My OUYA finally arrived today, and boy is it tiny! The box contains the system, controller, batteries, power cable, HDMI cord, and instructions. Overall it feels pretty good, though the controller feels a bit cheapy.
There’s not too much in the software library yet, but I’m guessing that’ll change closer to the “official” launch of the system.
More later once I dig into things.
UPDATE: My Gamestop Xbox 360 controller works great with the OUYA!
I’ve just started working on a new game for ElemenT Dice, tentatively called Meteorus. The game will be a set-collection type game with a weather-control theme.
I hope to have the rules finished up for initial play testing by the end of the week, and then I’ll post them here so everyone can play and give me feedback.
If you don’t have a set of ElemenT Dice, you can snag them inexpensively right here.
My first WBO tournament was a huge success, so I’m holding another one on May 25th.
This time I’m holding a Zero-G format tournament, which uses the rocking stadium released in Japan. It looks like that I’ll be holding regular tournaments from now on, though not as close together as my first and this one.
I’m hoping to hold another in July either at Connecticon, or at a local park again. More info once I know what’s going on.
Every good backyard needs a fire pit!
We have an area of our yard totally shaded by tall trees that doesn’t grow much grass. I figured that’d be a good spot for a small pit, so over the weekend I ringed it out in stone, dug it down a bit, and lit our first fire.
The kids love it, and it’ll be nice to sit outside on cool, spring nights and have a toasty fire to roast marshmallows over.
Remember the cozy office space I’ve been working on? Well it’s gone. It’s been deconstructed.
Why, you may ask, would I do such a thing after working on it for a good amount of time? Well we decided that space would be better used as a reading nook for the kids, so everything has been removed from the space to get it ready for painting.
The plan now is to move my office space to the basement, and use the rest of the basement as a rec room for company. We’ll be donating a lot of old toys the kids don’t play with anymore, and moving what they do play with upstairs. While the initial idea of using the basement as a play room for the kids seemed good at the time, they just don’t really go down there that much.
My kids are really into Beyblade, so it’s gotten me into it also. Of course I love to research into just about anything I’m interested it, so I came across the World Beyblade Organization just before the holidays. It’s a great site with forums, a wiki, and other community features.
Another thing the WBO does is allow volunteers to host tournaments all over the world. A quick search showed that there haven’t been any tournaments in Connecticut, so I put things in motion to set one up.
Now, I’ll be hosting the first ever Connecticut WBO Beyblade tournament. Information about it is here (registration required.)
I’m hoping that not only will my kids get a kick out of it, but other local kids will too!
I’ve hit a snag with my reclaimed wood gaming table, and that snag is the face that my garage is a complete mess. What’s a dude to do? Clean the damn thing out! I’ve finally got an annual pass to the local bulk waste center, and I’m taking van loads over trying to get rid of everything we don’t need anymore.
Once that’s set, I should have enough room to continue work on the table. It’s OK, though, I’ve had plenty of time to come up with new ideas for how to build it while I haven’t been working on it.
With the release of Sprite World, a free mini-setting for the Paragon Universal Role Playing Game, I decided to go ahead and redo the Tremorworks website. Using the Portafolio theme, and making the site more product based, I feel like it’s a step in the right direction. We don’t update the site much, so it makes sense to feature only the products available so people can get the information they want much quicker than on the old site.
While at Toy Fair I set aside some time to talk to Games Workshop about getting Purple Pawn back in the PR loop. I also talked about getting some products to review every now and then.
Well after a great meeting, they sent me home with 40k Paint Set that also comes with a squad of 5 Dark Angel Space Marines. It’s been a long time since I’ve played 40k, so I was pretty excited.
Back in 2003 I sold my entire Space Marine army to help cover costs for my wedding. I by no means regret doing it. Now that my wife and I have kids, it seems like a great time to get my oldest into some miniature gaming. Starting with this paint set, and hopefully some more review product that’s on it’s way, I’m going to get back into 40k and chronicle my progress on Purple Pawn.
As soon as I start posting my progress over there I’ll make sure to link to the series from here. I’m sure it’ll be interesting.
I’m currently at Toy Fair, and I had my meeting with Hasbro yesterday.
What an amazing tour.
Right now I’d just like to post some sweet pics of some new Transformers products on the way to stores this year from the Fall of Cybertron and Prime lines.
FoC: Combaticons and Bruticus
FoC: Blaster and Soundwave
Prime: Beast Hunters Prime
Prime: Prime and ???
In these photos you can see Blaster, Soundwave, Grimlock, Metroplex, and the Combaticons from Fall of Cybertron, and Optimus Prime from Season 3 of Transformers: Prime (titled Beast Hunters).