Robert Orme

Essay, Featured

A short reminisce about a formative teacher.

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Rails Export CSV

Featured, Programming, Technical

It is stupidly easy to export CSV files from Rails. Nithin Bekal: Export to CSV in Rails

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Beyond Erotic, Future Forward, October 2014


Artwork, Graduate School, Showings

This summer I was contacted to participate in a group show, called “Beyond Erotic”. The show description read: By using elements of sexuality or the erotic, artists face challenges when communicating other ideas through this lens. Likewise, the viewer is presented with the challenge of reading through layers of eroticism and sexuality to encounter concepts […]

October 31, 2014

Southlands


Cartography

Several years ago I made a map of Siwal for Kobold Press. As of a couple weeks ago, their new book Southlands was very, very successfully kickstarted. This book expands upon the realm surrounding Siwal, encompassing savannas, jungles, deserts, and more. I’m excited to say that I’ve been asked to contribute at least three more maps […]

October 31, 2014

5035586666, Heavy/Light, Disjecta July


Artwork, Showings

My MFA first year group show, Heavy/Light, took place at the Disjecta gallery here in Portland. It’s a beautiful space, a little off  the beaten path, but a great fit for us. My piece, 503558666, is a phone-based experience, mixing modern corporate culture, contemporary art criticism, and classic choose-your-own adventure games.   Creating it was […]

August 29, 2014

Review: Twisty Little Passages


Games, Graduate School, Review

Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction Nick Montfort 2003, MIT Press I grew up on choose-your-own adventures and Infocom text adventures. They’re in my blood. So I’m a little predisposed to liking things that celebrate them. This is such a book. It’s a pleasantly well-written history of the medium, along the way picking […]

August 11, 2014

In class with Jeff Grubb


Instructional, Role-Playing Games

Last week my Worldbuilding class had the treat of a guest speaker — Jeff Grubb. He’s one of the grandmasters of tabletop roleplaying, and a prolific author. I was pretty excited that he agreed to come down to talk, as I’ve been playing his games and worlds for almost thirty years. After a pleasant lunch […]

June 25, 2014

Human Interface Guidelines


Artwork, Showings

Human Interface Guidelines is a quick project, made with traditional materials hooked up with Arduino-based hardware. It was made in response to the institutional reverence of art objects placed in conjunction with the cultural reverence of technology objects. It’s ostensibly a rather trite minimalist painting. But when the black paint is touched, the painting produced […]

June 13, 2014

Review: Uncertainty in Games


Games, Review

Uncertainty in Games Greg Costikyan The MIT Press, 2013 This is a good book. It’s short, but I also believe it could be shorter; it has some great information and is a worthwhile read. Costikyan’s basic premise is that a essential feature of games is uncertainty, and that uncertainty originates from several locations: performative, solving, […]

June 3, 2014

More Harmony Tutorials


Uncategorized

I’ve been trying to churn out some more tutorials for Toonboom Harmony, and I’ll be posting them as I go. Here is the first one — a simple one, about masking pupils to eyes.    

May 21, 2014

Games as Art


External, Games

Here is an ongoing list of articles addressing the issue of whether video games could be considered as art. Playing Games with Art An interesting piece, not to define games as art, but on the position of games in art. Brian Moriarty’s Apology for Roger Ebert A very well-written explanation of how Roger Ebert’s statements […]

February 17, 2014

In class with James Ernest


Games, Uncategorized

In October my game design class were fortunate to get a visit from James Ernest, the eminent game designer and head honcho at Cheapass Games. I had contacted him earlier in the year, and was pleasantly surprised to find he was quite amenable to the idea of a class visit; indeed, he was experienced with […]

February 14, 2014