Archive for November, 2004
Yep, when you can’t get to a PC with a decent code editor and test Apache server, resort to writing out plans.
There are now two new planning outlines added to the Planning and Development Forum of Shadows Rising RPG. One deals with some issues surrounding the control panel, the other toys with the idea of a modular plugin system. Both are not likely to be implemented until 0.0.6 or later but they set the stage and add some more background structure to work within until then.
My opportunities to code are quite limited this week – the overtime demon has made a return. It’s a temporary appearance luckily – so back to work over the weekend on SR and QS both.
Quick overview where SR is heading!
1. Enable addition of new Game Modules
2. Enable addition of Plugin Modules
So what’s the difference? Game Modules by themselves can add whole sets of new original content. Plugins however will be able to directly extend the functionality of the Game Engine – enabling a far broader range of functions, events and scenarios. I’m looking forward to a completed, production version in the coming year to see how users react to all this sudden creative power…
Ah, yes – Shadows Rising RPG 0.0.5 will be released in about a week.
My own personal take on the climate debate has always been we should clean up our act fast, though I admit the thought of temperatures rising another few degrees wasn’t exactly horrible .
Take my home country of Ireland. I remember, about 15 yrs ago, sitting outside dragging my sled up a hill beside my home, my enthusuasm for the next long slide through snow and grit palpable. Here I am all of 15 yrs later, realising that that was pretty much the last time I ever used a sled. In fact, that was the last time I ever saw snow more than 10 inches deep!
So when I wake up this morning at 6am (early riser that I am), trudge out to the kitchen for my regular mug of coffee, and realise it looks awfully white out there – it came as a very big surprise. Snow? In November? On the Irish east cost? First time in years I’ve seen snow this early, let alone this deep (8 inches sat on top of the car roof!). Maybe all that doom and gloom is accurate, and the so-called global warming is actually going to be the deep freeze as far as Northern Europe is concerned – shudder the thought, what’s next, permafrost?
Maybe today nature has sent a warning my way – if the problems continue, it says smugly, you’ll have more than 8 inches of snow to worry about! Well, maybe I’m personifying a bit too much, and maybe such a freak event is just a one in a thousand random occurance. But it makes one think nevertheless… There has been a lot of freakish climate events around the world. Question is just how freaky are we willing to let it get?
Will we sit back, relaxed and comfortable while WB pushes for oil and gas exploration in US National Parks? While the EU continues opposition to free trade, thereby keeping the 3rd world poor and unable to develop better environmental practices? While the UN becomes threatened by right wing demons just for questioning the acts of nations – which is its purpose, or so I’ve heard? While Kyoto is rejected by some, accepted by many – but in the end hamstrung by lack of real commitment? For many of use – so it seem…
Man, if we all think global warming – or freezing – is about to vanish, we’re either ignorant, insane or just blind. Now it might be good to try out a sled once more – maybe we’ll see what the weather’s like in 2050…