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Other-LiveWe are HackMIT, MIT’s headline hackathon. AUA!

Jul 15th 2017 by HackMIT • 52 Questions • 117 Points

Proof that its me (and that ive been crunching on a new game for the past few months) : https://i.redd.it/mefhxu6ba19z.jpg

My latest game "The End is Nigh" released on Steam yesterday, and i'm here to allow you to pick away at what little sanity i have left!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/583470/The_End_Is_Nigh/

so feel free to ASK ME ANYTHING!

ps: co-creator and programmer Tyler Glaiel (Glaiel-Gamer) will also be hanging out in the comments!

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Ooc, how do you guys feel about the disparity between the more hardcore hackers and the amateurs and how do you try to balance the hackathon for both? When I was still in the scene, my team and I placed at a few majors. We spent a decent amount of time talking to the other top teams, and it seemed to me that that the people who made it to top 10 or so generally "came to win". They had already planned their projects ahead of time, had prebuilt teams, and didn't really take part of the festivities (like they just locked themselves into a quiet room and grinded for 2 days). That doesn't really seem like what hackathons are supposed to be about, but with everything at stake in terms of VC money, jobs, whatever, it's hard to blame them for doing so.

Also, thoughts on the increasing commercialization of hackathons/the plateauing of outside sponsorship money? It kinda feels like the scene peaked 2 years ago in terms of size/money.

Lastly, shoutouts for all the open sourcing you guys do. You guys had the best judging system of any hackathon I've ever been to.

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Are you ever planning on making more stats available for players? Stuff like highest ranking ever achieved and in which season, most played class, class winrates, etc.


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What is your success rate with death row inmates cases? What is considered a success then?

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Will you continue being a rider?


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What is the leading cause of blindness in this region? Is there a dominant hereditary factor involved, or perhaps prolonged unprotected exposure to snow reflection is causing more permanent damage? Or other?

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Hi Ed, I love your games! Two questions. It seems like the majority of your games are platformers, from more traditional ones recently like The End is Nigh and SMB, to more physics-based ones earlier in your career like Aether and Gish.

  1. Is there something about platformers that draws you to develop those types of games often? It seems like you don't have any difficulty coming up with ideas to keep platformers fresh despite it being a pretty old genre.

  2. Issac is a big step outside this pattern, does it interest you to take this even further and develop more games in other unfamiliar genres, like maybe a Super McMillen RPG?


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Thanks for the great question! :)

Re: the beginner/advanced hacker disparity: Honestly, designing the event to such a diverse crowd and thinking about how much we should serve beginners vs. those "hardcore hackers" is something we struggle with every year. I think we're converged on the hope that people come to HackMIT to push their own personal boundaries and do something they've never done before -- and our role is to encourage that and offer the support/environment to do it.

For beginners, it's easier to justify the value HackMIT adds: we offer the workshops, fireside chats, and HackWeek (for MIT students the week before the event) to expose them to new technology they haven't played around with before. We also put a lot of emphasis on having access to quality mentorship, so people who want to make something aren't impeded by not knowing how.

For advanced hackers, we try to make it so that they aren't just going through the motions of doing something they've done or seen a thousand times before for the sake of impressing a sponsor/event judge or a flashy cash prize. This factors into things like our pre-admissions puzzle, our judging criteria, or making the 2016 prizes less about giant flashy checks and more about continuing to learn new things (a 3D printer kit, tickets to a dev conference). Generally, we can't stop people from aiming for the prizes, but we try to align that with doing something challenging.

tl;dr Yes, there's a big gap between the reasons advanced hackers and beginners come to HackMIT. We'd love more people to participate in the mini-events/workshops/festivities of HackMIT, but in the end these are all about providing an experience that people can't get just by hacking away in their dorm rooms. If advanced hackers get that experience by doing a moonshot project they wouldn't try otherwise, we think we've succeeded :)

-- Jessy

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Yes. I don't really like "profile" pages, but I want to do this in a different way. Hopefully more details later this year. Although, I'm not sure it will be handled the same in every region.


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That is a good question. In theory, I have been involved in about 400 cases now, and have lost 6 of my own clients. But others have died when I have been helping on the case too, so that would take it up to maybe 12. That might still sound like a good success rate (388 out of 400), but that is misleading. I used in the past to agree to sentences that were horribly long for people in order to avoid the death sentence, and I now view that as a death sentence carried out in a slower way. And one person I represented at trial was innocent yet he got convicted even if he got life rather than death (thankfully he is out now). Then there are people like Kris who I got off death row, but he is clearly innocent, so that is a dreadful loss. And so forth.

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Yes, definitely.

I see motorcycle riding in a completely different light now, but at the end of the day I know that someday I'm going to get back on the bike in one way or another.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the developing world. Yes, there is a genetic association, although it is not well delineated; and UV light, combined with a lack of antioxidants in the diet contribute to early development of cataracts, as does smoke inhalation.
Fortunately, the loss of vision from cataracts can be completely reversed with surgery.

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the short answer is platformers are easy to make, so its more fun and quick for me to write around and design than something more long winded like an RPG or shooter.

yes,after isaac i became pretty obsessed with randomly generated games. mewgenics, 0urobos, and fingered were all randomly generated. RNG based games are diffcult to design around because they require so much content to be good.

i hope to eventually pick up mewgenics againwith tyler and dive into RNG hell once more.


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I can't necessarily speak for MIT's organizers but in general balanced teams aren't really an explicit goal with hackathons. There is clearly a competitive aspect to hackathons when there's big prize money involved but it's not a competition in the same way you'd expect of say, a chess tournament.

Every hackathon I've been to there have been beginners who have demo'd beginner level stuff or even just played around with code but ultimately not demo'd anything. Not to mention lots of participants just playing League etc for the whole time (this should really get you kicked out). No one ever intended for these groups to have a shot at the gold.

When it comes to app development there's an unfortunate truth: a balanced team would necessarily pair some of the best and worst coders at the event together. And generally when there's that much disparity you run into the issue that it's easier for the pro to write everything themselves than to hand anything off to the newbies. This arrangement isn't good for anyone involved.

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Hi Ben! Do you have any plans for improving the spectating experience? Almost every tournament I've ever watched seems to involve some kind hatchet job to get around the limitations of the client.


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You founded Reprieve?!!! I can't believe I can talk to the founder and cannot think of anything that would remotely interest or impress you so I'll just go into fangirl mode. Just want to say I truly, with a level of passion you don't understand, admire you. The work you do is so important and it isn't acknowledged nearly as much as it should be. Thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

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My son was born w a brachial plexus injury from birth. We have been to specialists most of his life and they say nothing can be done. How severe are your nerve injuries and what kind of surgery are u having


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Aren't most people with cataracts quite elderly? The work you do is fantastic, but in comparing your efforts to some of the other 100& Change proposals you seem to be focused on an older group and hence perhaps have less of an impact on the world as a whole than projects addressing needs of younger people with more life ahead of them or of all people of all ages?

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What's your favorite game of all time? And favorite movie of all time?

What job will you follow in case you were not a game developer?


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Can you clarify what you're asking in your second question on the "increasing commercialization of hackathons..."?

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Do you have any plans for improving the spectating experience?

Yes. This is definitely a place we have a lot of room for improvement.


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Hey, you may think that is unimpressive, but it is actually very kind. Sometimes people say the darndest, nasty things. I don’t really care if that is what they want to do – they should have free speech, even if it is nasty speech - but it is not nice. So when someone says something pleasant, it is always heartwarming. Though I should say that what I do gets acknowledged plenty. There are a lot of unsung heroes out there who get far less kudos than I do, including 36 other people in the London office of Reprieve.

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I had a nerve transposition surgery, and my nerve damage was pretty severe, according to the doctor.

I'm not sure how similar it is to a birth defect, however. I'd be glad* to put you in contact with my doctor, if you wish. PM me.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) Thank you Yellow_Cherry, yes the majority of people blind from cataracts are elderly. However, in the developing world, many people go blind at an early age, including children. HCP develops overall eye care systems that provides eyecare for all ages. When we restore sight to the elderly, this allows children who have been caretakers to return to school. In addition, these elderly who have had their sight restored can now become caretakers of small children.

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i cant choose a favorite anything but ill list some games/movies i watch.

zelda, spelunky,mario,fallout 1&2

movies: el topo, THE ROOM, toxic avenger,eternal sunshine, evil dead2, dead alive

job: if i didnt get fired from my animal control job, id definitely still be doing it.


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Hey guys, just wanted to know why HackMIT doesn't give a chance to recent graduates. I will get my degree at the end of September 2017 but unable to apply as there is no option for final year students/recent grads. Most of the other hackathons allow such cases. Let me know if people like me can apply?

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In your opinion, which card is most guilty at limiting future card mechanics?


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Have you at any point defended someone you weren't 100% sure that they were innocent? Have you defended someone, got them released or sentence extended, then found that they were guilty?

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My sons nerves they say are completely pulled from his spine. It's his left hand and arm also. His left diaphragm is also paralyzed due to the injury. I will definitely PM u later so I can get more info


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How does curing blindness in an individual ripple out to the community?

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hey! i love your games! do you ver feel like you've designed something in any of your games that was unfair/poorly thought out that you regret implementing? anything specific come to mind?


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I'm sorry and I get why this is frustrating, but we get many more applications than we can accept each year and we've made a decision as an organizing team to focus our event on serving the undergraduate community. That being said, check out those other wonderful hackathons! They're probably (almost) as great as HackMIT ;)

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Stonetusk Boar


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I have often represented people who are guilty. I much prefer it. I don’t really like defending innocent people. To me, the essence of the human condition is that we are all better than the worst 15 minutes of our lives, and the most important questions are to understand why bad things happen, and then try to deal with them in a compassionate way.

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I'll be waiting!


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) In the developing world, there are very few services for the blind. Hence it takes people out of the workforce or a child out of school to care for that individual. Once cured, adults who were once blind from cataracts can return to the workforce. Children are able to return to school and receive an education. Elders whose sight is restored can return to care of children or homestead responsibilities. It is estimated that there’s a direct return to the economy by 400% for every dollar invested in blindness elimination. These are the direct impacts to the economy, however, the emotional impacts are greatly magnified beyond.

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yes, i think tboi was poorly thought out, but you guys like it that way so ill leave it alone.


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Who's the cutest member of exec?

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Hey Ben!

On behalf of /r/hearthstonecirclejerk, I have a genuine question for you. What is your favorite Hearthstone meme or copypasta that the community has created?


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When you (or any other lawyer) defend someone that is without a doubt guilty of a sever crime. Do you defend them aiming for exoneration for the crime, or more-of making sure they get a proper trial and only try to battle the counts that could raise doubt? Example: 'Everyone around saw you hit him, but motive behind it is questionable."-Kind of thing. That is one of the things that bothers me about laywers in general, ever since I first saw a trial up close.

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What light do you see it in now?


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Who is your hero?

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Hey Ed, dumb question time. Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Thanks for the new game, I'm currently tearing my fingers off in the future


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Who doesn't love memes? I'm actually working on a "meme review video" of my favorite memes. If I have to choose, I have a special fondness for 4 mana 7/7.


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Good question. My own sense of this is that we are aiming to achieve some good – for everyone. I do like the notion of restorative justice, as in my experience it is good for both victim and perpetrator. Not long ago I was working on a capital case out of Pakistan and had just finished the appeal on my train home, late late at night. Then when I foolishly went to the toilet while we were in a station (never do that!) someone stole my laptop and my papers. I later learned who it was, and that he made £50 for it. So I wanted to meet with him and explain that his actions could have cost someone else in faraway Pakistan his life. And that if he had just asked me for money I would have given it to him. And finally I wanted to make sure he did not go to prison for it, as I thought that would be pointless. But his lawyer would not let me do that, which I thought was astoundingly foolish – sad for me, sad for the guy on trial.

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I see how pointless and stupid it is to ride one. There are minimal benefits to be obtained and a substantial amount to be risked by riding one. You'd have to be crazy to want to get on one despite knowing all the risks.

But I fucking love it, and I don't know why. I've come to accept that.And I don't mind being an idiot if it means I can ride again.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) I have had many heroes and mentors in my life. Sir Edmond Hilary and Gaston Rebuffat for daring the impossible in the mountains and what they’ve given back to people. Sanduk Ruit, my elder brother and partner in the Himalayan Cataract Project; and Govindappa Venkataswamy, founding Chairman of the Aravind Hospital in India – for their compassion and genius at delivering the best possible medical care to the most impoverished people on the plant.

