Triple Town: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

My Super Castle

It’s not very often I play a new game that just completely sucks me in and keeps me for more than a few hours. But Triple Town by SpryFox, had me in its cute-ass clutches for like three weeks. I’m happy or sad to say that I was able to achieve the game’s ultimate building, the Super Castle (my name – no idea what it’s actually called).

The premise is simple. You are given, um, urban planning duties related to a cute little Triple Town. Every time you line up three of any item, they magically transform into the next level of that item. Grass turns into a bush. Bushes into trees. Trees into houses… and so forth until you’ve built your castles in the sky. Read more »

A Sneak Peek at SuperEgo Games!

Well, I’ve been working on this story for awhile now – with a few fairly hefty breaks for real life (work, weddings, wildfires) in there. The novel isn’t quite done, but I’ve gotten enough inquiries that I thought I’d open up the first chapter to the public and see what you folks think. I’m still in the process of figuring out the best strategy for publishing, but hopefully 2012 will be the year for SuperEgo Games! Read more »

Return of the Blog

Hey folks!

Well, it’s been a few months since I updated the blog. I’ve been working on some interesting projects – and they got the best of my time. Try as I did, sitting down to blog just wasn’t something I could squeeze in. As proof, here are a few of the topics I half-started:

  • Why Triple Town is the best game I’ve played in a while
  • Oh – Hey My Wedding Was Kind of Awesome!
  • How much I like Lando Calrissian
  • The true story of Greenface
  • My top ten Simpsons episodes (truly, this was a bridge too far!)
  • The “Youtube party” or “Why Apple TV is insanely good.”

Now, I’ve freed up a little more time – so I’m going to get back into it! Also, I’ll be offering an exclusive look at the first pages of SuperEgo Games!

Four Quick Recommendations

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Things are going well on the business and writing fronts. Some new projects are developing nicely and I’m excited to share more when I can.

In the meantime, I thought I would give shout outs to two things that are occupying far too much of my time – and another two that are likely to do so in the near future.

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Waiter, There’s a Space Jesus in My Blog

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It’s been bumming me out that I haven’t written a blog in so long. The good news is the reason: I’ve been absolutely smashing words down on paper… making good progress across several projects.

Writing that makes me think that perhaps I should talk more frequently about work in progress, especially since my final products take so damn long to get done. Read more »

Blog Within A Blog

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Shit’s getting meta. My fiancee, Jenn, has started a blog about a little food experiment we’re running. Can the two of us eat for six days a week for less than the cost of a single omakase meal at our favorite sushi place? It was necessary to exempt a meal from the experiment each week, because we couldn’t possibly survive without our Thursday night dinner at Cafe Sushi.

It’s pretty fun – and a good way to steal her delicious recipes!

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TSA to Me: “You’re a Retard.”

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Well, I just had one of the worst experiences I’ve ever had while traveling, all thanks to a wonderful TSA agent in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Long story short, I’m not a fan of the backscatter machines, which may cause cancer and definitely allow government agents to see pornographic details of your naked body. Any time someone I’m traveling with is asked to submit to one of these machines or the extremely invasive, punitive pat down alternative, I file a complaint in the hopes that someone there is reading them. This time, when I tried to do that, a TSA manager named Noah Willoughby confronted me, attempting to dissuade me from filling out a complaint form. During the ensuing discussion, he became very angry and called me a retard more than once. I was also fairly certain that he was going to hit me. All for trying to fill out a complaint form that no one is likely to ever read. It was unreal.

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Crab Chips: The Worst Christmas Present

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I received the worst Christmas present this year, from stupid Quintin. It was a regular sized package of Utz crab chips, which really just are the worst chips I’ve ever tasted. Just seeing it set my mind reeling with horrible, horrible nostalgia for a different time in my life – a time before I had a car – and where the closest food store was too far away on a lazy Saturday. This story is a true story. Merry Christmas.

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Birthday Surprises

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My birthday is always awesome. Warner Brothers always seems to release a new Harry Potter movie – and this year Firaxis is getting Civilization V ported over to Mac just a few days late (I’m not mad, guys! Thanks for not making me wait until next year!). Today, Jenn’s taking a second test run at our wedding cake, so if you’re in town and want to try the delicious chocolate zucchini cake with chocolate buttercream frosting, stop on by.

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