinating that they can do it at all in the first place.


The Egyptians used to believe that literacy was divine, a gift from baboon-faced Thoth, the god of knowledge. Scholars no longer embrace that theory, but why ancient civilisations developed writing was a mystery for a long time. Was it for religious or artistic reasons? To communicate with distant armies?

The mystery deepened in 1929, when a German archaeologist named Julius Jordan unearthed a vast library of clay tablets that were 5,000 years old. They were far older than the samples of writing already discovered in China, Egypt and Mesoamerica, and were written in an abstract script that became known as "cuneiform".

The tablets came from Uruk, a Mesopotamian settlement on the banks of the Euphrates in what is now Iraq. The ruins of Uruk and other Mesopotamian cities were littered with mysterious little clay objects. Uruk was small by today's standards - with only a few thousand inhabitants - but in its time was huge, one of the world's first true cities. "He built the town wall of 'Uruk', city of sheepfolds," proclaims the Epic of Gilgamesh, one of the earliest works of literature. "Look at its wall with its frieze like bronze! Gaze at its bastions, which none can equal!"

This great city had produced writing that no modern scholar could decipher. What did it say?

I found this pretty fascinating and well worth the read - basically detailing how early counting methods may have led to writing as an accounting and organisational technique in the first instance :)

Utherwald Press / Cold War Skirmishes: The Gurkhas
« Last post by stormwell on June 21, 2017, 05:57:38 PM »
The British Army has contained many famous units throughout its long history, ranging from the 95th Rifles of the Napoleonic era through to the SAS. Counted amongst them is the Gurkhas, Nepalese soldiers who have fought alongside the British forces since the first Gurkha unit was raised in 1815 following the Anglo-Nepalese War. This week we'll be covering the British Army's Gurkha units during the Cold War period, featuring an brief overview of their history, training and some role play material and suggestions.
The Boozer / Happy Solstice!
« Last post by Jubal on June 21, 2017, 02:09:03 PM »
Happy solstice, everyone :)

I thought I'd make a thread about this partly as wondering out loud if anyone here marks/is interested in the solstice as a celebration. I guess the solstices and equinoxes have always appealed to me as festivals given that they have some fundamental underpinning rather than being essentially arbitrary/based on commemorating an unconfirmed and unconfirmable date as most major dated festivals are.

Anyone got any thoughts?
Ah ok, no worries :)
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