Monthly Archives: May 2010

Features – Hidden versus Growing

Changing the User Interface This section is most applicable to point-and-click adventure games but has some relevance for related types of games In a point-and-click adventure game the player is able to click on certain hotspots on a painted map (i.e., click on a bucket to pour water). By clicking in different locations outcomes can […]

Review – Makers by Cory Doctorow

Makers is a fascinating and exciting read. Exciting not in the guns and kabloomy sense, but because of the idea train that started rolling through my head on page one and still hasn’t stopped a few days since finishing the novel. Cory Doctorow has taken a look into our future and presented an optimistic society, […]

Data and Resource Generation

There are many ways to organize game data. This section discusses some that have worked well for me in the past. Warning – technical game post. If you’re here for writing stuff only, run now. Overview Games are made of many things. There is the data — creature 3d models, textures, area maps, dialog files, […]

Author List – Through Blood and Iron

Since I’ve seen the table of contents for the Through Blood and Iron anthology announced elsewhere, I decided to post it here too. I am very pleased at the fine company my story ‘The Daughter’s Oath’ is keeping! Please note the table of contents might be incomplete as Rob from Ricasso Press was still looking […]

On Spec – The Canadian Magazine of the Fantastic

I’ve mentioned it many time so you all know that I’m a subscriber and have been for years of On Spec. I started reading the current issue today and thought I’d post another reminder for those of you who haven’t checked out this fine magazine to pick up a subscription or at least check out […]

Creating an ePub File

I’ve passed the 25% mark on the second draft of the novel. As I mentioned previously I am writing the novel using a simple markup language that I can then ‘export’ to Word. However I realized that most of the time I am then converting the Word document to an eBook for my reader’s reading […]

Prix Aurora Awards

The winners of this year’s Prix Aurora Awards have been announced. The Prix Aurora Awards are Canada’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards (details here). Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. I think this is the first year that I can say I’ve read the vast majority of all the nominees and I certainly recommend […]

Speak to the Devil by Dave Duncan

Dave Duncan’s latest novel, ‘Speak to the Devil’ (the first book in his new “The Brothers Magnus” series) is available from Tor. So far it has earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and I’ll be picking up a copy of it shortly. More details on his website

War of the Worlds Frontlines Available Now!

My story “John’s List” is now available in the War of the Worlds: Frontlines anthology from Northern Frights Publishing. Need another reason for buying this anthology? “John’s List” is the prequel to my Writers of the Future winning story “Digital Rights”.

Facebook, and other things

So I noticed some people dropping out of Facebook. I haven’t really been paying too much attention to the recent changes that Facebook made. So I wasn’t really sure what the hubbub was. Anyways I jumped over to and read their explanation page. Short summary – in April Facebook opened up their site so […]