Saturday, August 25, 2007

Grab your bag

You can now pick stuff up in Umbrare. If you're walking along and find some flowers in an odd place, you can pick them up and put them in your bag to save for later. Walk a little further and you can "plant" them in a more appropriate place. Right now there's not a whole lot of items that are able to be placed in your bag, so I guess you'll need to stick with weeds and flowers for now... ...I'll work on that.
To start packing your bag, press "B" or click the bag on the bottom tool bar. Now when you walk over something that can be picked up, it shows up on the "Bag Bar" in the section delineated with the icon shown below. Click it and it is removed from the map and now shows up on the "Bag Bar" in the section delineated by the icon shown above. It has been placed in your bag. You can now walk off with it and drop it off somewhere else. To drop it off, click the item in the bag section of the bag bar, and it is transfered to the tile section and placed on the tile you are currently on. Try it out! As always, let me know if you run into problems.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Umbrare Remembers You

Umbrare used to drop the players randomly on a trail somewhere on the map, but that's changed a bit over the past few days:

  • If it's your first time visiting Umbrare
  • And someone else is currently walking around in Umbrare
  • And they're walking on or near a trail
  • You'll be dropped somewhere near them - this makes it a better experience for you as a first time visitor because you will hopefully meet up with this other player who can show you the ropes (if they're not too new themselves).
  • If there are no other players currently in Umbrare or the ones that are were not near a trail
  • You'll be dropped on a trail - this will hopefully inspire you to go exploring and give you not only the simple joy of discovering new things (howbeit smallish discoveries since it's just a computer world, not the real thing) but also a desire to make your own creations in Umbrare that others can eventually explore for themselves.
  • If you're not new (at least as pertaining to using a given computer)
  • You'll be dropped right where you left last time you visited Umbrare - you will even look the same and be facing the same direction and you might even find yourself saying the same thing you were saying when you left!
  • In any case, enjoy finding your way out of Umbrare!

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Umbrare - the land of light-hearted living is my latest project - It's an interactive game/chatroom/toy that places you on a world with other folks. Once on Umbrare, you can edit your surroundings to your heart's content, go exploring, or discuss the wonder of life with everyone you meet. If you use the link provided above, try going Northwest - that's my brother's realm - he's probably the world's biggest land developer up to this point.

Umbrare is still very much a work in progress - "beta" if you will - so you will probably see a few glitches here and there. Also, comments and suggestions are more than welcome.

(FYI: it works best on FireFox and Internet Explorer 7... news from Mac users, and Internet Explorer 6 is currently treating Umbrare pretty rough.)

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Baby Boy!

My wife and I brought a brand new baby boy into the world yesterday morning. Yes, he's our first, and, like any proud father, I just wanted the world to know!

More about Baby D (including pictures and the like)

Friday, May 05, 2006

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Outer Banks Easter

My wife and I went on vacation this past weekend to the Outer Banks of NC. This is the Easter Sunday sunrise.

We visited the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kill Devil Hills, Roanoke Island's Museum, and both the Bodie and the Currituck (?) lighthouses. It was great!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Baby Boy!

baby boy
It's a boy! I have another picture to prove it, but decided to keep this blog in the G-rated category. Actually, I'm just looking out for my boy. He has to have a little privacy.

Alright, back to work...