I make computer games, mostly small ones, in Java. My favorite games to play are probably Armageddon Empires, Minecraft and Master of Orion II.

The many different things you can fire from a cannon
Airships: Conquer the Skies

The many different things you can fire from a cannon

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Smashing, slicing, exploding and burning your enemies - a quick history of things shot from cannons.

Mod Example: Imperial Cannon
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Mod Example: Imperial Cannon

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In this second instalment of the Airships modding guide, I'll give you an explanation of how mods can override existing game functionality, and walk you...

Modding Setup
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Modding Setup

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Want to make mods for Airships? Here's how to set everything up properly.

On Suspendium
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On Suspendium

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A big backgrounder on the crystals that keep the airships flying.

Small ships are fun
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Small ships are fun

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Since the introduction of small modules in dev2, you can make some pretty small airships. Now air leviathans are impressive, but the manoeuvrability of...

Explaining the Fleet Reserve
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Explaining the Fleet Reserve

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Explaining why the game may put some of your ships into an inactive reserve.

Dev Blog: The Coming of the UniScreen
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Dev Blog: The Coming of the UniScreen

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Or: How I componentised the Airships UI to reduce technical debt.

Dev Blog: Taming Garbage Collection to Prevent Stutter
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Dev Blog: Taming Garbage Collection to Prevent Stutter

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An in-depth post on how I made Airships run more smoothly with careful memory management.

The Making of the Airships Logo
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The Making of the Airships Logo

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How I assembled the logo using GIMP and many many layers.

Airship Design Advice
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Airship Design Advice

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The basics of sound airship construction, to tide you over while I work on the next release.

Lighter-than-air
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Lighter-than-air

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The airships in my game are held aloft by Suspendium, a made-up crystal that when electrically charged pulls against gravity (or something). That's partially...

Risks
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Risks

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A risk assessment for Airships - let's think about how the game might fail.

Heraldry
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Heraldry

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I always thought it'd be cool to be able to create your own coat of arms in a game. With Airships, this makes a fair amount of sense, as you play as one...

How I'm implementing multiplayer
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How I'm implementing multiplayer

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Airships' multiplayer code is now working - and this is how.

What SE:SS isn't
Space Exploration: Serpens Sector

What SE:SS isn't

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As mentioned before, I do not have a release date or a regular update schedule, hence the recent silence. And on the topic of refusal, here is a list...

Creating a soundscape for the star map
Space Exploration: Serpens Sector

Creating a soundscape for the star map

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As part of creating the new, pretty star map for SE:SS, I wanted to have a set of subtle background sounds.

 House Hazards
Patent Blaster

House Hazards

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The patents, having come to life by some mysterious process probably involving corporate personhood, waste no time infesting a grand decaying mansion...

Hovering: A History
Patent Blaster

Hovering: A History

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Making a nice hover effect for Patent Blaster turned out to be tricky but ultimately satisfying. Warning: Includes pictures of screaming elephants.

The Many Moods of the Target Reticle
Patent Blaster

The Many Moods of the Target Reticle

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I tried putting as much useful information into the target reticle as possible. Here's how it all works.

Nice business, would be a shame if something happened to it...
Patent Blaster

Nice business, would be a shame if something happened to it...

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It's perhaps time for me to explain my particular animus against the patent system. There's a lot of rational arguments for why the system is broken...

Weapons Guide
Patent Blaster

Weapons Guide

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A guide to the different kinds of weapons you can get (or get killed by) in Patent Blaster - and what they're best used for.

Hallway Testing in the Cafeteria
Patent Blaster

Hallway Testing in the Cafeteria

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Today, I went to the cafeteria of the local university, which is open to non-students, and asked a bunch of people if they could play Patent Blaster...

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