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The Best and Worst of GDC


After a big week at the 2012 Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco, I thought I would share some of the collective wisdom of team ROBLOX. Here are our picks for thumbs-up and thumbs-down from the show.

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Speedtree

Ultra-fast tree modeler for AAA games. It’s awesome to see someone in person, pulling branches out of a trunk, like magic. Gives us ideas for advanced stamper parts in ROBLOX. Such as a tree that you insert with 3 clicks: 1) Click where you want the tree to go, 2) Click how tall you want it, 3) Click how wide you want it.
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Travelbloxxers – Journey Into PlaceRebuilder’s World

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When I first heard about Trading Worlds, I was a bit skeptical. From what I had heard, it was a state of the art place, including its own economy. This made me think of any old RPG place that was lucky enough to wind up on the front page. I wondered if it was even worth clicking on the visit online button, which for me means a few minutes wait while the game loads. When I began to play however, I was proved to be wrong.

Travlebloxxers1When you first begin the game, you are on a cloud, with the ability to choose a job that will shape your actions in the game. With choices ranging from pirate to bartender, including a post at exotic Hawaii selling coconuts. Unlike any game before it, Trading Worlds allowed players to set their own prices instead of a set price. This gives the owner of the goods the ability to haggle with customers, or set a preferred customer discount. The only downside to this is it makes it easy for criminals to take the item before paying for it. Many times I have seen somebody run off with a coke in his hand without paying his due to the bartender.

Another interesting prospect of trading worlds is its player interactions. You often see a player acting more respectful towards the town rent keeper than to a grizzly old pirate. You will notice how players will cheer on the gladiator, but heckle the challenger from lands afar (that is, unless your wager was on the challenger!). A shipper carrying pumpkins into town is often greeted with warm smiles and a free root beer, but a shipper carrying spinach is quickly thrown out. By playing this game you learn a lot about your fellow Robloxian’s personality then you would in Shark Attack by Huntermc.

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However, this game can only be seen at its best with many different people with many different occupations. I enjoy it most when you focus on shipping and trading more than killing and looting. Fighting has become a large part of this game, and it shouldn’t be. Travelbloxxers2The whole point of this game is to trade goods with people who haven’t any for money. With that said, the only downside to this place is the thing that makes this place so much fun. Theft, killing, and looting that is so easily done because of the innovation completely destroys the game and changes it from a civilized and state of the art map to a horribly boring quest to stay alive.

I have to admit that this is one of my all time favorite maps in my almost whole year of Roblox. Its unique game play and innovative style really appeals to more hardcore users who have played for a while. I have to rate this place an 8/10 because although there are many exploitable loopholes in this map, it is still so much fun at the end of a long day. Rivaling classics like Ultimate Paintball CTF by miked and Sword Fight on the Heights III, PlaceRebuilder has hit the jackpot with his newest addition to the Roblox hall of fame.

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Written by Ploober33 -Pictures by Evildemon1123 -Additional support by Chickenbob123

-ReeseMcBlox

Mt. ROBLOX Diaries

Travelogue to Mt. ROBLOX!

Day 1Day 1
We have arrived! Looking up at such a majestic mountain brought tears to my eyes. Since last Tuesday we have been trying to get here, but heavy traffic near Northern Robloxian Airport has caused us to arrive late. But we can finally gaze upon this glorious landmark, knowing that it will stay with us for the rest of our lives.

It’s getting late; we should take one picture then turn in. Let me climb up there now.

 

 

Day 2
We started up the mountain early this morning. Our guide predicts it will take up to three days to climb the mountain, and just half a day to run down. After an exhausting 5 hours we reached a point where we could rest. I wondered if it is possible to reach the top, but then I remembered what Chuck Norris said, “It is possible to get to the top of Mt. Roblox!” Still too tired to realize how strangely specific this celebrity saying was, I rose to my feet and yelled, ”We can climb this mountain easily!” I didn’t realize how wrong I was.

Day 2 and a half

 

Day 3
We were just awoken by a flying teapot hitting the space right next to our camp. Perhaps this was more perilous then we first believed. Still, we survived, and that deserves a picture. More climbing. I’m not sure if I’m hallucinating or maybe the cliffs we are climbing are getting larger and larger.

 

Day 4
Two more teapots hit today, and we are getting near the snow line, but it is so hard to climb. My pickaxe is constantly being used to make the climb slightly easier. No longer do we go straight up the mountain. We are now traveling in a zigzag pattern, forcing us to jump diagonally over gaps in the mountain. One false move and this whole climb may have been for nothing. We are trudging through snow now, making our slow ascent even more tedious. We must make camp before the incoming storm hits.

Day 4 and a half

Day 5
We reached the top! After 3 and 1/2 days of climbing, I am proud to say that I am writing this from the top of Mt. Roblox. I can see everything from here, from the Crossroads Battling Arena in the east to Pixelpenguin’s Aircraft Carriers in the west. However, this day is not a completely joyous occasion.

And directly after this picture of us on top of the mountain was taken, a stray teapot injured our photographer, Masterchiefy, and he had to be airlifted to Chel’s Seattle Grace Hospital. The paramedic said he will make a full recovery, and was lucky to have been with other people when this happened. Day 5

We are going to head down now, and we will visit Masterchiefy at the hospital. We have to rush, so I’m going to end here for today.

 

Day 6
Chiefy is up and walking now, and we are heading home. Here is a lesson for you all to remember: use the buddy system. Without us there to call for help, I’m positive Masterchiefy would have gotten a Wipeout. Next time we will go to a battle arena. Those are much safer.

If I were to rate the time I had at Mt. Roblox, forgetting the tragic event that occurred, I would give it a 7 out of 10, because although I had a great time, the idea got boring quickly, and took a very long time to do. All and all, I may visit again, but not very often. I’ll stop writing now, before I fall asleep.

Written By Ploober33
Photographed by Masterchiefy
Additional Support by Tylord

-ReeseMcBlox