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N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: NANY 2021: Only 8 Weeks To Go!
« on: November 18, 2020, 12:42 PM »
The NANY Template still has info from NANY 2019...

DC Gamer Club / Re: Factorio - Automate All the Things!
« on: November 18, 2020, 01:29 AM »
Speaking of Factorio...

Factorio 1.0 has just released! I think I'm about to lose another 30-80 hours of my life... :o :D

I think I was at around 350 hours logged when I wrote that. Now I'm at about 580 hours logged. :-[

I played a full game by myself, a full game multiplayer with a friend, started another Let's Play of the game which I ended up abandoning and I think I just finished playing it normally without keeping recordings of it, and then I played another full game with the self-imposed rule to build virtually everything in "city blocks" after seeing this video by Nilaus:

And v1.1 has been announced with tons of Quality of Life improvements, so I'm definitely going to be playing even more after that launches.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Factorio - Automate All the Things!
« on: November 18, 2020, 12:57 AM »
If you wait until you're tired of Factorio, you'll never give Shapez a try. :P

I have nearly 600 hours logged playing Factorio, possibly many more which weren't properly recorded by my game launcher of choice, plus many tens of (if not 100+) hours watching YouTube videos of other people playing Factorio, and I'm currently fighting off the urge to dive into yet another round of the game. I noticed after my most recent few play sessions that I tend to spend about 30-40 hours at minimum per save, if not 10-30 hours more. At which point I've successfully launched a rocket (or several) and have started to feel the urge to start anew and/or feel I should set the game aside for a while so I can spend some of my free time doing something else with my life. :D

I tried the free version of Shapez a few days ago. I got bored with it before finishing the demo, but finished it anyway since there were only "a few" more levels left by the time I got bored. I think I spent about 2-3 hours total with the demo of Shapez before finishing it. It just didn't scratch the same itch for me.

I guess in Factorio I feel like I'm working toward something "meaningful" but in Shapez I feel like I'm just working toward doing the same thing I'm already doing, but maybe faster or something? I guess an analogy is that Shapez feels like a puzzle game to me, like Sudoku or a crossword puzzle, where once you've spent a few minutes learning the rules you are basically just doing the same few things over and over forever in slightly varying ways. Whereas Factorio feels like a much more dynamic and interesting thing, where after playing nearly 600 hours with it there are aspects of the game I still have barely touched or not touched at all. I'm filled with ideas and aspirations of how I might like to try things differently the next time I play, in order to try to find a (subjectively) "better" or "more fun" way to accomplish something in the game. Almost every time I play, I realize I've been making mistakes every time I played in the past, learn new ways to do things, and of course make new mistakes along the way.

There's nothing inherently wrong with Shapez. But it's just not satisfying to me. It's like the creator of Shapez isolated and surgically removed a very basic and tiny part of Factorio and packaged it up into its own thing. It has some semblance of the full thing, and is an interesting thing in and of itself, but ultimately (in my opinion) it falls short of the full experience and satisfaction I get from solving all the various "puzzles" or problems that present themselves to me in Factorio.

Shapez can be boiled down to basically:

  • "Mining" things
  • Transporting things (on conveyor belts)
  • Splitting or combining things
  • Delivering things to the single, central location.

In Shapez, the miners are free and limitless, and the resources they mine are limitless. Whereas in Factorio, the miners cost resources to produce, and they require some form of power or fuel to run, and the source of resources they mine don't last forever (requiring you to go out and find new patches of resource to mine up).

In Shapez, the conveyor belts are free and limitless. Whereas in Factorio, the conveyor belts cost resources to produce, and at least in the earlier stages of the game, require you plan ahead with how many belts you will need, or have to go back to your belt factory to collect more of them.

