Monday, 21 April 2014

Write an article for Imaginary Realities volume 6, issue 2

Are you involved with text-based gaming?  If so, whether your involvement is in mudding, roguelikes, interactive fiction, gamebooks, browser games or maybe even something else, please consider writing an article for Imaginary Realities.

Imaginary Realities is an online journal which originally ran from September 1998 to December 2001, primarily focused on mudding.  It has been revived, and had published a new issue just recently, which you can find here:

If you’re interested in the older issues, you can also find them here:

Find more details about suitable article topics here:

Please email me before writing an article, to confirm that the topic you are interested in writing about, is both suitable and within our range of coverage at this email address:

Articles should be in the range of 1000-4000 words, and need to be received by May 31st, 2014.  Longer articles are possible for serialisation, with approval required.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

World of Darkness MMO

I worked on the World of Darkness MMO for a year and a half, then decided to return to New Zealand.  It had almost been 10 years since I left New Zealand, and there was some sort of thing where if you hadn't paid taxes in that period of time, you lost rights to something or other.

Living in the USA was great, and I would have loved to continue living there.  My apartment complex had real character.  Double shootings just before I moved in.  Armed police with weapons drawn at my door, as the previous tenant had a warrant out for their arrest.  A friend who was attacked on the footpath between work and the complex, by a short mexican with a small knife.  Walking past a car being hot-wired by some black dude, in the car park outside the movie theatre. Waffle house wednesdays.

It's sad to see it has been cancelled.  We did some really interesting things, and I'd be curious what the years since then resulted in.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Guard chickens

My chickens have taken to perching on my roadside gate.  Normally, they'll work their way down there after being let out of the coop in the morning, grazing grass tips, insects or whatever it is they eat.  Then they'll sit on the gate for ten minutes before making their way back.

Today they sat there for over half an hour.  Thankfully they don't go any further, but that's likely because they want to stay within roaming distance of the coop.  Or because there are hawks that fly over, occasionally.

Looking from the paddock out to the roadside gate:

Looking in from the roadside gate to the paddock:

The neighbour pulled up as I was taking the roadside photo.  I'm surprised neither she, nor the kids, have seen them perching there.  She also mentioned that she's never eaten a bought egg in her life, and the only ones she's ever eaten have been free range home dropped.