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Findcraft, a Minecraft-based scavenger hunt

Posted 1 year, 11 months ago at 11:30. 1 comment

Minecraft diamond oreKristina was out-of-town this past weekend. I decided to take the kids to the Museum of Nature, but I wanted something to draw them out of the standard parts of the museum that we tend to gravitate towards out of habit. Even I get bored of the dinosaurs eventually.

Given their recent interest in Minecraft, this is what I came up with:

FINDCRAFT: a Minecraft-based scavenger hunt
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FINDCRAFT is a Minecraft-based scavenger hunt. The version above is customized for the museum I was going to be visiting. Assuming you have some knowledge of Minecraft, rudimentary Photoshop skills (mine are very rudimentary), and some prior knowledge of your own local museum, you could easily customize the scavenger hunt for your own purposes.

For instance, if I were going to take the kids to the Museum of Civilization, I could easily swap out some of the animals and ores, and replace them with skeletons, villagers, glass panes, or anything really. The Minecraft wiki has transparent PNGs for all the blocks and mobs in the game, so you can mix-and-match to your heart’s content. The goal is not necessarily to complete the sheet, but to encourage exploration. Good luck convincing the kids of that though. 😉

Isla in the Earth Gallery

Did it work? I think so. We still spent our requisite time in the wild bird clinic and with the dinosaurs, but we also visited the Animalium for a change, and the kids discovered that they *LOVE* the Vale Earth Gallery.

Pop me a note if you find it useful or come up with an interesting variant. Enjoy!

Current Tunes: Above and Beyond - Group Therapy 33 | Filed under Family, Gaming, Science

Kick, Throw

Posted 6 years, 1 month ago at 23:45. 0 comments

Street Fighter 2 Champion Edition Arcade FlyerOne benefit of giving up WoW is that it has given me time to re-kindle my passion for arcade gaming. And by “arcade” I of course mean “MAME on my laptop,” because arcades don’t exist any more, even less so in rural Nova Scotia. Sniff.

I’ve broken out some of my old standbys, but I keep coming back to my all-time favorite quarter sink, Street Fighter II’ – Champion Edition. In honor of the game that captivated me so thoroughly between the end of class and the start of work every day for years, I’ve added a Twitter feed to my sidebar and given it an SF2-inspired title, Little Birdie Patterns.

The title won’t mean much to anyone who’s not directly related to me or who didn’t help me spend the GDP of a small nation learning Vega‘s air throw, but I think the web needs more self-referential crap and nostalgia, don’t you?

Current Tunes: Above and Beyond - Trance Around The World 263 - Cosmic Gate - 2009-04-10 | Filed under Gaming, Nostalgia, Pop Culture, Software

Saying /goodbye

Posted 6 years, 1 month ago at 00:10. 5 comments

Just takin' a breakMy World of Warcraft account expires tomorrow. I am letting it lapse and retiring from the game.

Not much of a mystery as to why. In the end, it came down to family.
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Current Tunes: Above and Beyond - Trance Around The World 264 - Woody van Eyden - 2009-04-17 | Filed under Family, Friends, Gaming, WoW

A fiendish plot to eliminate the meal of dinner

Posted 6 years, 1 month ago at 10:51. 1 comment

I beat my parents at Wii Sports this morning, but not by much and certainly not by as much as I had feared/hoped. Example: I had to bowl a turkey in the final frame to pull ahead. We all lamented the golf controls.

Of course, the very fact that I’m playing video games with/against my parents, and that they own a Wii (and I don’t) and are using it for fun/exercise kinda blows my mind.

We’re through the looking glass here people.

Current Tunes: Nothing | Filed under Family, Gaming, Pop Culture


Posted 6 years, 4 months ago at 00:41. 0 comments

I didn’t mention this in the list of calamities in the previous entry because it didn’t even rank, but last week also saw patch 3.0.8 go live for WoW, cutting the effective DPS of my hunter from 2900 to around 1900.
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Current Tunes: Above & Beyond - Trance Around The World 251 - Cosmic Gate - 2009-01-16 | Filed under Gaming, WoW

WoW Realm Status extension, v0.6

Posted 6 years, 6 months ago at 18:12. 0 comments

I’ve updated the Wow Realm Status extension so that it now properly parses both EU servers and RP-PvP servers. Kev offered me scotch. I told you that would work.

Current Tunes: Grid - Swamp Thing | Filed under Firefox, Gaming, Open Web, Software, WoW

My first extension, sort of

Posted 6 years, 6 months ago at 13:41. 1 comment

puzzle piece3 years later, I’m still playing WoW. With the recent expansion, we’ve seen a return to lengthy queues and frequent server downtimes as issues are patched. As the father of two small children, I don’t get a lot of time to play, so last night I went looking for a tool that would show me the status of my realm at a glance so I would know whether to even bother trying to log in.
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Current Tunes: Chicane - From Blue To Green | Filed under Firefox, Gaming, Open Web, Software, WoW


Posted 7 years, 2 months ago at 10:34. 0 comments

Tommy: Did you hear I finally graduated?
Richard: Yeah, and just a shade under a decade too…all right.
Tommy: You know a lot of people go to college for seven years.
Richard: I know, they’re called doctors.

Just in time for 2.4 too, where it will quickly be obsoleted. Sigh.

Current Tunes: The Ventures - Theme from "The Wild Angels" | Filed under Gaming, WoW

Savante pulls a chair up to the big kids’ table

Posted 7 years, 4 months ago at 09:50. 1 comment

TAS_Hydross_th.jpgAncient Sun took its first baby steps into SSC on Saturday night. We managed to down Hydross, and cleared through to Lurker (who looks like he’ll be cake for next time) before we ran out of steam. The stat report is here, and yes, that is me at the top.

Current Tunes: Herve and Sinden - Essential Mix - 2008-01-05 | Filed under Gaming, WoW

Sonic what now?

Posted 7 years, 7 months ago at 12:33. 0 comments

Two Street Fighter links for readers today:

Current Tunes: V - Tokyo Slapdown | Filed under Gaming, Music, Nostalgia