All the wonderful lettuce I've been eating.

All the wonderful lettuce I’ve been eating.

It’s been a long time since I posted anything, sorry for the silence.  Spring has arrived here in the cold north, which means gardening season.  I’m an avid gardener and usually get swept up in the season.  I have about 200+ sq.ft. of garden space this year, filled with perennial fruits and flowers, and wonderful annuals.  This year I am particularly excited because we moved into a new place last fall, so this is the first year of growing here.

When we first moved in, I tilled the earth and decimated the back yard to make room for my future beds.  I also had three raised bed boxes that I had built from our last place.  Now one of those boxes is filled to the brim with lettuces and salad greens, another with radishes, carrots, beets, and spinach; and the third has all my favorite herbs, emanating a wonderful fragrance (great for the kitchen too).  The beds I had dug now have pea vines climbing upwards, with tomatoes right behind them, with many peppers, flowers, and herbs throughout.  The perennial bed has the best flowers that can be grown in Minnesota along with asparagus, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and red currants.  This has by far been the best garden I have built.

Of course, all this gardening has eaten into my programming time, and Fief has been moving slowly over the past few weeks.  Now that the garden is steady and requires little management (thanks to permacultural techniques), I’m ready to return to Fief.  The behavior framework that I outlined previously is working quite well.  Now it is just a matter of filling in the meat on that skeleton.  I might move on to other frameworks in the coming week or two, as I feel I am getting closer to having an integrated framework for the game as a whole.  The goal for the alpha development is to get the core game elements in place with a working API and framework.  After which, the beta phase will be all about filling in content using the framework and tweaking things as we move along.

Thanks to everyone that has been patiently visiting my website waiting for new content.  I am happy to have a regular fan base, no matter how small.  Feel free to email me with questions, comments, or suggestions.

Enjoy the coming summer!   (Unless you are in the southern hemisphere…)

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