Musings on zeros and ones

Drools Netbeans Plugin

Having become fed up with Eclipse, I’ve found myself using Netbeans for my day-to-day work more and more in recent weeks. As a replacement IDE for Java development I’m pretty happy with it, though the one thing I found lacking was support for the Drools rule engine. While you can certainly create rule files in…

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For King and Country

I recently felt the urge to take some time off from the long-term game project I had been working on for most of this year, so I decided it would be fun to have a little weekend hackathon focusing on a small project. After the recent game-jams I had participated in as part of a…

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Lessons from the Jam

Another April, another Game Jam: in fact, it was time for Ludum Dare 26. After the mixed experience that was this year’s Global Game Jam, I was curious to see if we were able to apply any of the lessons learned. The theme of the Jam was “Minimalism”, which to me personally isn’t so much…

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A* Pathfinding with Moai SDK

In preparation of the next gaming jam, I started evaluating Moai SDK, a LUA game framework which gained more widespread recognition last year, when Double Fine selected it to use be used for their Kickstarter adventure game. To get a good idea of a few different aspects of the SDK, I decided to try to…

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On Failure

This past weekend, I joined a group to participate in the 2013 Global Game Jam – and all things considered, we failed. But that’s a good thing: while our game did not materialize in the way we envisioned, this coding session taught us a number of valuable lessons on how to make games in general,…

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