A Moment of Silence for Jumpgate Classic

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Today is the Old Girl's Last Day. :(

As you may recall from my obituaryJumpgate is closing its doors today forever. One of the most unique and special MMORPGs ever made will be no more, and I just wanted to ask for a moment of silence in tribute of this much beloved game. You’ll be missed, old girl, and you’ll never be forgotten.

Edit: So on a lark, I emailed the Gazillion folks to see if they would reactivate my account so I could fly around one last time…and they DID. However, I then found out that the server is closing at 5:00 PST…and there’s no way I’ll be home by then. I am just totally crushed right now. :/

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Squad Wars Q&A: Learning from The Past, Preparing for The Future

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Learn More with Our Q&A!

A little while back, I received work of a new space game being put together by some of the same minds behind my beloved Jumpgate, such as Scott Brown, one of Jumpgate’s creators. This new game, Squad Wars, looks to be similar in a lot of ways to Jumpgate, so of course I wanted to know more. I was therefore delighted to be given the opportunity to have a Q&A with Mr. Brown, and you can read the answers after the cut. Enjoy!

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Site Stuff: List Updates

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Making a List, Checking it A Billion Times...

Hey y’all, how are ya? I’m sure y’all are aware of my huge list of games I plan to review for this site (i.e. every space game ever made for a computer-based platform). I’m constantly updating it, but until now, I’ve not been able to find a way to also show my list of games I know of in development.

Well, in playing around with the associated Google Inline Spreadsheet Viewer plugin, I found that I could embed multiple sheets from the same document! Therefore, now if you scroll down, under the completed list is my list of space games in development…that I know of. ;)

This is where I need your help. If you happen to glance at the list and see a game that isn’t on there, please let me know. I try to put every game I find on there, but some slip through the cracks, so any help y’all could provide would be enormous.

Also, I’ve tried to make the list a bit more useful by adding a status column to the completed list. There you can easily see if a game has been reviewed, or is in the process of being reviewed, or not reviewed because I couldn’t find it. I’m hoping this makes the list more clear for everyone. Sadly, since this is still based on a Google Spreadsheet — it’s so easy to update! — I can’t yet embed links in there, but eventually I hope to fix that.

Anyway, just wanted to update y’all. Hope you’re having a great weekend, and thanks for visiting, as always! :)

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Site Stuff: Thanks For Your Patience

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You Guys are Represented by This Dog, and I Wanna Give Y'all a Hug! ;)

Hey y’all, I just wanted to chime in and personally thank everyone for their patience this week. I didn’t release any major content while running that integrated forum experiment because I didn’t want to lose any valuable comments. Rest assured that I’ve got several great articles coming in the pipelines for next week, including the conclusion of my Distant Worlds – Legends review series, the continuation of my Weird Worlds review series and more, so thanks again for visiting, and please stay tuned. :)

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Site Stuff: My Decision on the Forums

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One More Time...

Update: Hey y’all, the now new forums are now up. I still need to play around with the look of it, but it’s fully functional! Just click the link above or right here to head over and register. The good news, this forum has Tapatalk support, yay! The bad news, I wasn’t able to migrate posts and users over, so for that I apologize. You can see the old forums here for the time being, if you want to copy your posts over. Now you don’t have to register on the blog to post comments — though can if you still want to, if you want a custom avatar and such — so please head over to the forums and let me know what you think. Thanks!

 

Hey guys, how are you? First off, you may notice that we’re using WordPress comments for this post, and I’ll explain why in a moment. First, I want to thank everyone who signed up to help me with this experiment. It was fun, and I’m glad I tried it, but it opened my eyes to a few things.

First, the forum plugin, bbpress, is nice and simple, but honestly I think it’s TOO simple. I want this place to grow and expand and not just be a blog, but an even bigger community of awesome people than it already is. With its lack of search functionality and forum/thread granularity, for example, I think bbpress would get too unwieldy as it got bigger, making posts harder to find and providing a less-than-fun experience overall.

Secondly, I’ve realized throughout this I’ve always said I want this place to be a blog first, and…that can’t really happen in the forums are intertwined with the comments. I’ve been doing some research and a lot of thinking, and realize that it’s best if users have the option of both quickly commenting on a post and, if they choose, visiting the forums as well. That way the blog can be a gateway to the forums, but not dependent upon them. That way they don’t even have to go through a sign up process if they don’t want to, as WordPress’ comments system works pretty well as is.

