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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, 23 Apr 2018 10:03:00 EDT in Programming
A pretty common programming application - hashing a sequence of possibly serial numbers into a random-looking sequence - has a straightforward solution with some interesting number theory, and a nice application of the golden ratio, behind it.


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: [News - 10/25/2018 - 02:10]

Kudos to DICE for doing ...

Kudos to DICE for doing this it 's great to see companies take the issue seriously. That said, shame on them for making this an unpaid internship there is no reason not to pay someone who 's doing work for you.

Comment In: [News - 09/17/2018 - 01:08]

The press release is certainly ...

The press release is certainly minimal, but the wording on this article exacerbates the confusion - shut down ... ahead of its official launch makes it sound like the game will still be officially launching and that this is something like a preliminary shutdown to prep for the 'real ' ...

Comment In: [News - 09/07/2018 - 05:52]

In my experience, the percentage ...

In my experience, the percentage of women who want to make games is lower than the percentage of men who want to make video games. r n r nThen this is your problem you 're using your perceptions of the situation, based on limited personal experience, as rationale for gatekeeping ...

Comment In: [News - 04/25/2018 - 10:23]

I have to agree that ...

I have to agree that these decisions seem somewhat absurd to me. Does anyone know if 'blind box ' figurines are banned in Belgium If Magic: the Gathering packs are If not, then how and why does the commission 's ruling differentiate between the specific digital examples at play and ...

Comment In: [News - 05/30/2017 - 03:43]

It 's way better to ...

It 's way better to not waste time interviewing old er people you have no intention of hiring than it is to interview them and then not hire. r n r n...isn 't it better to interview them and then actually consider hiring them irrespective of their age r n ...

Comment In: [News - 01/05/2017 - 04:02]

This War Of Mine is ...

This War Of Mine is an excellent choice, but I 'm admittedly a little disappointed not to see anyone mentioning Papers Please as another excellent example of a similar sort of 'experiential learning ' - putting the player in an uncomfortable and unfamiliar position to help them gain better understanding ...