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June 13th VR Update

Current status with VR gaming:

Altspace VR:  Works with the treadmill easily, just doesn’t have enough content to hold my attention yet.

VR Chat:  Finally appears to be working with my Wizdish treadmill without running backwards, but only time will tell.  Also, using the Rift microphone at the same time is requiring some tweaking.  I have to click the middle of the microphone volume slider and quickly jump out of the menu for me to be heard.  But so far I can move around again!

Skyrim VR:  Appears to be working pretty well.  Not much more to be said on that until I get a chance to spend more time in it.

Sairento VR:  Before purchasing it last week, I emailed the developers about support for the treadmill.  They said that it would be in the next patch!  I got an email this morning letting me know it was in the patch today, and it was!  This game looks like it’s going to be awesome, I just haven’t had much time to spend on it yet.  Bullet-time running around with swords and pistols looks like it’s gonna be fun!  Once I found the right setting in the menu, the treadmill started working quickly, so now I can move around more easily.

Boardgame Backpack Kickstarter

I do a lot of gaming, and carrying around the games is a pain.  Thankfully, there’s a new kickstarter for a backpack that makes carrying all of it around easy.  It’s already going strong, but I’m hoping it keeps picking up, because they’ve recently added some stretch goals to further improve the pack, redesigning portions of it, improving components, and even adding a divider for miniatures and loops for carrying RPG mats.

GeekOn! backpack


VR Blogging

I’m trying something new right now.  I’ve been having issues when I had to deal with typing anything in when I was in VR, either with the controller interface, or trying to awkwardly get to the keyboard while on the treadmill.

Well, no more!  (Hopefully)

Being the somewhat ridiculous guy I am, I have taped a keyboard to the gate mounted on the side of my treadmill!  Now I can access a reasonable keyboard more easily from within VR.  Still have to get used to using this particular one, as it is setup a bit differently from my normal keyboard, and I’m using it blind.

So far, it seems okay, as this is my first blog post from within VR!

I am hoping to come up with a better solution soon, though.  The keyboard will probably get in the way of some games as it is currently mounted.  At some point I want to come up with a 3d printed mount that swings the keyboard into position when I need it.

Now… to test it in normal use!

3D Printer Shopping: First Glance

People often ask me about what 3D printers to get when they are starting out, since I’m the one in my circles who happened to get one first.  I keep trying to recommend a certain chart, but I keep forgetting where it is.  Well, here it is for reference:

Product Chart

This chart allows you to input parameters, and it helps you narrow down which printers you want to look at based on your needs and your budget.  It may not be perfect, but should at least give you an idea of where to start your search.

I highly recommend looking up reviews for the various printers, particularly the video reviews on youtube.  They’ll give you a better idea of how easy/difficult a printer is to use, and what to expect for maintenance items/upgrades.

There are many other things you’re going to want to consider when getting into 3D printing, but this is how I got my start.

Ready Player One

I’ve loved the book ever since I was introduced to it… to the point that I own it both in print form and in audiobook form, as read by Wil Wheaton.  When I read it, I tend to devour the book quickly.  Yes, it has it’s flaws and plot holes, but it’s a wild ride.  Ever since I heard they were making a movie, I’ve wanted to see it.

When it came out, I went to see it as soon as I could… and loved it!

One caveat:  This is NOT a literal representation of the book.  It is a pretty good representation of the spirit of the book.

If you watch it in that light, it is GREAT.  It’s filled with geeky/pop culture easter eggs to the point that many scenes are almost a Where’s Waldo of references.  I’ll have to watch this movie repeatedly to catch a lot more of them, especially the battle scenes.  The scenes were filled with movie references, video game characters (Tracer, Halo Spartans, Starcraft Characters, WOW characters), all interacting with one another.

Image result for ready player one spartans

Also, one of my favorite ships, Serenity, makes more than one appearance, and one of them is a key part of a scene.  Here is the non-spoiler one:

Image result for ready player one firefly

Incidentally, it’s also my opinion of the movie.  This was a fun ride through geek/pop culture, and I WILL be buying it on blu-ray.


Laser Tag

Whew!  I played laser tag with some friends last night, and that was quite a workout.  My legs and lungs were hurting by the end of it, but we had a great time.

If only lasertag weren’t so expensive, and I could find a place and a group to play with on a regular basis, this might be a great workout program.

Game Night on Roll20

Tonight is game night with some buddies of mine.  We went through a diaspora of sorts over the years, and now live in multiple different states.  So, we use Roll20 to play D&D with each other again!  Roll20 allows us to play on a digital map, and keeps track of our character sheets and dice rolls, so we can log in from anywhere, even if we are travelling.

I do highly recommend using an alternate system such as Discord for the VOIP portion of playing the game.  The voice and video over Roll20 has not been the most reliable.