Hi, I'm Dan Higgins. I'm here at the Intel booth at GDC 2017, and I want to tell you about Lords of New York, my game. Lords of New York is a 1920s poker RPG, which means it's a game about cheating in poker. So originally there was a movie, Rounders, with Matt Damon. And I loved that movie and I wanted to make an experience where you felt like Matt Damon.
I was like, who shouldn't feel like Matt Damon, right? Everybody wants to. So I want to give you these superstar abilities in poker, so that's how we gave these abilities. Like, how do I build intuition into characters when they go into poker, and make them come in and feel like they can read someone's body language and all that kind of stuff? So that's kind of the genesis of how we created Lords of New York. So it is a story-based game, so while there's a multiplayer component, there's a story.
And then the quests motivate the poker. So poker is like your combat, but you know you're not just out there to win money. You're traveling around New York, you're trying to win this tournament, but you're thrown in jail and you're trying to get out of jail, and all this kind of stuff. So all this drama, but poker is like your main combat. So we set our game in the 1920s, because if there was ever a period of time where I felt attached to, it was 1920.
And specifically it's 1927, which was a crazy year. It's like the Lindbergh year and the Babe Ruth year and all these famous murder trials, and there's a whole bunch of stuff that went on that's insane in that year. And so we actually kind of follow those events. They happen and you kind of get clued into it while they're happening. But really it's the era and the history that we love so much.
You know, prohibition, obviously. These are gangsters. So you're working around in a gangster world and even if you're not playing a gangster character, still prohibition is a big influence.
So one interesting element that you might find fascinating is, we did everything in 2-D, right? So Lord of New York is a 2-D game. But we wanted to add body language to our characters and we wanted to make our characters dynamic. So we actually built a brand-new type of 2-D animation system. So if you go to check out Lords of New York, you'll see that each character is a single texture. So we're able to do all this kind of expression dynamically with a single texture, which I know you game developers will love.
I'm going to be having a tool come out later which will allow all of you to do this as well. I was really introduced to Intel gaming through the Intel Buzz Workshop in Seattle. So I went to this workshop, and Lords of New York won the contest, which was amazing.
It was so incredible. And so we actually got, the award was a Brix machine. And that Brix machine turned out to be super vital for us. It was really cool. But from there, we had lots of great relationship moments with them, including, like, it plays great on Intel .
So being an indie developer, being a person who writes their own engine, I need all the support I can get. Nothing's free, nothing's given to me, so I have to-- QA, for example. All the indie developers have to battle this QA battle of, like, how do I get people to test my game try this website?
I don't know! Intel was able to put it through a hardware compatibility lab, crash results, performance results, all these things that-- it's a huge unknown, sending it out into the world and being like, I have no idea if it's going to play on everybody's machine. Getting back a chart of where things were in hardware was super valuable. So we're really grateful for Intel.
Obviously, I have a long history with them, VTune and TBB, which is the concurrency libraries I use. So I do a lot of heavy concurrency inside Lords of New York, which sounds strange. But I do lots of poker simulations to do the AI. In fact, you can go to Intel's website to find an article on our AI for Lords of New York if you're interested in that kind of personality-based AI stuff.
So Lords of New York is out on early access on Steam, so it's Mac and Windows right now. Later in the year it'll be on other platforms, but the primary right now. You can go there and it's multiplayer and our single-player preview.
So you can get a feel for what the single-player narrative will be like, but in several months you'll be able to actually play the full story, with chapter one of the story. And we're going to be developing Lords of New York over many years. So we're going to continually add characters, like a MOBA. You'll get a new character every month with new abilities and things like that.
If you are legitimately looking for a job right now, you may want to make a cover letter to turn in with your applications. A cover letter is basically a preview that lets employers see what they may be able to read more about in your resume. Think of it as an intro – something that should entice a hiring manager to work with you in the future. Once you have an idea of what this cover letter should include, you will have an easier time writing one good enough to get you a job in the future. Here are some tips to help you create the perfect letter to go along with your perfect resume, also important to check your letter by resume editing services.
An Example of a Good Cover Letter
It may be a little cocky of me to say that I have a good cover letter, but I have had several of my clients tell me that they were intrigued by my application because of how well-laid-out my cover letter was. I figured you may want to see a sample of it so you can get a clear understanding of what you should be aiming for in yours. Let’s take a look, shall we?
To whom it may concern:
I’m an experienced, communicative, and quick responding content developer, and I feel that I’m well qualified to handle your position. I have written on a variety of subject matters in the past 3 years, and I am flexible enough to work under any assignment stipulations. I have received nothing but perfect reviews from all of my clients because of my high standards, quality control, and constant communication with my buyers. You can check out my work profile at: (link to my work profile)
Most of my work does not have my name on it, but I currently run 70+ blogs and mini-sites for several clients online. Some of those blogs include:
Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to hear from you soon.
