Monday, April 11, 2016, 20:09
After releasing Ostrich Riders 0.6.2, I learned it didn't compile on Mint 17.3. The error being "‘printf’ was not declared in this scope." The user passed this error by including stdio.h but then hit undefined references to sfml functions. The first error is probably due to different versions of libraries. Some include file under Fedora included stdio.h but not under Mint.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 19:35
Some time ago I stumbled on a list of open source game clones. It includes a Joust clone called Ostrich Riders. The screenshots looked interesting so I decided to give it a try. The source comes with a cbp file used by Code::Blocks. A quick install of Code::Blocks and SFML library with the package manager for the distribution allowed the program to fail to compile.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 20:32
How can you go wrong with sharkmen? Silver Gryphon Games released Shark-blood as a freebie for fifth edition Dungeons and Dragons. I immediately downloaded the file.
Monday, February 02, 2015, 20:01
Crawling Under a Broken Moon is a Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG fanzine. It includes rules for a post apocalyptic setting. I looked at Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG when it first came out and decided it wasn't what I was looking for. I view any DCC RPG material with an eye for using it under a different game. Intrigued by the fanzine, I decided to pick up issue #5 as it has a He-Man homage.
Thursday, January 22, 2015, 18:42
In my continuing quest for new superhero comics, I stumbled on the Strong Female Protagonist kickstarter. The general description of the comic didn't appeal to me. Mega Girl looked too retro for me. The comic was in black and white. Still I decided to look deeper.
Thursday, October 02, 2014, 08:25
For free comic day this year, drivethrucomics had some new freebies. I decided to grab the Small Press Heroes. The title had several cover variants but the same content. I don't really care for cover variants. It seems particularly odd for digital issues but they are supposed to have print on demand issues later.
Friday, August 15, 2014, 21:02
Recently Unstoppable Comics did a kickstarter for Stormchasers #1 Redux. I had seen them on drivethrucomics but wasn't impressed enough to try any titles. The Redux kickstarter interested me enough to give it a try. I decided to join at the level that receives all their titles. This review tries to keep the spoilers to a minimum but beware that is not entirely possible.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 18:11
The dragonkin are native to the New World. They maintain a relatively primitive society by choice. Some farming is practiced by the dragonkin but they still travel with the herds they hunt. Weapons are limited sharpened stone. Legends say the dragonkin once created an advanced civilization but corruption and greed caused it's downfall.
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 20:09
Dwarves believe they were created by Orth from the stone of their mountain homes. After death, they return to stone by a ritual performed by the priests. The stone body is returned to the mountain from which the dwarf came. Even in the New World the dwarves continue their customs taught to ancestors thousands of years ago.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 18:45
The New World was supposed to save the Old World. The new lands could alleviate the crushing population. The new resources could fill the thirst for goods. Unfortunately it appears nothing could save the Old World.
For over a century the Martish Empire expanded to the edges of civilization. This expansion came at a heavy cost. Formerly rich mineral veins were mined dry. The great cities consumed ever growing quantities of food. Old religions secretly worked to undermine the new state religion. Mercantile organizations manipulated supplies to increase price and profit. Increased longevity brought an ever growing population. The discovery of the New World was seen as a solution the empire's ails.