In Shapez, the point of gathering the limitless resources and splitting/combining them into certain shapes is so that you can... gather more limitless resources and split/combine them even faster? You deliver certain shapes to the central location in order to unlock upgrades that increase the rate at which miners, belts, or combiners/splitters operate. Yes, you could say that in Factorio you gather and combine resources so that you can gather and combine even more resources even faster. But in the case of Factorio, that would be extremely reductive, whereas in the case of Shapez it's merely a mostly accurate statement.

In Factorio, you're actually making "things" that serve various purposes. Weapons, armors, gadgets, flying bots, ammunition, science facilities, miners, belts, cars, tanks, trains, pipes, assembling machines, power generators, walls, etc. In Shapez you're just making shapes so you can make more of the same shapes (as well as more complex shapes) faster.

I don't feel like I'm doing a very good job hitting all the points I want to make, or explaining the ones I am hitting, but I also feel like I'm talking in circles a bit, so I'll just summarize with this TL;DR:

I find it interesting that even though I spend a lot of time doing in Factorio what is essentially the same thing I did in Shapez, I find it much more enjoyable in Factorio because the thing I'm doing is the means to a much bigger, more complex end that feels much more meaningful and much more like an accomplishment to me. In Shapez, the means is the end, and I can't help but keep asking myself "why am I still doing this?"

General Software Discussion / MOVED: 3D Arrow
« on: November 17, 2020, 10:44 AM »

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: November 16, 2020, 09:25 AM »
Butcher is free for the next couple of days.

Obligatory "In These Uncertain Times" Commercial

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: November 14, 2020, 08:20 PM »

Living Room / Re: Reliable notifier with web interface
« on: November 13, 2020, 06:42 PM »
On your Android device, go to search and say "OK Google" (or tap the microphone icon) followed by something like:

"Set alarm for 3 hours."
"Set reminder for November 16th at 3 PM."

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 12, 2020, 07:54 PM »
I just know that it's going to take a long time.

It didn't take very long for me. I think by the time it told me to reboot to perform the upgrade, it was finished with the process in less than 5-10 minutes.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 11, 2020, 06:05 PM »
I got the 20H2 update earlier today without issue. Running the "winver" command displays:

Windows 10 Pro
Version 20H2 (OS Build 19042.630)

So you're telling me that he's on the far side of the truck, stretching his arms all the way across the back of the vehicle so that his right hand is that close to the near side of the truck? I don't believe it. It defies reason. I think Shades is right.

Further evidence that it's not true: There's another guy in the photo who is actually on the far side of the truck, pushing. He is, visually, just under the arms of the guy in the truck bed. His right hand is at the very edge of the far side of the vehicle. And he's not as high up as the guy in the truck bed, who would be standing just a couple feet behind him if he were not in the truck bed. And the far side of the truck bed occludes our view of his body, but not the legs of the guy who is in the truck bed.

All evidence in the photo affirms that one of the people attempted to push the vehicle is doing so from inside the truck bed.

But even if it is true that the guy who appears to be in the truck bed is actually on the far side of the truck, having to lean that far to the side would certainly remove virtually all of his leverage. So it just shows that no matter which is true about the position of his feet, he's not being very helpful in actually moving the vehicle.

(FR though, look at his legs.  He's on something behind the truck pushing)

It looks to me like he is in the truck bed, being useless. What I see is his legs are between the near side and the far side of the truck bed.

(Click to zoom)

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Humble Store Giveaway
« on: November 03, 2020, 12:07 AM »
Kingdom: Classic is free on Humble for the next several days.

I use tabs like I should use bookmarks.
Welcome to the club  :-[
Probably worth getting some kind of session saver then. I not often using chrome, but liked this one:

Thanks. I'll look into that. :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2021: Incipitor
« on: October 30, 2020, 05:34 PM »
I just used it to create an item in the Start Menu. I disagree that "it's not so useful" with Vanilla Windows 10. I don't care so much about the organization of my Start Menu, but being able to press the Win key and start typing the name of what I want to run and then press Enter to launch it is made so much easier for those portable apps now that I have Incipitor.

Before, I would create a shortcut in the app's directory, then right-click it and select "Pin to Start" which didn't just put it in the list of apps in the Start Menu, but also made it show up as a tile on the start menu, quickly adding to clutter.

Now I can just right-click, select Add to Start Menu, customize the name of what it appears as(!) and it's done. I like it a lot!

You're welcome! :) It's one of those extensions I recommend to everyone who's using more than a few Chrome tabs/windows at the same time.

I use tabs like I should use bookmarks. So that definitely describes me.

Sucks when some random event causes my browser to forget all the tabs that were open in the previous session though...

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: October 30, 2020, 05:10 PM »
What's new in the Windows 10 20H2 update?


Summary: Not much...

  • Right-click the clock in the tray.
  • Select "Adjust Date/Time"
  • Deselect "Set Time Automatically"
  • Click "Change" below "Set the date and time manually"
  • Set the time and date to your preference.
  • Click "Change" to confirm your changes.

Date & Time Settings.png
Change Date and Time.png

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2021: Incipitor
« on: October 30, 2020, 02:39 AM »
It works! :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: N.A.N.Y 2021: Incipitor
« on: October 28, 2020, 08:29 PM »
I tried the new version and it still doesn't do anything for me. :(

DC Gamer Club / Re: Ludum Dare 47: October 2nd-5th, 2020
« on: October 27, 2020, 10:31 PM »
The final results are in! Here's how Chrono Crash scored out of 2406 other jam entries:

  • Overall: 334th (3.859 average from 34 ratings)
  • Fun: 231st (3.875 average from 34 ratings)
  • Innovation: 374th (3.719 average from 34 ratings)
  • Theme: 91st (4.297 average from 34 ratings)
  • Graphics: 765th (3.594 average from 34 ratings)
  • Audio: 291st (3.79 average from 33 ratings)
  • Humor: 925th (2.5 average from 25 ratings)
  • Mood: 720th (3.466 average from 31 ratings)

Thanks for highlighting this. I installed it after seeing your post here and am liking it so far. :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2021 / Re: Incipitor
« on: October 27, 2020, 04:56 PM »
I know you recommend using it with Open Shell, but I decided to try it out with the default Windows 10 shell, since it's not clear to me from the description whether or not it works at all with the default shell.

I downloaded it and ran it and... nothing happened. It won't open. No errors, no flashing windows. No icon hiding in the tray. Nothing. I don't even see a process start up and disappear in the Task Manager (though I may not be looking in the right place for that).

Thinking maybe it was getting caught by Windows Defender, I right-clicked the zip file and told Defender to scan it. It found no issues. I also uploaded it to Jotti and VirusTotal. Jotti had no warnings on the zip file, the exe, or the dll. VirusTotal did have some warnings on each.

Considering what it does, I assumed VirusTotal's warnings were false positives, and I disabled Windows Defender and tried to run it again. Still nothing. I even tried running it as Administrator and nothing happens. :-\

I don't need audio, but mp4 file animations tend to have better quality and smaller filesize.

It's a mystery I'll never understand, but for some reason the internet seems to always converge on using the least efficient means possible of transmitting information.

Images of just words, when plain (or rich) text would be better. Resulting in lower quality and much larger filesize.
GIFs instead of proper video files. Resulting in lower quality and much larger filesize.
What's one of the best places to find and hear nearly any song in the world for free? It's at YouTube in video format. Resulting in a much larger filesize than necessary.

Yep - downloads at 50mbps+ for about 2.5 seconds then drops me to about 56k speeds o.O

Glad to know I'm not the only one experiencing it. I've been having some issues with my ISP lately and I couldn't be sure if what I was experiencing was a localized thing or if Blender's website was throttling everyone.


Thank you. I am familiar with using magnet links for torrents. :Thmbsup:

OK Torrent is working for me so when it's done in like 8 minutes I'll drop you a direct link (which won't throttle your speed lol)
Ok link sent to your DMs on Discord :)

Between the two of you, I've got it taken care of. Thanks again to both of you!

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