The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ Kaze Tachinu) scenery
I’ve watched this at least a hundred times.
Vagante is a pixel art platforming adventure with RPG elements, permanent death and procedurally generated levels with gameplay inspired by Spelunky, Castlevania, Metroid, Dark Souls, andDungeon Crawl: Stone Soup.
It’s a seriously tough game, with a steep learning curve and Dark Souls levels of difficulty, so you’ll die quite a lot. But as in Spelunky, every play through is unique, thanks to the procedurally generated levels and the vast amounts of loot and equipment which you’ll find or purchase. This equipment can be equipped through an RPG style menu system, binding items to various body parts and unlocking special abilities which will aid your progress.
Each play through in Vagante is a venture into the unknown, packed with deadly monsters, traps, cool surprises and lots of lovely loot to make it all worth while. It draws comparisons to Spelunky, Magicite and Chasm, but it really is shaping up to be a wonderful cavernous adventure in it’s own right.
Looks great, sounds great ! Definitely keeping an eye out :)
Book 2 of Vattu ends tomorrow. Book 3 starts in around a month.
These are updated images for the site. The Book 3 image is sort of a spoilerless stopgap; still thinking about what to make it look like without giving too much away. It took me a while into book 2 to figure out what its title would be, but I think I already have a pretty tight hold on what 3 is thematically about, so that is the title almost 100% for sure.
Per Capita Personal Income, US, 2012
Opening Scene of Guardians of the Galaxy or more like Peter Quill showing his dancing skills.
Are Male and Female Brains Different
This is a 9-minute clip from last night’s Colbert Report which is longer than what aired, it includes a discussion on vertical take off/landing of electric jets. Here is the 6-minute version that aired on Hulu.
Colbert shows a F9R take off/landing and talks rapid reusability and Mars, Tesla open patents, and jetpacks. Musk mentions that you’ll be able to name your Tesla with the next software update, and has named his Tesla Old Faithful.
It’s easy to identify an ebony jewelwing (Calopteryx maculata) because no other northeastern damselfly has all-black wings. This is a male, and he’s guarding a territory and looking for mates. If a female comes by, she’ll signal her opinion of him using her wings: spread wings mean “Nope” and a wing flip means “Hey, hot stuff”.
Just a reminder that I’ve got a nature blog! It’s all photos that I’ve taken in the field, along with a little bit of natural history.