Monthly Archives: December 2011



Wow, 21 years since Keen was released!  I loved making those games. The first games we made for a pure love of gaming.

One tidbit on this anniversary: the “swear word” in the one level of Keen was actually deliberately misspelled!  Just a dumb joke that people who found it would assume what it was, then be wrong at the last letter.  Sort of like the tiles drawn out of the Scrabble bag in Hitchhikers. 🙂  Always knew there was something fundamentally wrong with the universe.

Anyway, happy birthday, dude!


Posted by on December 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


Fun Day with Friends

My wife Terri and I hung out with John Romero and Brenda Garno Brathwaite for lunch, quick visit in Mill Valley, and dinner. Fun time!

For the second pic, Terri said, “Make a funny face!” Apparently John heard her!

A fun day.


Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


Minecraft Tower

So plan to update a bit more often here, ahem.  Been too sporadic!

If you have seen the pic below, or read me on Twitter (@ThatTomHall), you know I love Minecraft.  I restarted a character to change my handle to ThatTomHall, so leveling up slowly….we restarted our server at 1.8, so building up again.

Here’s a lighthouse-ish tower I built with a glowstone beacon and netherrack fires on all side.  I need landmarks or I get horribly lost!

Swamp in the background turned all ugly in 1.0…. have to re-choose my Dokucraft choices to get less brown swamp!

Little tower to left is top of Enchant-O-Tron 5000.


Posted by on December 4, 2011 in Uncategorized