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It’s Been Too Long

Update(June 27, 2018): Changed the game link from http://arrw-web001.artsrn.ualberta.ca/LivingCulturesGame to http://chinaalive.ualberta.ca/wp-content/iframes/VillageGameLocal/China/

Wow, it’s been a long time!

Since I last posted things have been busy; good busy, but busy.

I ran my first full marathon. That was an experience I could not recommend enough. It took four months of difficult training, a great running partner, and loads of dedication.

On race day I had that horrible combination of excitement and fear; but, once I started everything melted away and I was left with just me and the road. I finished with a time of 4 hours and 16 minutes; not bad for my first attempt. The last 10 minutes was one of the most euphoric and painfully difficult experiences I’ve ever had. Basically, the hardest part of this run was dealing with the mixture of emotions while being too tired to care.

Since then I’ve focused on half marathons since then, but I’m eager to race a full again.

Work -wise, I’ve been busy. We’ve seen loads of projects and started our own system for conference/event registration and submissions. This has given me the opportunity to focus on creating and managing large data systems. The methods and tricks for this area have been very interesting; at some point I would like to create some posts focusing on this area.

Finally the game project. This has been going great (The latest progress can be seen here: http://chinaalive.ualberta.ca/wp-content/iframes/VillageGameLocal/China/). We’ve had many great students involved in this project, and they’ve produced some amazing work.

At the moment, the game allows you to select a character and wander an ancient Chinese village and follows the legend of “The Magical Paint Brush”.

You’ll meet several characters asking for help. Once you’ve talked to enough of them, you’ll be given a hint on how to find the pain brush. From there you will be able to help your fellow villagers.

The story for the game is actively being worked on, and we’re hoping to finish the second act by the end of this year. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.

Also, many mini games have been developed for this project, they can be found on the Living Cultures websites. These websites focus on cultures which are studied in the Alberta Social Studies curriculum for grade three. More info can be found here: http://livingcultures.ualberta.ca/. We’ve also created a site for grade four students focusing on Chinese culture: http://chinaalive.ualberta.ca/.

There’s still much more going on, but I think that’s enough for today. Hopefully I’ll be back soon with even more projects.