Game Jam 2024

The Zummoning

Ludum Dare 55

Brakes Escape

Spoon theory game


20 Second Game Jam 2023

Ludum Dare 54



: I think I’ll try to make something for this year’s jam(which kicks off โ€ฆ

: I’ve made a few minor fixes to Zummoning recently: Cards get dealt in a smoother, less jerky โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Against Worldbuilding, and Other Provocations by Alexis Kennedy ๐Ÿ“š

: Star Trek: Deep Space 9, or The Continuing Adventures of Miles O’Brien.

: Orchestrator I spent some time last night and this morning learning about Orchestrator, a visual scripting plugin โ€ฆ

: GameOps I used the Pong Wars deployment as an excuse to try out GitHub actions. It’s nice! Almost too โ€ฆ

: Pong Wars I’ve published my Godot re-creation of Pong Wars by Koen van Gilst on GitHub (and embedded it โ€ฆ

: People who think the web is dead or dying haven’t used the Domino’s Pizza Tracker.

: I recently updated my /games page so that each game has video.

: Finished reading: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris ๐Ÿ“š

: The kiddo and I had a good time at NOVA Game Developers Meetup this afternoon! It was fun to play โ€ฆ

: Today is Free Comic Day, for those who observe

: It’s like they really see me.

: GWJ 68 Results Honestly, I had convinced myself that I was going to rank higher in Godot Wild Jam #68, at least in โ€ฆ

: Here’s footage of gamedev and streamer ObsidianBlk playing The Zummoning!. He’s got some โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris ๐Ÿ“š Part 2 comes out next month, and I โ€ฆ

: Finished Listening: The Sandman Vol. 8: Worlds' End by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š

: Zummoning Redux I’ve made many improvements in the new version of “The Zummoning” submitted to โ€ฆ

: More Zummoning I’m cleaning up “The Zummoning” for submission to Godot Wild Jam this weekend (The โ€ฆ

: If this works, then this blog post was published with Godot!

: Finished Listening: The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š

: “The Zummoning” (which only occurred to me when I realized I had to name the thing) has โ€ฆ

: I think I’m onto something promising, but I’m not feeling confident that this will โ€ฆ

: 19 or so hours into this 72-hour game jam, and I’m only just starting to code. So far, โ€ฆ

: What privacy laws only apply to ages 13-15?

: Working on a Godot recreation of Pong Wars. I might write this up as a tutorial?

: I struggle to resist: Monte Cristo on a restaurant menu bread pudding on a restaurant menu audio โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Make Your Own Pixel Art by Jennifer Dawe ๐Ÿ“š I’ve started a few video โ€ฆ

: Currently listening: The Sandman Vol. 7: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š

: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a new report on banking in video games and โ€ฆ

: I love that basically looks the same as it did in 2000.

: It seems like my schedule is clear enough that I’ll be able to participate in Ludum Dare 55, โ€ฆ

: At the kiddo’s taekwondo class, where it’s “blocking week”. Somehow, โ€ฆ

: Achievement unlocked: pirating the Webelos Handbook. (I swear, we have a copy in the house, I just โ€ฆ

: We rejoined Netflix this week, and I’m a little surprised by how big the included library of โ€ฆ

: Spoons, Brakes This feels a bit like cheating: but immediately after my last post on the topic, I built a paper โ€ฆ

: Finished Listening: The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š He’s not “taking โ€ฆ

: The hardest part is starting I still like my spoon-theory game concept (as amended), though there’s a lingering skepticism โ€ฆ

: I assumed that replacing our aged wireless router (whatever Verizon gave us, 12 or more years ago?) โ€ฆ

: A Solution Me, a couple of hours ago: Is it possible to take what Iโ€™ve described and actually make it fun and โ€ฆ

: Idea File Found this list of ideas I had posted to Twitter over some number of years. It’s not all gold, โ€ฆ

: Spoon theory game: initial concept and prior art Here’s my initial concept for the spoon theory game: Each level/puzzle is a grid, with a โ€ฆ

: Finished reading: Game Design Deep Dive: Platformers by Joshua Bycer ๐Ÿ“š

: Currently listening: The Sandman Vol. 4: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š This is my favorite โ€ฆ

: BuJoBook Finished reading: The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll ๐Ÿ“š I skimmed or skipped some of the more โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll ๐Ÿ“š I’ve been using a bullet โ€ฆ

: I was thinking about watching Midsommer, but reading the Wikipedia article was just enough horror โ€ฆ

: Finished Listening: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin ๐Ÿ“š

: Spending the evening at Fairfax County Government Center, shuttling election materials between the โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Game Design Deep Dive: Platformers by Joshua Bycer ๐Ÿ“š

: Finished Listening: The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š

: A jam of my own One thing I’ve learned about myself after participating in a couple of game jams: I like โ€ฆ

: Brakes Escape update I’ve done a round of post-jam tweaking on Brakes Escape. The game no longer simply stops โ€ฆ

: Currently listening: The Creative Act by Rick Rubin ๐Ÿ“š

: Surprised that, for a published-this-month technical book, Thrift Books had more inventory on hand โ€ฆ

: Results are in– I was hoping for higher scores generally , but I’m pleased with getting โ€ฆ

: “Flash of light-mode content” is the new flash of unstyled content.

