Sam's Blog entries for May 2012

Goodreads and I

Date: Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 12:00.

Categories: books, elsewhere, goodreads.

A number of events have conspired to remind me of the existence of Goodreads recently, combined with a couple of conversations from people wanting to tap into my awesome taste in sci-fi and fantasy (or at least the awesome extent of my reading).

So I finally got off my ass and created an account. I've been updating it a few hours at a time, here and there, so it only has around 500 rating so far: I hope to get around to getting it more complete as time permits. (For scale reference, I have somewhere between 1000 and 2000 sci-fi and fantasy books owned, let alone those I've borrowed from libraries over the years.)

Dwarf Fortress Minecart Edition Released

Date: Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 09:35.

Categories: gaming, dwarf-fortress.

Seems the latest version (0.34.08) of Dwarf Fortress has been released over at Bay 12 Games.

This version belies its miniscule version bump by adding a whole new toy to play with: minecarts. I can't wait to get time to see what fun can be had with these, the devblogs have teased with the possibilities as usual:

05/10/2012 Toady One: The items and units fly out of carts now on major collisions. It gives the objects a little lift and spread sometimes to make the happenings more entertaining. Accidental grapeshotting of the dining room should be possible now. The debug tests on massed goblins were fairly devastating and left a large conical skidmark.

I foresee many (probably failed) attempts to create an anti-goblin minecart shotgun in my future.

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