Hmm, whadda heck is this… Minecraft post is gaining 13,54% of my site pageviews?

About a year ago, I wrote a blog post titled Why The Hell Minecraft Is So Popular Even When It Does Everything “Wrong”.

Year later… I see there’s 40,330 pageviews on that page. That makes 13.54% of all the pageviews my site gets during this year. Heck, that blog post is more popular than my site front page this year. I’ve never encountered such.

So, I guess I should say thanks Minecraft! Didn’t see this (traffic) coming.

(No, I’m not giving credit for using word “hell”…)

I need help with my zombie game characters #zimbcharacters

As mentioned in the previous blog post that appeared minute ago… I need some help with coming up good character classes. If you’d have an idea what character class or profession or such would need to be featured in the game, please suggest one.

Use either twitter (remember to use hash tag #zimbcharacters) or reply here on this blog.

If your suggestion ends up in the game (and nobody else has mentioned it earlier), you will get your name in the credits.

Thanks.

Some more Infected game art

I’m working on a card game. At the moment this is not a computer game*, but a card game played using real cards. The cards wre very special, and here’s couple of examples.

*There will be online computer possibility too, but it won’t look like your typical card game either. More on that at some point

The game consists of several different type of decks: mainly being zombie deck and hero deck, but with also some special cards (such as “leader” card and few more). Zombie deck contains event names, and these have been pretty much suggested by you guys last February. Zombie deck is the most unique deck since it has so much going on in there.

Now, I do want to include some characters in the game, as somehow I feel that the game almost requires to have them. For this I need help, and will do a blog post about this in a minute.

With that being said, I’m really pleased about how my existing art can be replaced with fresh style and this really makes the game feel more unique when each of my card doesn’t look like a duplicate.

And yes, Dynamite belongs to “self defence” category…

New pretty secret card game art arrived

I’ve been working quite silently on my card game, and during this months, some sweet stuff has been happening. One of the sweet things is new art (I admit I like to test the game with visuals, although I must say that I belong to the “gameplay comes first” category of developers). Here’s pic about art that’s replacing my current placeholder art.

That’s quite a leap from serious style to more approachable (in my relatively humble opinion) cartoony style, and I really like how my card deck creator can handle everything to produce new cards.

Stay tuned…

P.S. Funny how it *looks* like progress when you get new visuals, even when in reality the biggest work has been happening – and is happening – in tweaking & testing the gameplay further.

How to store your passwords safely & securily

Having passwords lying all over place is most likely pretty common for many people. I’m somewhat ok with that when it’s on your home computer (not good there either, I know) but this is especially scary if you have a laptop or similar.

The worst case scenario for laptop owners: you store all your paypal, all your email and all your other important passwords and urls in a file. Thief gets your laptop, all your info and you are in trouble.

Luckily, you can store your stuff heavily encrypted so at least it makes the job nastier.

Some days ago I looked into password systems and ened up with the following 2 products:

My end conclusion is that those who want to use local system, KeePass works wonders. For those who prefer bit more mobile option, LastPass should be fine. Although, this is after looking both products for like 15 minutes, so you might want to dig deeper. They both seem to be popular if you tweet about em.

I picked KeePass since I don’t really need/want those other things and I’m bit paranoid about using online systems for password stuff, although LastPass is hugely popular and seems to be pretty secure.

I’m testing KeePass and I let you decide what suits you.

Now, thanks to this system, I can store all my secret stuff behind a secure door where nobody can access (at least not very easily).

The only thing that really bother me is “where to store the master password”. I might write it in a note, store it in some secret place… but what if my daughter finds it and hides it somewhere else (if she doesn’t hide under the carpet like she usually does, I’d be in trouble). Or what if dogs eat my note. I’ve yet to figure out perfectly good place for storing master passwords, so any hints on this matter would be most appreciated.

Also, here’s a handy guide for creating passwords (and why your passwords really should be long sentences rather than “cryptic looking” short names).

P.S. Also thanks for you twitter folks who helped me decide, your help was most welcome. I’m not listing names now, you know who you are.

Applying GTD to my life – capturing items

Some days ago I re-initiated reading a book on GTD aka “Getting Things Done” methods.

I don’t know exactly what got me into this, but since the methods seem quite tested, I thought to give this a go. I don’t know yet where this will lead me, but I am willing to try things as they are explained by the authors.

I’m applying the system in different areas in my life and was thinking of explaining how I do stuff and how I feel about GTD in general.

I’ve yet to finish reading the book, but so far I’ve found that there’s couple of things that I really feel already benefit me. Here’s summary of them:

  • Shopping list 2.0 (name by me) GTD explains that you should be aware of the “context” or “location” where you can do something. For example, if you need to buy Diapers from shop, it makes sense to have a list for “shop location”. Instead of checking “what’s missing”, I’m now gathering stuff like “butter” or “diapers” or “xmas tree” in the shopping list. And when I’m at the proper location (supermarket), I’ll simply check the list. This is different from having a shopping list you try and create. I append this list whenever I think “I’d need to buy item X”, I keep appending the list and get stuff out of my mind. It’s brilliant.
  • Inbox this is another pretty sweet thing: list for stuff that I need to do, uncategorized. Whenever I get a “task” I’ll add it to my list. Whether the task is “research thing X” or “do thing Z”, I have it written down. This is a good way to get things out of my mind (Later I process these, but I’ll explain more about that later)

I’ve also tested several different systems for capturing items, and ended up with a combination of iPod/iPad “Reminders” and “Notes” apps. Reminders is missing some stuff I’d like (foldering, arranging tasks, showing number of undone tasks on list title) but it is much more simpler & easier to use than other products I’ve reviewed or tested (such as Things, Evernote, Remember Milk and others). So, to me, Reminders is just great device for capturing items

Currently I have the following lists in the device:

- INBOX
- GAMEDEV: project name (8 different, such as “gamerelease.net, infected, blog posts” and “misc”)
- HOME: “project” name (7 different, such as “homework, own stuff, xmas preparations” etc)
- LOCATION: place name (I have 4 different: “computer, pharmacy, shop…”)
- WAITING
- SOMEDAY/MAYBE
- VISION

This list is very much subject to change but I’m listing it here so that I can later check back and see how the list looks (off-topic: I’m scheduling a task to my INBOX to reflect back on this matter…)

What is important that these lists should only contain things that I’m supposed to do, they don’t contain the actual work material. I’ve set up “library” folder on my harddrive to contain all my stuff there (and I too set up a backup too to better sync all the files into separate external hard drives). The items in my lists merely help me know where to look in the library folder if I need to do so.

So far I’ve found out that it’s essential to have a great way to write things down anytime. iPod Touch is a neat device for that for me. It’s also important to capture stuff so that they don’t haunt me when they shouldn’t… and I was first sceptical about the “location” based lists, but I now see that they are brilliant. I’ve managed to amaze my wife by telling her what we need to buy and she has been like “oh, good that you remembered!”

These were merely some thoughts on “capturing” items. What I do about these is a matter of another blog post.

The first impression is that I feel somewhat more organized, getting somewhat more “misc home stuff” done and me and my wife spend less time talking about “what we should do” since we know that we’ll mark stuff down and will review “what to do” on weekends (or so).

I’m experimenting this out for at least month or two, if not the whole next year, and reporting my findings and results.