$2.33 million

     The Kickstarter for Planetary Annihilation ended Friday September 14th and received $2.33 million of support between the Kickstarter and Paypal donations. The guys at Uber were kind enough to invite me to celebrate with them at their office while they live-streamed the last couple of hours before the Kickstarter ended, and they know how to throw a party. I can't wait for alpha access to start. My congratulations to the Uber crew on a very successful Kickstarter.
     I just submitted what I hope is the last revision of my article for the next AI Game Programming Wisdom book. It has been a far more involved process than I thought it would be. I can't imagine having to write a whole book. Of course, I didn't know I would be this busy when I agreed to write the article. Between work and home life I am amazed it got written at all.
     Work is still super busy. I currently get to spend half of my dev time working on AI related things while the other half is usually spent working on UI. This ratio is changing bit by bit to be more AI focused. It is interesting to see the AI behavior change and evolve over time from being non-existent to being able to make more sensible decisions. A couple of more sprints and it should be in good shape.

Been too long

Wow, I can't believe it has been almost 6 months since my last post. I really need to start keeping this more up to date.

So, where to begin. Back in May I moved off of the Age of Empires: Online project onto a new, still unannounced, project. I am heading up the AI development on this new project, so that is really exciting. This is going to be the first time I have had to write an AI system from the ground up, and it is coming along really nicely. The AI is already able to play the game, just not very intelligently. That is changing little by little.I can't wait for this game to finally be announced so I can share more details.

I have also spent the past couple of months working on an article for the next AI Game Programming Wisdom book. Man, has that been an experience. I thought, hey, I wrote a big long paper to prepare for my GDC presentation, ho hard can it be to turn that into an article for a book? Not as easy as I thought. Fortunately, the section editors were awesome and gave me some great feedback and support to get this article done. I am super excited to get my copy of the book.

In other news, if you have been living under a rock somewhere you may not have heard about the Kickstarter some friends of mine over at Uber Entertainment have going for game called Planetary Annihilation. At the moment they have already met their goal, but they have some pretty interesting stretch goals revealed and I have it on good authority that they have a couple even more interesting ones on the way.

If you have not checked out their Kickstarter page, give it a look: http://kck.st/SoF9jf. If you have already backed it, as I have, awesome! I am really excited to see this game released.

I will try to keep this blog more up to date in the future, regardless of how busy things are.