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Hi! I'm a programmer currently living in Indiana. I'm passionate about video games, music, and how programming intersects the two. Here are the projects I've worked on along with tutorials and other various blog posts. More about me

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Moving from Jekyll to Gatsby

For the past month or so I've been wanting to redo my personal site. I wanted to get back into the habit of writing more posts and my old site was getting very out-dated. I've started doing web development at work so I figure I could put my new skill to use in my personal work. Overall I really enjoy my sites new look and I feel like it's going to be much more manageable to work with it in the…Read More

Global Game Jam 2017: A Failed Postmortem

So Global Game Jam just happened last weekend. I didn't have the time to participate all weekend but got a lot of work done on Saturday. Sadly, the team I worked with didn't quite finish because we ran into quite a few issues with Unreal 4 . This year's theme was Waves which to me is actually a pretty good theme. This was the first year I've had a super large team. I ended up being on a team…Read More

A Quick Guide to Game Jams

If you've been interested in game development for almost any decent length of time you've probably heard of a game jam. For those that don't know a game jam is an event where you take a short period of time to create a game. These normally last 48 hours, but I've seen game jams ranging from 1 hour to 2 weeks. This might sound like a very hard task, and it can be, but it's one of the best learning…Read More

Weekly 3D Print Cobra Fan Mount

This weeks 3D print was a much needed fan upgrade for my printer. There are a lot of fan mounts out there for the Wanhao style printer. I went with the Cobra - Rear mounted cooler because of it's looks and placement on the printer. You can check out the .STL and other files over at Thingiverse.com/thing:1090433 . Almost all tutorials and forums will tell you that upgrading your fan is one of…Read More

Scheduling Posts with Jekyll

One major down side to using a static site generator like Jekyll is the lack of dynamic updates. CMS tools like Wordpress allow for scheduling posts for the future which is almost essential for consistent blog posts. So what do you do if you want a static site but also want to schedule posts for the future? Well if you are hosting your site on your own sever then you can easily automate your…Read More

Weekly 3D Print: Hamilton Statue

This weeks 3D printing project is actually a recap of a present I created during the holidays. My significant other is a huge fan of the Broadway play Hamilton, and I thought the logo would make for an awesome statue. Since this was a present I didn't just want to take the 2D logo and extrude it. I wanted to make something bigger and better. So I started sketching up ideas and decided to add some…Read More

Unreal 4 NPC Dialogue System

Most games have some sort of feedback system to let the player know what's happening. These systems can inform the player if they are on the right path, give context to the story, and give help to the player. Dialogue is a great example of one of these feedback systems. For this tutorial I'm going to be showing you have to create an interactable dialogue system in Unreal Engine 4 . You can…Read More

My Favorite Games of Ludum Dare 37

With the final hours of LD37 coming to a close (10 hours left while I was writing this) I figured I'd recap some of my favorite games. Ludum Dare, for those who don't know, is a game jam event where participants make a game in a weekend. At the start of each Ludum Dare a theme is given out and all the games made should use the theme as inspiration. This jams theme was One Room. There are two…Read More

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