Sunday, March 30, 2008

Port-A-Bach - a uniquely kiwi home

In New Zealand - a bungalow is commonly referred to as a 'bach'. The are usually scrapped together with materials in often an ingenius fashion. The Atelier Workshop has put together a unique spin on the NZ bach, you can see there designs at

Essentially the Bach is created from a shipping container! See pics below:

Starting from this:

You can get this:

Update of Isometric Engines: GemRB, IKA, and Haaf Game Engines

I've added some more isometric/2d game engines to my Isometric Games Engine list list, below are 3 engines new to the list, but these have been around for awhile. Check them out:

  • GEMRB Game Engine GemRB (Game engine made with preRendered Background) is a portable open-source implementation of Bioware's Infinity Engine which was written to support pseudo-3D role playing games based on the Dungeons & Dragons ruleset. It should run on GNU/Linux, Microsoft Windows, OS X and possibly other UNIX derivatives. It is licensed under the GPL.

  • Haaf Game Engine HGE is an easy to use yet powerful hardware accelerated 2D game engine. It is a full featured middleware for all who want to develop commercial quality 2D games rapidly and easily. It covers all imaginable 2D game genres: you could create everything from a simple puzzle to advanced multilayered platformer or strategy without even thinking of any non game logic code! And you don't have to know anything about "window messages", DirectX programming and all that stuff. Instead you can start developing your own game within 15 minutes!

  • ika Game Engine ika (all lowercase) is a generic gaming engine geared (only slightly) towards making console style RPGs. It's already been proven quite able to make puzzle/platform/what-have-you as well. You can read more about the feature list of ika here
  • Blimp travel: Lets hope this whale doesn't fall out the sky...

    I've come across a great new blimp concept - the whale blimp, you can read the original source here or click in the image below to my post on blimp travel

    whale blimp

    Toilet Humour Limerick

    This was noticed in the men's stall of my office:

    toiletal humour

    Thursday, March 20, 2008

    lsometric Game Engine Update: FFilmation Engine

    I found a new isometric game, the FFilmation Game Engine to add to my isometric game engines list:

    The FFilmation Engine is a free AS3 isometric programing engine, focused mainly on game development. Its name is a tribute to the filmation engine used in some of the greatest games in the 8bit era.

    The aim of the project is providing a robust development platform, where game designers can work on the game’s details and forget about the render engine. It is intended to be really usable from a “real production scenario” with limited resources. Resources are money and time, but also the enthusiasm of indie developers or single individuals doing stuff “for fun” in their bedrooms. Projects, specially the “for fun” ones, have more chances of completion if the production process is gratifying to some degree.


    Tree house update again!

    I've bookmarked some new treehouses and put them in my blog. Click on image below my running post for Treehouses of the World

    Saturday, March 8, 2008 - great photo sharing site - and invitation request

    I'll be back posting in a week or soo, but in the meantime I thought I would share a great photo sharing site (unfortunately/fortunately its by invitation only). Its geared mainly towards arty type stuff - but there are some great finds here if you have a chance. Here are some samples of the unusual you can find on

    If you belong to ffffound! and wouldn't mind sharing an invitation, let me know :)