Therefore, over the next day or two, I’ll be installing MyBB as our forum. I’ve done a lot of research on free forum software and played with some, and MyBB just clicked in terms of usability and feature set. I want to again thank you all for helping me with this experiment, it gave me a lot of insight. I’m hoping the new forum will be even more fun to use once it’s all set up. I also thank you for your patience in this. My site is growing faster than any blog I’ve ever had, and I’m trying to grow along with it, so it’s a big learning experience for me, and I thank you all for making it as awesome an experience as it’s been thus far. :)

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Site Stuff: The Integrated Comments and Forum, Two Days Later

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What do Y'all Think So Far?

Hey guys, how are ya? I’m writing because we’ve been using this integrated comments/forum thing for a couple of days now, and while the forum isn’t as powerful as something like phpBB, that isn’t what I’m looking for, as I’m striving for simplicity above all else since I still want this to be a blog first. :)

I really care about what you guys think, however, so please tell me…how are you liking it so far? I’ve set up a poll below so y’all can tell me, and I invite you to write and comments or criticisms in the comments below. Thanks guys!

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New Distant Worlds Expansion in Q4 of This Year

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More Spacey Living Universe Goodness Incoming!

Usually I save this kinda stuff for the snippets, but since I’m both loving the game and currently reviewing it, I figured I’d mention this. News comes from Space Sector that over on the Matrix Games forums from Matrix Games dude Erik Rutins that:

Well, I may as well add this point as the press event is over but it does not seem to have appeared yet. Yes, we are working on a new expansion for Distant Worlds, which we expect to release by Q4 of this year. No details available yet, but we will provide more info once we are further along.

Holy crap, that’s AWESOME. I can’t wait to hear more about it. :) I’m also hoping this will coincide with a sale of the game to entice new buyers, since it really is that good. Thanks foe reading!

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The Question of Lessening Gaming Time as One Ages

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I Feel Like I Use to Have More of This...

I’ve noticed something recently, and I wanted to ask if y’all are having a similar effect. When I was younger and starting to seriously get into games — around when I was 12-13 in the mid 80s — I could spend hours, nay, DAYS at a game. I tell ya there was this one time I guzzled a six pack of Jolt Cola and stayed up for five or six days STRAIGHT playing Starflight. Aahh, those were the days.

Fast forward to today. I’m working on several reviews — two for this site, one for PlaySF Magazine — at the moment, and even when I have HOURS to myself…I can only make myself play for two or three hours before stopping. Even if I have all day…I still stop myself. I’ll likely return to the game after an hour or so, but still, what the heck happened?

I’m thinking it’s one of two things. One, my ADHD is getting ADHD’er! ACK! Or…maybe my mind knows better now and is forcing me to take breaks, which might be for my betterment overall.

So what about you guys? Are you finding that this happens to you as you get older, or can you still put monumental amounts of available time into a game in one sitting? I look forward to your thoughts. :) Thanks for reading!

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Off-Topic: ARG!

Pulling Hair Out

GORRAMMIT!

Hey y’all, I am so sorry. Today, of COURSE on the day I try user registration here, something is going on wherein emails coming from the site are taking FOREVER to arrive. Emails that should’ve arrived hours ago are still MIA. I’ve contacted my host about the problem, but there’s little more I can do.

If you’re trying to register, I can approve you manually, so please register for the site and comment on a post or two and in the forums. I still need to test this functionality out. I’m still debating whether to keep the forums linked or separate, but my ultimate goal is for you guys, to make as awesome an experience for you all every time you all visit the site. Therefore, please accept my apologies for this latest round of growing pains. I’m still trying to make this place the best it can be, and I thank you in advance for your patience. Have a great day, and I hope y’all will keep visiting. ;)

Additional Thought: So in thinking more on the topic, I’m now debating…is forcing the comments and forum threads to be one removing choice? As in…if I want to allow the reader to comment on the blog and post in the forum, should I force them to do both, or should I let them choose which way they wish to interact with the site? What a conundrum…

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