Makes ya wanna think.

‘ZAPpening at The Pad.

Margaret is finally on the mend. Her last 2 days where rough – she was tired and had a cold.

She is in charge of designing ChipWits Intro Missions, and we just had a great little brainstorming session.

Before we shout ChipWits from the Internet rooftops and invite everyone into the beta, we have to make more tutorial Intro Missions. There is a vertical learning curve from our the last Intro Mission in build 177 to playing the Advanced Missions.

So far most of the people playtesting ChipWits played the original game so they climbed the learning curve a long time ago. We’ve heard from new players that it is way too steep right now.

I have problems constructing puzzles – one of the strange cognitive deficits that are side-effects of my epilepsy condition – and luckily Margaret enjoys making them.

For some of the Intro Missions we will have some IBOL code already in place. I am working on making that happen.

Once I get that working I will make electrocrabs be annoying.

One of the best things about being a game developer is that you are often doing very strange tasks – making electrocrabs annoying is all in a day’s work.

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4 responses

  1. Well, I’d claim that this is not yet needed.

    What makes the game difficult for a complete beginner is the complete lack of a handbook.
    Perhaps a simple, two-page PDF would be useful – simply describing the idea behind the game, the meaning of each icon, and a few examples.

    I’d say that a full handbook, together with a complete training setup belongs more or less at the end of the development 🙂

    February 19, 2007 at 6:00 am

  2. PS: I look forward to annoying electro-crabs.
    See the strange thing behind game tester/user: the above sentence is making perfect sense 😉

    February 19, 2007 at 6:01 am

  3. Good point, Klaus. Documentation would fill the bill for this.

    February 19, 2007 at 10:48 pm

  4. Larry Fortier

    Hi Doug,

    I was stationed at the Automated Weather Center in High Wycombe with your dad and later at Air Force Global Weather Central (1968 through 1973 time period). I was a computer operator, eventually turned AFCS communications computer programmer. Your dad was an outstanding officer and person, and I am sorry that he passed so early.

    I enjoyed reading “Cold Fronts” on your old website and would like to encourage you repost it. Your dad had a story to tell and he did it so well. It brought back a lot of (good) memories for me and a lot of names from the past.

    I have recently regained communications with an old friend who also served as an AFCS communications programmer at High Wycombe and then Croughton and would like for him to be able to read your dad’s book.

    Take care Doug and know that your father was a man of great accomplishment… in 10.5 years of military service in the Air Force and Army, I never met a more capable or respected officer.

    Best personal regards,

    Larry Fortier
    Redlands, California
    ljfortier@msn.com

    February 21, 2007 at 10:32 am

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