Brad Wardell's site for talking about the customization of Windows.
Frogboy's Articles for May, 2021
May 20, 2021 by Frogboy
So how do you make your galactic civilization feel like it’s a living, breathing thing? Put (simulated) living, breathing things in it: characters. We have moved everything that makes sense from being an abstract number to being a character.  Population? Instead of it being 3.2 billion, it's just 3 characters. Every character has stats and background. Every character has a set of skills with numerical values to them.  They also have a backstory and can be interacted wit...
May 28, 2021 by Frogboy
So I turn 50 this year.  It's an arbitrary milestone but such milestones gives us an opportunity to take stock in our lives. I wrote on my Facebook page that I get frustrated being a failure.  My friends and family were quite worried and I should have given more context to my feelings which is what I am going to do here. We all have certain personality traits that can get in the way of accomplishing what we want.  Maybe you just want to lose some weight and you just can't...
May 6, 2021 by Frogboy
DeskScapes is a program designed to make it easy to have really cool Windows desktop backgrounds.  It doesn’t just manage wallpapers - it integrates native animated wallpaper support into Windows.  Version 11 includes a bunch of cool new things that make it pretty compelling for every PC user.  Here is a quick tour of some of those features. Part 1: The interfaceOnce installed, you access DeskScapes by right-clicking on your desktop. The interface is designe...
May 11, 2021 by Frogboy
Galactic Civilizations is a 4X space strategy game set in the future right after humans have launched their first colony ship into space.  The popular franchise is well known for combining good AI, free-form ship movement, and a ship designer. The current edition, Galactic Civilizations III, was released in 2015 to much praise from both gamers and reviewers with particular emphasis on its high replay value, extensive technology tree and clever computer opponents. Now, 6 years later, S...
May 10, 2021 by Frogboy
And so it begins… Make sure you check out www.galciv4.com, and in particular the FAQ and Game pages, which will give you a lot of details on what’s coming. A little backgroundBefore we start, I should introduce myself. I’m Brad Wardell. I designed and programmed the very first Galactic Civilizations game back in 1993 for OS/2. I literally programmed it out of my college dorm room after picking up “Teach Yourself C in 21 days”.  While OS/2 didn’t...
May 10, 2021 by Frogboy
I don’t know if this will be my last AAR of Galactic Civilizations III.   As I type this, the game is about to turn 6 years old and is still going strong. We’ve been working on an update for the game for awhile and are hoping to get it released before the anniversary (fingers crossed).  This AAR will kind of act as a retrospect on the game, mention some changes we’ve made and hopefully be entertaining. I am playing as the Terran Empire.  I c...
May 4, 2021 by Frogboy
I hope you enjoyed season 1 as much as I did!It's going to be a long time until season 2 so I decided to put together an 8-episode guide prediction which I'll share here.I have no inside knowledge but I have read the comic. This post has changes from the comic that I think make it more compatible with an episodic TV show.Obviously, this isn't how it will actually go down. But it is likely to go down something like this so major spoilers. Stop now if you haven't read the comic book.Spoilers...Spo...