Recipe for a Great Spring Day

This spring is making me ridiculously happy, in part because it’s the first real spring I’ve experienced in many, many years. In northern Wisconsin, where I used to live, the ground is covered in snow and ice until April, until it abruptly melts into mud, then bakes in the heat throughout May. “Spring” is what you call the nice couple of weeks that precede the summer heat wave. The weather isn’t much better in northwest Indiana.

Boston winter may have sucked, but it’s making it up to me with days like yesterday and today: sunny, breezy, and cool. It was so nice yesterday that I decided to go work elsewhere, and took  a stroll down to Toscanini’s ice cream in Central Square. There is nothing like eating Caramel Delight ice cream for lunch on a weekday morning to make you feel like being a grown-up is everything you thought it would be when you were a kid.

At the risk of seeming like an unprofessional novice, I will say that yesterday also marked the first time I’ve had two pieces of paid work published on the same day. I could and perhaps should let the occasion pass unremarked, looking on with a cool detachment that says, “This happens to me every day.” But the fact is that it does not happen every day, and yesterday’s milestone was further proof that I am continuing to move the ball down the field. Such morale boosts are important, especially when there are nothing but deadlines as far the eye can see.

The first piece that went up was my GameShark review of Achtung Panzer: Kharkov 1943. No reader of this blog will be surprise to find that I gave it a positive review, but I reserved most of my judgments for the review itself. This game would have been in “A” territory easily with a little more polish and a less infuriating interface, but even with the user-unfriendliness that I’ve come to associate with eastern European PC games, it’s a really good wargame. A patch was just released that I haven’t had time to play with. Hopefully it addresses some of my complaints.

The other piece that went up is a feature on The Hunter and its moral code that I wrote for The Escapist. I’ll definitely have more to say about this game and this piece later this week, but for now I’ll just point you to the article and let you read it.

    • Spades
    • April 21st, 2010 3:20pm

    You’re a guy right? So why do you you cook?

    • The short answer is that I really enjoy it, I’m pretty good at it, and it saves a lot of money. I’ve certainly written a lot on this subject, though. Hit up the “Food” category, and you probably won’t have to look far to find places where I get into it a bit more.

    • Spades
    • April 22nd, 2010 6:26am

    @Flitcraft
    Its just strange to find a guy that cooks.

    • Mithras
    • April 22nd, 2010 8:49am

    Since you made a throw away mention of steel panthers, Shrapnel games bought and is still adding regular patches to both the modern (SP main battle tank) and the WW2 (SPWW2)versions of the game. Due to the nature of the deal the actual game is free but they do charge you for a CD with a few features.

    Just thought I’d mention it in case you didn’t know about it.

    Also cooking guys are perfectly normal to me, wish I was one though.

    • Ooh, good tip. I’ve been kind of hankering to play some Steel Panthers since writing the AP review, and I forgot that it was easy as cruising over to Shrapnel and playing the free versions. Do you have the pay versions? Do the extra features make them a good deal in your eyes?

    • Mithras
    • April 23rd, 2010 8:32am

    I’m sorry to say I haven’t bought the extended version. But it does depend what you want, as far as I can see, if you like the graphics to be sharper and the ability to edit your own scenarios/campaigns. Of course you’re supporting the developers who are keeping the game available and updated, (They recently added IEDs and other booby traps)

    Of course, I’m not incredably well veresed in what the extended version gets you. Though I would encourage you if you can afford it. (I’m a poor student :P )

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