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it would have to be chocolate peanut butter! im also a big fan of peach and black cherry ice cream as well!

but i cant eat too much or i get the "mad shits"


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How can I get "into" hacking? I'm interested in both software and hardware hacking, but I have no clue where to start. Are there books/Websites on the subject?

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What is the official end date and time of the double quest gold?


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What about those who have multiple "worst 15 minutes"? Doesn't that show that not everyone is better than their "worst 15 minutes"?

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I would disagree that the benefits are few. I can go the same distance on 16L of fuel in my bike as 70L in my truck. I am glad you plan to ride again though. I just got home from work and 20minutes on my bike in stifling heat beats 20minutes in my truck with AC.


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Hey, thanks for doing this AMA. Q's:

1) What got you guys to apply for this MacArthur grant? What was the call like when you found out you were in the running, did you feel like geniuses?

2) What do you think your chances are of actually winning? And how is yours that different from another one that also aims to cure blindness in Nigeria?

3) How do you know this solution will actually work? What if it doesn't?

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Hey Edmund. Are you happy?


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Hi SimmeP, glad you're interested in getting into hacking! 🙂 To get started, I'd recommend doing at least one course on Codecademy, then choosing further Codecademy courses or Edx or Coursera courses based on what seems interesting. You can also take a look at StartHacking, which was made by hackathon organizers!

Python is a great first language because it’s designed to be straightforward to learn, and simple to write with. I highly recommend the Codecademy course. You can do a lot of neat things with Python, including make websites, create games, do machine learning, and even program robots.

I think learning programming is always a lot more fun and easy with a mentor. Try to find a friend, family member, someone at school, or a mentor online who can help you!

Best of luck with your journey ahead :)

--Claire

EDIT: add name, fix grammar

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You know, I'm not sure. I kind of feel like Ragnaros has got a big head about the whole thing. Someone needs to take him down a peg. Like, c'mon, chill out, man.


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Interesting point. Oddly, the more bad minutes someone has, the more in my experience the explanation turns out to be rather obvious. I think of one man I represented whose dad used to make him and his siblings play Russian Roulette with a loaded gun, amongst other abuses. And who was horribly sexually molested. Yes, he ended up on death row (I am glad to say we got him off there) but his brother committed suicide and all three sisters ended up in mental hospitals.

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There are many benefits, but to many critics these are not enough to outweigh risking your life every day.

I get what you mean though, I live on the border and crossing is a breeze on the motorcycle. Believe me, I miss it.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) The MacArthur 100&Change competition is an amazing opportunity for eye care and we don’t feel like geniuses, but we are very honored to be a part of the competition. The chances of winning are one in eight and our solution focuses on addressing overall eye care systems and all causes of blindness. Even if we do not fully eliminate needless blindness from the planet, every person who had their sight restored can return to a fully sighted life.
HCP’s model is different from the Carter Center’s superb effort to eliminate River Blindness in Nigeria, in that HCP is working to develop overall systems of eye care, rather than focusing on one disease. We are able to restore sight to people who are blind from cataracts as well as preventing blinding diseases. In addition, we also work to provide services for people who are irrevocably blind.

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Yes :) im quite happy today, the release went great and its been fun watching people enjoy the new game so much.

i have a baby now! life has changed drastically and im learning how to function in this new world but im loving it lots.


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I know some Java and C#, so I'll look into Python! Thanks for the comprehensive response!

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Hi Ben! Something I've always thought could be utilized more, especially on the pro level, is an increase in cards that focus on board position. Flametongue and Meteor are fantastic cards that can actually be more valuable if you put some thought in during previous turns.

Do you all expect to use this basic mechanic of Hearthstone more in the future, or maybe even in KotFT? Why have there been so few cards focusing on minion placement in previous sets?


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Hi Clive,

I went to the same school as you (& you were the same social and time as my father!) and I distinctly remember you coming back to do a talk (maybe 5 years ago?) about your work and it massively changed my outlook on a lot of what I saw growing up in the bubble (which you can probably relate to). Thank you very much for that.

My question: What do you think about the military bases such as Diego Garcia and do you think they're being used as a more secretive version of Guantanamo Bay?

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Do you mind me asking where you are?

I'm currently in FL, a state with no helmet laws (as far as I'm aware, it might've changed, but I've seen helmetless riders since ive been back ).

I've actually been witness to seeing a guy get scraped off the pavement, for not wearing his helmet, both here and in South Carolina, where itm not sure of helmet laws for the latter.

In both cases, it was heartbreaking. In SC, I saw the EMT give up on the rider, her look of desolation and sadness in her eyes won't ever leave me.

More power to those who try to stay safe, and for the love of God, anyone else, you should try too, as a rider, and those in cars, be fucking careful of the ones on any kind of bike!


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There seem to be many organizations providing vision care in low resource settings. How is your organization different from those and do you collaborate with other NGO's?

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Are any of your games set in the same universe as others?


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Good question - I love hardware hacking! I think one of the most common ways to get into hardware would be the Arduino. Arduino is an ecosystem of easy-to-use microcontrollers with a huge community behind them with tons of tutorials, tips, and fun projects. Sparkfun is an amazing resource for learning - check out their blog posts for great tutorials and inspiration for projects. They also sell a variety of intro kits complete with learning material, such as the Arduino Inventor's Kit. -- Noah

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Yep, there will be more minion-placement cards. Glad you like the mechanic!


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Tell your dad to get in touch! (I should add that I am not a fan of private schooling, but neither you nor I had the choice!) In response to your question, though, yes I am certain that Diego Garcia was used for torture flights and so forth, the evidence is very strong. It is pathetic that the UK has not come clean on it. But it is far worse that we would kick all the people off their islands and not allow them back, so the US could have a military base. That is colonialism of the very worst kind, and I cannot believe there is not more of a fuss made about it.

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I'm in Texas, and yeah I totally get what you mean. Riding without a helmet seems insane to me.


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(HCP Co-Founder, Geoff Tabin) There are lots of great organizations working in the field of eye care and we collaborate with most of them. Our focus is in developing local infrastructure, training and empowering local doctors and nurses. Some of HCP's main partners include Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology, Aravind, LV Prasad, International Council of Ophthalmology, Fred Hollows Foundation, Helen Keller International, SEVA, SEE International, ORBIS, Operation Eye Sight Universal, Sightlife, WEEMA International and others.

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all my games are set in the universethat is my brain.

but im attempting to connect some dots when it comes to isaac, time fcuk, the end, and mewgenics


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As an outsider it seems like "hackathons" are primarily centered around hardware and software development. Is there any actual hacking that goes on?

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Mr. Brode, greetings friend.

I want to express my concerns about the lack of a legendary Totem in Hearthstone.

We have a legend card for every race except for Totem race.

When would you bless us, the Totem Shaman players, with a legendary Totem card??

Thanks for doing this AMA, Mr. Brode.

And thank you very much for the Un'Goro totem card. I love it!!

◥█̆◤ TOTEMIC YOUR MIGHT ◥█̆◤


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Hi Clive, I'm a UK qualified solicitor based in the US, and have been an admirer of Reprieve's work for years. I was wondering what advice you have for getting into your line of work?

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Tail light

/r/imgoingtohellforthis


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Hi Edmund, how is "the legend of bumbo" going? A General release window yet? And i love "end is nigh" have played ~6h, very fun.

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Hi That_Wheelchair_Guy, we define hacking by this definition. You might be thinking of what is now known sometimes as cracking. Our event is focused around the former, but both are cool! --Claire


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This is a gross oversight on our part. I will see what I can do.

Also, long time no see! Welcome back!

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Again, get in touch! My email is [email protected]


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bum-bo is going great, james is slaving away and once the dust settles with the end ill be back on board full time. our release window is december 2017


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Do you have monthly programs or other events for high school students, in addition to Blueprint?

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Hey Ben, will the collection manager get more attention? Big part of the game for me is just collecting the cards and I'd love to see more features for the collection.

Also can the card reveal livestreams show the non golden version of the cards? Makes it easier to see what class the card is for and helps the color blind amongst us.

Looking forward to the expansion! Cant wait what you guys have come up with to fill the end of summer with!


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When did you first discover the Cartel connection in Kris's case? How did the prosecutors not know from the start?

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Did removing nerve tissue from your leg result in impaired function in that leg at all? It seems like a lot to take out.

What do your physical therapy exercises look like, if you're willing to share? I'm currently doing vestibular rehab for chronic motion sickness, and have progressed from slowly turning my head from side to side, to doing the same with my eyes closed. It sounds unimpressive as heck, but it's actually really exciting and useful progress for me. I'm wondering what the paralysis recovery version of that is.


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What's your worst story from your years as animal control?

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We do! HackMIT is part of TechX, which also organizes Think, a high school research competition. We encourage you to apply to the program, which provides regular mentorship while you work on a project! -- Michael


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Ben, will the collection manager get more attention?

Yeah - We recently added way more powerful search functionality (i personally love searching for 'extra'), and deck copying/exporting. We'll continue to add features and refine current ones.

can the card reveal livestreams show the non golden version of the cards?

I will pass your message along to the folks who set those up!

Looking forward to the expansion!

ME TOO!

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The government had to know about the cartel connection in Kris’s case as the Feds had an indictment out on the guy in Room 1214 (across the hall from the murders, with blood on the door) which was returned just before Kris’ trial. I suspected it when I saw that a guy from Colombia was across the hall, and when I learned the victims were laundering FIVE BILLION dollars around the Caribbean - I learned that in 1995. But I did not find out what the government knew until around 2012. And I know they are still hiding a lot, which we are trying to get now in court.


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That was my main concern too, but no, not at all. The only effect is that I kind of can't feel my ankle and right side of the foot. Just a weird, tingly feeling.

I go to 2 physical therapies: The first, at a hospital, consists of exercises and electroshock therapy to stimulate various crucial movements of my arm as well as the accompanying nerves. The second is a a gym, when I perform exercises using more common equipment, to trigger bicep and triceps growth, specifically. I have a physical therapists help me do the exercises I can't complete on my own.

If you want more info, PM me :)

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almost got mauled by a 120lb german shepherd named brutis that was let loose purposefully by a neighbor in an attempt to frame the owners knowing he would attack people


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Oh hey!! I participated in the past blueprint event, didnt win but met some new faces. Still in contact with the people I met at blueprint, and I participated metrohacks with them. Needless to say I’m pretty psyched for next year, and love what you guys do. What would you say the hardest part of organizing such a fun hackathon was?

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Do you have plans for reducing costs of dust for wild cards,? it's painful to craft any wild card just because you can only use in one mode.


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Will Kris get compensation if found innocent?

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I gave myself radial nerve palsy in my left arm just from passing out inebriated in my computer chair for just a couple hours, if that. I had to wear a cock-up wrist brace for a little over a year and it was agonizing how slow of a recovery it was.

I remember being so ecstatic when after a few months I could lift my thumb a couple solid millimeters.

The estimated average recovery for nerve damage I read is about one millimeter a day.. applied to the entirety of what's damaged. Do you think this is about right, considering the damage you've sustained to your nerves?

Don't be alarmed at the loss of strength, it will come back when you can do what you can do. Thanks for doing the ama!


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Any estimate as to when the Switch version will be released?

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Hey! Great to hear you had a good time at Blueprint and got to meet some new people! I'd say the hardest thing about organizing the event is deciding how to cater to the variety of hackers we get (see this post for a discussion). With Blueprint we've been doing the Saturday learnathon to help teach our participants skills that they'll find useful at the Sunday hackathon. Still, it's often difficult to make sure every single person in the audience is keeping up. To remedy this, we've been using the HELPq to try to deliver continuous mentorship on-demand throughout both days. We also let our participants submit their projects to a Rookie or Main devision for judging, by choice of the hacker.

In the past, we've limited Blueprint to hackers with at least some programming experience. We've been considering hosting a programming 101 workshop during the Saturday learnathon to enable Blueprint to be accessible to completely novice programmers. It's not an easy task to take someone from zero programming experience to a hackathon in the course of 1 day, and it's also up for discussion how much they'll benefit from the hackathon. Will it be a useful experience, or completely frustrating because they've had so little time to try programming? Deciding who to cater to with our events is one of the most difficult challenges in organizing. -- Michael


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There is already a perception that your cards reduce in value over time because you can't use them in Standard. I think that's not a healthy perception for the game - and this kind of change would exacerbate the problem. We are going to bring back Wild cards for sale, which should make Wild more accessible.

