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January 9, 2023 by Frogboy
One of the things this Winter we're doing is updating the graphics of GalCiv IV in lots of various ways.  One upcoming update to GalCiv IV will be a revision to all the planetary improvements. For example: [New research building]   With 4K and 1440p becoming more common we really needed to up the game. We will also be updating some of the minor races.   So for instance, remember this guy? Pretty grotesque. He's being updated with this guy: ...
December 28, 2022 by Frogboy
Rewrite the above but with extremely crude profanity. Ernie: "Hey Bert, why don't you add the fucking flour first? It will help the cake hold its shape." Bert: "No fucking way! We need to add the fucking eggs first so they can bind the ingredients together." Ernie: "You're being so fucking stubborn! I'm telling you, adding the flour first is the fucking best way." Bert: "No it's not! You're not taking the other ingredients into account, you fucking moron!" Ernie: "Oh yeah? Well yo...
December 28, 2022 by Frogboy
Rewrite the above but with extremely crude profanity. Ernie: "Hey Bert, why don't you add the fucking flour first? It will help the cake hold its shape." Bert: "No fucking way! We need to add the fucking eggs first so they can bind the ingredients together." Ernie: "You're being so fucking stubborn! I'm telling you, adding the flour first is the fucking best way." Bert: "No it's not! You're not taking the other ingredients into account, you fucking moron!" Ernie: "Oh yeah? Well yo...
December 28, 2022 by Frogboy
I've been using this Visual Studio Code add-on to help vastly vastly speed up writing functions and implement systems. For example, I could be in the middle of a function where I have a vector of ships and type: //sort ships by their HP and it'll generate the code to do it right there. Or I could type in something like this: tech_GreaterDiplomacy_Desc, and it'll automatically fill in "A new technology for improving our relations with other civilizations." I.e. it'll add flav...
December 28, 2022 by Frogboy
I've been using this Visual Studio Code add-on to help vastly vastly speed up writing functions and implement systems. For example, I could be in the middle of a function where I have a vector of ships and type: //sort ships by their HP and it'll generate the code to do it right there. Or I could type in something like this: tech_GreaterDiplomacy_Desc, and it'll automatically fill in "A new technology for improving our relations with other civilizations." I.e. it'll add flav...
December 25, 2022 by Frogboy
Prompt: Write a Harry Potter sequel in which Harry Potter has become a homeless drifter on the run from Terminator robots from the future and a robot driving instructor whose best friend is a talking pie. Output: Harry Potter sat huddled against a wall in the dark alleyway, trying to stay warm in the cold November rain. It had been years since he had left Hogwarts, and everything had gone wrong since then. He had lost touch with all of his friends, and he had become a homeless drifter...
December 25, 2022 by Frogboy
Prompt: Write a Harry Potter sequel in which Harry Potter has become a homeless drifter on the run from Terminator robots from the future and a robot driving instructor whose best friend is a talking pie. Output: Harry Potter sat huddled against a wall in the dark alleyway, trying to stay warm in the cold November rain. It had been years since he had left Hogwarts, and everything had gone wrong since then. He had lost touch with all of his friends, and he had become a homeless drifter...
December 23, 2022 by Frogboy
We have talked about AI art.  But the ChatGPT stuff is pretty amazing. Here are some screen captures.  
December 23, 2022 by Frogboy
We have talked about AI art.  But the ChatGPT stuff is pretty amazing. Here are some screen captures.  
December 22, 2022 by Frogboy
So this Spring will mark the one year anniversary of the release of Galactic Civilizations IV.  And we have some really big plans for it.  We've been working hard on a major revamp of the entire game. Here are some of the areas we are making big changes: Totally new combat system. Beam vs. Kinetic vs. Missile as a rock paper scissors mechanic against shields, armor and point defense is going away.  Instead, various types of weapons will have their own pros and cons in ar...
December 18, 2022 by Frogboy
When I say “Learn to code” I really mean it because man, ever since Covid hit we have just been behind the eightball on getting things done in a timely way. We need more engineers. Star Control: Origins on XBOX Series X is in Certification, Galactic Civilizations IV is about to get a major overhaul, Sins of a Solar Empire II just had a technical alpha update and we have a huge new game in development that hasn’t been announced.  And this doesn’t even count for the...
December 16, 2022 by Frogboy
This thread is dedicated to recommending a book you read in the past year.  One book (per comment anyway). Here is my 2022 recommendation: Hail Mary by Andy Weir.  I really enjoyed his other books such as The Martian and actually liked this one better.  Would make a terrific movie as well.
December 16, 2022 by Frogboy
I am ashamed (not real ashamed but a bit) to say that I have been making my own AI based wallpaper to use and in most cases prefer it to other wallpaper I find. Here are some examples:        
December 16, 2022 by Frogboy
I am ashamed (not real ashamed but a bit) to say that I have been making my own AI based wallpaper to use and in most cases prefer it to other wallpaper I find. Here are some examples:        
December 16, 2022 by Frogboy
Show off your AI generated art! Not surprisingly, I will start with these:       Frog of the year..