Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category

Wrap-up of Junethack 2017

By K2 on July 10th, 2017 at 7:38 pm EST

About ten days late on this, but oh well ;)

Junethack 2017 has come and gone, This years tournament was much more cutthroat than previous years. Teamsplat (the team I play with) came in 2nd place overall, ending our 1st place reign from the last few summers. A new clan, Order of the Cockatrice, came out of left field and dominated the tournament at about the half-way mark. Clan Dislexiapater took an early commanding lead, with two of their members tying for 1st place in overall individual trophies, but wound up taking 3rd place overall as a team.

Lots of new talent compared to what I’ve seen in the past. Much tighter race to the top, which I believe all playing were happy to see. Had a lot of fun, and am already looking forward to next summers tournament.

Server bits – the Hardfought NetHack server saw a significant amount of use during the tourney, and in my mind, we’ve proven that we’re a legitimate, quality NetHack server that the community enjoys playing on. Received a good amount of constructive feedback, so improvements are in the works to make what we have here even better. SporkHack is now hosted here, and we’ve been fixing some bugs and adding functionality to that variant, with more fixes to come. Tangles also just recently pushed a significant fix for curses interface across multiple variants, greatly reducing the lag experienced when using that interface.

Thanks to all for the games, the banter, and the competition. Looking forward to the same next year!

Junethack 2017

By K2 on May 30th, 2017 at 12:35 am EST

The Junethack NetHack + variants tournament for 2017 is about to begin. Registration was opened up about 24 hours ago, and the month-long tourney will start at midnight (UTC) on June 1st. Hardfought’s NetHack server has been approved as an official server for the tournament – you’ll see Hardfought as an option when assigning servers/variants to your profile. Very excited, and looking forward to seeing how our server holds up. If you’re playing this year and use Hardfought as one of your server choices, be sure to join #hardfought on irc (freenode.net) – the bot will announce games, and if you have any issues, being in the channel will be the best way to get help.

I earned a few trophies last year, will see if I can double that number this go-around ;) Happy hacking all, and good luck in the tournament!

Nethack 3.6.0 released

By K2 on December 9th, 2015 at 2:16 pm EST

Yesterday, a new version of Nethack was released, bringing the version up to 3.6.0 – this is the first new release of this game in over 10 years. Lots of bug fixes, incorporation of many of the most popular patches, and new content. The download and release notes can be found here – http://nethack.org/common/index.html

Love this game, it’s one of my all-time favorite computer games I’ve ever played. And arguably the most difficult computer game ever made just got harder with this release. Enjoy.

I got a new computer. Oh snap.

By K2 on March 3rd, 2013 at 4:06 pm EST

desktop001Oh snap is RIGHT. After nearly 2.5 years of chugging along on my super-slow little netbook that could barely run three tabs in Chrome at the same time, I’ve got a new system. Got my hands on an ASUS K55A series laptop. Nothing too high-end, but it does have a third-gen Intel core i7-3630QM under the hood and the HD 4000 integrated graphics is no slouch when it comes to gaming. I fired up Dragon Age and Team Fortress 2 last night just to see how it would perform. Couldn’t max out the graphics like you’d be able to using a dedicated ATI or Nvidia graphics solution, but I didn’t have to settle for minimum settings either. The CPU runs nominally at 2.4GHz but it will boost up to 3.4GHz (in the screenshot you’ll see it’s down-clocked to 1.2GHz when not being taxed to save on power). Four dedicated cores with hyper-threading enabled… everything runs pretty smooth, at least everything I’ve thrown at it so far. So, when time allows I may play a few rounds of TF2 or maybe try out something new. Gonna revisit some old RTS games I really like also, like some of the Command & Conquer series. And I can’t wait to use Photoshop or decode DVD’s on this system, should run fairly fast. Lemme know what games you guys are playing right now. Woot!

Merry Christmas!!

By K2 on December 25th, 2012 at 11:36 am EST

Merry Christmas!! Just wanted to put that out real quick while I had a moment. It’s mini-K2’s first Christmas this year and she had a very exciting time. Out of everything she got, it was the mallet from the xylophone that was the biggest hit. And the wrapping paper :)

So merry Christmas everyone and have a happy new years also.