The true purpose of this post is to test the new CAPTCHA system I installed, after getting sick of reCAPTCHA letting in 40 spam comments a day.1 So, if you’ve never commented on the blog before, please chime in below so I can test that it works. If you have commented before, then you shouldn’t notice anything different and shouldn’t see the CAPTCHA. Edit: it looks like the new CAPTCHA works fine, thanks everybody!
The ostensible purpose of this post is to brainstorm what topiary shape should go on top of the center pillar in the new experimental Courtyard map, pictured here:
I will talk more about the design of this map in the future, but for now I will just say it’s really hard for the Sniper. The radial pseudo-symmetry is not good for memorizing the statues…you can’t really get your bearings, and I’ve made it so the Sniper can just keep going around in circles so there’s no feeling of beginning or end. One playtester at PAX got unlucky and all three statues were the Maltese Falcon, and he said he just kept going around in circles trying to see a different statue shape!
So, I figure I’d put a topiary animal or something on top of the pillar. It can’t have radial symmetry, so a Christmas Tree or whatever is right out. I thought a banana might be funny, but it might lead to, uh, perception problems. So, any ideas?
- I think it was cracked a couple weeks back, or the bad guys have really good OCR algorithms. [↩]