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It is very unlikely that Kris will get compensated if he is exonerated. Frankly, I just want to get him out of there. My bet is that no matter what we come up with, the State is not going to back down, and even when we prove him totally innocent they will come to us with a deal where they do not want Kris totally exonerated. That is going to be tough, as Kris does not want it, but I don’t want him to die there (and at 78 years old he does not have long to live if treated the way he is treated). And there is his wife Marita, who is 77 herself and who needs to get home. But we will have to cross that bridge when we reach it.


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Yep, that's what all the doctors say. That's why the recovery is 3-4 years. And yeah, it is excruciatingly slow, which is why it's so taxing on the psyche, so I completely understand.

Thanks!

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i dont have much control over console releases, thats all tyrone. but i hear the port is looking great so i dont expect it to take that long.

i wont give a timeline though because that has bit me in the ass a few times in the past.

its also going to release on ps4 as well!


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Thanks for doing this, my question: "What skills do students learn from "hacking" that they wouldn't learn from university computer science courses? Also, what, in your opinion, is the greatest historical example of "white-hat hacking"?

A:

Well met indeed! Thanks for being so present on the subreddit recently.

A while ago, arena rewards were discussed, and how getting common cards is such a "feelsbadman" reward. Is this still being looked at, and what are some of the reasons (maybe things we as consumers don't think about) for including such cards as rewards?

What are your thoughts on the current affordability of Hearthstone? It feels, as a player, that the real thing that locks us out of certain decks is the high numbers of epic cards. The fact that a dusted legendary gets you one epic is a very expensive trade. How was this ratio decided?

I've heard suggestions such as more cards in a pack, maintaining these higher gold, and increasing dust/reducing crafting costs. Do you think any of these ideas will make it into the game?

Thanks for your time, A fan


Q:

Did you attend your unsuccessful clients' executions? Has any client ever made this request? If so are there any last words that have stuck with you?

A:

I've got a hereditary palsy where the myelin doesn't regrow at a normal speed. Had drop foot for about 8 months.


Q:

How would you rate your experience working with Tyler?

A:

Hi, thanks for your question! Hackathons are great for giving students a chance to apply what they learn in their CS courses. In general, a lot of CS programs focus on learning theory but not so much on how to actually build applications. At a hackathon, students have a great opportunity to actually build something cool using what they've learned :)

Personally, I'm a fan of Steve Wozniak and the stuff he did with phone phreaking. That's not really white-hat though, considering he used his blue box to make plenty of illegal phone calls!

Also, it's worth noting that hackathons are not about "hacking" in the security-breaking sort of sense, we use the word "hacking" to describe tinkering and building things. "Cracking" is the word the community has begun to use to describe security breaking - look up "hacking vs cracking" for more info on this!


Q:

A while ago, arena rewards were discussed, and how getting common cards is such a "feelsbadman" reward. Is this still being looked at?

Yes, we are planning on making a change in an upcoming patch. Details to come.

What are your thoughts on the current affordability of Hearthstone?

It's something we continually evaluate. We're currently seeing some players getting large collections without paying a cent, and that's pretty awesome. We've recently made big changes to the way Legendaries drop in packs, as well as giving everyone a free Legendary Death Knight Hero in the new expansion.

A:

I have always attended the executions of my clients. It is (in my view, but not in the view of everyone) the last duty I have for people I represent. There are two reasons: one, sometimes you can get a stay even in the middle of the process. Larry Lonchar got a stay with 58 seconds left before his execution. Another person (who I was not representing) got a stay a year back during the execution, as it was botched. But equally, I want to be there so there is someone who gives a damn for the person being killed. It would be very lonely to be all alone. With one of my guys, for example, he had a running joke with me that he would fire me if I did not get his case stopped. And when he was on the gurney he turned to me, smiled goodbye, and mouthed, “You’re fired!”


Q:

Thank you!

A:

between 1 -10 id have to rate it fidget spinner


Q:

Hi appreciate what you're doing! As a European I'm very interested in HackMIT, here are some things on my mind:

  1. How many of the 1000 students are from outside North America? How many students do you have from European Universities?

  2. I noticed your registration system is quite a well thought out tool How many registrations are you getting per year?

  3. Doing projects in an intensive format during a hackathon is super fun. Are ways you also encourage participants to pursue their projects after the hackathon?

  4. What makes you guys want to organize hackathons? I can imagine it being a quite stressful thing.

  5. How did you guys end up with the Back/Hack to the future theme this year?

  6. And, that puzzle is dope. How long did it take to make?

Super awesome to see you guys doing this! Looking forward to hearing from you :)

A:

Are you going to do another rap?


Q:

Who was the most intimidating inmate you've come across? And what were his past charges that got him in that position?

A:

Does it get frustrating having to write with the left hand? Or were you already left handed?


Q:

My favourite thing in Isaac is Guppy. Whenever I play I obsessively go for Guppy items and shout "Praise the Gup!" whenever I get one. If I never get one, then the Good Gup has forsaken me. To get all three is the Guppy Dream, it has become a small religion of mine, Guppy is my lord and saviour. Cricket is an apostle, the bums are the holy trinity.

Can you tell us a little about the real Guppy? Love the game dude, it's my all time favourite.

A:

Hi there! We'll reply to these one-by-one.

.2. So glad you like the registration system! It's open-sourced at https://github.com/techx/quill. Right now we have 1104 submitted applications, but we expect 3,000 or more based on past years. --Claire

EDIT: spacing, numbering, added name


A:

I am not sure I have ever had an intimidating prisoner, but I have had one occasion when I have been attacked in the visitors room. That was by a very mentally ill person, and it was very sad as it gave the rather nasty warden of the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center the excuse to kick me out of the prison.


Q:

I was right-handed, so yeah it was annoying having to learn to write with my left hand.

Although since I was forced to use my left hand all the time immediately after the crash, it didn't seem so frustrating. Just necessary.

It sucked when I had to take written exams, though...

A:

when i was an animal control officer i got a call for 7 abandoned kittens, when i got there there were 8 newborn kittens covered in fleas. i knew that they would have to be put down and since one was unaccounted for i brought them all home to danielle to choose one to keep and that one was guppy.


Q:

Hi appreciate what you're doing! As a European I'm very interested in HackMIT, here are some things on my mind:

  1. How many of the 1000 students are from outside North America? How many students do you have from European Universities?

  2. I noticed your registration system is quite a well thought out tool How many registrations are you getting per year?

  3. Doing projects in an intensive format during a hackathon is super fun. Are ways you also encourage participants to pursue their projects after the hackathon?

  4. What makes you guys want to organize hackathons? I can imagine it being a quite stressful thing.

  5. How did you guys end up with the Back/Hack to the future theme this year?

  6. And, that puzzle is dope. How long did it take to make?

Super awesome to see you guys doing this! Looking forward to hearing from you :)

A:

Hi Ben!

Big fan going back to your first Voice of God announcer duties at BlizzCon. My question is: what is your favorite brand of flannel shirts?


Q:

How long ago did that happen? I met their warden last year and he seemed like a solid guy

A:

How much has the use of your left arm/hand improved? Is it up to where a dominant side would be or still not as much? I'm curious about how the non-dominant hand learns when it is put into regular use.


Q:

Hey Ed! I got The Binding of Isaac for free one month long ago on PSN, and since then I've been a huge fan of the games you've made a lot. It's clear The Legend of Zelda has been a huge inspiration for your work, but are there any other titles or creators of games that influenced your creations?

A:

5: Our marketing team first decided on futuristic, sci-fi-esque branding, and in some of our early designs, we put the phrase "hacks of the future." When we posted the designs on Slack, Noah said he read it as "hack to the future", and we thought, "whoa, can we actually do this?!" and so the back/hack to the future theme came about :D --Shannon


Q:

J. Crew

A:

The warden at the GD&CC when I was there was the most heartless bastard I had the misfortune to deal with. But that was 25 years ago or so…


Q:

Since I used to write like shit with my right hand anyway, it's hard to draw a good comparison.

In terms of handwriting quality, I think my writing is a little better now than before but that's because I have to focus a little more and pay closer attention.

Because of this and also because I can't hold the fucking paper, I write somewhat slower than before. If I have a stable paper and surface, I write almost as fast as I used to with my right hand, I think.

A:

obviously most of myamotos games and his approach to design was super inspirational, esp when pulling from his personal experiences. id say currently jon blow and derek yu are pretty big influence on my work. i like the way think.


Q:

Hi appreciate what you're doing! As a European I'm very interested in HackMIT, here are some things on my mind:

  1. How many of the 1000 students are from outside North America? How many students do you have from European Universities?

  2. I noticed your registration system is quite a well thought out tool How many registrations are you getting per year?

  3. Doing projects in an intensive format during a hackathon is super fun. Are ways you also encourage participants to pursue their projects after the hackathon?

  4. What makes you guys want to organize hackathons? I can imagine it being a quite stressful thing.

  5. How did you guys end up with the Back/Hack to the future theme this year?

  6. And, that puzzle is dope. How long did it take to make?

Super awesome to see you guys doing this! Looking forward to hearing from you :)

A:

Brode, what's the takeaway of the team regarding Un'Goro? Why do you guys think it was so successful and what did the team learn from it to make the next expansions even better?


Q:

In my country (Brazil), we have neither death sentences nor life sentences. We have a maximum sentencing of around 30 years, and you can get out in 1/6 of that time with good behavior, even for crimes such as murder. Obviously, many people feel that this is not fair punishment, and that criminals are literally getting away with murder. Point being, the US and Brazil are in opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to punishment, and both seem like flawed approaches.

What country would you say has the best legal system when it comes to this, and what are the things that it does right that others don't?

A:

Can you just plop your dead arm down on the paper to hold It? When I paralyzed my left hand and still had to count money i would stuff the stack of bills in my lame hand and it at least helped a tiny, little bit because it was clamped into a useless fist otherwise.

I didn't lose the use of my dominant hand though so I couldn't have been nearly as frustrated as you've been.


Q:

Favourite game OST?

A:

4: Organizing a big event is a really rewarding experience; you develop an appreciation for big events after having been on the organizing side of things and seeing how much planning goes into even the smallest details. Plus, the people make it really fun! Some of my best memories are from the downtime right after our Google Hangout summer meetings when we joke around and talk about what we're all up to across the world. It's stressful, especially during the last couple of nights before and during the event, but the sense of accomplishment and the feedback we get from hackers make it all worth it.

--Carlos

EDIT: numbering


Q:

One of the biggest things that helped was the rotation. I think adding the Hall of Fame and hitting those 6 cards allowed us to see the "freshest" meta yet. This is a bit more of a challenge for the last set of the year. I think if anything, we could have gone lighter mechanically, and saved some of our new mechanics for set 3 of the Year of the Mammoth.

But I think the team did an awesome job on the set, yeah. Dinosaurs!

A:

I have to say that I don’t think the Brazilian system is a bad one in that regard. In Georgia, where I worked for years, a murder conviction used to generally mean 7 years if you behaved and made an effort to improve yourself. The number of recidivist murderers is actually very small, unlike other crimes. So we have to ask ourselves why we are exacting such a harsh punishment. I have great sympathy with the victims - I have been the victim of 7 serious violent crimes myself - but I don’t see harsh punishment as a way to make society a better place. I always wonder how I would like my own son to be treated. Certainly I try to get him to do the right thing by education, not by beating him or threatening him. Perhaps eventually we will try to treat other people’s children the way we would like to treat our own. I would like to think so.


Q:

Haha that's exactly what I do! The problem is that whenever I put my arm on a surface, it immediately starts sweating, which wets the damn paper.

I'm sorry that happened to you. How did it happen?

A:

for games my favorite soundtracks are katamari damacy, hotline miami, and mewgenics.


Q:

What is the maximum travel reimbursements that you're willing to provide with? I'm asking this since I'm an international hacker and my participation would highly depend on the reimbursement amount, cuz I'm kinda broke now, haha, but I always wanted to attend HackMIT and have never got an opportunity in the last 2 years.

A:

Hi Ben, what are your thoughts of Hearthstone being too expensive for the average player? Will there be some sort of compromise to keep the game affordable and player numbers healthy? Thanks!


Q:

What made you want to take on this kind of career? Also what made you want to represent DR inmates? I know the justice system is broken and is really really flawed. If you can discuss it, what is the most broken rule you've run across?

A:

I was an idiot and got black-out wasted and then fell asleep in my computer chair. My arm was pinned between the chair arm and my body for a couple hours and when I woke up I tried to shake the blood back into my sleeping hand and it was what I can only relate to having a phantom limb.

I was wiggling both hands and my left one just slowly curled up into a fist. Fortunately when I called my dad he immediately knew what it was and my research began that very morning to recover.

