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I'm a longtime software engineer and game developer with a more recent penchant for design; lately I've been building puzzles for various events such as the SNAP (Seattle and Nearby Adventures in Puzzling) hunts and for friends and relatives.


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Posted by Steven Stadnicki on Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:55:00 EDT in Design, Indie
While most people are probably passingly familiar with the ETAOIN SHRDLU letter frequency list, not many know its origin or its flaws for building word games. This post examines some of the alternatives for word game designers.

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Comment In: [Blog - 05/07/2015 - 02:30]

Phrazzle doesn 't really meet ...

Phrazzle doesn 't really meet the constraints that they outline at the beginning, though - being built around the meanings of its words and being at some level a voting/answer-popularity game, it 's neither particularly well-suited for solitaire nor for a computer AI to play against.

Comment In: [Blog - 04/09/2015 - 01:36]

The NX device will be ...

The NX device will be a relatively low-powered box that sits under the television screen in the living room. r n r nIsn 't this at odds with the core notion of mobile gaming - that is to say, mobility It 's true that there are people who will sit ...

Comment In: [News - 10/29/2014 - 11:22]

As I presently understand it, ...

As I presently understand it, audio support outside of 'stream this sound ' is still a mess, and in particular generative audio is basically still impossible in any standardized fashion.

Comment In: [News - 10/16/2014 - 12:25]

The law, in its majestic ...

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread. - Anatole France.

Comment In: [Blog - 09/12/2014 - 08:44]

This is correct - the ...

This is correct - the prototypical example of this in the same way that the truncated icosahedron is the prototypical version of the hexes-plus-12-pentagons structure is the truncated octahedron: octahedron. The fact that the numbers must be 12 pentagons or 8 squares comes out of some algebra using Euler ...

Comment In: [News - 09/04/2014 - 10:50]

Joe, thank you immensely for ...

Joe, thank you immensely for the clarification - I think I was turned off by what I considered to be scare quotes which is ironic, considering how often I use them myself , but that helps pull the comment into focus for me and is greatly appreciated.