I send this out to people that I apply to work for online, and it gets me a job just about every time. I actually don’t have to apply for work anymore because I have developed a sound enough reputation on the web, but this thing still works whenever I need it to.
How to Write a Good Cover Letter
If you want a cover letter that is actually going to land you a job, you need to highlight your major accomplishments from the start. Explain the qualities and skills you possess that make you the best fit for the job, and try to showcase the information that employers would logically want to know about. That will give you the best chance at landing a job.
Try not to make it too wordy because employers will just skim over it. Bring out the best information about yourself, and then tell the employer to check resume for more information. You should be good to go after that.
Family camping with a dog adds a whole new set of issues to your camping trip which you must deal with after giving in to the kids pleas to bring BOZO camping.
Now you must ensure that the camping site you are visiting welcomes pets, have they rules for keeping pets. You also have to consider how he is going to travel, have you a suitabble dog box, personally I dont like having the dog in the passenger compartment and prefer to use a dog crate, this can also double up as the dogs secure area / sleep area whilst camping. Foldable dog crates are safe and secure and ideal for camping.
How does your dog interact with other animals, is he going to spend any free chance he gets trying to devour Misty the cat or is he like our Jack Russel, who has no problem facing down an Alsation. Is the dog likely to wander, because of the new found freedom and strange area. You obviously have to bring adequate dog food, utensils and sanitary equipment to ensure the dogs welfare is well looked after.
The article below gives further insights and goes through some good sites that are ideal for family camping with a dog.
Like all campers, dogs enjoy forgetting their domestication and rediscovering their wild side. They love getting out and playing in rivers and lakes, roaming through forests and meadows and generally reveling in their primal instincts.
Inviting your pooch to join you camping provides rewards for both. Dogs also love the new sights, sounds and smells — especially the smells — only found in the wilderness But, it’s not all fun and games for canine campers; your four-legged friends also have to understand that the wilderness has limits…
Like every aspect of family camping, camping with a dog requires thought and planning, if you and your family are to enjoy your camp vacation and your pet is to remain stress free.
Having trouble sleeping in the RV? Whether you are used to long distance travel and camping or you've been doing it all your life, at one point or another, you may find yourself looking for tips on how to get the rest you need in order to enjoy the fun of RV travel and camping. After all, going camping and taking in the brilliant scenery to be found while you're on the road is supposed to be fun, and whether you're talking RV travel or water skiing on the nearby lake, fun can only be enjoyed to the fullest when you are well rested and alert.
Fun is the reason most people refer to the many tips that are offered on today's RV travel and camping websites. Meanwhile, tips that help people sleep through the night or at least enjoy a more productive sleep are just as prevalent, and one of them is the pillow. Pillows come in all different shapes and sizes, but no matter which variety an RV travel and camping enthusiast prefers, sometimes a personal pillow is all it takes.
As you may have guessed, the first tip is to try bringing the pillow you sleep on at home. Studies prove that people sleep better and more soundly when they are in their own bed. While you can't bring your bed along on your RV travel and camping adventures, you can certainly bring your pillow. Of course, if you've already tried the home pillow tip, feel free to read on.
If the only time you have trouble sleeping is when you're in the midst of an RV travel and camping adventure and you've tried the pillow trick, your favorite blanket, and such things as temperature adjustments, the next tip is to considering reading a good book. While you may find the book "un-put-down-able," as they say, eventually reading almost always induces relaxation and sleep.
For the final RV travel and camping tip, try switching to another bed. Sometimes, all a person needs is a simple adjustment, and while the location may not seem to be a problem it's certainly worth a try if it means you might just get some rest!
If you are looking to go camping this summer and enjoy the great outdoors with yoiur friends or family then you will obviously want to get yourself some camping gear. Buying camping gear from scratch for the first time can be expensive. There are, however, several options such as second hand camping gear or taking advanatage camping gear sale.
As you probably already know, any kind of activity can never be completely felt if your materials and equipment are not enough. So that you will be able to enjoy the experience you really have to make sure that you have everything that you need. However, it is not only important that you have the complete set of tools because it is more important that you have the right one. And if ever you have to purchase, you have to be careful because you want to have what your money is worth and not something that has a low quality.
When starting out on your camping experience most people are interested in how to save money on purchasing camping equipment from various stores and internet web sites. They will usually pick the cheapest and settle with it because they think that with proper care, they can make it work and still last for a long time. This may seem sensible but you must realize that this is not the way to do it.
If you want to save money by buying cheap equipment, you are just doing the contrary because you are wasting it. However, this is not always the case and you need to be careful as some cheap gas stoves can end up being dangerous if they are defective or cheaply made. As a scout leader that does a lot of camping I always look around the end of season sales to purchase my camping gear and will buy the best that I can afford
Another great resource is the internet. There are several websites that can provide for an online camping gear sale service. This method is very convenient because you will not even have to leave the comfort of your house. Another great reason for buying on the internet from sites such as Amazon is that previous customers have often provided useful and relevant reviews.