It's so exciting getting that first little wiggle back into your thumb. I remember showing everyone I could that I could wiggle my thumb just a tiny bit.


Q:

Hey Ed,what will you do when someone speedruns The End Is Nigh?

A:

Hi xorflame, as it says in our FAQ, we reimburse up to $500 for travel from outside North America! --Claire


Q:

We are definitely seeing players compete at high levels without spending any money at all. If you want literally every card in the game, that's tougher to do, but we are listening to community feedback here. We recently made pretty big changes to the way our Legendary drops work in packs, and are giving everyone a free Legendary Death Knight Hero with the new set. There will also be a lot of opportunities to earn packs of the new set, through some upcoming events and through the single player missions that will be free with the new set.

A:

I went to the US to do death penalty work as when I was 16. I was so shocked that it was still being used, so I thought (in the arrogant way of youth!) that I could persuade everyone it was wrong… But I do think my mother’s advice was very good - that if we all work to help those less fortunate than ourselves, then everyone is better off. So I decided at some point that if you look around the world at the people who are most hated, and have least power on their side in a dispute with the government, and get between them and the ones doing the hatred, you can’t really go wrong. And believe me there is no moment, I think, when the imbalance of power between the Government and the individual is more stark than when the Government wants to kill you (and sacrifice you to some mythical god of deterrence).


Q:

Haha I bet! Congratulations on your recovery!

A:

watch it


Q:

Is the ice-rink going to be freezing code again this year?

A:

as a director of Hearthstone, what has been the most difficult job you had to do while being in charge?


Q:

What would you say to a law student seeking to get in your line of work today?

A:

Hey, first off, I'm so so sorry about what happened to you. My family was in a really bad car accident almost 14 years ago, and both me and my sister had this same injury. I'm mostly recovered (if you know to look for some kinda derpy stuff on my left arm, it's definitely noticeable, but I can function pretty normally in day to day life), but my sister's arm is still totally paralyzed, nearly 20 surgeries later.

This brings me to my question - what led you down the path to seek out this specific treatment in Mexico? My family has tried countless things to help my sister recover at least some function in her arm, including transferring an entire muscle and all the accompanying nerves, blood vessels, and whatnot from her leg into her arm, but it didn't work. If you find that this surgery actually gets you to a mostly functioning arm, I'd love to get more information about what exactly you had done, as well as your doctors. Wishing you the best of luck in your recovery!


Q:

Hey Ed - What are the chances of you making more titles based on your older flash games? I'm very excited for Øuroboros!

A:

There will be a code freeze on Sunday at 9am. But in all seriousness, sorry that the venue was uncomfortable last year! I'm not sure we can control the temp in the rink, so maybe bring a blanket this year? :P


Q:

Trying to figure out how to be a Game Director. It's kind of terrifying.

The advice Dodds gave me: "Don't fuck it up"

A:

If you are a law student, I would say why on earth would you do anything but the kind of work I get to do? Working in corporate law is just soul destroying, and the main part of your work is just pretty pointless. Working for those who really need it is incredibly rewarding and I love almost every minute of it!


Q:

I will PM you with the details!

EDIT: To answer your question, it was because my parents are Mexican and my insurance is through them. I went to several doctors who all pointed me in the direction of my current doctor.

A:

aether is probably the #1 game id like to make a sequel for. Tyler and i actually made a prototype for it a few years back so its def on the table as a possibility for the future.

0uroboros will be put on hold for a bit but im sure we'll get back to it


Q:

Favorite director -- Michael or Claire? ;)

A:

Hi Mr Brode! Thanks for answering some questions. Feel free to answer any/all of the following:

  1. What's the reason for announcing an expansion and not revealing new cards in the following weeks only to dump ~40 cards a few days before the expansion is released instead of having a steady stream of reveals?

  2. In the past you mentioned cards that have been previously nerfed might be un-nerfed and moved into the Hall of Fame in the next standard rotation, what is your/Blizzard's current stance on these cards, specifically Molten Giant? #HoFMolten2018

  3. Has the team ever considered creating a set of free cards that rotates weekly? These cards would be usable in casual and maybe have a crafting discount.

  4. Has the team thought about releasing a few (1-3) cards each month to help keep the game fresh in-between sets? This would provide Blizzard with the opportunity to print hate cards like Golakka Crawler or Eater of Secret earlier or to support decks that did not pan out as you guys had hoped and could serve as "balance patches" in less severe situations.

  5. Can you confirm that each class will have a hero card and a legendary minion in Knights of the Frozen Throne?

  6. In the previous live stream you mentioned that a new ladder experience was in the works, can you share any progress on that?

  7. What's your favourite card in the game?

  8. What are the odds of Hearthstone coming to console?

  9. Rotate Ice Block when?

Edit:

  1. When's the collab with Dre?

Q:

How does one get their feet into the work you are doing?

A:

I know you're getting a lot of questions and appreciate you doing this. A friend of mine had almost the same injury to his arm from a motorcycle crash where a car crossed his path illegally. He has never regained use a decade later. Did the Mexican doctors use any techniques not accepted in the United States?


Q:

I know you've got a lot on your plate, but are you considering a sequel to Rebirth?


Q:

What's the reason for announcing an expansion and not revealing new cards in the following weeks only to dump ~40 cards a few days before the expansion is released instead of having a steady stream of reveals?

We used to do a steady stream of new reveals of about 1 card a day, and it kinda dragged. The feedback we were getting was that hype was slowing down as we got closer to the expansion, and i think that's the wrong direction. Un'Goro had a dip in excitement, but ramped way up towards the release and used a similar strategy. Un'Goro felt awesome - let's see how this one goes!

In the past you mentioned cards that have been previously nerfed might be un-nerfed and moved into the Hall of Fame in the next standard rotation, what is your/Blizzard's current stance on these cards, specifically Molten Giant? #HoFMolten2018

I'm a little torn. I think there are pros and cons. The potential downside I'm most worried about is our ability to make Handlock really insane in Standard going forward with new cards, without pushing it into insanity in Wild. We'd like to make Handlock a thing again - and we can do that in Wild by moving the card that and buffing it, or by making new cards in Standard that are good in both formats. This doesn't mean we won't move/buff it, it's just something we're thinking about.

Has the team ever considered creating a set of free cards that rotates weekly? These cards would be usable in casual and maybe have a crafting discount.

Yeah, but I think there's some complexity there. There are goals you are trying to solve with that suggestion - we are looking at other options that I think hit the similar goals that are maybe a little less complex.

Has the team thought about releasing a few (1-3) cards each month to help keep the game fresh in-between sets? This would provide Blizzard with the opportunity to print hate cards like Golakka Crawler or Eater of Secret earlier or to support decks that did not pan out as you guys had hoped and could serve as "balance patches" in less severe situations.

Yes, we've considered that, limited-time cards that come back from Wild into standard for a while, and other crazy ideas to mix up the meta in between sets. I think it's one of Hearthstone's biggest opportunities. We took a stab at it recently with increasing the total number of cards each year. There are obviously downsides to that, and I think a lot of the ideas we've seen so far to tackle this problem have their own unique downsides. I don't think there's a silver bullet here, but we're trying some crazy things internally, like - what if we change the ladder format for the last month of a set? We tried "block constructed" and it wasn't as fun as we hoped, but maybe there's other formats that mix the game up in crazy ways that are really fun?

Can you confirm that each class will have a hero card and a legendary minion in Knights of the Frozen Throne?

Confirmed.

In the previous live stream you mentioned that a new ladder experience was in the works, can you share any progress on that?

We have a design that we are excited to try. I'm not sure it will be perfect out of the gate, but hopefully players will help us iterate into a great place. I wonder if just mixing it up is the right answer - like doing a new ladder format every 5 or so years. Once we know how long the feature will take to implement, we will start building it. There's a lot of iteration in that process, and once we start honing in on our final implementation, we'll communicate more about what we're planning. Our major goals here are: reduce the monthly grind for top-level players; increase progression for bottom 25% of players; get better match-making. We have another goal for improving the new player ranked experience - that's a separate change that's coming later.

What's your favourite card in the game?

Lord Jaraxxus!

What are the odds of Hearthstone coming to console?

If our players are playing a lot on console, it's the type of thing we'd consider. Right now it's pretty easy to whip out your phone or tablet anywhere - so it's not currently something we're considering.

Rotate Ice Block when?

We wouldn't be doing Wild Rotations out side of Hearthstone New Year. It's definitely a card that matches our red flags for cards that maybe shouldn't be in Standard forever. That doesn't mean we don't want combo decks or freeze mage - it's just that we want things to change each year!

Edit: When's the collab with Dre?

PLEASE IF YOU KNOW DRE, TELL HIM TO CALL ME

A:

Send me an email and we’ll talk: [email protected]. I do have a talk (a rant!) that I give on how to create the job that you really want to do for the next 50 years. It is more than I can say in a brief thing here, but glad to talk about it…


Q:

No nothing like that, but the cost of a nervous surgery is a fraction compared to the price in the US.

A:

no doubt someday ill do a sequel to isaac, i have a lot of ideas that would require a whole new game but not now!


Q:

What's the most difficult part of organizing the event? What's your favorite part?

A:

Hi Brode, thanks for doing this. I have a question, is there a tournament mode on the works?


Q:

Dear Clive.

Thank you for all the great work you do. I remember the utter desperation I felt just watching "14 days in May" and the memories still almost move me to tears.

How do you deal with the pain and what case hurt you the most?

A:

Hi, thanks for sharing. Do you resent the truck driver for the things you've struggled with? Has it changed your attitude towards living and dying at all? What was the one thing that kept you going during the worst moments?


Q:

Hi Edmund. How did you get the idea for the setting of TEIN? It's really unique. Loving the game so far, but damn you it's difficult!

A:

It can be difficult sometimes for all of us to balance Hack responsibilities with school stuff/work stuff over the summer (although that probably goes without saying). For me, the best part is hearing from attendees who go to our events and absolutely love it! I know this thread is about HackMIT, but this is even more true for me during Blueprint, the high school hackathon we host in the spring.

-- Noah


Q:

We've been thinking about it a lot. It's a feature we think makes sense for Hearthstone, but we have nothing else to say regarding it right now.

A:

In terms of the cases that really hurt, yes that is hard. When they killed Nicky Ingram in 1995, it really effected me. I had known him for years, and I liked Nicky. He was tortured to death in front of me in the Electric Chair. Long story. But if I close my eyes now, 22 years later, I can see the black and white negative of Nicky on the electric chair. It is a bit of PTSD I suppose. Though I do try to keep the focus on the fact that it was Nicky being killed, not me. And one thing he said to me just before they did it has always stayed with me - he said thanks for working for him, but that I had to keep on fighting for all the other guys, and not be too broken up about him. So I guess I took that to heart.


Q:

Cool questions!

It was a car driver, and he(she?) fled the scene. They never caught him. No, I don't really resent him. I mean I know he caused the accident, then drove past me as I lay unconscious, but I never really gave a shit about him. Poor bastard. Do you think he wonders whether I'm dead or alive? I would...

Yeah, it has a little. I feel like I appreciate how fragile everything is, which is something everybody knows but we don't really feel it most of the time. All of a sudden I really get that I'm just a chunk of living meat waiting to die at any moment. But in a way, that's liberating. Sobering even. I'm in pain now, but I also feel very happy with my life. If I died today, I would die content.

My girlfriend probably. We were seeing each other before the accident and started dating a few months after. Of course, my family has always helped me and supported me, but she's the one who was with me during the worst moments. I really don't know where I would be without her, or in what kind of state of mind. She makes me feel normal again, and I thank her for it.

A:

the setting is based around my interpretation of an emotional apocalypse or even some kind of purgatory/hell setting


Q:

What's the most difficult part of organizing the event? What's your favorite part?

A:

Can you give us an update on Hero skins? When I made my article about the progression in Hearthstone (or lack of thereof) it struck me as one of the features moving rather slow.

We are 2 years in since the release of the first skin, Magni and even now we are not yet at a point where all classes have one. On top of that it is not all of those we got that are available with Tyrande being locked behind twitch prime at a time when basically only NA had access to that. No good for EU players like me.


Q:

Can you even discuss your clients clases freely? Where does the client/lawyer privilege end or how can you work around it?

A:

They could be plagued with guilt. Or they could be an alcoholic that doesn't fully remember what happened.


Q:

How did you managed to make a game as big as the end is nigh in only a year?

