I’ve got nothing this week, so I’m offering a world.
My wife and I have been sick the past week or so, which has left me with not a lot of mental bandwidth for my regular posts and writing. Also, my attention span is short, but at least I find that I’m more easily amused. One thing that amused me probably a little too much this week was Oskar Stålberg’s Polygonal Planet project. It comes in two forms; downloadable, which you can find along with a description of the “game” at the link, or playable-in-browser, which is here. The premise is simple, really, you basically build or customize your very own little planet with ice caps, and plains and forests, and even cities. All through the use of some very simple tools and pointing and clicking.
I spent a little time playing with the one on-line. It’s fun, once it finally loads, which does take some time.
It’s worth the wait, though. There aren’t people running around on the planet you create, but the water flows and it even has its own, little moon orbiting around it. It’s oddly peaceful to watch slow turn on its axis once you’re done editing, as night flows into day, over and over.
One word of advice that’s not clear; if you want to remove something that’s there, right-click on it instead of left-clicking.
Anyway, if you’re sick like me, and not up to full capacity, it’s a fun diversion. Honest.