The PAX East Files: Fallacy of Dawn
Mar 28th, 2010 by Ice Cream Jonsey

Hello! Today I got an opportunity to sell Fallacy of Dawn at PAX East at Jason Scott’s table. If you happened to pick up a copy, let me please, first, thank you. There’s always the possibility that something may go wrong in a printed version, so if you have any trouble running the game, please do not hesitate to get a hold of me:

Robb Sherwin: e-mail –
Twitter: icecreamjonsey

I wanted to make sure there were a bunch of ways to run the game. Any of the following will work:

– run the setup.msi program from Windows
– drag dawn.hex (the story file) onto hewin.exe
– you can extract the archive on the disc to your hard drive and launch dawn.hex from hewin.exe

And if you are running Linux or you’re on a Mac, there are interpreters there as well. I’ll be flying tomorrow so if I don’t immediately respond it is because my cell phone reception at 35,000 feet is marginally worse than at home.

Bull by Kent Tessman, on Netflix
Mar 21st, 2010 by Ice Cream Jonsey

My blog post about what Kent did with Bull is coming shortly, but you can add it to your queue here: – I completely recommend it. If I understand how it all works, if enough people queue it, Netflix will order it, which is a good thing because it’s a great film.

I Know I Hadn’t Opened Steam In A While, But
Mar 6th, 2010 by Ice Cream Jonsey

Necrotic Drift v1.03
Jan 13th, 2010 by Ice Cream Jonsey

Alex Gray as Jarrett Duffy

Alex Gray as Jarrett Duffy

I fixed a Linux bug in Necrotic Drift. You can get the latest version here. There’s no gameplay changes. Well, unless you were trying to play it in Linux (you might get farther now). Get v1.03 here:

If you need the Hugo interpreter, I’d try here:

Or maybe Mike Snyder’s site here:

Catching Up With The Space Hulks
May 28th, 2009 by Ice Cream Jonsey

Hello! There have been like no updates lately. This is mostly because I have entered one of those weirdly productive periods when it comes to making a text game, and partly because I put together a machine that plays Robotron downstairs. Robotron is addicting on its own, but the joysticks I have on the thing numb my hands after about 15 minutes of play. I’d need some kind of speech-to-text program to follow up a session with a blog post. Windows XP has text-to-speech, but most people only encounter that when their pets jump on their keyboards. It’s like… Windows Key + … U? I’m not sure. My cats would know.

I haven’t been completely idle. There’s a new Space Hulk or Warhammer or something-game coming out, and I was asked by Jerry Whorebach to disfavorably compare it to the 3DO version. I… I can do that.


Apr 10th, 2009 by Ice Cream Jonsey

Just a quick note to anyone dropping by: I’m on Twitter, at

The Adventures of the Dreamcast and Vectrex
Feb 9th, 2009 by Ice Cream Jonsey

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Dreamhost: Fantastic
Dec 10th, 2008 by Ice Cream Jonsey

The webhost I use for Jolt Country is POE Hosting. I can’t say enough good things about them. They are utterly fantastic. If I could, I would use them for everything.

Ah, but I can’t: the other site I run,, is oftentimes a drama-filled mess. Caltrops was created when the forum on Old Man Murray was removed. The founder of POE Hosting ran Old Man Murray… you can see where this is going. For Caltrops, and Caltrops alone, I needed a different host for the sake of simplicity and good feelings for everyone involved.

For years I had been using midPhase. Now, I am not going to trash them: for the longest time, they were okay. I have a few complaints, and rather than make it this huge thing, I’ll just list them. Oh, let’s do it after a jump so I’m not dorking up the place!

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Is No Laughing Matter
Dec 9th, 2008 by Ice Cream Jonsey

Two of my Internet friends, Jhoh and Jsoh Cable, recently had a spell with a carbon monoxide leak. Luckily, they were able to get the situation corrected, and they’re both gonna be fine.

I contacted a few posters on (where I “hang out” with the twins) and together, we all signed a get-well card for them.

Would you like to know more?

The Best Game in the World is the One You Haven’t Played Yet
Oct 28th, 2008 by Ice Cream Jonsey

My friend Alex sent me an e-mail with this photo. His line was, 'Have you ever been walking down the street, and for a moment been confused into thinking 'Is it 1996?''Although I definitely had some stuff I have to do around the yard tomorrow, I did mostly take tomorrow off from work to play Fallout 3. I have talked about using a vacation day for a video game for years, but I am not sure if I had actually done so before? I have to get down to under two weeks by the end of the year, so knowing I have to burn some anyway… well, here we are.

Fallout 3 is installing as I write this. Actually, knowing a little something about how long it takes, I can write several thousand words and the fact that it is still installing shall still be true.

I have found, as I have become older, that I am willing to set a game down for anything. It’s like I am just looking for an excuse to do so. Don’t like the save system? Boom! Outta there. Don’t like the default control scheme? Good day! I said good day! It doesn’t work well with my trackball, because the game needs a scrollwheel? I don’t even have to say it. 

It’s sort of sad, because I stopped pirating games years ago, but my ability to instantly drop a game and never return didn’t change. This is all really starting to cost me a lot of money. I dropped the original Half-Life because it was TOO SCARY. This is really stupid of me. But I end up knowing fairly quickly if I am going to finish a game… BioShock and Freedom Force are probably the last two that I just “knew” I’d play until they were done. 

So I am a little worried about the money I just dropped on Fallout 3. I was under the impression that – at some point in the game – we’d all be able to pick what city we want to set a suitcase nuke off in. I have seen about seventeen seconds of promotional video for this game, and I guess I had created a weird fiction off it. It’s fine, it’s okay – nobody is saying “FUCK YOU BETHESDA” here or anything. I really do know nothing about how it plays, what the story is going to be like, whether it’s really destined to be the horror that the guys at No Mutants Allowed seem to think it’ll be… I know nothing. This is how I wanted it. (I knew literally nothing about BioShock before grabbing that last year, aside from the fact that I’d be shooting libertarians at some point.) 

I’m excited. Right now, as Fallout 3 completes its installation procedure (I have to admit, it was rather quick!) it’s the greatest game that has ever existed. I hope the reality just comes close!

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