A:

Most difficult to me is making sure the many small pieces fit together, like all the different sponsor emails or package deliveries or workshop spaces. My favorite part is seeing it all work, as well as seeing how every individual organizing team member adds something special to the event! --Claire


Q:

Can you give us an update on Hero skins?

We will eventually make a new Druid and Warlock hero. :) I can't spoil how we plan on making them available just yet.

Regarding Tyrande - our goal was to find alternate ways for regions that were not eligible for the offer to get access to Tyrande and we've been working with our regional offices to make that happen. We've already done it in many regions - seems like we haven't hit yours yet and I'll follow up on that.

A:

Privilege depends on what the client wants. With many issues, the client wants me to advocate for him or her in court and also in the court of public opinion, so that is easy. Sometimes that is not the case. For example, in the US it is often not at all in the client’s interest to be public about anything and then I’d be a fool to say much. But it is ultimately all up to the person involved. I can’t say I have ever found it much of an issue…


Q:

Or he could legitimately not give a shit.

We'll never know, so why bother thinking about it?

A:

a lot less than a year! roughly 7 months. the short answer is we cut a lot of corners. aesthetically the style of the game made it easy for me to make a variety of visuals for the game with little effort and technically the engine we were using for 0uroboros was already in place and being used.

also this is the first time where i didnt design all the levels, tyler designed roughly a quarter of the levels (the harder ones)


Q:

Who's your favorite member of the team past or present?

A:

Hi Ben! What's the hardest thing to update in the hearthstone codebase that you would love to update? What are some stories/lessons learned deploying and maintaining the hearthstone app?


Q:

I was a juror several years ago on murder trial that depended heavily on the identification made by witnesses. However, other evidence, including some grainy surveillance footage, made it really obvious that the actual perpetrator was nearly a foot taller than the defendant.

Do you have any insight to offer on the (un)reliability of eye witnesses? Do we rely on it too much in the US? "Circumstantial evidence" is so often scoffed at, but I recall reading that circumstantial evidence is generally more reliable than human witnesses. Has that been your experience?

A:

There were no cameras or anything to track the car?


Q:

is switch version of afterbirth+ going to get a update anytime soon?

A:

Hackbot is our most loyal team member 🤖 You can read more about hackbot here! And as far as humans, too many to choose <3

--Claire

EDIT: add name


Q:

I used to do a lot of client engineering on Hearthstone, but I haven't gotten to do that in a long time. That's probably a better question for one of our Engineers, sorry!

A:

My own experience as an eyewitness means that I refused to testify against three people who were thought to have put me in hospital with various broken bones one dark night in New Orleans. I thought my ID might be right, but I certainly was not sure enough to send three young men to prison for many years. But to say circumstantial evidence is better is a stretch. Most forensic science is simply not science. I got obsessed with forensic hair analysis because, as an amateur at A-levels, I did lots of science and I thought hair analysis was bullshit. So I wrote a lot about it in 1990-95, about how it was nonsense. Without meaning to say I told you so, the FBI finally admitted in 2015 that they had overstated it for decades. Our Reprieve study shows that more than 100 people were, in the meantime, executed in large part based on it. And there is much more to say (some of it said in Injustice, if you have time to read it!).


Q:

There was one witness, who wrote down the plate number. Unfortunately the registered owner was long dead.

Literally a dead end.

A:

i believe the switch version will get an update once we have a specific booster pack released. but im not completely in control of this stuff.


Q:

Ello, I don't know if this has been asked yet, but what is your best advices for doing good at and getting the most out of hackathons?

A:

Hey Mr. Brode,

Longtime fan of the priestly dark arts here. I've always wanted to make Shadowform (and a more aggressive Priest deck with Shadowbombers and stuff) work but it seems like it never really does.

Do us shadow Priests have anything to look forward to in the near future? Will Shadowform ever be viable somehow?

Also, as a fellow pizza connoisseur, what was your favorite Japanese pizza?


Q:

Are you familiar with the case of Joe Arridy? He had an IQ of 46 and was executed for the murder and rape of a fifteen year old girl. In 2011 the governor of Colorado, Bill Ritter, formally pardoned Joe. What are your thoughts about this case and, more specifically, the execution of mentally handicapped people?

A:

Does that mean it was a stolen car? Is it common to find cars with outdated registration in the US?


Q:

Hey Edmund i love you, what genres of music you like?

A:

Good question! I'd say a few things:

  • IMO a good project idea is something you think will be reasonable to complete in the required time, but also has some component (maybe a particular technology or something) that you haven't used much before so you can learn something from working on it! Of course, it's super hard to figure out what a good sized project might be, but if you really want to finish it's a good idea to come up with something you don't think will take the full time (as a buffer in case something goes wrong). In my experience, it seems like no matter what you do you're almost always working up till the end, squashing bugs, adding features, getting ready to demo, and so on.

  • Make sure to take breaks! Talk to other hackers, catch some Z's, etc.

  • At least for me, I try not to eat too much junk food. This is a fun part of any hackathon experience, but I feel like death if I'm not careful :P HackMIT is trying to make sure we have healthier options so you can have some choice in what you snack on.

-- Noah


Q:

Some day we will make Shadow Priest work, together.

That pizza menu wasn't mine! It was someone else's desk. I was on the Night Crew when that shot was taken and I shared a desk with someone who was on the day crew.

A:

Yes, I have naturally heard of poor Joe Arridy, who was a mentally disabled 23 year old with an IQ allegedly 46. With most of the tests we used to use in the US, you get 45 for taking the test, so that is really only one point above the table on which you are working. Such instances are terribly sad. I had a series of seriously mentally disabled people facing execution and in more than one case the guy was IQ 49. Getting across what kind of limitation that was was hard. The judge said 49 is half 100 so he is half as intelligent as an average person. In the end, I had to get him to confess to assassinating (a word he did not understand) Presidents Lincoln, Kennedy and Reagan to show how limited he was. And the one thing he did understand was that people were laughing at him, which was dreadfully sad. The legal system is not a good way to deal with disabled people or, indeed, all kinds of unique individuals.


Q:

Yes, they said it was probably stolen.

A:

i like all good music, but have a hard time getting into rap, country,and general r&b


Q:

How tough is it to find questions / projects that are impactful and properly scoped to meet this event's time constraints?

How many ideas / projects don't make the cut?

A:

Can you spoil another Knights of the Frozen Throne card? Please?


Q:

Wow, that is sad. Thanks for answering.

A:

Does your mum help with stuff?


Q:

After the huge success you've had with Meat Boy and Isaac it would be easy to rest on your laurels. What keeps you going? How difficult is it to generate new ideas and stick to deadlines when you are beholden to no one?

A:

We don't admit by project if that's what your asking: many hackers don't decide what they want to do until they get to the event itself.

If you're asking about how hackers actually choose their projects, that can definitely be challenging. As with all things engineering, it can be pretty tough to estimate how difficult something will be/how long it'll take to complete. That being said, we hope that as long as attendees can make progress towards building something cool over the course of 24 hours, they'll be happy and have learned something new :)

-- Noah


Q:

Sure!

....starting on July 24th!! :)

A:

Sadly there are many other stories like that. If ever there were proof that someone was disabled, it would be with Jerome Bowden who was told that he would avoid execution if he scored below 65 on the test, so he tried, got just above it, felt great that he had passed the test, and then said of his final meal that he would save his pecan pie dessert for later.


Q:

Yeah, she honestly helps me a lot. Jokes aside, she helps me in whichever way she can, and I appreciate it. For example, she does the dishes whenever she can because she knows I hate doing them.

A:

i have a very difficult time mentally not being creative/working on projects so id say delaying my eventual suicide is my biggest motivator :)


Q:

What are your goals with the upcoming ladder rework? What are your biggest challenges? Any idea when you’ll have any news to share regarding this? Thanks! Love all the positive changes recently and look forward to many more!

A:

This may not be something you've followed at all, but do you have any thoughts on Omar Khadr's settlement?


Q:

I nearly lost an arm to injury the summer before starting high school. Shoot out to mom for tying my shoes before school.
I had no extension in four of my fingers for two years. Then it took another year of therapy to make them useful. Keep on that grind.

A:

Why have you decided to compete against yourself in the next great indie platformer(I know they are different partners)?


Q:

What are your goals with the upcoming ladder rework?

1) Reduce grind for top-level players.

2) Increase progression for players stuck at rank 20-ish.

3) Get better matchmaking for bottom 25% players.

4) Make the experience better for new players.

We're hoping to make 1-3 better first. #4 is a separate feature for us and is coming later.

What are your biggest challenges?

The biggest challenging is making those things better without losing what we like about our current system. Our current system is SUPER clear about what you need to do to rank up, and I think that's upside. I'm pretty confident we can do both here, though.

Any idea when you’ll have any news to share regarding this?

We have a design we are excited to try out, once we know how it changes through implementation, we are going to announce the details. Hoping for later this year.

A:

I met Omar Khadr in Gitmo and he was originally just 15 when taken there. He was abused horribly and the things he was said to have said were all abused out of him. What would any of us want to be paid to have our youth taken away from us from 15-25, and to be tortured? I don’t know. I never think money is the answer to these things, the real answer is to stop people doing them. But I don’t have a problem people being compensated.


Q:

Thank you. Congratulations on your recovery!

A:

i cant stop making platformers. ive made 9 of them over the past 14 years, im slowing down but i dont see myself stopping. id like to think im getting better(go check out my first platformer Clubby The Seal)


Q:

When will we be able to buy Naxx again?

A:

What is your work week like, and how do you find any joy in the downtime you have?


Q:

Does it take a lot of willpower to get in the work for the rehab? is it hard? How do you manage it?

I'm in a similar situation in some ways but I'm neglecting the work I should do for it.

A:

What is your favorite thing about the Binding of Isaac?

(P.s. I love playing Isaac!)


Q:

Soon! Hoping for sometime this summer.

A:

Hey, I would have a TGIM sign if I had anything (Thank God Its Monday!). But I don’t really believe in that. I only wish the day had 72 hours. I keep time sheets for everything for years and years, because I am a nerd. So I can tell you I used to average about 100 hours a week, and am now down to about 75 of what we call work. But I don’t think of it as work because I love it. At the same time, it has always been a principle of mine that we should work hard and play hard, so I used to insist in the US that people took at least 6 weeks holiday a year, as compared to most people in the US getting a few days. Myself, I adore the cricket season (big win for my team, the Mapperton Marauders, last night and I am going on a cricket tour of Pakistan in September where we will be thrashed by much younger and fitter players). I also love building, though this week has involved digging a hole - that involved shifting 18 tonnes of earth - with a single spade, for a secret present for my lad Wilf, who is aged 9 tomorrow.


Q:

God, yes...

Just the sheer amount of "free" time I dedicate to therapy is really frustrating. I think I use the fear of being paralyzed along with the hope of regaining full mobility to help motivate me.

I know how that feels...to be honest, one of the reasons I'm doing this AMA is because I've been kind of falling into a slump recently. This week I've barely gone to therapy at all, which is really rare for me. I just feel exhausted of this all. I'm tired all the time and I just wish things were easy again. Sometimes I just want to send it all to hell and just fucking quit...

But I can't afford that. And I assume you can't afford that, either. In the end we only have this one life, this one body, and one chance. If we fuck it up, it's over. So I know that if I slack right now I'm going to regret it for the rest of my life. You and I both know what we need to do, we just need to suck it up and just do it.

A:

the replayability and themes


Q:

Hey Ben your joy and passion for Hearthstone is infectious and I'm so glad to see the direction and energy you bring to the game (especially in the face of so much negativity both in the subreddit and the world at large)

What's been your favorite deck to play in hearthstone's history (including open beta)?

Also what kind of pizza did blizzard offices order most often when you delivered to them back in the day?

Thanks for your time and have a great Friday and weekend!!

A:

Can you share with us what the secret present is?


Q:

I can relate so much it hurts. How much time do you have to dedicate to therapy? I have SO MANY other things I need to do . . . all important, and I don't use that word lightly.

Well, I wish you the best of luck. Show that arm who's the boss.

A:

What mistake stands out to you the most from your latest project that you will try to avoid as best as possible in any future projects?


Q:

What's been your favorite deck to play in hearthstone's history (including open beta)?

I've always loved Control Paladin. I also loved Yogg-and-Load.

Also what kind of pizza did blizzard offices order most often when you delivered to them back in the day?

Gina's Pizza, in Irvine.

https://www.yelp.com/biz/ginas-pizza-and-pastaria-irvine

I get the Calzone, no Ricotta, Meatballs, Cilantro, Mushroom.

Also, get the Rasta Salad with Cilantro dressing. MMMMM

A:

Is that you Wilf?


