Monday, December 21, 2015

What Im doing now?

Not too much programming lately. I have spent some time finishing my third novel, fixing the text I received from my first printed book, and planning/starting my fourth novel. The second one has proven to be a boring and long task.

The problem is that according to my editor, the publisher doesnt deliver the corrected text, design, etc, to the author. After insisting, I got a weird formatted PDF with the text and the illustration markers. Converting the PDF to an editable format was almost impossible, and the final result was an ugly mess. Also, it took about 12 mb when saved as doc. The solution? Copy and paste as plain text, save again, and then reapply styles, fix lot of splitted words (in spanish, books are justified and cut words in the page edge). 

I decided to finish third novel, so I could spend start working on the fourth as soon as possible. An advice to novice writers: you learn to write by writing. Through the first three novels, I have learned a few things about creating long stories. One is that you need to do a previous worldbuilding. Other, is that you need to do some previous planning. As you can see, some paperwork is required before you actually start writing, pretty much like designing a game.

And talking about games, there is not much work on that lately. I have placed the RPG project on stand by for a while, priority now is a basic maze game I have been wanting to do since some time ago. The idea is to have a basic prototype in a month, and then go for Google Play. Open source games are nice, but right now I need cash, and getting community support is not easy.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

122 years of the first flight

On december 17th of 1903, the Flyer, built Wright brothers, took of in Kitty Hawk. The process that resulted in the flight, took serious investigations, including the use of an aerodynamic tunnel, technique we still use to test planes. Also, the brothers had to design a method to control the plane: the three axis control, which is standard in all fixed wing planes. Learn to fly it doesnt lacks merit, as the aircraft has proven to be quite hard to fly, even for experienced pilots.

Yet, the honor of the first flight is not undisputed, as some consider that it really belongs to a brasilian engineer: Alberto Santos Dumont, who followed a pre-established circuit in october of 1906 totalling 60 metres, certified by the Aéro Club de France and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Dumont repeated the flight a month later, this time setting a world record of 220 metres.  Also, the 14-bis took off by his own means, and the Flyer required a catapult. A curious detail: according to the wikipedia article (in english) Dumont popularized the use of wrist watches among men, because he used them to measure time during flights. Before, only women used them asjewelry, men preferred pocket watches.

A few years later, the plane became a weapon, during the World War I, although the military use of flying devices dates to many years earlier and the first air combat was between two balloons.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Underrail closed beta and release date

Congratulations to Underrail team! The game is now in closed beta, and the release date has been announced: December 21st. Read the original post here.