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What are you doing this weekend?

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If you have any plans, things you want to get done, things you have done, things you haven't done, or even if you just want to talk about how you're doing this weekend, this is a place for casual discussion about those things.

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So, what (or how) are you doing this weekend?

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  1. [5]
    escher
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    I am completely disillusioned with what the software dev world has turned into, so I'm attempting to design a turn-based multiplayer game with in-game purchases (cosmetic and non-cosmetic but not...

    I am completely disillusioned with what the software dev world has turned into, so I'm attempting to design a turn-based multiplayer game with in-game purchases (cosmetic and non-cosmetic but not "lootbox") with the sole goal of developing a large enough player base to sell out to a big company.

    I'm done with idealism, I'd like to fucking retire some day.

    9 votes
    1. [4]
      LukeZaz
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      Out of curiosity, would you be up for elaborating on what made you feel this way?

      Out of curiosity, would you be up for elaborating on what made you feel this way?

      4 votes
      1. [3]
        escher
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        Ten years in corporate America, watching everything slide into a dependency-injected unit-testing-as-a-religion just-glue-frameworks-together hell of madness. I love coding. I do it for fun. I...

        Ten years in corporate America, watching everything slide into a dependency-injected unit-testing-as-a-religion just-glue-frameworks-together hell of madness.

        I love coding. I do it for fun. I hate software dev jobs. Also, when you hit your 40s it's a lot harder to get hired, since most companies just want stars-in-their-eyes college grads they can burn through for cheaper than a graybeard who knows his shit.

        I've been unemployed for a year now, my bank account is dwindling, and I currently have zero chance at retiring.

        So while I'm looking for work, I'm now prototyping this game in C++, will test out with a very basic 2D interface, and when I've got the gameplay nailed down I'm going to port it to C# and glue it to Unity. Might even be able to add a VR mode, too.

        8 votes
        1. [2]
          hungariantoast
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          Hi. If it is any consolation, I am about half your age, but also just want to make video games and retire some day. What is your game? Any details you would like to share? I can think of a lot of...

          Hi. If it is any consolation, I am about half your age, but also just want to make video games and retire some day.

          What is your game? Any details you would like to share? I can think of a lot of interesting things that could fall under "turn-based multiplayer".

          3 votes
          1. escher
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            I'm not going to give away the specifics because I think I may actually be on to something here, but I have a catchy title, gameplay design that should appeal to hearthstone-level players w/out...

            I'm not going to give away the specifics because I think I may actually be on to something here, but I have a catchy title, gameplay design that should appeal to hearthstone-level players w/out being too complex nor too derivative, and a path to monetization w/out being pay-to-win while still being more than just cosmetic additional skins.

            I'm aiming for exciting turn-based. A smattering of carnage and excitement, and non-card play while still incorporating the concept of cards and decks, because for some odd reason people really like cards even if they're only digital ones.

            I've already got definitions for all possible piece movements (now and for all new future pieces) and the bulk of all possible actions / commands defined. Once that's done, I have to code up the board resolution logic (might be a bit of a slog, but I'll get through it), and then I can slap on a simple 2D UI for basic initial testing.

            I'd like to make an AI for single-player mode so players can get used to the game by themselves, but... that might be a non-trivial task. I'll have to trial-and-error a few ideas, see if anything falls out.

            4 votes
  2. crd
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    Having a nice weekend with my wife. Been on a very busy set of shifts recently (work as a doctor) so haven’t seen her as much as I’d like. Tonight - curry and some good beer, then the rest of the...

    Having a nice weekend with my wife. Been on a very busy set of shifts recently (work as a doctor) so haven’t seen her as much as I’d like.
    Tonight - curry and some good beer, then the rest of the weekend doing some more nice things like going for a walk and cooking at home. Just what I need!

    8 votes
  3. [3]
    reese
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    This weekend I'm modeling, texturing, and rigging three different alien races in Blender. They're humanoids, so, conveniently, they're all being sculpted from the same base model. Apparently my...

    This weekend I'm modeling, texturing, and rigging three different alien races in Blender. They're humanoids, so, conveniently, they're all being sculpted from the same base model.

    Apparently my hobbyist experience with vector art translates well enough to 3D, although I am using Blender 2.81, which is the most noob-friendly release yet. I highly recommend it to those who tried to use Blender in the past, but found its interface too daunting. Apparently this release even supports 2D animation, which is interesting, but not something I have the time to experiment with yet.

    7 votes
    1. [2]
      ThiccPad
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      I'd like to see your art

      I'd like to see your art

      4 votes
      1. reese
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        That's encouraging. The art is actually part of a game I'm developing that I will share with Tildes, and other communities, in the first quarter of 2020. I'll publicize some preview tidbits here...