Q:

Usually about 2 hours every day, with short 10 minute exercise bursts throughout the day.

Thank you, likewise!

A:

i cant say yet what mistakes ive made with the end

but i can say the biggest mistake in the past, that ive made repeatedly would be announcing a new project im excited about much too early


Q:

Hi Ben,

Have you ever played Magic? And if so, what would you say are some things that exist in magic, that could eventually be incorporated into Hearthstone?

A:

Roughly, what percentage of the people you represent are non-white?


Q:

In similar situations as you (not that bad though). I get overwhelmed at the time spent in rehab and then the time after I recover to keep my muscles and nerves healthy. Consistency is a problem when your emotions vary from day to day. I'm also failing at time management so feel you bro. Need to eliminate time wasters so I can rehab 😅

A:

Hey Ed, I've enjoyed literally all your games tremendously! TEIN is a masterpiece so far!

Do you enjoy speed-running your own games? Do you have a current PB for how fast you can beat TEIN?


Q:

Yes, love Magic. There's a lot to learn from a game that has a 20+ year history. Not many games manage that, and I'm hoping to grow old with them together. :)

A:

Over the years, about 70% of the people I have represented have been non-white. On death row in the US, for example, while the general population is 13% black, the death row population is 42% black. In Guantanamo, the non-white Muslim population was 777/778 (I guess the exception would have been David Hicks from Australia), so all of my clients have been non-white.


Q:

Consistency is a problem when your emotions vary from day to day.

Man, I should print this out and frame it for how true it is.

Good luck with your rehab, we can do this!

A:

no, im not that good at video games but i like watching


Q:

Hey Ben! /u/bbrode

Any advice for people looking to get into voice acting, specifically within video games? How would somebody go about applying with Blizzard for voice acting jobs/positions?

A:

Hi Clive,

How important is your innocence? It seems like today, it doesn't matter if you did it or not. Once you are accused, unless you have money or someone who takes an interest, you will lose against a system with incredible resources.


Q:

Will $100 won through a certain spinner contest pay enough for your surgery?

A:

Hey Edmund. Do you love us as much as we love you?


Q:

I have no idea!

I have never done VO for a game. /cryface

A:

There is a lot of interesting stuff about innocence. One thing to bear in mind is how self-destructive innocent people are in the legal system. One, they are no help to me (who did it? I don’t know anything about it!). Two, they make terrible decisions. They are 110% sure they did not do it, so they cannot fathom how a jury of 12 people can find them guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Kris is an example here. He knows nothing about who did the crime. He hired the lawyer who said he would do it for $20K rather than $250K as he felt it would be easy to find him not guilty. He wanted to rush to trial. He agreed to his (dreadful) lawyer’s (dreadful) advice not to put on his 6 alibi witnesses, or to testify. Etc. Etc. I am not blaming him, but the system does not realise the true impact of innocent clients.


A:

water drips on no


Q:

Hi Ben

While very small hints of the death Knight and monk classes were found in the files of the game during it's release (vanilla, that is), with the introduction of the new Death Knight themed hero cards, the dream of the three missing classes ever being implemented into Hearthstone are all but dead. I know the previous stance on this was that it would be difficult to balance and, ultimately, unnecessary, but I would still like to know -

1) What is the teams current stance on additional, full classes? Has it changed at all with time?

2) Building on the first question- is the dream really dead now? Are Death Knights, Monks and Demon Hunters ever going to be able to represent themselves in Hearthstone?

Thank you for your time :)

A:

In Guantanamo, is there a town outside of the prison? If so, what is it like?


Q:

Hey man its great you are seeing results, even when they are small. Have you tried rehab with Augmented - Virtual Reality? Ive read some good things about it, and it served as a base for a thing i did for a patient in nyc (you can check it at ourkidscandoanhthing in fb)

A:

how did you decide on the name Peach for your daughter?


Q:

1) What is the teams current stance on additional, full classes?

A class needs unique "space" - i.e. things they can do that nobody else can do. Only Paladins get Divine Shield, or "setting Attack/Health", or 1-mana Secrets. Mages are the best at AoE and Blasty single-target spells.

I think we are already having trouble carving out awesome space for 9 classes. I want us to find more unique things for Warlock to do, for example. I think adding a 10th class makes this problem much more difficult, as we could be using that space to make our core 9 classes more fun.

Also, you would be less likely to open cards of your favorite class in card packs, the more that we have in the game.

Something I often think about - what is the 'perfect' number of classes? What would be too many? Is 15 too many? How about 50? I kind of think the number even be less than 9, except that we have some important fantasy considerations.

2) is the dream really dead now? Are Death Knights, Monks and Demon Hunters ever going to be able to represent themselves in Hearthstone?

I'm actually super excited about the way Death Knights are coming to Hearthstone! Making a Death Knight starting hero means making an ultra simple Hero Power.... but now we've been able to create much crazier hero powers.... and we've made NINE different Death Knights. I'm super pumped.

A:

Yes, there is a town around Guantanamo. It is a bit of an irony free zone. There is Recreation Road, that leads down past the Guantanamo Golf Course to the cells. There is McDonalds, where I first encountered the bizarre rule that soldiers had to salute officers, and say “Honor Bound, Sir!” The officer saluted back and said, “To Defend Freedom, soldier!” I thought it was a joke, when first I heard it, and I laughed. But they were serious. I wrote about all this in “Bad Men”, there is rather a lot to tell!


Q:

No, I haven't but I'll check it out. Thanks!

A:

my wife liked the name peach and i liked the name pj, so we met in the middle and named her Peach Jubilee. technically on paper her name is PJ so if she ends up hating the name she has a lot of options


Q:

Any internship opportunities at Blizzard/Hearthstone?

A:

Didn't want to make such an off topic top level comment, but I'm looking at Google maps, and noticed a Guantanamo bay museum... Did you ever visit? Any interesting pieces there? I can't imagine they get many visitors.


Q:

Driver & Rider here. So sorry it happened to your Triumph btw. What a perfect machine. It's my dream bike and I hope you get another when you're ready.

Post-accident, do you ever feel yourself now having a fundamental lack of trust of others on the road?

I've been the victim in two crashes that totalled my cars. one exactly like yours where they made a left like they didn't even see me and I t-boned them, and a worse crash where I was just driving along on a single lane 40mph road, and someone drifted across the center line and hit me head on and totalled my car.

Sold my bike between crashes to help with finances so I don't even have one now, but honestly I've lost all trust in other drivers and as much as I want to ride, just the thought of it gives me anxiety.

A:

Do you think of yourself as a game developer or do you feel like you're an artist and designer that sometimes makes video games?


A:

The Gitmo museum is not really a museum, unless they have built one in the last month or two. It is a few pictures at the airport. I hope one day the whole place will become a museum to injustice, so we do not repeat the mistakes of the past again. (The UK had a Gitmo back in the civil war in the 1640s, and it caused such an uproar that we got the Habeas Corpus Act of 1679…)


Q:

Thanks for the good vibes.

Umm, no not really. I mean, all of the trust I had evaporated pretty quickly after I started riding. Now I'm just totally stoic when other people do stupid shit on the road. What's the point in complaining? It is what is it.

I'm sorry that happened to you, and believe me, I know what you mean!

A:

i definitely think of myself as an artist that sometimes makes video games, i think this is the one thing that sets me apart from a majority of other people in the industry


Q:

-When working on expansions, how much of it is done in advance? Do you work expansions ahead of the current set or even the upcoming set?

-Are there any card designs that you've either not been able to get to work (a la Patches in TGT) or that haven't found a place in any set so far? If so, could you share your favorite scrapped card ideas with us?

Thanks for doing this AMA Mr. Brode

A:

What is your opinion on some of the documentaries done on Guantanamo Bay?


Q:

May 13, 2005. The day my entire life changed forever. Motorcycle crash. C-4/C-5 fusion. Bracial plexus injury. Right bicep, right deltoid paralysis. Ended my naval career. I have the exact same injury. I wish the best for you. If you want to talk about it, feel free to PM me. It gets better. I have to ask a question. Can you tell me how you found out about the surgery in Mexico?

Edit: brachial, not biracial.

A:

Hey Edmund, just wanted to say thanks for everything, your appearance on indie game the movie inspired me to start my own project. The passion you have for gamedev and art is inspirational. Thanks so much.
I would like to ask how do you come up with your ideas?
Do you like how the game industry is at the moment or is there anything you would like to see happening?


Q:

When working on expansions, how much of it is done in advance? Do you work expansions ahead of the current set or even the upcoming set?

We are nearly done with design on set 3 of the year of the mammoth. We are hard at work on the first set of next year, and are brainstorming ideas for the second set of 2018.

Are there any card designs that you've either not been able to get to work (a la Patches in TGT) or that haven't found a place in any set so far?

Yes

If so, could you share your favorite scrapped card ideas with us?

No

A:

I’ve not seen a decent documentary on Gitmo. You should do one. The real problem is when people think they are going to see anything useful when there. The key to Gitmo is that they only show you the propaganda tour (I got in trouble for coining that phrase!) and nothing about the reality. So the real documentary of Gitmo will be the one where they go and ask to do all the things they cannot do - interview prisoners, see a force feeding, etc. - and make a film about what they are not allowed to do.


Q:

I'm sorry about your injury.

My doctor had just given a conference about his nerve transposition technique in several cities around the world, and my previous doctor attended of these. He along with several other doctors, advised me to go see him immediately, as my injury was his specialty.

A:

i base my ideas on real life experiences.

i would like to see the industry or people in the industry express themselves more with their chosen artistic medium instead of constantly talking about it. i feel like it would be more impactful, passionate and moving if people used their work to express their feelings


Q:

Do you play other blizz games like overwatch or wow? What is the relationship between the developing teams of different games?

A:

A force feeding? How do they manage to do that?


Q:

What exactly about music are you pursuing? Do you write songs or play instruments (with one hand)? I hope you do well with your rehab.

A:

I noticed you tagged the Indie Game the Movie crew on Twitter earlier this week, could we expect an Indie Game the Movie sequel?


Q:

Yeah, definitely. We are very close. I often have lunch with the directors of the other teams. A lot of people on the other teams meet up with each other to share ideas.

A:

The force feeding is pretty horrid. General Branz Craddock did not like the fact that the hunger strikers were getting publicity, so he said (in the NY Times) that he would make it “less convenient” for them to do it. So they use tubes that are too big (painful!) and instead of leaving the 110 cm tube in after a feeding, they pull it out each time and force it back in. They force the liquid in too fast. And they have done it to Ahmed Rabbani, for example, every day for the past four and a half years. It is illegal (you are not allowed to force feed a competent hunger striker) but there is no legal system that will stop it…


Q:

I was mainly a bass and guitar player all my life. After the accident, I stopped playing entirely. I didn't even want to move my instruments, so I just left everything kind of as is.

Fortunately, I signed up for a music technology class that semester and I picked up the keyboard (which I already owned), while at the same time learning to use DAWs. Soon after I bought a synth, a MIDI controller, and a good looper pedal and starting getting into production kiinda.

Right now, I mainly practice making simplish songs/loops using the looper, the synth, the keyboard w/presets, and the controller, though I rarely write or record anything. I was also gifted a trumpet recently and have been relearning how to play, and it's been a lot of fun!

A:

i have no idea what they have planned, but theyre filming me right now. so far 20 hours of footage of tyler eating


Q:

My personal favourite card is Dreadsteed. Regardless of how good it is, what is your favourite card you and your team have designed?

A:

I think with a tube? Mos Def tried to do it as a demonstration but he stopped before things got too far because it was too much for him. I think you can find that on YouTube...


Q:

Damn. Haha I do hope you can play your guitar again! I wish you luck. Thanks for the AMA, I hope you can give hope to the other patients you go to rehab with.

A:

Hey Ed, which of your games do you personally find the most fun to play?


Q:

Lord Jaraxxus

EREDAR LORD OF THE BURNING LEGION

A:

Reprieve helped organise that - you can find it on our youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hQ5xz_5to4


Q:

Thanks! :)

A:

isaac


Q:

Would you ever consider separating the mobile and desktop clients to make the desktop client more feature rich? Lobbies, Tournament modes, 2v2? Would love to see more features, would pay for them too!

A:

Hi Clive, thanks a lot for taking part and for doing your admirable work.

For your successful cases, do the families of the victims normally accept the verdict (either that the person is innocent, or that the death penalty is not a humane punishment)?


Q:

Sorry still curious, doesn't it hurt from time to time or don't you get random twitches/spasm of your arm?