: Godot Wild Jam 66 postmortem Some lessons learned from my recent game jam experience: Don’t wait until the very end of the โ€ฆ

: Brakes Escape, my submission to Godot Wild Jam #66, is live on There are a couple of bugs, โ€ฆ

: Escape game Previously, I posted two ideas for Godot Wild Jam 66. I ended up spending a few days on the first โ€ฆ

: I’m the PTA volunteer keeping an eye on our elementary school’s “tech club” โ€ฆ

: I’ve been pretty lazy about static typing in GDScript - but it’s pretty cool to see that โ€ฆ

: Want to read: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two by Emil Ferris ๐Ÿ“š The first book was great, and โ€ฆ

: Nah I’m good Samsung

: GWJ ideas Current thinking for the jam, either: starting over from scratch on the NS-Tower-inspired game โ€ฆ

: Godot Wild Jam #66 I’m signed up for Godot Wild Jam #66, with a theme of “Escape”– which is โ€ฆ

: This post from @manton prompted me to finally try out Bluesky– so far, it feels kind of like โ€ฆ

: Currently listening: The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House by Neil Gaiman ๐Ÿ“š (actually, โ€ฆ

: Finished reading: Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement (A Norton Short) by Ashley โ€ฆ

: #screenshotsaturday My son and I are still making tweaks to the roguelike that resulted from following โ€ฆ

: The lyrics to “Parents Just Donโ€™t Understand” aren’t as lighthearted as I โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Against Technoableism: Rethinking Who Needs Improvement (A Norton Short) by โ€ฆ

: One of the more annoying differences between gdscript and Python: that Python capitalizes True and โ€ฆ

: Finished reading: Bea Wolf by Zach Weinersmith ๐Ÿ“š

: Currently reading: Bea Wolf by Zach Weinersmith ๐Ÿ“š Checked this out for the kid, but I’m a โ€ฆ

: Finished Listening: Story by Robert McKee ๐Ÿ“š

: Screen shake makes pretty much anything better.

: Donelike I did the thing! I finished all 13 parts of Selinadev’s Godot 4 Roguelike tutorial. There were โ€ฆ

: I generally don’t care much for professional sports, but I definitely feel some nostalgia for โ€ฆ

: Anti-deliverabity I received a (legit) notice of eligibility for this Verizon settlement in my junk email folder. I โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: The Treasure of the Black Swan by Paco Roca ๐Ÿ“š

: Finished reading: Game Programming Patterns by Robert Nystrom ๐Ÿ“š Honestly, I skimmed quite a โ€ฆ

: #screenshotsaturday I’ve finished part 11 of roguelike tutorial. Now, you can delve deeper into the dungeon, and โ€ฆ

: This pepper has a pepper in it!

: This history of gamification within games was more interesting than I expected. These are the game-y โ€ฆ

: Seeing chatter about a new BBEdit release has me a little nostalgic. I used BBEdit Lite while โ€ฆ

: #screenshotsaturday I’m up to Part 10 of’s Godot 4 Roguelike tutorial. โ€ฆ

: … and that is the most words I’ve written for public consumption, in quite a long time.

: Blogging retrospective Via CRASH THE ARCADE, I learned of Matt Mullenweg’s birthday wish: I want you to blog. โ€ฆ

: Finished Listening: The Twilight World by Werner Herzog ๐Ÿ“š

: Currently listening: The Twilight World by Werner Herzog ๐Ÿ“š I picked this up after finishing โ€ฆ

: Gamedev Goals for 2024 In the next year, I’d like to: Watch less YouTube, watch more Udemy, more O’Reilly โ€ฆ

: Ending the year by starting a course of paxlovid…

: Finished reading: Every Man for Himself and God Against All by Werner Herzog ๐Ÿ“š

: I couldn’t stay away– I once again have an account on the mastodon server. โ€ฆ

: Roguelike, Part 7 I just finished part 7 of the roguelike tutorial. New stuff: Baddies! … that chase you โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Level Up! The Guide to Great Video Game Design by Scott Rogers ๐Ÿ“š Christmas โ€ฆ

: Currently listening: Every Man for Himself and God Against All by Werner Herzog ๐Ÿ“š Forgot to add โ€ฆ

: CBS is missing an opportunity to point out that that they have Drew Carey followed by Mariah Carey

: fixed it I usually don’t consider myself very “handy”, but I’m proud of the job I did โ€ฆ

: I’ve been working through SelinaDev’s Godot 4 roguelike tutorial and I like it so far. I โ€ฆ

: Finished reading: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt ๐Ÿ“š

: Not sure I buy the “dominos falling” theory, but interesting/sad that Firefox might be โ€ฆ

