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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. September 2006 Entries
Random Overland Encounters
As I mentioned previously, I'm working on the overland encounters code for HA! Basically, if you end up having an encounter on the overland map, you are brought into a tactical map that is representative of the terrain type you are standing on at the time of the encounter. If you're on a road tile, for example, the zoomed in map will feature a road, grass and trees. Combat occurs just like in the dungeon, except there are no walls, just a big open terrain map. Getting to the edge of the tactical ......

Posted On Saturday, September 30, 2006 8:14 PM

Heroic Adventure! update
Worked on HA! some last night and today. In case they weren't hard enough, Trolls now regenerate and display the appropriate messages (if you are close enough to see the regeneration occurring.) Currently there is no distinction made between regular damage and fire/acid/magic damage. I have created a tracker ticket to remind me to address this. Also noteworthy, VB.NET guru extraordinaire, Paul Vick has rewritten the Random Number Generator for HA! in VB.NET. For those of you just tuning in, it was ......

Posted On Saturday, September 30, 2006 6:23 PM

Explosive Decompression
The last few weeks have been pure hell. Between “school“, code camp, work, Reality Check, breaking two toes, family stuff, leasing disputes and other bullsh!t... I needed a hard reboot this week. I needed some non-filtered, non-flourescent, non-cat-taminated space. Did I mention I'm not a cat person. Did I mention I have TWO cats in my house? Did I mention I'm not only NOT a cat person, but that I actually don't LIKE cats much? Fortunately, these cats don't suck all that much. They're ......

Posted On Thursday, September 28, 2006 2:08 PM

Dances with Morons, part II (The Bureaucratic Hokey-Pokey)
We held Code Camp at the Buck Mickel Center, from here on referred to as the facility. The facility was nice. Not perfect, but pretty good and the price was right (Free.) Naturally, nothing is ever really free. In order to use the center, we were required to order any food through them. This didn't sound like a big deal, so I agreed. Basically, as it was explained to me, they get points for community activities, and ordering the food through them helps achieve this. Sounds simple enough. So we did ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 20, 2006 3:34 PM

This is the one where I complain
See, that's humor, boys & girls. Those of you who know me are chuckling right now. If you read my code camp recap, you may have noticed a few things: I had a blast. We had a lot of people. Some of those people suck. For those of you just tuning in, it's this 3rd point I'd like to address. I find it perplexing that out of everyone who attended, and we're talking about a lot of folks (see point #2), the only (yes, ONLY) people that were rude to me were volunteers. This is perplexing for a couple reasons. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 19, 2006 6:10 AM

I don't have a clue what to say
about this...

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 9:57 PM

It's over...
South Carolina Code Camp 2.0, that is. That's right, we're done. Finished. The End. Turn out the lights, the party's over. Goodnight. Seeya. Bye. The South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 kicked off on Friday, September 15th with an excellent dinner at The Olympian Restaurant for all the speakers and volunteers. This meal was provided by Magenic Technologies and was our way of saying thanks for all the hard work our speakers had done so far and our volunteers were about to do. We hung out for a couple hours ......

Posted On Sunday, September 17, 2006 5:21 PM

South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 Countdown...
South Carolina Code Camp 2.0 is in 11 days. This year, Code Camp is 2 days instead of one and is being held in Greenville SC at the Buck Mickel Center on September 16th and 17th. On Saturday, we have tracks on Web, Windows, Framework & Tools and Business Intelligence. On Sunday, we have more sessions on the Web track, along with Data, Game Development and the MSDN coding4fun site (hobbyist development.) In addition to local developers, we also have some special guests coming all the way from Kansas!! ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 5, 2006 11:42 AM

Croc Hunter, Steve Irwin, dead at 44
CAIRNS, Australia - Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the “Crocodile Hunter,” was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.

For the full story, click here: Irwin killed by stingray.

Posted On Monday, September 4, 2006 5:23 AM

Dragon*Con 2006
I went to Dragon*Con again this year. Last year was pretty fun, but looking back I remember thinking "Damn! I'm getting too old for this crap... I doubt I'll go next year." I guess it's true (that I'm getting old), because I obviously forgot about thinking that and ended up going again. Don't misunderstand, I had a good time, and my son had a good time but it wasn't quite as good as the last time we went. Maybe because it's just more of the same? There really wasn't anything *new* this year other ......

Posted On Sunday, September 3, 2006 9:59 AM

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