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I've been messing around with RPG Maker VX Ace a bit ever since they put it on sale on Steam (and my parents just happened to give me Steam Points for my birthday.)  So far, I like it. ViNull made the comment that's it's easier if you aren't a developer, and I can totally see that. Overall though, if you're looking to make games, I recommend it. It comes in a few different flavors, invcluding one tailored to making "Indie" games, and there are numerous community created resources available as well.

I've also dabbled (not as much) with Construct2, which reminds me of the old TorqueX in some ways, though it spits out HTML5 instead of XNA. It's fairly easy to use and there are some good intro tutorials to get you started, but then not a lot that I could find after that. Still, it's a pretty solid offering.

My buddy Jason is a big fan of Unity, and swears he's doing some cool stuff in Unity2D (though we have yet to see any of it) thanks to some 3rd party plugins and whatnot. I installed it and immediately got a headache, so I haven't really spent much more time on it than that.

I still bang on HA! now and then (more "then" than "now") but that's all VB.NET. Not much new going on there, really.

I've been using jQuery a lot at work lately. Yeah, I know I'm late to the party, and there are newer flashier things out there, but it does the job and there are a ton of resources out there for it.

I downloaded the Xamarin Studio, never could get it working right. Spent a few days on it here and there and then gave up. Life's too short to get that pissed off over something I don't need.

As for games I'm playing, there's this great little card game called Resistance. If you're paranoid, you'll love it. If you're not, you will be after playing this game. It plays a lot faster than Battlestar Galactica, and is nowhere near as complex, but just as maddening.

I'm also thinking about spinning up a new RPG campaign. I've been eyeballing the Iron Kingdoms RPG and also Pathfinder. I like D&D 4e for what it is (which is basically D&D Tactics) but I've run enough of that to want to try something different. I could go back to 3.5, but if I'm going to do that, I might as well do Pathfinder since it's the same, only better.  I've also been thinking about going super old-school, with Traveller.

Many of you know I also own a retail brick & mortar game store called Big Robot Games (which you can find online easily enough.)  FYI: We are not the same guys that are making the excellent looking game "Sir, You Are Being Hunted!" over in the UK. Things are going well with the store. We do a lot of everything, from card games, and board games, to miniature wargames and rpgs. We don't do video games and we have a firm NO YU-GI-OH! policy, but that's a story for another day.

This weekend, in honor of May 4 (as in "May the 4th Be With You") we're showing the original trilogy of Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi at the store. Should be a good time.

I'm still doing occasional writing for RockRevolt Magazine, and recently interviewed Oderus Urungus of GWAR. He's a riot. That issue should be popping up pretty soon. I'll add a link when it does.

I hope everyone has a good weekend, and May The 4th Be With You!

Posted on Friday, May 3, 2013 1:27 PM | Back to top

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