Skyline to the Seene

Christine and I spent a few days hiking from Saratoga to Santa Cruz via the “Skyline to the Sea” trail. I pulled my iPhone out a few times along the hike and took these images with the Seene app.

By the way, these things are pretty clunky as GIFs, but they look great in the Seene app where you can tilt your phone to see the 3D effect more smoothly (like this one for instance). If you have an iPhone or Android device, please follow me on Seene as @docpop. They have an embed process, but it doesn’t play nicely with WordPress blogs.

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Loading screen tips from Fallout Shelter for iOS

Like many of you, I’ve been completely hooked on Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter game for iOS. It’s addictive, and silly, and artistically well done. I even like, for the most part, the way they kept the in-game tutorial really breif and let you figure things out on your own. After a couple of play throughs though, I noticed they added a bunch of really great tips into the loading screens. Since these weren’t collected anywhere easy to see, I thought I’d rip open the app file (which is cleverly named “underground.ipa” btw) and compile the tips into one big list. I’ve added emphasis to the tips that I found particularly helpful.

  1. Successfully Rushing will give you the room’s regular rewards plus a special bonus! [Doc’s note: Do this frequently… Seriously like anytime the risk is below 50%. It’s an easy way of  generating CAPS and experience with very little damage to your dwellers]
  2. Assign Dwellers to production rooms to obtain resources.
  3. Rooms run on Power. Dwellers run on Food and Water.
  4. Dwellers with high Strength perform better on Power rooms.
  5. Dwellers with high Perception perform better in Water rooms.
  6. Dwellers with high Agility perform better in Food rooms.
  7. Build a Medbay to produce Stimpaks.
  8. Build a Science Lab to produce RadAways.
  9. Upgrading a room will make it more efficient and give you more storage.
  10. The Weight Room will allow you to train a Dweller’s Strength.
  11. The Armory room will allow you to train a Dweller’s Perception.
  12. The Fitness Room will allow you to train a Dweller’s Endurance.
  13. The Lounge will allow you to train a Dweller’s Charisma.
  14. The Classroom will allow you to train a Dweller’s Intelligence.
  15. The Athletics Room will allow you to train a Dweller’s Agility.
  16. Successfully Rushing will give you the room’s regular rewards plus a special bonus!
  17. The Game Room will allow you to train a Dweller’s Luck.
  18. Build Storage Rooms to increase your Vault’s Weapon and Outfit holding capacity.
  19. There are higher tier versions of the production rooms that are more efficient, but more expensive.
  20. If you are out of building space on a floor, build an elevator to access lower parts of your Vault.
  21. Build Medbays and Science Labs to increase your limit of Stimpaks and RadAways.
  22. Rooms farthest from a power source will shut down first.
  23. The longer a Dweller survives in the Wasteland, the better gear they will find.
  24. When a room finishes production, you have a chance to get bonus CAPS based on the Dwellers
  25. Tap a Dweller’s SPECIAL chart for more details.
  26. During a Raider attack, flashing resource bars means they are stealing your resources!
  27. When a Dweller is assigned to the Radio room it will increase all Vault Dwellers happiness.
  28. You can rename a Dweller by tapping their name on the Dweller information pop-up.
  29. You can skip 1 Objective each day by tapping the X on the Objective screen.
  30. If a room is full of Dwellers, the Dweller with the lowest stat for that room will swap places with the new Dweller.
  31. You can get free Lunchboxes for completing some Objectives. [Doc’s note: focus on these types of objectives… These specific tasks can often result in 500 CAPS or special Dwellers with high stats & accessories]
  32. Confused how something works? Check the VDSG in the Pip-Boy for help.
  33. You can assign Dwellers to the Vault entrance to act as guards.
  34. Upgrading your Vault entrance will make it harder for Raiders to break in.
  35. Need extra CAPS? You can sell weapons and outfits from your Vault storage.
  36. Higher level Dwellers with high SPECIAL have a better chance of surviving in the Wasteland.
  37. You can sort the Dweller list by tapping on the column names.
  38. Tap on the resource bars at the top of the screen for more details on your resource storage.
  39. Your Dweller does not suffer damage or radiation when returning from the Wasteland.
  40. Each SPECIAL stat increases a Dweller’s effectiveness in the Wasteland in its own way.
  41. To quickly check on your Dwellers exploring, just tap directly on the Wasteland.
  42. Raiders can strike any time, be sure to have Dwellers ready and on guard!
  43. Radio rooms attract new Dwellers and improve the happiness in your Vault.
  44.  A nuclear winter is cold, keep warm with Vault-Tec!
  45. Vault-Tec. We’ll be there! Vault-Tec.

Gifs from Sutro Baths


On Saturday, Christine and I hoped onto our bikes to go check out the Community Music Center location in the Richmond. We are big fans of their Mission location, right next to our house, but Christine is signing up for some more advanced classes and will have to start making the ride out to the Richmond location each week.

After we got there, we decided to just keep riding our bikes to the ocean, where we stumbled upon the old Sutro Baths location. I’d been meaning to visit that spot for a while, but… I’m hella lazy and transit over there sucks. It’s a cool spot though, so I tried my best to capture it with my iPhone (using the Gifstamatic technique I’ve shared before).

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Rad Hair Day: The Surprise Crew Cut


A true story about one really bad haircut. You see the large version here.

Did you know that I used to be a hair model? If not, then you must go read Hair Model story (digital or as a full color comic)!

Sweet Ride update #2

Sweet Ride is an endless skate game I’m making with some friends. You can see all previous updates here.

I’ve been busy redoing the street scene and creating a bunch of new assets and obstacles. I’m working with trixel art and usually do all my designing in one overly busy street scene. I decided to export that scene as among file and was happy at the response. Bonus, it just happens to be perfect wallpaper for a smartphone.

Sweet Ride wallpaper

Jon has been experimenting with various camera angles. The game is a top down game, but we’ve been trying out different cameras and techniques. We’ve noticed that the scenes look amazing from a more side on angle (where you can see more of the sidewalk and buildings), but the gameplay really suffers. Not sure if there’s a way to show more vertical assets, while keeping the camera pointing straight down. Here are some screens

Sweet Ride progress shots. Experimenting with three different camera angles.

Sweet Ride progress shots. Experimenting with three different camera angles.

Rob has been working on the controls. My original pitch for Sweet Ride pitch was for a multitouch game, but Rob thought it would be cool to see how the game works as a single finger game (which would be easier to play on the bus). My hope is that the final version of the game will be able to be played single finger, but the player can add their second finger to turn the board at any time.

Next up we’ll work on more street assets and tweaking the controls.