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Happy Holidays!

Hey everyone!

 

I am hoping you all have had a wonderful holiday season!

I’ve been extremely busy, but sadly, I forget to update the blog…

 

So here is a big update to get us caught back up.

 

First, I’ve been streaming regularly again, and we’ve nearly gotten back to the same number of viewers we had before my long break earlier this year. I’ve been playing a lot of Minecraft, Don’t Starve, Path of Exile, and several MMOs and other games.

 

We’ve had nearly $150 in donations in two months now, which has gone to getting new games, doing some more giveaways, and, we just launched our second dedicated Minecraft Server! This one is specifically for running mods. Currently we are running the BloodNBones Hardcore Server, to test stability and mechanics for the server before we open it up for everyone.

 

I’ve also been working on my bot, and it is nearly feature complete for a first release. I want to make sure to set up some kind of docs or a wiki or something for it, as it isn’t as user friendly as some of the other bots, so it needs to stand out, and be clarified.

 

Between Dan (twitch.tv/defiantdaniel) and me, we’ve been getting a good community going, playing several games together and working on several servers, which has been loads of fun.

 

I’ve also been continuing the (nearly) weekly Programming session. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling well last weekend, so I missed an episode, but we are up to Episode 5. We’ve gotten a lot more views on twitch (getting 10-50 a week, depending, simultaneously), but not many views on youtube yet. Oh well, they’re there for down the road if anyone finds an interest in them.

 

 

Alright guys, getting ready to do some streaming for New Year’s – might be going out later, but we’ll see. Happy New Year all – see you on the flip side!

 

Ajax

Dual Streaming with DefiantDaniel – and a big donation!

So last night I tried my hand at co-streaming with another guy.

I had previously streamed with other people, but he had the great idea of embedding a view of my stream inside his own, to provide context of the other player for viewers, I naturally did the same and we both got quite a few viewers and a lot of people enjoyed the experience, so will definitely be doing that again.

If you haven’t already, check out twitch.tv/defiantdaniel – he’s a pretty cool guy.

 

Also, Loot donated $69.69 to the stream, which will go toward new games, new giveaways, and probably some special request for him, but that is pretty exciting.

 

Cya guys around,

Ajax

CenturyLink vs Comcast

TL:DR – Comcast wins, at least for now.

 

So if you have been following me on Twitch or Facebook or whatnot, you will know that I have been incredibly excited after finding out that CenturyLink now has Fiber Internet available where I live, and then ordering it about 2 weeks ago.

Since then, though, it has been little but a gigantic pain in the ass.

After initially ordering the service, I was told to call customer service about getting a Static IP and how to use my own modem, since I wanted to run servers and whatnot, and use my own modem to have more control and cut costs.

First call: There is a language barrier, as the associate on the line had a thick Hispanic accent and had a hard time understanding me. On top of that, this particular associate lacked even a basic understanding of how CenturyLink/DSL worked, let alone internet service. After carefully explaining that CenturyLink provides a dynamic IP unless you specifically buy a Static, and no, ISPs DO NOT by default all give out static IPs, we then went on to several other subjects. Eventually I’d had enough and asked to speak with a manager or other associate who knew what they were talking about. Click… That is the first time I have been directly hung-up on by customer service for any ISP, appalling.

Second call: Again a language barrier with a Hispanic woman. Again issues with explaining what I needed and how things worked. I ask to be transferred to a manager much quicker to complain about twice in a row having this issue. I get put on hold for about 30 minutes before my call is terminated.

Third call: Static line, associate sounds like he is whispering but my voice seems to come through. Luckily, this one knew something about what he was talking and we eventually figured things all out – Phew!

Fast Forward two weeks to today. After finally receiving my install kit (UPS was pretty dumb about their delivery, yay, ended up having to spend $6 to get the whole thing reshipped or something like that… O.o) I set up my internet.

Setup was a breeze, got online, everything is good. Go to check my internet connection.

37.5 download (had ordered 40 so that is perfectly good), 3.5 upload (I had ordered, again, 40 upload, so this was NOT good).

So I call into CenturyLink, rather worried I’d get the same poor service. As it happened though I got connected to an extremely helpful lady who answered my questions about my account (can’t login online for a month etc.) and then transferred my to Tech Support. After talking with the Tech for a bit he is confused as he sees a 40/5 connection on my order (I had asked the first lady and she had confirmed my connection was correctly set to 40/40 earlier) – so I said I was confused how it could say two things and asked what we needed to do. After a few minutes on hold he got me connected with their “special” customer service. I say special simply because I do not recall the term they used, but it was indicative of higher level stuff. Anyway, the lady confirms my account shows 40/5 and I explain that I was shown, and signed, and bought 40/40 – and that my sales associate had insisted that it was indeed “FiOS” – not the DSL I apparently had gotten.

After several minutes chatting (again, everyone on this call was helpful, so CenturyLink is sitting at 50/50 on customer service in my tally), she was able to grab someone else who actually had a map of service (seriously – how can it be so difficult to figure out where your own services are available?!?!) that showed that the Fiber internet was mostly on the west side of the city, and had not been run to my location, there was fiber to the node, sure, but not to the location, so the best they could do is DSL for now. So they canceled my service, and I just finished driving through rush hour to get the modem returned, and now I am back with Comcast.