        That's encouraging. The art is actually part of a game I'm developing that I will share with Tildes, and other communities, in the first quarter of 2020. I'll publicize some preview tidbits here and there in the meantime, then create a video demo along with a crowdfunding campaign. I'm aiming for release sometime between the last quarter of 2020, and first quarter of 2021. Right now the work is still hush-hush.

        5 votes
  4. [3]
    deadbeef
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    I'm trying to spend less time gaming and watching garbage on Netflix, and more time learning new things. So, inspired by some of my colleagues, I'll be trying to learn me a Haskell for great good....

    I'm trying to spend less time gaming and watching garbage on Netflix, and more time learning new things.
    So, inspired by some of my colleagues, I'll be trying to learn me a Haskell for great good. I don't have any real projects in mind yet, but think some Project Euler exercises may lend themselves to it.

    Also, since I took up the hobby of skateboarding this spring, I'll probably also spend some time practicing in our building's basement parking. At the moment, I'm trying to get better at tic tac-ing.

    I'm also trying to get back into a routine of exercising regularly, so I'll spend some time at the gym. I got a membership around 3 months ago, but probably only went there 5 times since then..

    6 votes
    1. escher
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      Haskell and Rust are on my "shit I really need to learn" list. As a C++ guy, Rust's enforced RAII on practically everything has piqued my interest.

      Haskell and Rust are on my "shit I really need to learn" list. As a C++ guy, Rust's enforced RAII on practically everything has piqued my interest.

      3 votes
    2. Tygrak
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      I went through like half of the Learn You a Haskell for Great Good a few months ago, and I have to say it's great. I also did some Project Euler stuff and I gotta say, for some of these problems,...

      I went through like half of the Learn You a Haskell for Great Good a few months ago, and I have to say it's great. I also did some Project Euler stuff and I gotta say, for some of these problems, Haskell feels a bit like cheating :D. Have fun.

      3 votes
  5. [3]
    hungariantoast
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    This weekend I am going to be wrapping up the final draft of my last paper for this semester, knocking out two journal assignments, and a bit of math homework. That will be it for school stuff...

    This weekend I am going to be wrapping up the final draft of my last paper for this semester, knocking out two journal assignments, and a bit of math homework. That will be it for school stuff until December 2nd.

    Aside from homework, I will be:

    • Working on my NaNoWriMo novel. I have made good progress on it, but I do not think I am going to hit fifty thousand words by the end of November, let alone bring the story to a conclusion. Still, I am satisfied with how much I have done as a first time writer.

    • Playing video games. I still have not beat Pillars of Eternity, but I have been chipping away at it every other day, mostly to ensure I do not forget what I am doing. I will probably put a few hours into it Saturday. The reason I have not progressed much in Pillars lately is because I have been playing Dwarf Fortress, experimenting with making my fortress a barony and attracting nobles, as well as managing off-site holdings. Sunday I plan on starting Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, which I downloaded today. Pretty excited to try it out. I have heard it is a "souls-like". That should be interesting, because my only other "souls-like" experience is with Dark Souls and, while I did not have much time to try it out, was not really my thing.

    • Cycling. I recently bought a new bike and want to not only start commuting more with it, but push myself to exercise with it more. Thankfully, Saturday and Sunday are supposed to be relatively cool. Also, against all odds, there are actually some decent routes to cycle here in this concrete hellscape known as Houston. So, I would like to get out sometime this weekend.

    • Editing OpenStreetMap. Those decent cycling routes I just mentioned? Most of them are not on the map, almost none of them have any bicycle-specific tags, and I doubt any of them have proper routing. After I do my bike ride (and record a GPS track) I will try to map some of these routes out, tag them appropriately, and make sure bicycle routing works on them. I will also end up mapping and tagging hundreds of miscellaneous features along the way, I am sure.

    5 votes
    1. [2]
      reese
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      NaNoWriMo sounds like fun. I'm assuming it's okay to plan the novel prior to November? I may give it a go next year. Also—I could care less about the Star Wars movies, but have come away impressed...

      NaNoWriMo sounds like fun. I'm assuming it's okay to plan the novel prior to November? I may give it a go next year.

      Also—I could care less about the Star Wars movies, but have come away impressed by many of the games. I've heard good things about Fallen Order. But I'll wait until the market is saturated with used copies of the game before I pick it up—I have enough on my backlog already!

      2 votes
      1. hungariantoast
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        Planning before November is not just okay, it is encouraged. The "NaNo Prep" handbook recommends starting your prep work in the middle of September at the latest, if I remember correctly. I...

        Planning before November is not just okay, it is encouraged. The "NaNo Prep" handbook recommends starting your prep work in the middle of September at the latest, if I remember correctly.

        I started prepping near the beginning of October, I think? I will have to check my notes.

