Hello! I'm Tom. I designed a game called Gunpoint, about rewiring things and punching people, and now I'm working on a new one called Heat Signature, about sneaking aboard randomly generated spaceships. Here's some more info on all the games I've worked on, here's the podcast I do, here are the videos I make on YouTube, here are some of the articles I wrote for PC Gamer, and here are two short stories I wrote for the Machine of Death collections.
You probably don’t want to hear about my year, particularly since it was good. So I’ll do what I did in 2009 and just pick some shots from it, and a track to listen to while you browse.
I invented a board game for my family to capture the basic mechanics of the amazing but single-player only Flash game Dice Wars. It had some kinks.
Our old friend Al was back from New Zealand for a while, so Rich, he and I got together for a fajitas and margaritas night. We got through about a third of the Cuervo in margaritas before I passed out and Rich violated his vegetarianism. Welcome back Al!
icouldbeahero: Nice photos...That ceramic crushed plastic cup is droll!
SenatorPalpatine: The Highline is really cool, but Max Brenner's is too expensive for me. I like the giant pseudo-rope bridge. Where is that?
Duncan: Only a RTS designer would stare at seafood with that much malice.
Bret: I know this will sound ridiculous to your no doubt superior mind, but...
why couldn't dice wars use, well, dice?
Or are the papers placeholders for dice? They probably are, come to think.
It is a good game. Just won a match.
Nano: Don't forget, I'm the one who put the BBQ together, Mr Man.
It looks like the Capilano bridge, near Vancouver.
Lack 26: Perfectly timed song, finished just as I hit the comments. I like the hat as well.
Tom Francis: Bret: we just didn't have enough dice. I think we only had two, in fact.
Nano: true. I was busy building something else, the bench I think?
Commander Fabulous: Dude! Sweet hat! And I am dissaproving of the fact that this was only said 7 comments in. More hat appreciation! Especially because it's a trilby, which is like a baby fedora, the mafia hat o' choice. :3
Oh, and you know it's a REAL MAN'S pudding if it has to be contained with a bowl on a plate, basically so then you can just lunge at it jaws agape and murderify it most messily without contamination of the rest of the table. Classy restaurants have the greatest potential for messiest eating habits, quite contrarywise really. Anyway, I ramble, good selection of photos though.
Lurchibles: Stumbled onto your site (been reading PCG) and decided to click "play" on the track...
Ben Folds :-)
You have exceeded my expectations Mr. Francis.
That is all.
Tom Francis: Thanks guys!
Nano: @Pentadact - it was your Mum who was fixing and varnishing the bench! You just stood around looking confused a lot, drinking wine with your Dad.
Tom Francis: UNLIKELY.
Jason L: It is a wonderful hat; I envy your haberdashary. I wear a boonie or a Real Deal hat all summer against my foe the unconquered sun and love them, but wanted to get something non-ventilated and felt for my highly, highly ventilated winters. Thought I could rock a sharp Matthew Vaughn trilby, or a fedora, or one of those droopy crushed Scottish things in a pinch. Spent an hour in the shop and looked like a dunce in everything I put on except for this sort of shako thing that made me look like I was going to ask for my own papieren bitte right out of the mirror. I felt like a misogynistic stereotype faced with a row of slightly different-coloured shoes. I will try again, but hat morale is low. I...I fear I may wind up with an ironic derby. I am not an ironic dude. Let spring come before that fate.
TooNu: I think 2010 was the year I read something here where you posted the photo of where JC first arrives. It's one of the major factors in this years NY trip in March, I thougth you should probably know that somethign as small as a photo and a caption can help influence a decision to spend lot's of money on a trip abroad.
I hope you are proud of yourself.
Lack 26: I wish I could find hats that fit me, I've got a tradition going with my brother that when ever we visit a foreign countries we have to buy a hat (traditional, failing that military) from that country. The amount of time I've spent bumbling around Bazaars and markets looking for a proper fit.
Tom Francis: Nice! It is a strange experience. I haven't had any luck going inside - both times I've been it's been closed off for security reasons. Annoying, but since the main reason I wanted to go in there was to see if it looks like a videogame where terrorists have blown it up, I can't really begrudge them their protectiveness.
Jason L: Thanks, At Random widget! I forgot to mention before that computer multiplayer Dicewars exists: KDice. http://www.kdice.com/