Graphics Toolkit, Part Two (repost)

Initial work on my library of vehicle and ordnance graphics relied on a mix of SVG and embedded Ruby scripts to dynamically affect the static SVG data.  As Ruby supports this type of structure through its erb class, my collection of vehicle graphics consisted of .rsvg files.  Over time, I discovered that working with this…

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Graphics Toolkit, Part One (repost)

Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows about my wargame graphics work.  Knowing the amount of work I was going to commit to, I decided to forego hiring an artist or relying on someone else’s vehicle and ordnance graphics portfolio.  I decided to go ahead and do it myself. I’m glad I did.  I’m nowhere…

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In Japan

For those few of you who may be tracking this site, the initial flurry of blogging activity has not waned due to disinterest.  I’m simply in Japan at the moment, doing day-job things. As I’m not in a position to do any game development while I’m here, I am going to repost some technical posts…

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A New Addition

Paul Chicoine, my long-time friend and gaming and design partner, has accepted my offer to join Brick Mill Games. With Paul’s admission to the fold, Brick Mill Games will add his TOCS (Tactical and Operations Command System) wargame system to the game development pipeline. TOCS is the system that Paul and I have been working…

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Steel & Steam :: Victory Condition Idea

As I’ve written before, I’m sorta stuck on the game’s victory conditions.  Saturday’s play test session drove the point home, albeit indirectly. If the victory conditions are solely based on net worth, if cash on hand is equal in importance to property values, why buy properties?  This conundrum came up as four newbies started the…

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Updated Player Aid Card

The image below shows the updated player aid card.  Locomotive speeds have been increased and updated locomotives have a wider range of maintenance levels, giving increased reliability when highballin’.  Arrows also show the progression of maintenance levels from better to worse.

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Priming the Pump

Now that the initial energy of embarking on a new course has subsided, the real work begins: planning, product roadmaps, blogging to provide information, promotion, learning.  That last bit is crucial. Product Pipeline I have five game designs which are in various stages of development: Steel & Steam :: Playtest Stage :: A board game…

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Brave New World

I am entering a brave new world. I have been playing serious games, if chess is considered as such, since the age of 4.  Games, board games, have been a part of my life as far back as I can remember.  Growing up, I was the one who would read the rules and explain how…

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