It is of no surprise to frequent readers of my blog that I am a proud gamer. You can still find me playing a game from time to time to relax. Be it Starcraft2, stupid games on Facebook, an old school copy of Bard's Tale on my ipad, or Gears of War 3 on my XBox 360 with my brother. Games are something I love. Why, because I am part of the generation that remembers and experienced the golden age of gaming first hand. I remember playing Bard's Tale on my Apple 2e. Opening Wasteland to find the manual of passages and swapping 5 1/4 floppies on my Apple 2GS. The days of Ultima, Wing Commander, Doom, and XCom. Buying a serial port joystick so I could play XWing and Tie Fighter. Enjoying the Sierra games of King's Quest and other great story driven games like Grim Fandago. Those days of where story and content mattered over graphics and speed are long gone.
Of course, thanks to GOG (Good Old Games), you can play many of these games on your PC today. As mentioned before, you can play Bard's Tale 1 on your iPad. If you missed these amazing games, you can still try them for the first time (or the 20th time as some for me). But I thought the days of playing new stories like these were gone. The World of Warcrafts, Madden, and Call of Duty franchises are fun, but not the same. Boy, was I wrong.
So about a month ago Double Fine, the game studio created by Tim Schaffer, started a project on Kickstarter.com to raise money for a new adventure game. They wanted to raise $400,000 in 30 days to fund the game and a documentary of the making of the game. How did they do?
$100 of that is from me. Not only will I get some great goodies from this, but I get to play a game that I have waited years to play. Let's remember, this is only the third one million plus kickstarter project. WOW.
Yesterday, my #1 game of all time, Wasteland, got it's own Kickstarter. Wasteland 2 needs $900,000 to make the game. Here is where it is as of the writing of this blog post:
Far more than $100 of my own money is part of this. I can not wait!!!!! At 1.2 million, they will do a OSX edition. at 1.5 million, they will do a linux version.
For those of you that do not know, Wasteland is what inspired the Fallout Series. Wasteland was the first sandbox game. I.CANNOT.&$^%ING.WAIT! If you love games, you can donate just $15 and get a copy of the game.
My OpenNTF.org retirement starts today
Thu, Oct 2nd 2014 9:16a John D Head As of 10 am today, I am officially no longer part of the OpenNTF.org elected Board of Directors. Itâs the first time since the rebirth of OpenNTF.org in 2009 and elected officers that I am no longer participating. I made the decision a year ago to retire and it was the right call. I will miss OpenNTF.org and working with it actively, but I knew it was time to do something new. I have been really active with STEM in Chicago and a non-profit called Lumity, and I have to pick where I spend my [read] Keywords: application
Speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014
Mon, Sep 29th 2014 9:46a John D Head I am very excited to announce that I will be speaking at SharePoint Fest Chicago 2014 on December 8 - 10, 2014 at McCormick Place Convention Center West. This is not a user group, but a paid conference. The session: DEV 201 - Beyond Responsive Design â Turning SharePoint into a mobile and modern web application platform John Head and Chris Johnson - PSC Group When you think about building modern and mobile applications with SharePoint, most people think about responsive design. [read] Keywords: application
ProgPower 2014 - An Experience of a lifetime
Mon, Sep 22nd 2014 12:33p John D Head So those of you that follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram know this - but last week, I was lucky enough to attend ProgPower 2014 in Atlanta. I made the first ProgPower 15 years ago here in Chicago, but this year's line-up really was a no brainer for me. So we all have our own musical tastes. Mine have shifted in the past 15 years or so. I used to really love the power metal style - think Helloween, Stratovarius, etc. along with progressive - my readers know how much of a Dream Theat [read] Keywords: ibm
Taking a new role at Lumity - Outreach Director on the Executive Committee
Fri, Sep 19th 2014 10:03a John D Head I am really excited to announce that I have accepted a position on the executive committee of the Board of Directors of Lumity as the Outreach Director. As a current board member, this just extends my involvement. I have been lucky enough to help with the business development processes and performance the past two years, and in July took over as the chair of the Operations Committee. My new role is slightly wide open in terms of specifics, but it will let me get more involved in an organization [read] Keywords: community
Inviting you to particpate in the IBM Domino/Notes Community Survey
Tue, Sep 16th 2014 1:33p John D Head Have you ever wondered what other companies plan on doing with IBM Domino? Now is your chance to find out. PSC has committed to collecting feedback from Domino users worldwide, and sharing the results of this survey back to the community. Please take 30 seconds to answer the questions below and share this URL via social media. The more responses gathered, the more valuable this information is. Letâs work together to capture the big picture view of where companies see Domino in their futu [read] Keywords: domino
Fri, Sep 12th 2014 6:56p John D Head So my blog turns 11 today. [add comments about number of blog entries] [read] Keywords:
PSC Group reconigized by Inc 5000 and Chicago’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Tue, Sep 2nd 2014 12:06p John D Head Over the summer, PSC Group received two recognition's that I wanted to highlight. The first was back in June. PSC was named one of 'Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For' for the third year in a row. PSC Group was also named to the Inc 5000 for the second year in a row, jumping over 1000 places since last year. This is a testament to the amazing team at PSC Group. Congratulations to everyone! [read] Keywords: