Monthly Archives: September 2014

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Which way is up?

We have all been there sometime. You wake up and have absolutly no clue where you are or even which way is up. If you’re an app this happens all the time. But here’s a simple cure;

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Right tool for the job

It always strike me how much easier life gets when you use the right tools for the job. I mean try mowing the lawn using a snow thrower, it’s just no fun! (Not that mowing the lawn is all that fun even if you do use the correct tool, but it’s nevertheless easier)

Ferr2D

Using the right tools also helps when developing games. I recently learned how to use the game development IDE Unity and I really love it. It really feels like Unity is built not only for game developers but also by game developers. They really know how to make the development process run smoothly.

In my opinion the biggest advantage is the built in Asset Store and more specific the never ending collection of plugins to extend the editor with new features. Take level building for example. Right now I’m working on a rather simple plattform game. In my first designs I used tiled maps, a well tested technique where you build the level by piecing together different shaped tiles. It’s a tedious work and even if you have a lot of tiles you can’t get all the shapes you’d like. But then I found the Ferr2D plugin and suddenly I saw the light! In Ferr2D you first setup the materials to be used for the top, bottom, left and right edges and the filling texture. Then you just creates meshes in what ever form you like and the Ferr2D plugin makes sure it looks good! Don’t get me wrong, creating a level still takes time. But it’s much easier and it’s so much more fun using the right tools!

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Dead Meat

When you have played Magic: The Gathering for some time you’ll notice that the box of spare cards is constantly growing. This box is the home for all those homeless cards that you got in booster packs (or from other sources) and that just doesn’t fit in one of your current decks. It might be because the theme doesn’t fit or because you lack some cards to make a certain mechanism tick.

But then, when the rain is pouring down outside and you have some time to spare, you can open up the box, sort your cards in nice piles and then build a couple of really fun casual game decks and play them against one another. Who knows, maybe you’ll even find some new favourites among your forgotten cards?

Here’s a deck from this weekends casual games.

Dead Meat
Creatures (19)
2  Tenacious Dead
2  Child of Night
2  Corpse Hauler
1  Gnawing Zombie
2  Gutter Skulk
2  Blood Bairn
1  Dead Reveler
1  Lifebane Zombie
1  Undead Minotaur
2  Accursed Spirit
1  Liliana’s Reaver
2  Sengir Vampire

Lands (24)
8  Forest
1  Radiant Fountain
15  Swamp

Other spells (17)
1  Caravan Vigil
1  Fog
2  Giant Growth
2  Prey Upon
2  Vile Rebirth
1  Altar’s Reap
1  Naturalize
1  Staff of the Death Magus
2  Trollhide
1  Launch Party
1  Midnight Recovery
1  Well of Lost Dreams
1  Creeping Renaissance