Mysterious Space 0.8.5 release + latest donation + bundle + other stuff!

Mysterious Space 0.8.5 will be released at the end of the month! it’s going to be a smallish update, for a couple of reasons (more on this later).

the most notable addition will be that of music! three new songs from DDRKirby(ISQ)! I’ve also spiffed up the “Sound & Music Test” page a little, and added a playable credits sequence for those who manage to beat the game.

I’m sure I’ll sneak in a new bit of equipment before the end of the month, too 🙂

donation!

another $500 earned through Mysterious Space; another $500 donated! this time to the Project for Awesome.

next up: JAXA – the Japanese space agency! at last!

JAXA had been my first on my list to donate to, but they’re not super-equipped to receive money from people outside Japan, and by the time they got back to me, I had already donated to The Planetary Society. but I’m back around to the “Space” category of donations, so… JAXA! 😀

indiegala bundle!

Mysterious Space is in indiegala’s HUMP BUNDLE, running until December 5th! you can pick up Mysterious Space, and a couple other games, for just $1!

Ludum Dare and… Rail Nomenclature??

I participated in Ludum Dare last week, to make an educational game for work…

yep!

at work we make a boring government training website, and for a long time I’ve been thinking “games would be better.” but I kind of never wanted to spend my own time making a game about learning rail nomenclature >_>

but then Ludum Dare struck, and it seemed like a good opportunity. even better, the theme of Ludum Dare was “two-button controls”, and I had already been trying to think of how to make the game accessible. two buttons is PERFECT.

I didn’t finish the game, but I am continuing to work on it. my boss and I would like to present it to the vice president and see if we can take it further, and I’d like to add a bit more before I present.

once that’s ready, I’ll be sure to share it with you guys, as well 🙂

Christmas

^ it’s a thing, and it’ll be taking up a solid week of the month! between Christmas plans and Ludum Dare, a lot of this month’s free programming time – time I’d otherwise spend on Mysterious Space – is gone.

and that’s fine! it just means the Mysterious Space update this month is going to be pretty light.

TinyUnixTimestamp

finally, unrelated to everything else, I wanted to point out TinyUnixTimestamp. it’s a little Windows program I wrote years and years ago that does one thing, and one thing only: sits in the system tray and copies the current unix timestamp into your clipboard when you click on it.

tinyunixtimestamp

it was useful to me in the past, and for some reason it occurred to me that, “hey! this could be useful to others! I should release the source code!” so I have! check it out on github.

that’s it!

thanks for reading, thanks for playing Mysterious Space, and if it’s snowing where you live, go sledding! 😛 *wishes it snowed more where he lives*

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