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Write Code, Crush Foes, Get Hired - $40K Multiplayer Programming Tournament

Ho, Wizard! Do you enjoy commanding minions from atop piles of gold? Do you want to win up to $2000 in prizes, get a new job at a tech company, or have your defeated foes bow before you? Then play Greed, CodeCombat’s new multiplayer programming arena level.

Today begins a three-week programming tournament with $40,000 in total prize value. You play as humans or ogres, write code to command your peasants or peons to gather gold and build armies, and watch your code battle its way up the leaderboards.

The Prizes

Uno for three

On Mike Dariano

I remember as a kid playing a lot of Uno on rainy days, especially in the spring and summer. At our house it was the default game of choice when the weather changes from sunny and seventy to windy and wet - as Ohio weather does and Ohioans verbally document.

Recently our daughters wanted to play and I realized how many happy memories I had associated with this game. It was a mental hub like ice cream or family vacations, thinking about that one thing made me remember so many other great things.

One suggestion for creating more of these hubs is to name things. When we name things we give them a story, a life, an existence beyond the sum of the parts. In our house the medium of choice is food. We have 'Danny Bread', 'Jamie Salad', and 'Ogre Boogers'. (Ogre boogers even made it into my book.)

Try to create something memorable the next time with your kids. Music, movies, cooking shows on television all work. Events that you do as a family or eating out after church on Sundays. Sports, games, crafts, whatever. Do it.

Create your epic.

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