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2b2t Minecraft - starting a YouTube channel

Posted by EricBall, 22 October 2015 · 153 views
2b2t, minecraft, youtube
I am going to start a YouTube channel  https://www.youtube....8Q81EUkUeSDoUVg  of my 2b2t experience.  My plan is to kill myself so I start back at spawn, then work out from there.  Hopefully passing along a few bits of wisdom for new players and a few laughs.
I'm bringing home a headset from work tonight to se...

2b2t Minecraft - Darwin Award

Posted by EricBall, 19 October 2015 · 80 views
2b2t, minecraft
My second base was semi successful.  While the mine bottomed out into lava, it still yielded a few diamonds and other ores; but no emeralds (not that I've seen a village, where emeralds are used for trading).  I also found an abandoned mine shaft, complete with a cave spider spawner.  Unfortunately, it's difficult to create a automated grin...

2b2t Minecraft continued

Posted by EricBall, 15 October 2015 · 89 views
minecraft, 2b2t
My first plan on my journey away from my book making base was to set up a fresh spawn point.  So I column jumped up to cloud level and created a 7x7 small platform on which I put small pond, melons, wood blocks and my bed (which I slept in to reset my spawn point).  The idea was if I died I would at least have enough food and wood to make a fres...

more 2b2t Minecraft

Posted by EricBall, 13 October 2015 · 82 views
Minecraft, 2b2t
I ended up playing a lot of Minecraft on 2b2t over the long weekend.
Once you get away from the chaos of the spawn area (and turn off the chat) the server becomes remarkably peaceful.  Maybe I'm just travelling a different direction than most, but I've seen very few large builds; although there is still occasional evidence I'm not the first pl...

2b2t - ultimate public SMP Minecraft

Posted by EricBall, 09 October 2015 · 102 views
Minecraft, 2b2t
I finally took the plunge and bought Minecraft for the PC (after playing many hours on the PS3).  An article about 2B2T, an "anarchy" server with a world which is now five years old, intrigued me.  The world is littered with stuff players have built up and others have torn down.  The central spawn point is a wasteland of blocks floating far...

Apple TV 4 games - fail

Posted by EricBall, 10 September 2015 · 330 views

Why do I say fail?  Simple: no standardized controller except for the small touchpad on the remote.  
Why not announce a standard controller app (similar to the Remote app) or declare the PS3 or PS4 controller a de-facto standard Bluetooth controller?  (Although then they'd need to provide a USB input for pairing.)  This would t...

Tempest MAME 2015 - new PC

Posted by EricBall, 28 August 2015 · 208 views
A while ago my son asked when I was going to fix the Tempest cabinet.  The fire cleanup crew removed the PC I was using to the Tempest cabinet and insurance wrote it off (although I did get the hard drive back).  So the first step is to obtain a PC.  MAME is still primarily a single threaded app, so I used https://www.cpubenchmark.net/...

No Windows 10 for me

Posted by EricBall, 06 July 2015 · 602 views

The Acer Aspire One netbook we bought after the fire has turned out to be a decent computer (especially with a RAM & SSD upgrade).  It came loaded with Windows 7 Starter Edition and (bonus) MS Office Starter Edition.
The free upgrade to Windows 10 sounded like a good idea.  Not only would I get all of the ongoing security updates etc....

BattleBots 2015

Posted by EricBall, 29 June 2015 · 203 views

Watched the second episode last night, which covered off the remaining 8 battles in the first round.  Unfortunately, that made it a little rushed compared to the first episode which only covered 4 battles.  It also meant that a bunch of the teams didn't get their 15 minutes of fame before getting knocked out.
I'm now regretting deleting t...

Unity - handrolling meshes

Posted by EricBall, 16 April 2015 · 280 views

The other day I decided I needed to set myself a goal to work on in Unity.  A game project to help focus my self education.
What I settled on is a Battlezone style game.  (Not a port - just the basic ideas.)
So one of the things I need is a tank to shoot at.  Which means I need to create a model which Unity will then display....

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