Hurdles, a New Game not on Itch

For my level design class final project, I needed to make a platformer in Unity, and my god is it terrible. I’m not sure if it’s possible to be dyslexic but just in Unity, because I think I’ve got that. I mean seriously, you nonexistant readers have been following my adventures trying and failing to learn how to code since 2012, and I couldn’t believe how hard this still was. And all it was was just making a bunch of squares out of ProBuilder and adding a free-to-use third-person platformer dude from the Asset store, but it was an act of congress to get anything to work properly. I needed other students to help me with literally every single step, but Hurdles is finally the absolute bare minimum of what would consider itself a completed game. So if you wanna try it, here’s the link, only on


I’m only doing this because I firmly believe that any work unpublished is being under-used. Half of my success in this industry involves forcing myself to finish any projects I touch, in order to bolster my portfolio. Normally I’d spruce up Hurdles and add shit like music, but it’s really, really not worth it. Just give it a go if you want to see a game trying desperately to have a plot when the author doesn’t know how to add textures and can’t use any mechanics other than jumping puzzles.

The Aabicus Dragon

Kinda unusual situation happened tonight. Be warned, this whole blog post is entirely pointless. If you’re looking for something about game development, look no further.

Basically, while trying to find something unrelated I stumbled across this wiki page for an MMORPG I’ve never played called “Shroud of the Avatar.” It looked like just a gigantic list of random dragon names, including the ‘Aabicus Dragon.’ Now, this isn’t the first time my avatar appeared in a bizarre, probably procedurally-generated list (aabicus was also the subject of a word pronunciation video that somebody’s bot spat out), but I do like to get to the bottom of whenever it happens because it’s a weird enough word that it rarely appears anywhere by accident.

And it turns out, this wasn’t an accident at all. The Domesday Book of Dragons was a Patron reward on Kickstarter. Anyone who donated $200 could choose to have their name included in the book (though the codes appear to still be sold for as low as $20, which would explain why the list is so huge). That’s really weird to think somebody else willingly chose the name Aabicus in a username setting. I can’t help but wonder if they were referencing me, since it’s not really a string of letters that would come about on accident. When I was young and just starting out on the internet, I chose the name because (1) abacuses are cool (2) the double A would help me show up first on any alphabetical lists, (3) it had the letters A, B and C in alphabetical order, and (4) grossly misspelling the name would make sure nobody else on the internet was using it.

Until now, I guess.  I wonder if that guy’s gonna start using it anywhere else. Guess it’s a good thing I’ve got it SEOed to the nines.