A:

Mewgenics?


Q:

I don't feel like we have basically ever been restricted on cool new features due to the parity we shoot for between platforms. We have wildly talented UI Designers who are up for the challenge.

A:

I try to talk to the victim’s family always. There are very very few cases where that has not been the case, as I hate the pain they go through, and often the lies they are told. Kris’ case is one of the very few where the (sad to say, nasty) prosecutor at the time of the hearing in 1995 said she would have me prosecuted if I tried to talk to the victims, which was very sad, and I am sure they hate me for not talking to them. I wish I could share things with them. More often than not, though, I have had a really good relationship with the victim’s family, and I hope sometimes have been able to help them with their suffering. It is really important to help people understand (where possible) why someone they loved got senselessly killed.


Q:

No worries, ask away!

I have like a general soreness. Imagine how you arm would feel the day after you did a bunch of exercise after a long time of doing nothing. I feel about 50% of that feeling, all the time.

Then I get random flashes of nerve pain that vary in intensity and duration, but usually don't last more than a minute.

And yeah, I also sometimes get twitches or spasms, though more frequently now than before.

A:

mewgenics will eventually come out, who knows when, but tyler and i may mess around with its design after bum-bo comes out and see what happens!


Q:

Hey Ben,

I wanted to ask why the decision was made to make Hero Cards of the hero (Rexxar, for example) behave in a way that ignores your alternate hero portrait?

I couldn't care either way, but I'm seeing many people have qualms with (or at least, questions about) the way it was handled. They paid $10 to hide Rexarr and rock Alleria, so I think they're a bit bummed that the card doesn't shift with the deck to become "Deathstalker Alleria" or something. Was it due to the extra work it would require? Would it cause inconsistency and/or confusion?

I think that Hero Cards are an astounding idea, but I can see where people are disappointed in this unique case where they're themed off of our hero entities (Rexxar/Alleria the Hunter class, opposed to say, Hemet Nessingwary as a Hero Card replacement).

Will these Hero Cards ever be non-heroes? Will they ever be depictions of Alleria, Magni, Medivh, etc.?

Thank you so much!!

EDIT: Also, has the team ever considered making "puzzles?" Certain scenarios you had to figure out a la Adventure Mode, maybe with small gold rewards or a weekly rotation like TB? For example, "how much damage do I need to win in one turn?" Thanks again.

A:

Hey Clive! Your current case sounds interesting, and I'll try to follow it and see where it goes.

How do you go about finding these clients, and how do you decide their case is worth taking?


Q:

Wow, how much did the synth + controller run you? Hoping to get new ones of my own when The Budget allows. Got a soundcloud I could check out?

A:

Do you think your creativity has gone down lately? I've seen you talk in your interviews about how pressure and pain was your go-to motivation fuel to make art stuff, and now that you're happy and making money, do you feel like that has affected you?


Q:

Hero cards are a new thing that replaces your hero, not transforms them. It's a bit weird because these 9 hero cards feel like a transformation, but it's possible to turn from Anduin -> Jaraxxus -> Deathstalker Rexxar -> Jaina DK Hero -> Uther DK Hero, for example. (assuming you do some weird thoughtsteal shenanigans.) I think seeing the art of the hero helps you understand what's going on in the game, and what Hero Power your opponent is going to be using from now on. If you play Deathstalker Rexxar as Jaina and then it looks like Jaina still but with the Rexxar power... I dunno, that seems very weird to me.

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I’ve not got just one case, there are lots going on. But Kris is taking up a lot of my time. I’ve never really “chosen” cases. It used to be just the next guy facing execution. Nowadays, it tends to be someone who is caught up in something really terrible. So one thing we recently brought against Trump was his current effort to assassinate two journalists. He has an assassination list, started by Obama. Lots of people on it. It is mad. It is like we are in the time of the Borgias. Another demented policy decision in response to the “War of Terror” (as Borat calls it).


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Synth was a Roland System One (~$300) and the controller was a maschine mk1 (~$70). I got them both on ebay.

Haha I don't have one! But I'll make one in a bit and upload some stuff.

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my creativity has definitely not gone down

the past 3 years for me have been the hardest years of my life and choosing to start a family has made things that much more complicated. money doesnt make people happy and it doesnt fix much


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Can you elaborate on and/or provide sources to back up your claim about this assassination list? I don't doubt things like this exist at all, mind you, but I would like to see some kind of proof to that statement if you can provide it.

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cool man don't give up keep making that music


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Hey! BoI is one of my favorite games of all time and since it's partially influenced by the Zelda series, I was wondering what other (if any) game series that you grew up playing could be "punched up" with some of that McMillen Special Sauce™?

Thank you so much for everything that you've contributed to the world, my brother and I have bonded time and again over BoI and it's all thanks to you.

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I recently wrote a long-read about it, and it's been extensively reported in the press: http://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/state-sponsored-assassination/


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Thanks man!

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ive thought about attempting a mega man, maybe one day


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Not to make light but have you given yourself "the stranger"?


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Hey Edmund been a fan since 2001 when I found dead baby dress up on newgrounds. And just wanted to say thanks for the years of enjoyment. And fuck you for pre-buff Lost.

Given how long you've made games and the variety of them, What is a genre of game you would like to make but haven't yet?

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I feel sorry for your boyfriend going to Gitmo. I will say I have found a lot of the soldiers there delightful and most have been really nice to me. They get filled up with nonsense about the prisoners though. One woman there had been told that my client, Moazzam Begg, was Hannibal the Cannibal Lecter, and would bite his way through the bars. He ended up making friends with her, and they are still in touch now that he is home safe in England. Anyway, I hope to meet your boyfriend when he is down there and I visit. But be kind of him and send him lots of care packages, get him on Skype every day, and make sure he has something interesting to do in his spare time - it is a dull place for the soldiers, though I kind of enjoy it now that I only go for a week at a time.


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To my shame, yes I have. It was ineffective, to say the least.

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RTS, i have a few loose designs for some. its all about having the time to do it


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I have a similar problem. May I ask how much it was for the surgery?


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I missed out on the Meat Boy stress balls last time... Any chance we could see some for TEiN?

https://www.reddit.com/r/TheEndIsNigh/comments/6hauz1/ash_is_a_ball_now_bounce_him_as_much_as_you_like/

/u/endcmj made it look pretty appealing!

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Drop me an email! [email protected]


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I will PM you!

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its possible, tyrone has actually proposed this idea.

fun fact: i did the math wrong on those stress balls and we lost money on top of having to ship out 500 balls :(


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I'm sure you have a unique perspective on this - what's your stance on shutting down Guantanamo Bay? Specifically, if you're in favor of closing it (which I'm guessing you are), what should we do with the people in it?

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Was it your fap arm?


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Is Afterbirth coming to Vita for real?

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Shutting Gitmo is a no brainer. There are 41 people in it. Perhaps 10 would face trial - and they can, as someone like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed boasted on video that he was behind 9/11 so why not just put him on trial. The ones who cannot be tried should not be tried - that has been the rule since 1215, just 802 years ago, when we decided we should give people trials. Why should we change it now?


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Yes T__T

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i dont know :(


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What can people do to help make this happen?

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Have you tried masturbating with that arm? If so what's it like?


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Are we going to see new achievements added in an Isaac booster?

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Keep making noise. Lawyers are only a small part of the battle, by the way. There are thousands of things you can do. Artists can do art. Writers can write. Nobody is without a talent that can help achieve justice...


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To my shame, yes I have. It was ineffective, to say the least.

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yes. i have something planned in a few months


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Have you ever refused a case because of the severity/nastiness of the crimes committed?

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What was the most difficult thing you had to adapt to after your arm was paralysed?


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I first learned of you from the documentary Indie Games when it debuted on Netflix some years ago. I strongly admire your passion for your art and the human experience.

My question: Do you feel like you were accurately and fairly portrayed in the film?

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I have never refused a case because the facts were too bad. Indeed, the worse the facts, normally the more compelling the reason why it happened. But I have refused a case where the individual had money. So I was asked to take on Saddam Hussein’s case and I have no problem with him getting effective representation - his hanging was a sorry reflection on humanity no matter what he did. But he had money and could get others to do it, so I would rather focus on those who have no money.


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The most difficult? That's hard.

Sex, writing, and playing music was the hardest for me at first. After a while, you get used to everything.

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yes, but they made me sound more sane than i am, also probably helped that other people said crazier things :)


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How did you learn about Kris' case?

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Glad you lived and are making a recovery! Drove past this same type of accident yesterday morning. Unfortunately the motorcycle driver yesterday did not make it. Were you wearing a helmet?


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I really love the tight controls in The End is Nigh! Feels really great so far :)

Do you feel like tight, precise controls are very high up on your priority list? Also, if you had to choose one, what is the most important aspect for you to focus on, when designing a game?

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I learned about Kris’ case from the British consulate in Atlanta. It is a rather sore point, as the nice chap there asked me to help Kris. I went to do that, and naturally said yes, as it is always so hard to say no. And then when we needed financial help to get experts and witnesses, the British government denied that they had asked me to help him. So Reprieve ends up in a big financial hole on it all, and I am a tiny bit pissed off at the Government for reneging on a promise they made at one time to help him by giving him a loan to get his witnesses.


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Full gear, ATGATT (All The Gear All The Time).

I'd be dead if I hadn't.

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tight controls are very important in platformers, because the player needs to feel like theyre in control of their mistakes in order to manage their frustration.

the key to a good platformer is making the player feel like theyre in control of a super hero. no one wants to play as a character hindered by reality.

to me the most important aspect to focus on when designing a game is making sure the games themes and design speak to each other in as many ways as possible.


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So, the British aren't coming?

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Anything you'd recommend to new riders? Taking my license in about a month or so, and will be doing ATGATT as well, having been in two minor solo wipeouts so far(once on a illegal 6 gear moped, second during first riding lesson, rider in front braked, I misread the situation and braked too hard on the front brake, and since I was an idiot on the only bike without ABS, down I went. It was very wet and slippery both times).

Locking up the front wheel in pouring rain isn't fun, that's for sure.


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Hey Ed, what did you use to make the art and animations in The End Is Nigh and how long did it take you?

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You are right. The British are not being very helpful to some of our British clients, though I do think they will intervene legally, if not financially, for Kris Maharaj. It does make you think though. Kris was a millionaire back in the day, and paid lots of taxes, and now that he is destitute and was facing the electric chair, you might think the Brits would do what the Germans, the Spanish, the Italians, the Mexicans, and others do, and help prisoners get meaningful representation. They should not leave it just to do-gooders like us!


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Well since you've already taken riding lessons and are ATGATT, I don't have much else to say except good luck!

Watch a Twist of the Wrist 2, if you haven't already.

Find a place to practice if you can and do it every once in a while. Buy a good backpack. Sweatproof stuff for summer and thermals for winter are a must. Don't take passengers until you've ridden 6 months or 1,500 miles. Don't die...

Stay alert, be safe, have fun!

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i used flash, i still use flash. it took me about 6 months to do all the art for the game, part timeish.

this game was a lot less graphics intensive for me than my other games, due to the flat shaded style. the great majority of time was spent making levels.


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Why do you include your middle name?

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I am rooting for you. I know a guy in wheelchair from an accident (decades ago) and told him to hang in there -- he said even if they figured out a way to deal with the paralysis his muscles would be too weak for rehab but I am optimistic about that too and I suspect you have an opinion about this?


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Do you like (single- or multiplayer) FPS games?

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Why do I include my middle name? I don’t! It is Adrian, and I hate it. My last name is Stafford Smith, without a hyphen, because my Dad changed it way back when, and was too cheap to pay the extra £3 to put a hyphen in. He wanted to call me Adrian, whereupon the initials would have been ASS, entirely appropriate perhaps, but not nice for me. So my Mum noticed, and now I am just Clive ASS…


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Muscles can be rebuilt. That's exactly what I'm doing right now. Granted, it's not the same as both legs, but in the end there's always hope for improvement. Always. Even if it's just a tiny bit better, if you do something, anything, you're definitely not going to get worse.

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multiplayer


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Lmao thanks for that interesting and hilarious story. I wasn't trying to be a dick; I've just always been curious about the mindset of people who use their middle names.

I guess every case you're involved in is technically a Cl-ASS action lawsuit.

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Pro arm wrestler


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what is ash? and are you goinng to challange the completionist again?

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I agree about the middle name thing. It’s odd. They do it to people on death row to make them less human.


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youll find out if you play the game a lot and yes i already did


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Just reading up on Kris' case.. why do you think he was framed?

