Digital Rogues and GameBlast23

As February draws to a close it also marks the end of another GameBlast Event for the charity Special Effect, this was the 8th year that we have taken part.
I remains as much fun this year with friends old and new taking part in the activities and us stomping all over our donation goals.

Identity & Branding

I registered a domain for our Digital Rogues charity team last year, but only really got it into a proper state in the last few months. I have to say it’s been nice working on a project that isn’t a blog and that contains mostly static data with no Database. (That blog to html project calling to me)
I also designed a new logo to give us a refresh as the original was looking a little dated, to say the least.

Digital Rogue Logos


I decided that I wanted to showcase and document the activities we have already completed, the donations received & hours we streamed.
It took some digging and number crunching but it looks really impressive and makes our commitment to taking part each year a bit more real.

Another of the benefits that came out of this was I could see how close we were to milestones in our fundraising efforts and as the donations started to roll in this year we passed an accumulative total of £10,000 raised by the Digital Rogues team since we started. Which is pretty sweet.


One of the more recent traditions that has become a fun and enjoyable build up to Christmas has been the Advent of Code.

I never aim to be the quickest or write the nicest code but it’s really fun to have coding challenges that personally I find fun and that flexes my creative, analytical  and problem solving skills.

I know that Tipa over at partook in the event last year and completed it too. I love seeing what people make of each step and how the puzzle and story evolves.

I may see if I can get more folks onboard this year, maybe a private leader board if there is enough interest.

Birdsite and me

Fail WhaleFor days now the following quote has been floating around in my head.

Trust takes years to build, seconds to break, and forever to repair

Given the apparent state of Twitter right now, it feels that we are on the precipice of loosing not only a large social platform but a big chunk of our own personal history in the process. With no real way to repair it or step back from it and all trust bulldozered into a pit.

Thinking back to the brief series of years when MySpace was growing and  everyone was signing up and curating their pages, it was great fun but it’s duration and impact on my life pales when compared with Twitter, for many of us it has been one of the main platforms in our daily life.

I know Twitter was never perfect, I know that many folks see the platform as a dreadful place, for many it became a chore, something they have to interact with to ensure their brand awareness, it was part of modern life. Sadly for others they experienced the worst side of things and have been on the receiving end of continuous hate and abuse via the platform.

For me Twitter has been good, I have met so many great people, been introduced to new music, learnt about other cultures and people in a way that was engaging and wasn’t just reading an article, plus interacting with people was easy.
Thinking back over the years, the number of breaking News items that I first heard about on Twitter far outweighs those I heard from any news site or official news channel.

Where the Wild Things Are

EM said

Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.

However given that users with Checkmarks will have their voices louder than everyone else, it undermines that statement quite a bit. Those unable to pay become second class citizens of humanity in his eyes.
Admittedly he said the statement before trying to back out of a deal to buy the company, maybe that explains part of his behaviour.

Or maybe someone that thought, since they run 2 other companies, another will just be more of the same.

Reading some of the posts by Twitter staff who have opted to not sign up for EM’s extremely hardcore Twitter 2.0, I genuinely feel sorry that their years of dedication to the site has come to an end. I wish them all the best luck in the future.

Going back to that first quote, has the damage done already been too great, too impactful, there is no repairing that can bring something that has been killed. Previously we had to trust a corporate entity that was semi-faceless, now we are expected to trust … who? EM?

I’m not sure what the future of Twitter looks like, I know many folks are planning on sticking around until the last. But what if the site keeps hobbling along until the promised 2.0 is delivered, where is the line?

And does anyone have the stomach to endure that whole process?
I’m not sure that I do.

Just one more thing

Quick Mini-post.

It shows how rusty I am at this whole thing, I complete forgot to mention that if you are interested in taking part in Blaugust, it’s not to late! (it’s never too late.)

Everything is detailed over on Tales of the Aggronaut which outlines the basic rules and concept, plus a number of optional goals you can strive toward obtaining if that’s the sort of thing

Firstly There is a Sign Up Form you can fill in to stake your commitment to blogging during August, yes originally we aimed for 31 posts, 1 each day of August but now it’s clearly highlighted that achieving 31 posts however best suits you is the key, doubling up as needed.

If you have space left on your server list, there is a lovely discord filed to the brim with folks taking part and those willing to help new bloggers. See the first link for the discord details as I wouldn’t want to store outdated info in-case it changes.

Well what are you waiting for, come and have some fun.


Happy Blaugust

It’s the Summer *, days are longer, meat is cooking on barbeques, the Steam Sale has lightened our wallets and the air is filled with the sweet scent of creators weaving their content magic as they begin their Blaugust 2022 journey.

  • (Unless you are in the Southern hemisphere where it is winter)

If you aren’t familiar with the event, it can be many things, a celebration, a challenge, a chance for a new beginning and a good fun time.
Started by Belghast in 2014 Blaugust as a challenge to post something every day in August, the event continues to draw in new potential bloggers and stir up old and lax bloggers like myself.

I know that I mostly suck at actually sitting down and blogging but I really do love having this space available to me.
Back when I started it was how I connected to many different people before the rise of social media and real time messaging platforms. It was also a way my friends and I shared ideas and humorous things. We would publish posts, reviews and silly horrorscopes(sic) all uploaded via FTP.

This Blaugust my main goal is to refocus some of my energy from other activities into producing content for my blog, I easily put off typing up a post as I get easily distracted by a game or two, then it’s 7 days in and I’m way behind. I hope to draw on much of the last 2 years how my gaming habits have changed and how I see much around me changing too.

Why I love Blaugust

Part of it is that I love rediscovering bloggers like myself who want to climb back into the blogging saddle, having support, prompt lists, mentors and motivation can really re-enforce the goal of blogging and keep the passion of blogging lit.

However I equally enjoy finding new bloggers where someone is keen to step into the blogosphere ( is it still even called that now?), bringing fresh ideas and perspectives to the table and starting conversations.

Even when not participating directly in creating blog posts, it’s great to have new reading material, commenting on posts, sharing, liking & retweeting the work of those that are being creative.
The community is wonderful and watching the hashtag fill with posts is one of the best things, save that search and browse all that lovely Blaugust content.

So here is to my first post, I already have a few topics planned for this month, but aim to keep them in reserve as long as possible as I may need them towards the end.