So I guess, to finish, a little one Comcast I have had nothing, absolutely nothing, but excellent customer service from Comcast. And this is what annoys me, I, like many, am concerned with Comcast buying out other companies and supporting the whole “internet monopolizing” that we have here in the USA – but it is really, really hard to support the “little guy” (if you can call CenturyLink that lol) when they sell you more than they can deliver, have customer service that don’t understand their own product and basically are a pain to accomplish anything with. My concern with Comcast, though, is that there is a cap on data usage (currently not enforced, but we’ll see) – and I have a dynamic IP. Wanting to be able to do more than your average user I have contacted them to upgrade to a business plan (only way to get a Static IP with Comcast… there is a reason but still incredibly frustrating that they chose a model that requires this) for faster internet, uncapped internet, and that static ip. My internet bill, for 50/10 speeds, static ip and modem (have to use a comcast modem for static ip, another limitation that sucks), it was coming out to a little over $135/month – are you kidding me?!?! To get any higher upload speeds that price goes up very quickly. They do say speeds in the area are doubling soon (for comcast) – I assume to compete with the new Fiber coming from CenturyLink – but they weren’t clear on whether that doubling applied to upload as well or not. For reference I am currently getting 60/10 internet (residential only, no equipment rental as I own the modem, no static ip) and it is about $75/month.

Lastly, I had called Comcast after getting CenturyLink ordered to confirm I was not on a contract and could cancel, and they said yes, and tried to find a way for me to stay, briefly, but listened and understood why the FiOS was a better option, and said to just call in when I was done to cancel with them. A couple days later my internet starting acting up, and I called it in, Comcast sent someone out the next morning (I called late at night) and had me fixed no issues – despite my stated intention of cancelling my service. So, for now, I just need to figure out how badly I want to run that server for now, and if I can wait for CenturyLink or Comcast to get faster speeds out here or not.

 

Cheers all

Path of Exile – RIPs

So I have been getting into Path of Exile a lot lately, playing some Hardcore – Ripped my witch character twice, and on to attempt 3.

 

Doing a fair bit of theory crafting and whatnot… Also will be playing Minecraft and probably some other games soon again!

Also, I am planning to do more game programming videos, and will be updating my youtube with highlights more frequently!

Pyweek is here! And Minecraft Server(s) up!

I haven’t been posting here as regularly as I promised, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy!

I updated our forum to a phpBB forum, and edited the theme to match the rest of the site (as closely as I can, sans internal colors and some weirdness in the header)

I also set up a minecraft server running from my house that hosts our original community world, and HzEh donated a professional server running a brand new 1.8 world! Details for both can be found in the Minecraft Forum!

Pyweek has also begun, and we are now into our second full day. Unlike previous years I am going solo (except help from the stream) – but this will probably turn into a team once people start turning in art (several have volunteered to help :D)

Also, unlike previous attempts I am just using raw Pygame, instead of a prebuilt map/gui/etc. engine. This choice has actually helped as we’re nearly finished with the core game engine already, and have several days left to work on content and logic. Usually we end up doing that on just the last two days…

 

Here is a screenshot of what we are up to currently:

mid-day3

 

The theme is “One Room” – so our game idea is to be based in a zombie apocalypse, you wake up up and have only a few minutes to select what tools in your room that will help you survive, and get out of there!

Along the way you will find other survivors, battle lots of monsters, explores different buildings and hopefully reach the evac point and escape!

 

Having a blast so far, cheers all

Ajax

Upcoming Ideas

Hey Everyone,

So work has been taking up most of my time again, sadly.
But, I am planning to take some time and really get back to streaming again.

I am kind of feeling like playing more Hearthstone, Path of Exile and Dota 2 soon, but might change that.
I am also thinking about joining a Pyweek Competition that will be starting soon. And, assuming I do that, I will be streaming it while I code. This will give the opportunity for me to demonstrate how to create a simple game from the ground up.

Let me know if you guys think that would be cool!

Ajax

Responsive Design

I know I don’t have any readers yet, but trying to get into the habit of updating this frequently, so it stays a habit!

What I am working on now is a new layout for the pages, as what I have right now is kind of clunky/ugly. I’ve only been able to put a few hours into this, but almost have something nicer (I think) done.

So the next goal is to work toward some responsive design – to learn it, and so when people visit the site on mobile it looks good still! Right now it is sort of responsive in some pages, but the fonts in particular are not, and each page seems to be handling the responsiveness differently, which kind of sucks.

Anyway, will keep this updated!

Ajax

Upcoming Content

Hey guys,

Just wanted to let you know that, while I have been very buys of late, I do still have plans for the stream and other things, notably getting a website up!

I hope to get back to a consistent schedule soon, and get some more content on the website, and some more games to play and do more giveaways – so if there is anything you want to see on the website or stream, let me know!

Any suggestions or offers for help will be appreciated, as my time is still severely limited – but… that “should” be changing very soon!

See you guys later!

Ajax