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An episode of Roguelike Radio with me in it is now live.

Revel in the sweet sounds of myself and some of my favorite fellow roguelike devs! We discuss hints, tips, and warning relevant to creating your own 7 Day Roguelike for the upcoming 7dRL Challenge.

The first part of the two-part episode covers some thoughts on the judging criteria in relation to roguelikes in general and 7dRLs specifically. Which ones are the important criteria? How important are they? Do we all agree? Tune in to find out!

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SquidLib Version 1.95 Released!

Lots of fancy new features in this version of SquidLib!

But first, a picture of FOV in action:

On an island in a lake in the mountains south of the marshlands.

On an island in a lake in the mountains south of the marshlands.

There are a variety of Field of View algorithms built in, along with an assortment of wrappers to really allow customization of their output. My personal favorite is the TranslucenceWrapperFOV with a ShadowFOV base, which is what you see in the image above.

Other FOV algorithm options include a water-like spread, outward rippling, and Elias-based ray casting.

There are currently two Line of Sight algorithms, Bresenham which draws a direct line, and Elias which draws an anti-aliased line. The following two images display the differences.

Bresenham LOS can't see around corners if the "drop" is the wrong direction.

Bresenham LOS can’t see around corners if the “drop” is the wrong direction.

Elias LOS can see around corners as naturally expected due to checking an anti-aliased line.

Elias LOS can see around corners as naturally expected due to checking an anti-aliased line.

 

Get the newest version at the github repository, including a convenient zip of this release! Also check out the demo applications, there’s a lot of usage scenarios laid out in them.

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Lenovo Yoga 13 Upgrade Update

Need more info on upgrading your new Yoga 13 than my video provides?

A fellow named Josh Townsend has put up a very thorough and well written blog post about upgrading not only the RAM, but also the hard drive! It’s complete with links to the appropriate hardware, both tools and components.

Check it out here: http://vmtoday.com/2013/01/how-to-upgrade-memory-and-storage-on-the-lenovo-ideapad-yoga-13/

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End of the Year Mash Mash Mashups

It is traditional at this time of the year for mashup artists to really go to extremes mashing as many songs together from the previous year as possible. This year there’s several really great mashups of the year’s top songs.

Here’s some of my favorites, in order of randomness unrelated to personal feelings of comparativeness.

Marc Johnce – Dance Love and Die While We’re Young is up first. I love that he uses the verse clip from Gangnam Style rather than the chorus.

RedEye – Pop Feeling 2012. A bit more of a dance beat base on this one.

Mashup-Germany – Top of the Pops 2012 [Scream & Shout]. Very electronic spin in this mix.

Djs From Mars – Top 40 2012 – Multibooty. Nice build in this one, feels a bit more musical than others rather than mashing everything to match up to the same beat the whole time. Plus it’s got a bit of Only The Horses from Scissor Sisters in it :D

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