: As of yesterday, Doom is 30 years old

: It’s interesting that Newsblur,, and all make bookmark archiving part โ€ฆ

: I was a happy Newsblur user for a number of years, but decided to give it a break for while, trying โ€ฆ

: My favorite bit in the new Aesop Rock album might be where he spends a bar explaining the previous โ€ฆ

: twenty thousand milliseconds I’ve submitted twenty thousand milliseconds to the 20 Second Game Jam. I’m not even โ€ฆ

: Bonus complaint: mastodon polls don’t translate over, they just disappear– compare this โ€ฆ

: A month on micro About a month ago, I migrated my mastodon account over to this blog (via’s built-in โ€ฆ

: What are your favorite websites that aren’t around anymore?

: I’m not sure we’ll watch Merry Little Batman, but it brings me some joy to see Jingle โ€ฆ

: Decker I’ve likened Godot to Hypercard before– they aren’t directly comparable, but my โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Petrograd by Philip Gelatt ๐Ÿ“š

: My excellent co-worker Adam created this online tuner for community radio stations: โ€ฆ

: Troubleshooting before coffee I spent at least 30 minutes trying to figure out why the score in my game wasn’t updating past โ€ฆ

: This is a good bundle of security books. I can vouch for Threats and Security Culture Playbook being โ€ฆ

: Testing out Lillihub!

: Currently reading: How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk by Douglas W. Hubbard ๐Ÿ“š Two โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Game Programming Patterns by Robert Nystrom ๐Ÿ“š

: I need to study this some more, but there are some good ideas in this cATO playbook, and the โ€ฆ

: Considering learning C#. I don’t even know who I am anymore.

: Deadly Class Finished reading: Deadly Class Vol 12: A Fond Farewell, Part Two by Rick Remender ๐Ÿ“š Some of the โ€ฆ

: Long after I’m dead, there will still be articles using this picture I took in 2004 โ€ฆ

: Personal SEO I’ve been spending some time trying to clean up search results for my name (yeah, kind of โ€ฆ

: Back to making One week turned into three weeks, but I feel like I’ve worked that particular digital โ€ฆ

: Bowling with bumpers is underrated. It’s a little more like billiards.

: DragonRuby, which usually costs $48, is free right now, as part of the 20 Second Game Jam

: 13 years ago we were at the Rally to Restore Sanity. Have we restored the sanity yet?

: I let myself get sucked into Marvel Snap this week, so spent more free time playing games instead โ€ฆ

: Currently reading: Deadly Class Vol. 5: Carousel by Rick Remender ๐Ÿ“š The first four volumes were a โ€ฆ

: On the same day I learn about this gallery of Internet Artifacts, I also come across this bit about โ€ฆ

: As part of Space Day the kiddo and I got to check out the observatory at George Mason University. ๐Ÿ“ท โ€ฆ

: Probably my last post about Ludum Dare 54 maybe The results are in, and… it’s nothing to brag about. I do like that innovation is my โ€ฆ

: I took the plunge– this is now my “home” on the fediverse. I think has โ€ฆ

: The post-jam, cleaned up version of Don’t Get Crushed is now on โ€ฆ

: Got a flier in the mail from Chris Decarlo for Sherrif, which reminds me of his history of rapping โ€ฆ

: I’m not lazy, I’m just protecting the ecosystem…

: Currently listening: Story by Robert McKee ๐Ÿ“š

: Finished Listening: Think Like a Game Designer by Justin Gary ๐Ÿ“š

: I’ve never really worn sunglasses, and now I’ve got my first prescription pair. โ€ฆ

: Even a “bad” Futurama episode is usually pretty good– but the worst are the ones โ€ฆ

: Currently listening: Think Like a Game Designer by Justin Gary ๐Ÿ“š

: Currently reading: Deadly Class - Regan Youth Media Tie-In by Rick Remender ๐Ÿ“š

: Don't Get Crushed updates ๐ŸŽฎ Here is some weekend progress on Don’t Get Crushed (post-jam version, to be released after the โ€ฆ

: Jumping Game progress ๐ŸŽฎ Not much visible progress since I lasted posted this game, but I have implemented both the spring โ€ฆ

: I temporarily experimented with importing my Mastodon followers to Sorry about the โ€ฆ

: From a recent trip to the new LEGO Discovery Center in Springfield, VA ๐Ÿ“ท

: After a couple of days on, I decided it wasn’t for me. So, after a journey in โ€ฆ

: Morning progress ๐ŸŽฎ So far, I've addressed a few items from the feedback list: There is now a visible score Players can โ€ฆ

: Ludum Dare 54: Don't Get Crushed Don't Get Crushed was my submission to Ludum Dare 54, my second-ever attempt to enter a game jam. โ€ฆ

: Oh no, not again It's 2023 and I'm starting a blog. Again. Why? I'll write more later, but in the past I've enjoyed โ€ฆ