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2010/05/03: Overlord 2 Review

I've added an Overlord 2 Review to the articles page. I should probably add some screenshots, but I don't know when I'll get around to it. I may review some other games in the future.

I also added a section on the end that links to the only Wikipedia article I've written that hasn't been deleted. At this point, it's not a particularly fleshed out article, but it's more than was there before. Perhaps I'll write some more Wikipedia articles in the future. Don't take any Wikipedia pages I write too seriously though; since anyone can edit Wikipedia, someone might change anything I post there.

2010/03/11: Website Updates

Orbital Bricks and Space Junk have both been updated to a new version.

The thumbnails for the screenshots and the logos for Nanotron and Lucky's Puzzle Carnival are all bigger now. Also, a couple of minor improvements were made elsewhere to the website. It's not a big update, but I wanted to make sure it was recorded somewhere.

2010/03/09: Removed Mac Games

I'm not going to be bringing my Mac with me when I move, so I won't be making Mac versions of any more of our games. As a result, we're no longer going to offer any Mac games for sale on this site. Frankly, including Mac games did nothing except clutter up the website.

Also, the following games have been completely removed from the site: Battle Brain, Coin Planets, Coin World, all 3 Demon Star games, and Troll. At some point in the future these games will be replaced by others that more strongly complement the Orbital Cows Software game portfolio.

2010/02/11: Website Cleanup

Rael: The Redemption and Kiki's Candyland have both been removed from the site. If they are ever worked it, it will be at some point in the distant future. The front page looks a little better on widescreen monitors.

Additionally, I added a cool game to the website: Eschalon Book I.

2010/02/06: LPC Price Reduction

Lucky's Puzzle Carnival's price has been reduced to $9.99 permanently.

The company is being renamed from "Orbital Cows Entertainment" to "Orbital Cows Software". This change will likely have no effect upon anyone. A change is being made to the business structure, primarily to reduce paperwork during tax time.

RBI still doesn't have a playable demo yet. It will probably be quite some time before it does.

2009/12/07: Updated Time for A Modern World

I updated the article Time for A Modern World. There's a new table, a minor correction, and some improvements to the text. Some unnecessary text is deleted. Mostly, the article is just organized a little bit better.

I've also updated the RBI design document and storyline quite often. Both documents are still in a very rough form, but they at least resemble what RBI will be like more than the did before.

Speaking about RBI, progress is still relatively slow. I seem to spend what little time I have to work on it rearranging code I've already written for the map editor. I don't think Eduardo's doing an artwork for it all right now, but there's not much point giving the state the game is in right now. It does, however, seem like I'm starting to pick up a little bit of momentum at taking care of the backlog of refactoring.

Oddly, I seem to spend time refactoring code that isn't of immediate interest than I do actually coding the game. This may be a bad thing, but I am accumulating quite a large library of reusable code.

2009/11/14: Algorithm Directory

Quite some time ago, I wrote an article that I forgot to post. Today, I updated it and realized I had never posted it. Without further ado, Algorithm Directory is now available.

2009/11/03: Website Updates

I added the game Kudos Rock Legend and removed a number of free games that simply weren't that good. I also combined some of the game genres so that there are fewer buttons in the menu, and the links page only contains games now. The special bundle deal is mentioned in the descriptions for the games, rather than on the front page.

There's no demo for Rabbit Bureau of Investigation as of yet.

2009/11/02: New Forum

I've replaced our old forum with a new updated forum [Edit: Link Deleted.] because the old one was buried in spam to the point where I couldn't do anything about it. It's my hope that this new forum won't have this problem. Unfortunately, the user data and posts from the old forum could not be saved.

Anyone who signs up for the new forum before the end of the year will be private messaged a discount count for 50% off our newest game: Lucky's Puzzle Carnival.

2009/10/26: Updated World of Spells

Ok, this is a minor one. I've updated the article World of Spells significantly, adding more spell effects, summaries for the spell effect types, and reorganizing a few things.

I also modified World of Magic slightly.

The impetus to these changes was adding these articles to the Simugraph Library, a wiki about developing video game RPGs. Comments about these articles caused me to update them.

2009/10/04: RBI Progress Report

Bugs and more bugs. I've been buried in bugs the entire time I've been working on the game. I've spent more time fixing the bugs than I have writing new code.

The demo for RBI (Rabbit Bureau of Investigation) is not being made publicly available as of yet. Progress is being made, but more for the map editor than for the actual game. In fact, progress is only being made on the map editor at this time, though that's about to change.

I just posted this to remind everyone that we're still alive. RBI is going to take a long time to develop, and no release date has been set yet. While nothing is finalized yet, we have a fairly good idea of what the game will look like upon completion.

2009/08/27: New Games

Two new games have been added: Science Girls and Space Junk (a freeware Orbital Cows original). Also, Orbital Bricks (another freeware Orbital Cows original) has been updated to version 2.0.

New logos have been uploaded for Lucky's Puzzle Carnival and Nanotron.

2009/08/25: Website Updates

I restored the Rael banner and the mention of Rael: The Redemption on the Upcoming page. Also, I made a note of a bug in the freeware Rabbits game on the obscure page of this site upon which it appears. The article Time Cost of Walking Vs. Driving (2009) has been clarified slightly.

2009/08/20: LPC Version 1.03

Lucky's Puzzle Carnival has been updated to version 1.03. The Orbital Cows 2009 Bundle has been updated with the same version of LPC. This update only changes 2 things: it updates some of the interface artwork and clarifies the General Instructions slightly.

Also, the recipes have been removed from the website due to low interest. Later, more relevant articles will be added to the articles page.

2009/08/12: Cool Character Generator

Here's the results I got on a What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be? website I tried out. While this has nothing to do with Orbital Cows Entertainment, I thought it would be something cool to post about.

I Am A: Chaotic Neutral Human Sorcerer (3rd Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength-11
Dexterity-11
Constitution-12
Intelligence-12
Wisdom-11
Charisma-9

Alignment:
Chaotic Neutral A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. Chaotic neutral is the best alignment you can be because it represents true freedom from both society's restrictions and a do-gooder's zeal. However, chaotic neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all authority, harmony, and order in society.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

What's screwed up is that my prime attribute is only 9. It's my lowest score, though none of my ability scores are particularly high.

2009/08/06: New Articles

The articles Rant: Federal Holidays and Time for A Modern World have been added to replace the old "A New Calendar" article. The article Time Cost of Walking Vs. Driving (2009) is a 2009 update of the article Time Cost of Walking Vs. Driving (2008). Also, the old article was updated to fix a math error.

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