Makes ya wanna think.

Margaret returns to The Pad for Beta Release Week

Margaret flew back from her frolic in Bellevue WA to the icy wilds of Wisconsin. We are finally having a taste of Winter – it was 1 degree F on a bank sign. It’s cold.

We walked on water for our afternoon outing with Travis and Mika – the lake ice is now trustworthy.

The Pad rests between two 40 acre lakes. My lake has 7 cabins on it, only 4 of which are occupied year-round. The lake behind me has no cabins on it – almost completely wild. It is a shallow beaver lake that is a collection of long bays. There is one main beaver lodge on it – where I fell through the ice last Winter – and what I call the Beaver Condos – a collection of small lodges in a marsh flat. The beaver and otter haven’t reopened their ice holes since this cold snap locked everything up.

Not much snow, but luckily we had big winds last week when the ice melted and refroze so the ice surface is textured in big gusty whorls. Mika is always on a leash because she loves to wander. She is 40 pounds of pure husky pulling power and her feet stick to this ice like velcro. It’s a lot of exercise to walk with her and it’s tricky on the ice. Lots of fun, really.

Margaret and I talked about the future of ChipWits, which we agreed is golden. Then we made a list of tasks for each of us to complete this week. When the list is all ticked off we will launch the beta shareware version of ChipWits – over 2 decades after Mike and I released the original.

Beta release week tasks:


  • Remember last ChipWit and mission
  • Mission series
  • 8 missions
    • Greedville
    • Doom Rooms
    • Boom Town
    • Mystery Matrix
    • Octopus Gardens
    • Peace Paths
    • ChipWit caves
  • IFSMELL bug
  • Baddie behavior:
    • Electrocrabs
    • Bombs
    • Bouncers
  • Animation timing
  • IBOL panel shrinks when zooming
  • About page


  • Spreadshirt – 12 products
  • Intro Missions
  • website – Simple 2 or 3 pages
  • Mission graphics
  • Playtest

4 responses

  1. Glad you’ve finally got some ice out there! Weird El Nino winter, huh. with all the cold on the W Coast and Moscow getting no snowfall yet for the first time since 1870! Apparently Russians are quite depressed, as they rely on snow to brightne gloomy winter days. Authorities are installing extra streetlamps and telling people to wear bright clothing…

    Your blog is shaping up nicely, Dr D!


    January 14, 2007 at 3:25 am

  2. Thankee, man.

    We just got back from a walk to an old maple sugar shack out in the woods. Funky little structure with a woodstove and a boiler for boiling down the 90 gallons of sap to make a gallon of liquid heaven.

    Now we are settling in to work on the game. Not a bad life if you don’t weaken.


    January 14, 2007 at 3:56 pm

  3. Mr. I

    Many years ago I contacted you about creating a new ChipWits. Through extensive archaeological research of my own (including wandering through the swamps of a Commodore 64 emulator) I have maps of the original eight missions. If interested, drop me a post here

    January 19, 2007 at 8:18 am

  4. Great, I would love to see the maps.

    And please join us in testing at . I would love to have your input on the project.

    Don’t bother with the current build. I’ll have a playable one later this weekend.


    January 19, 2007 at 5:49 pm

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