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OnLive Magic

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-04-03 05:59:32

It'll work as long as the Ministry of Magic (Improper Use of Magic Office) doesn't catch wind of it

Typically, around here, you'd be able to witness me berating Vargas for some ridiculous choice in composition or slipshod artwork, but I'm more than capable of turning in some stinkers myself, when it comes to scripts for these comic strips. I think Monday was one of those. Normally, as a creator producing a deadline driven product, you move on and chalk it up as an aberration and vow to crush any such lapses in the future. But that one was so dreadful, I think it was the first time I felt compelled to take another stab at the same topic.

My wife made a valiant attempt to make me feel better about it. She called it "high art". As the slow, driveling and meandering comic strip eventually got to the point, she declared that it paralleled the lagfest latency of the OnLive service I was lampooning. Now, if that had been my intent, damn, I'm brilliant. Sadly, I had no such designs, and if the critical insight has to be explained TO the creator, that definitely sinks it to "low art".

I also had to revisit the topic because I'm absolutely fascinated by the OnLive service. It just sounds so good. "Cloud Computing" has been a buzz phrase for some time, but as applied to gaming? Hrm. You'd only need to make a minimal hardware investment, that theoretically, you'd NEVER have to replace. Games would be instantly available to play, without any trips to a retail store, or even download/install times. It all sounds so sexy.

I just can't figure out how they'll make it work to satisfaction. Streaming Netflix video on a busy night can be frustrating, but streaming a game that requires continual and instantaneous two-way communication? If it works, I'll just chalk it up to magic.

Now Playing - Fallout 3: The Pitt DLC (Xbox 360)
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Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-04-01 23:28:32

Diplomacy II - Fall 1906

The image below depicts the latest state of the board. Larger versions are available for viewing by clicking on them. Sorry about the image quality; my camera is apparently dying.

April Fools'! I couldn't resist futzing with several orders to make France explode:

Aside from the obvious ridiculousness of France's six new builds, England opted to disband two units for his Russian campaign, clearly signifying that England was about to sail back into the teeth of France. Hilariously, Austria didn't even get his disbands in, leaving Sevastopol empty.

This prank was worth it just to force Joel into wasting a day futilely attempting to diplomacize with Vargas to deal with Kang! HAHAHHHAHAA!

Dee Yun Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2009-04-03 02:08:24

Diplomacy II - The Real 1906 Fall

Here are the genuine images for the latest state of the board. Larger versions are available for viewing by clicking on them. Sorry about the image quality; I'll be shopping for a new camera tomorrow.

Play the home version by following these forum threads!

England's lead over France was whittled down to nothing, but he did manage to maneuver into excellent strategic position for his next series of offensives.

France is now tied for the lead. The April Fools' joke aside, the peace with the Brits appears to be holding up, and it's a race against the rest of the world to 18 supply centers. The map looks like two pincers reaching out to destroy any non-English/French.

Austria, having long since burned every available bridge, is in huge trouble. Much like Germany earlier, both England and France appeared to court Austria for aid against the other, but frustration at erratic behavior and stifling negotiations may force the Anglo/French peace to continue. Both parties might come to the conclusion that it simply isn't worth the effort, or even detrimental, to try to ally with Austria.

Turkey has managed to claw back to three supply centers with the onset of understanding support orders. He might scramble together just enough force to affect certain trajectories of this game.

Ask Russia if it's not worth the effort, or even detrimental, to try to ally with Austria.

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