        It is a lot of fun though. A difficult challenge as well. Writing 1,667 words a day, for thirty days consecutively, is difficult. Or, it is for me at least.

        Still, I have enjoyed the experience. If you have enough free time in November, I recommend trying it at least once.

        2 votes
  6. anahata
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    Today is D&D 3.5. Our characters have all ascended into godhood and we're pursuing some plots in Sigil (a major hub-city that connects and is connected to every other plane). I've been rummaging...

    Today is D&D 3.5. Our characters have all ascended into godhood and we're pursuing some plots in Sigil (a major hub-city that connects and is connected to every other plane). I've been rummaging through the Deities and Demigods book to determine what I want to do with my character now that he's a deity. I've wanted to go to Sigil for a while, now, since before learning the Plane Shift spell. It represents another chapter in a character's development, it represents transcending the basic material plane where most adventures take place and claiming one's position among the sources of real power in the D&D multiverse. I've firmly established myself in that set, and am very excited to see what happens next.

    I've got some poems I want to post here (and have posted a couple already). I want to dedicate tomorrow to reading and writing, and we'll see how well that goes. Will probably spend the day at a coffeeshop with a poetry book and a notebook.

    5 votes
  7. mftrhu
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    Two weeks ago, I wrote a comment about how I got a job in Milano. I spent that weekend on the road, and the weekend after that cleaning up and making the house livable. Now I'm on my second week...

    Two weeks ago, I wrote a comment about how I got a job in Milano.

    I spent that weekend on the road, and the weekend after that cleaning up and making the house livable. Now I'm on my second week in, and I got most of the stuff I needed to do out of the way: I renewed my ID card (it expired on me three months ago), I got all the data they need to complete the contract, I got username and password for the school email and electronic register, I started familiarizing myself with the lab, and I think I met all my classes at least once.

    Things are awkward, though. After three years on HRT, I pass, even disheveled and wearing camo & boots, but I have yet to change my legal name - which requires Very Cisnormative things like a lawyer, the opinion of a few doctors, a couple of months back and forth and a judge's order, which I could not afford before - so I can get gendered correctly, until someone asks me for my name for some thing or another.

    At least I should have, in a month or two, enough money to put things in motion to fix this (and the Milano area is bound to be much better than a bloody village in the South), but nevertheless - it grates.

    I'm just going to spend this weekend relaxing. Maybe I will do some revising tomorrow - physics is a topic I last touched in my university days - but I'm mostly going to lounge around, do some cleaning, push the info I logged during the last two weeks to my wiki, and get back to reading.

    4 votes
  8. eve
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    I'm going out to breakfast with my mom, my treat! As well as reading and partaking in my numerous other hobbies and plan some Xmas gifts? I was hoping to have a physical copy of a recipe book for...

    I'm going out to breakfast with my mom, my treat! As well as reading and partaking in my numerous other hobbies and plan some Xmas gifts? I was hoping to have a physical copy of a recipe book for everyone but boy howdy that probs won't make it, so I'll do something else handmade. Mostly so I don't have to spend money on EVERY individual. I have 5 siblings, 6 niblings, along with my SOs family so really, I'm just trying trying to like condense and not spend a whole lot lol

    4 votes
  9. krg
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    I plan on still suckin'... but we'll see how much!

    I plan on still suckin'... but we'll see how much!

    2 votes
  10. Pumpkind
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    Watching football and playing DnD

    Watching football and playing DnD

    2 votes
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    Kuromantis
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    Celebrating my birthday, at least that's what I think I'll be doing, but then again most people cease getting presents at around my age so 'even' at 14 I shouldn't be surprised. At least there'll...

    Celebrating my birthday, at least that's what I think I'll be doing, but then again most people cease getting presents at around my age so 'even' at 14 I shouldn't be surprised. At least there'll still be cake.

    2 votes
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      hungariantoast
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      Is this a Brazilian or South American thing? Because, I'm in my twenties, live in the US, and still have to buy my parents and grandmother gifts every year and my parents do the same for me. Am...

      most people cease getting presents at around my age

      Is this a Brazilian or South American thing?

      Because, I'm in my twenties, live in the US, and still have to buy my parents and grandmother gifts every year and my parents do the same for me.

      Am I... the oddball?

      2 votes
      1. Kuromantis
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        No, not really, I think it's mostly a 'I can't really afford presents and I'm going on a trip' kind of thing. Most people here (in Southwestern Brazil or more specifically São Paulo city) only...

        No, not really, I think it's mostly a 'I can't really afford presents and I'm going on a trip' kind of thing. Most people here (in Southwestern Brazil or more specifically São Paulo city) only really spend lots of money going to a coastal city for a few day or visiting some parent in the Brazilian northeast

        2 votes