December 3, 2016

I have an HTC Vive headset and I signed up for an account for Second Life’s 3D program – Sansar.

Mocking up hexagon tiles for a dungeon map building game

August 25, 2013

I needed to mock up a few graphics and found that Second Life was a good 3D graphics package to create some quick graphics to print out and play test.


I first started out building up a crude hexagon with some basic textures I had in my inventory.


I added some lights and setup my camera to look strait down at the tile. This is the image I can use to print off.


When I was looking at different options available for me to print with The  Game Crafter, I cut up some index cards to match the dimensions and get a visual on their actual sizes.


My first attempt at determining how to tiles would look. I started out by making a system of caves.


Over time, I made many different versions of tiles. Some where used just to identify the possible combinations rather than looking like tiles. I created tons of tiles and kept working at different ways to use them.
ImageI created a template on a 8.5×11 sheet of paper that I could use to draw more tiles at a high resolution. The idea was to draw each tile using the template to trace from, and then reduce the scanned tile to fit within the size of the hex tile.

Inventory Service

October 4, 2009

I’ve spent the majority of the day working on a robust PHP script that permits an in-world inventory server to connect to a web-based service. It sounds simple enough, but the validation is killer. I only have one part of a few parts that I’m still working on. Connection is done. I need to work on a cron job to verify the URL still works, and I also need to work on the API to permit a list of the inventory to be stored on the web service.

One thing that I found pleasing was the capability of asynchronous HTTP communications. I start to make a request with llHTTPRequest. While that is happening, the URL that it is contacting tries to contact the same script on the http_request event. The http_request event verifies information from the server and returns additional information to verify that it is coming from the same script that originated the request. Finally, the http_response event gets the results from the llHTTPRequest and both client/server are happy.

I’m still uncertain if I should focus on the scavenger hunt idea or not since Peter Stindberg pointed out a scavenger hunt system made by iRika. However, it appears that hers is not web-based. The power of the web permits grid-wide (and even cross-grid) scavenger hunts. In addition, it permits profiles where people can choose to show which scavenger hunts they completed, and the reward associated with it. This is sort of like a trophy system. Imagine a large treasure hunt also that allows multiple people to hide items – like the great grid-wide goldrush and the Great Grid-Wide Easter Egg Hunt, but instead, you have to log onto other grids as well to get the entire collection. Another possibility would be to exchange found treasures for others similar to how the in-world Geocaching works. In this sense, you could leave a “bug” in one cache, and see how far it moves as others find it and put it into other cache’s. Because the back-end is connected to a database, you wouldn’t be limited by memory constraints. I found one treasure hunt that boasts support for 4,000 items. This is nothing with the power of a database.

Another item that I found on XStreetSL provided people with a set of gold bars to be hidden around a region. With the system I was thinking about, I could sell collections individually like this (but with different types of ingots like copper, iron, silver), or provide the ability to drop a script into your own objects. I believe iRika does something similar to this. Another product offers different flags to add some variety.

Although I am working with the web, I was also thinking of how to simplify things. In this case, the web should be completely optional. Even a checklist could be dynamically updated. I could add a button for it to list active treasure hunts in the current region, and then display a list of items for them to find. Perhaps some treasure hunts could be marked as private to group members only, individual people, or peoples avatars who are older or younger than a specific age. Another idea would be to require someone to be standing within a short distance whose rezday is today, in order for other people to claim the treasure. Or perhaps their name has to begin with a specific letter like lucky chairs, or a minimum number of people need to be near by similar to mob vend. With the capabilities of a website on the back-end, I could even set items up so that people would have to post a snapshot to bloghud, snapzilla, or mixoom in order to retrieve their prize. There are tons of ways to expand the idea of how to hunt for things. Oh, and the most awesome one – teams!

However, if it’s not the way to go, I could look into the UFO game again. I pretty much had a working concept setup for it. There were still a few other ideas to go along with it as well.

1 Prim Tic-Tac-Toe

October 1, 2008

I was playing around with ideas this past weekend contiplating what the bare minimum was to make a game of tic-tac-toe. I came up with an image to represent all 27 different posabilities in an individual row composing of just 27 characters of x/o/space. (xxxo-ooox-xoo—o-xx–x-oxo). I proceeded to map map the image in Second Life and then detect touch events to determine what face and position was touched. The end-result was a game of Tic-Tac-Toe with one clipped 512×32 image representing each row. The code is pretty light-weight as well with just 169 lines of LSL.
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Cisco Live Data Sort

June 17, 2008

I setup the data sort game over on the Cisco Systems 4 sim. This may appear on Cisco’s Virtual Worlds blog as well. Here is a video of us playing the game.

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Found a mention on multiplayerlab: Packet Sort by Dedric Mauriac.

Cisco Systems Data Sort Game

June 16, 2008

My super-duper top secret game is finally ready to go public. Banana Stein (who reported on it earlier), asked me to come up with a game concept. I came up with three ideas (Apple Sauce, Full Service, and Toe Jam) that were not quite the norm compared to most games on the Second Life grid. He came back with some changes to the Apple Sauce game and renamed it to “Data Sort” and told me it was for Cisco. Centered around the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router, players hunt for data packets and bring them to the router to be sorted. The game is about to get the final review tomorrow witht he Cisco folks before going live.
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Here is a video of some of the earlier development.

Here is an image of the pads that each player stands on to identify what role they will play in the game. You can choose to be a seeker, feeder, or sorter.

These are the Cisco ASR 1000 routers that sort the packets. The sorter clicks on the correct router to choose where the packet should go.

Here are the controls that display the current players, score, and the remaining time. The pipes on the side have packets that jump out every five seconds.

This is the top view looking down at the game area. Once the game begins, the seeker runs into packets and unloads them on the spindle area on the right. The feeder picks them up, runs across all arrows, and unloads them on the left where the sorter looks at each one to sort.

Oh no! I started a What’s in your sky? Meme.

August 9, 2007

A long time ago, a podcast was recorded live in second life on sheep island for Open Source Radio – Living in Game Space. In it, many issues are discussed as why people build just the same as in real life. I ponder over this often and gave my recent opinion on building without reality. Apparently both Crap Mariner and Jack Pitts picked up on it and carried on with the topic. Jack even goes on to encourage people in his podcast asking people to look up and tell him what they see in their sky.

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