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Blogs / Re: Programming with the kids
« Last post by Dragon on February 27, 2018, 18:49:49 »
I figured I'd update this thread since it was the first one that I found when I was looking for a link to recommend. Here are some sites that you might want to check out if you or your kids are interested in programming. - This is a great place to start! It's has a fun interactive adventure game that you get to write code in. - After, you might want to check out some more languages at codecademy. - This one is my favorite place to exercise, but you'd need to have some of the basics down already for this site. - Maybe the most publicly known due to campaigns to teach programming, this is an interesting one that I've tried and recommend, but I haven't done much on it myself.

By the way, is a great place to adjust your images to upload here. Try 600x400px size to stay under the 512KB limit.
Tyco RC / Re: Tyco 9.6V Turbo Bandit New In Box
« Last post by Dragon on January 17, 2018, 22:24:07 »
Hi Mark, Once again... amazing find! Thanks for sharing the photos. It's amazing to see that there are still Bandit's out there in perfect condition... I guess that goes back to me thinking that I would just want to get the truck out and race it around, meaning that it would sooner or later have some scratches on it, so it's tough to justify the prices I've seen on most of the mint ones.

Would you mind telling us where you happened to snag this from, and maybe even what you paid, simply for educational purposes?
Tyco RC / Tyco 9.6V Turbo Bandit New In Box
« Last post by Mark on January 03, 2018, 16:52:24 »
Well I couldn't believe my eyes when I found this new in box Tyco Bandit! I've been searching for this black/yellow Bandit for sometime now and it goes great with my black/red Bandit.

Tyco RC / Re: Tyco 9.6V Turbo Bandit Nissan Roger Mears
« Last post by Dragon on December 03, 2017, 15:01:09 »
Another example of great work there Mark! Thanks for sharing the photos with us.
Tyco RC / Tyco 9.6V Turbo Bandit Nissan Roger Mears
« Last post by Mark on December 02, 2017, 21:26:00 »
My second build this time using a Tyco 9.6V Turbo Bandit in a Roger Mears racing theme. I swapped the rear end for 9.6V Turbo Hopper rear end for the narrower rear tires to kind of mimic the Tyco 4WD Nissan Racing Pickup, but i may sawp back the Bandit rear end.

Tyco RC / Re: Tyco 9.6V Turbo Toyota Ivan Stewart Eliminator
« Last post by Mark on December 02, 2017, 21:05:56 »
Tyco RC / Re: Tyco 9.6V Turbo Toyota Ivan Stewart Eliminator
« Last post by Dragon on November 30, 2017, 19:42:55 »
Very cool looking!
Tyco RC / Re: Tyco 9.6V Turbo Toyota Ivan Stewart Eliminator
« Last post by scorcher on November 28, 2017, 17:16:12 »
thats a nice sticker and paint job
Tyco RC / Tyco 9.6V Turbo Eliminator Ivan Stewart Toyota
« Last post by Mark on November 26, 2017, 23:45:44 »
I just finished painting this custom 9.6V Eliminator.

Video Games / Last Day On Earth and other survival games
« Last post by Dragon on November 14, 2017, 19:09:53 »
After my wife recently got hooked on The Sims Freeplay, I found that I needed something similar to fit into those few moments that are available but actually take up more time than I really have. 

Somehow I came across The Last Day On Earth - It reminded me so much of another game that I played online years ago that I thought it was a new version of that game. It's been a lot of fun in the short amount of time that I've spent on it so far. The game is still considered in Beta, but it's a quality game. You collect up things to survive, eventually building your home up with better defenses so that you don't lose the food and supplies that you've collected. Zombies occasionally will attack your home, but most of the time you'll run into them in the various zones that you need to go to for finding more supplies. Everything builds on what you have, so you start collecting wood (fallen branches or chopping down trees), leaves (plant fiber), and berries. Eventually you're able to build a small house, and more tools enabling you to make food at your own home, but you'll still need to go out and scavenge. There is also a PVP (Player Vs. Player) element to it... if you're online at the same time as another player and happen to be going to the same zone, you might run into another "survivor" who just might attack you to take your stuff. If your character dies in the game, everything you had on him is dropped right where you died and you'll get a new character, wearing only shorts, starting off in your home territory. If you were killed by a wolf or zombie, maybe you'll have a chance running back to that place and picking the stuff up from your fallen body, but of course, if it was a PVP attack, you probably had all the best stuff taken and might not even find the body when you return.

Just today I went online to look for the older game that I played and I finally found it - The Last Stand - Dead Zone, from Unfortunately, I noticed that it's a game that requires Flash, and I don't have that installed anymore. I really hope that conartistgames will update The Last Stand - Dead Zone to play with the new HTML5/Canvas technology. Anyway, from what I remember a few years back, it was a fun game of collecting and building... trying to get good placement of your survivors in order to defend your home from the incoming zombie hordes. That game seemed to be a lot about positioning for the best defense, but you also had to go out into other zones to scavenge what you could, and sometimes those zones were controlled by other human players who might retaliate by attacking your home.

It's also a little reminiscent of This War Of Mine, which is another mobile & pc game that isn't free, but is worth the price, especially if you can get it during one of the Steam Sales. Although it looks as dark and gritty as the other two games, This War Of Mine is a survival game without zombies... you're just trying to survive with minimal food and water, trying to scavenge things where you can and protect what you've collected from other scavengers. This one is mostly a game of "how many days can I stay alive?" rather than a long running build up. You do get a chance to build up your food and equipment, similar to the two games I mentioned previously, but This War Of Mine starts you off with one character and maybe more will come along and help you live... or they might help you starve to death. The game ends when the shelter that you started in has no survivors left. Some may die while they are out scavenging, some may die from starvation, and some might just leave the shelter because they can't stand to stay anymore. Eventually though... you'll be left with no one and only a counter showing how many days you survived this time around.

All in all, the 3 games that I've mentioned are all great to play and have been enjoyable at some point in my life. Please let me know what you think of these games that I've recommended, and feel free to post here if you have another survival game that you'd recommend.
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