Over the last few months I have been playing a game called Dominion. Dominion is a designer card game created by Donald X. Vaccarino, and published by Rio Grande Games. It is a deck-building card game in which the players compete to gather the most valuable deck of cards, representing a Kingdom.
There are also many expansions available that add to the fun. After introducing this to my gaming buddies at work, well, let’s just say I wish I got a commission.
Up until recently I have been using the Dominion Kingdom Deck for iPhone created by Jerry Hsu. But since I am not an iPhone user any more, Long live WP7!, I was a bit out of luck. So, I started working on writing one for the Windows Phone 7 platform. Thanks to Jerry for sharing some of his rule logic.
Since I am a web developer soon be phone developer I thought I would work out the logic in a web application first. I know there are several web based card pickers out there already and many of them are very good. I only did this to get it out in the wild and test the logic while I learn the Windows Phone UI development.
I am happy to announce that I have published The Dominion Game Generator version 1. It can be found at http://dominion.jaysmith.us/.
If you play Dominion please give it a try and let me know if any issues you run into. I am currently working on the Windows Phone 7 version and hope to have it out soon.
Note that this app only assists in setting up a game of Dominion and does not actually play the game. Dominion is by Donald X. Vaccarino. Dominion Game Generatoris not affiliated with Donald X. Vaccarino or any publisher of Dominion.
Last fall I was looking for an application that could display tweets based on a hastag on the wall. I found HashWall on codeplex and downloaded it immediately. It worked great but then I got to thinking, this is going to be a corporate event where I work and that it may not be a good idea for tweets to be displayed unfiltered on the wall behind our CIO giving the welcome speech.
Open source to the rescue, I thought heck this is an open source project I will just download the code put in a bad word filter and away we go. Slow down there cowboy, it doesn’t always work that way. The source code on CodePlex didn’t contain the code to perform the Twitter search. Since I had recently completed Peepster, a one way tweet application, I was ready to take on the challenge. I grabbed the latest build of TweetSharp and went to town.
I believe in sharing so I took the fully working code and put it back on CodePlex as a fork of the original HashWall project with a few minor updates so that everyone could utilize it.
The short list of updates:
- Replaced twitter search provider with TweetSharp
- Added content filtering based on a bad word list
- Modified SetupDialog to allow user to use a File Open Dialog to browse to alternate background image
Please feel free to check out the code and make it your own.