I guess all this isolation has made me self-reflect a lot. Definitely have not been getting bored, that’s for sure.

With forays into long-forgotten files when I was in college, I found a mod I was working on to make Space Empires IV like Space Empires V. This was mostly an image swap to update the graphics, and to give a bunch more stuff to edit.

I’ve also come to realized how the few last fans of that game huddle in a corner and try to grow out, as the creator of their game has vanished off the internet without a trace. Very likely there will be no more Space Empires games, and whatever we create is what remains of that community.

It’s also given me thought of Olympus Champion Shipyards, my brother’s and I fansite for the 3rd iteration of the game. It now lies temporarily defunct due to a port issue, having been coded in SQL by my brother on his server.

That’s a whole few articles in itself, but the warming weather, memories of my past and the urge to touch Space Empires again has made me realize how much it meant to me when I was younger. I believe I’ll try to finish this mod 6 years later, and I also will try to make a repository to the best of my ability with what I have on hand. Time will tell.

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For Swing, the first thing that came to mind was an old playset that we had when I was little. It was a hand-me-down, and had two plastic swings on small-grade chain that one could sit on. I don’t quite remember the exact design, but what I depicted was the best I remembered it. Except for a homemade swing a few years after, we never really had any more such things afterwards.

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