The Windswept Lands Upcoming

Well, I made a dramatic plot twist in the game Waterfalls that caused… Maybe I won’t say. But, the thing that happened was important, and certainly affects The Windswept Lands, the new game I’m working on. You’ll need a G-mail to get in, but once you’re there you can see what I’ve done so far. The map of the game is helpful too, if you want to see when I’m done, but without playing through an incomplete game. When I finish a room in the game, I color code it. Grey for city, light green for an open outdoor area, dark green for a forest, brown for a building, and so on. I’ve got a few ideas for things you can do after the game, too!

Neighborhood Turkeys

We headed to breakfast at Monty’s this morning and were greeted by the neighborhood turkeys. Originally there were 8 in the group at the end of summer, but today they seem to have split up into two groups of four. Our waitress at Monty’s suggested some of the Turkey’s may have been killed by automobiles, but I have not seen evidence of that in my travels. On the walk home, we again encountered the Turkeys on Helena street.


Google Forums Game Upcoming

Update: It’s out! You can play the entire game now without worry of mistakes!

I’m creating a game on Google Forums! It’s not my first one, though. I’ve made three others, but the first one was very unorganized, so I never got very far on Eloise in Eloisia. I think I’ll give out the links to some of my other games here, plus some bonus content: maps of the areas! These can really be lifesavers when you’re lost. First I’ll give you The Dragon Village, a classic fairy tale where you run around, save a kingdom from a cruel tyrant, and finish in time for lunch. How about Slyce and its map next? In Slyce, players explore an even larger area and find out the truth about the huge fox that has been accused of killing people. But then there’s my upcoming game, Waterfalls. Oh, and here’s the map. Keep in mind that for all my Google Forums games, you’ll need a g-mail account to play. Waterfalls, as of 12-29-14, is not yet complete. It’s almost there, though. Get out the map and look at it after you read this. See the areas labeled “Secret Castle” and “The Waterfalls”? That’s all I haven’t done. But for all of these games, don’t think that they are almost the same because of the similarities in their maps. They are all very different and incredibly unique. Shops that are there in one game may not be there in another. You can toss a coin into a fountain here, but there you can’t. I’d like to tell you more about Waterfalls, though. I’ve added several things I’m very proud about. Money limits are much more realistic. You can only buy a certain amount of items before running out at each shop. And as for my random outcomes? I love ‘em. If you rummage through some bags behind the Central Inn, you could find various rubbish or gold! Pots and pans or cloth! And finally, introducing Passwords! Passwords enable you to prove you’ve been somewhere. This means you can exit the game and go back to where you were before! For instance, there is a letter somewhere that tells you the Password to get past the guard in Fort Casel. If you don’t know the Password, you’re out of luck. The guard will shoo you away. If you can type it in when he asks you, though, then you enter a crucial part of the story! I’m excited about this new game, and I can’t wait to finish it!


The Return of the Sun

On Christmas, Julie, Miriam, Michael and I went for a walk in Yahara Place Park. It was a beautiful day – the first day with sun since early December.  During the preceding weeks,  a lot of the discussion at Orchard Ridge was about the meaning of advent.  I had never dug too deeply into the meaning of advent myself, but this Christmas, the return of the sun on Christmas day was highlighted by a work of art at the park.  What a fantastic way to frame the concept of advent – with the return of the sun being augmented by ice arranged at the park.

Next advent, this will be an image I focus on!

Our Tree

20141226-224813.jpgWe got our tree at a farm north of Madison. The farm also had real reindeer and hot cider. I like the longer needle trees, and this one seemed to have extra character. Our three cats don’t seem that interested in it.

20141226-225438.jpgWe left some wrapping paper out to keep the cats occupied.