Weaknotes 3

First week at the new job is done. Three days of intros and meetings and trying to remember names, then two days on-site with a client. I always enjoy getting a new laptop and setting it up just right, but Friday discovered we’d have to work inside Windows VMs to be able to access this customer’s intranet. Oh well.

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Weaknotes 2

The last week of joblessness is over - tomorrow is my first day at a consulting agency. Hopefully a year from now I’ll have met a lot of people in the Melbourne tech scene, will have learned a lot more (new languages and technologies?) and will be well on the road to becoming a senior developer.

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Slay The Spire

Sometimes a fresh new idea doesn’t require the invention of something genuinely new, but just the composition of existing disparate concepts. (In fact, I’d wager that’s more common than not.) Slay the Spire, the debut title from Mega Crit Games, is a perfect example. Take a deck-building mechanic (very popular right now in titles like Hearthstone), add a rogue-like randomly generated map to explore (also very hot right now), and build that on top of a very simple turn-based combat game and you’ve got something that feels both familiar and yet like a new experience.

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The structured improv of Dungeons & Dragons

Somehow I spent the first thirty years of my nerdy life without playing Dungeons and Dragons. After listening to the first season of The Adventure Zone I decided I’d been missing out and convinced a small group of friends (with even less experience than I with pen-and-paper RPGs) to spend an evening imagining themselves in a world I’d made up.

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