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Player Character Bios in Participatory Media

Originally published in Escape Character’s Newsletter. Question: What’s the best way to hack someone who’s never LARP’d[1] before to get into character? Our goal here is to have the player buy into the stakes of the show before they cross … Continue reading

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Novel FTL Flavour Profiles

Ways faster-than-light travel could be fun, while also trying to solve Fermi Paradox. 1. It’s actually hard to go slow. I’m going to call this a Tachyon Drive approach. Once you spin up a tachyon drive, you actually go infinitely … Continue reading

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Telepresence Immersive Theatre with Mice instead of Voice

This past year at Escape Character has been quiet, but very busy. Me + several collaborators have been iterating on telepresence interactive theatre. We have written and debuted three scenarios and are in the middle of writing our fourth. We’ve … Continue reading

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Books Read 2018

The year’s best books: Live from New York and Hugh Cook’s Wizard War ________ Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson – Jan 1, 2018 Starfish – Peter Watts – Jan 3, 2018 The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls – … Continue reading

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Breaking Up With Git LFS

After using Git LFS on and off for over two years, even going through one major version change, I’ve decided git LFS is not for me, at this stage. Here’s how I took an existing repo using Git LFS, and … Continue reading

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POV Edit: Star War’s Obi-Wan Kenobi

I’ve taken Star Wars I-VI and cut out every scene that Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t directly witness. I wasn’t trying to make a movie, and the end result has some bumpy transitions, but in the spirit of this upcoming standalone film, … Continue reading

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Deep Fryosleep

(a summary of a drunken conversation from last night) For the voyage across the stars, deep freezing is bad for most biological organisms. Ice crystals, when they form at the microscopic level, can pierce and break cell walls. Animals that … Continue reading

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Studying Narratives in Small Spaces, Part 3: Conversations

At the Augmented & Virtual Reality roundtables at GDC 2015, there was consensus that moving a player through space made them uneasy. While in the future, I’m sure we’ll discover interesting tricks to ease the transition, what if we aren’t … Continue reading

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Books Read 2017

The absolute coolest book I read this year was Vernor Vinge’s A Deepness in the Sky ________ Roadside Picnic – Arkady and Boris Strugatsky – Jan 12, 2017 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell – Susanna Clarke – Jan 27, 2017 … Continue reading

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Wonderful Projects I Did With Microsoft’s Kinect

RIP the Kinect. Literally changed the direction of my research/career/life/art. Gave it more DEPTH. — Dustin Freeman🚁LAX (@dustinfreeman) October 25, 2017 Microsoft has ceased manufacturing the Kinect. Here’s some projects, art and research, academic and industrial, that I could only … Continue reading

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