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Was it hard to type this with one hand?


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Hi, Ed! Huge fan of your work!

It always seems like you have a ton of separate projects at once. I mean, even right now there's End of Nigh which you've only just finished, Legend of Bumbo, Ouroboros, and probably more I'm forgetting. What's it like balancing so many projects at once and how do you handle it?

Also if you had the opportunity to eat the pillsbury doughboy, would you?

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In terms of Kris being framed, there was just a system for it back then. A former police officer told me, and then testified under oath, that they had a deal with the Cartel that when the Cartel wanted to kill someone they would have a cop on duty at the scene to make sure they did not get into trouble. The officer gave me a list of 17 homicides where a corrupt element of the police had been involved. I tried to get the FBI to do something about this, but they showed no interest. Sadly, there was so much drug money around that a cop could make a year’s salary by turning a blind eye, and that was a big temptation. In 1985, fully ten percent of the whole police force there was arrested or fired for corruption!


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Yeah, a little

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i tend to have a lot of projects going at once because theres something inspiring about the chaos, its sometimes helpful for me to be thnking about a range of things at once to stay focused and motivated.

Danielle(wife) here, its terrible. send help.


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What's the average day like for a lawyer such as your self?

If you could go back to college would you change your interest to a different profession?

What's your favorite part of being a lawyer?

And lastly, how did you decide being a lawyer was your calling?

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I can't even imagine. I'm happy that you're going to physical therapy though!! I've never been paralyzed but I can imagine it's like trying to move something you naturally can't, like your ears for example? Is this true? I've heart it somewhere before. Wishing you the best~~


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Yo Ed, any advice for someone new to the indie dev scene who would want to do a one person or small team project? Also how high should a newcomer set their expectations for their first major release? P.S. I've watched Indie Game the Movie countless times as inspiration for trying to get into indie games and have become addicted to watching other indie game documentaries.

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I consider myself incredibly privileged because there is no such thing as an average day. It is the reason why I don’t understand why lawyers think they should be so well paid. We are incredibly fortunate in other ways already. So each day I tend to have something different and fascinating to do. I just wish there were 72 ours in the day. That would allow me to do what I did today much better – I had to dig a huge hole for a sunken trampoline for my kid’s 9th birthday surprise tomorrow. It took two days actually, as it was (I worked out) 18 tonnes of clay. I needed to have about 20 hours to do that, 10 hours to respond to all these questions, then another 40 hours to do some work on Kris Maharaj’s case and maybe 10 to help some of the others in the office, then I would have had a productive day! (Ah, but I need 8 hours sleep and I notice I am already up to 80…)


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No, it's more like not remembering how to move something. Like if you suddenly completely forgot the mental mechanisms to do so, and you're trying to figure it out.

Thanks!


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As somebody from Louisiana/about to take the bar exam here, I first just wanted to thank you for your work in the state, namely that related to LCAC. I've had the opportunity to see LCAC's work over the past year and a half or so and seeing them handle the very worst of the worst cases has been motivating, to say the least.

My question is - how does one get the opportunity to work cases out of Gitmo? Between what I've read and what I've heard it looks like you've either got to be a veteran death penalty attorney or someone who's spent a good stint in JAG corps. Are you aware of anybody who hasn't followed one of those two tracks?

Hopefully Gitmo is closed before the time I would ever be close to meeting the requirements for the civilian attorney pool, but taking on those kinds of cases drew my interest ever since I first started reading about all of it.

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When/if you regain movement in your arm, what is the first thing you will do with your newly restored limb?


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What are some games you like to play/ have been playing in your spare time? I know that you're probably busy alot between the baby and making games, but I'm sure you find some time here and there to play some stuff that isn't yours.

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Not at all. Most of the lawyers who have done cases in Gitmo have been pro bono corporate lawyers. We had a coalition of about 500 at one point, and I would guess that there were about 5 capital defence lawyers, 15 federal defenders, maybe 10 other NGO types, a few academics, and 450 corporate lawyers. Now there are many fewer of us, and the capital and NGO types tend still to be there. You are most welcome, but I should warn you that nobody ever gets paid anything…


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Learn to play the bass again. Hug my girlfriend. Start benching. Play basketball again.

Feel normal.

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yes! i draft MTG every week with my friends, we play cube. my wife and i also play pokemon go a ton with our friends

we also play a lot of party games on the weekends like times up, telestrations, and a heavily modded version of cards against humanity


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Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the 9th Circuit, believes that the use of legal injection is a way for Americans to lie to themselves that what they are doing is not cruel; that if the death penalty is to remain, people should see the true meaning of this method carried out (e.g. hanging, guillotine, and firing squad). Aside from disagreeing with the death penalty as a whole, and being one who is heavily involved in the matter, what is your opinion on the use of lethal injection?

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How's masturbation?


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Favourite FARGO season?

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He is right of course. Everything about the death penalty is dressed up to make it seem a kinder, gentler form of death. The whole protocol is for the people doing it and watching, not the prisoner. So, first, they strap you down tight and give you a paralytic agent in lethal injection, not because it makes you feel better, but so the watching people cannot see you writhe in agony. With the Electric Chair, they used the big leather flap over the face of the prisoner not for him, but so the witnesses could not see his agony. And so on. Then we have silly things like the last meal – as Nicky Ingram said, why would I want to eat when you are about to kill me? So he asked for a cigarette, which they refused because it was bad for his health (I finally persuaded them to give him a damned cigarette). And so forth. So I would go further than Kozinski. I think you should not just watch the execution, in all its glory, but you should do what Paul Hamann did in 14 Days in May, and follow the last two weeks, to see the impact of it all on the condemned person, all the other prisoners, the guards, and everyone else. It is just barbaric.


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Very well, thank you!

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season 2 easily, probably one of the best seasons of any show ive seen on tv


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How many death row inmates did you represent that are now free today?

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How hard did you find it to carry out everyday tasks without the use of your right arm?


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Good day, Edmund.

I'm curious to know how it is that you use the "language" of video games to create a narrative that complements gameplay. How do you go about designing gameplay mechanics that can also work as story elements?

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In terms of how many of my clients are free - actually an amazing number. Not all of them made it as far as death row, but the state was trying to send them there. One astounding sequence involved 171 capital cases in Orleans Parish (New Orleans) back in 1999-2003, where we managed to free 126 of the people. The conservative story here is that they had the wrong person in 74.9% of the time, so that the real killer was still out there. The liberal story was that the whole police system was profoundly dysfunctional if they were arresting the wrong person that often.


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How hard? It depends on the task, really. I am surprisingly dexterous with my left arm and hand now so I can manage my way through most tasks. Though some, like dishwashing, are infuriating and I can never really manage well.

Honestly it is a little frustrating most of the time, but like everything, you get used to it and get better at it.

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this is a difficult one to explain. i attempt to take mechanics that abstractly mirror or complement elements of the games story or theme and run them parallel.

for example, the ends theme is stress and pressure, the feeling that something is going to end soon but never does and questioning if all the effort is worth it. i feel that comes through in the games design, story, and theme


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Do you think we're on the path to abolishing the death penalty in the US? What can us non-lawyers do to help change public opinion and end the death penalty? Thank you so much for your heroic work!

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What's your favorite tropical fruit?


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When can we expect afterbirth+ for Xbox one and will boosters be available? I'd pay for a quarterly booster pack on Xbox. Love playing Isaac and always want more

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The death penalty will be abolished in the US. Executions have dropped from a high of 100 to 20 last year. With 2900 people on death row, it would take 145 years to kill those folk, not accounting for new cases, and presumably some would have died of old age by then… The death penalty is a dinosaur, but even in its death throes the T Rex can thrash around very dangerously. But if there is one thing that is certain it is that the history books are no more going to say executing people was a cool idea than we do burning witches at the stake…


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What is the most interesting case you've worked on?

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Seeing your title, I immediately wondered if you were CG, then reading his reply to your original post seems like it was really helpful for you. I’m so sorry that you’ve been going through this, but happy that you’re fighting to get back to fitness!

Anyway, do you have any sensation in your arm now? If you can’t feel anything with it, do you keep it in a sling or anything? Also, did you have to go to Mexico because no US hospitals would attempt the procedure?


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As someone not entirely in the loop it seemed like The End Is Nigh came out of nowhere. When did work start on the game and how much of your time have you been spending on it recently? Thanks for all your work btw, you've made so many of my favourite games!

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In terms of the most interesting case I have ever had, I would have to decline to answer in a sentence. I have had so many, so varied, so fascinating. I could list thirty that would tie for the top one. I guess one day I need to describe all of them in a book.


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Thank you! I feel somethings in some areas, and in others I feel almost nothing. In some areas I can feel pain/wetness/hotness/electricity, and in some I can't. It's really weird and interesting sometimes. The other day I burned my skin completely off by accident and I didn't feel a thing.

No, I went to Mexico because it was cheaper and my parents are Mexican.

Shoutout to u/CG_Ops, the badass one-handed rider who helped me with kind words and advice!

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so we started work in december 2016, but it was mostly using the foundation of 0uroboros. i worked part time to full time since then and tyler has been working on it full time.

it seemingly came out of nowhere because i wasnt positive that we were going to finish it and didnt want to announce another game that could be stuck in limbo so we played it safe and waited until the last minute to announce and attempt to hype this game.


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I've read that the defense attorneys in capital cases will often hold back an issue or two at each level of appeal, in order to purposefully stretch out the litigation. Do you think that attorneys who do that should be sanctioned?

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Do you find yourself more focused on your interests (music specifically) since your accident? And if so, how, if at all, has your approach to your craft changed?


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Any chance you make a new Spewer game or something similiar?

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No lawyer holds back issues on appeal, that is just silly. On the other hand, the first appeal may take ten years, and by then the world has changed, and we have all learned a lot, so there is never a time when I have worked on a case and lost the first round and cannot come up with new issues for the second round of appeals. But it is getting very very hard now, under the “Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act” (which is not effective!). Kris Maharaj’s recent victory, being allowed a hearing in federal court on a successive appeal, is a very rare event.


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Interestingly, yes! I find that I value much more the things I enjoy doing. Since everything is a little more difficult, it's feels like the things that I enjoy struggling to do are the things that are worth it.

I kind of answered that question in another comment:

I was mainly a bass and guitar player all my life. After the accident, I stopped playing entirely. I didn't even want to move my instruments, so I just left everything kind of as is.

Fortunately, I signed up for a music technology class that semester and I picked up the keyboard (which I already owned), while at the same time learning to use DAWs. Soon after I bought a synth, a MIDI controller, and a good looper pedal and starting getting into production kiinda.

Right now, I mainly practice making simplish songs/loops using the looper, the synth, the keyboard w/presets, and the controller, though I rarely write or record anything. I was also gifted a trumpet recently and have been relearning how to play, and it's been a lot of fun!

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stranger things have happened, but currently no plans.


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Do you think the death penalty is a better alternative to natural life? I have two friends who are currently serving life sentences. I have had this discussion with my friends many times and they say that they would prefer to die sooner than know they are going to only see the inside of the walls for the rest of their time on earth. They are both guilty, so maybe their regret sways them. I on the other hand do not believe in the death penalty at all, though I can see how somebody actually in that situation may feel like it's not worth it.

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How fast were you going during the crash?


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Hey ed :) Are there any games planned after your bumbo game? (Ps i just wanted to thank you for the binding of isaac you made thousands of hours more enjoyable for me)

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On death versus life without parole: I wrote something on this in the TLS a couple of months back or three. I hate LWOP. It is a slow death penalty. Yet I am partly responsible for the number of people who face this nightmare, and it is perhaps the thing I feel the most guilty about. Back in the 1980s, we were trying to stop the death penalty, and I figured out that jurors were only voting for it because they did not believe life meant life. So I wrote what was, sadly, a rather influential law review article on how we should make life mean life. It may have saved a few people from death, but it earned a lot more people LWOP. I hate that I did that and I apologise unreservedly for my error. I did a not-too-scientific study and figured out that this has perhaps meant that people have spent 2 BILLION extra days in prison in the last 30 years in the US…


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About 40 mph. I probably smacked into him like at 35 with the braking.

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i have no games set in stone after bum-bo. BUT id love to take a stab at mewgenics again, maybe aether, or something totally new


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Hey man had a very similar accident when I was riding. Lost my arm for about a year or so and now have full movement. The doctors told me I had a 50/50 chance of regaining my arm, what was your percentage?

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Wow, congratulations!

The doctor said he wasn't sure how much I was going to recover, but how much I advance these few years will tell. He said that the goal was a 70-90% recovery.