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New Feature Onslaught

We just uploaded the next version of CodeCombat, which contains all the goodies we’ve been working on since June: a couple new levels made with the new level editor, music, a new programming environment, much faster world simulation, 100% less “murder”, and tons of other updates. We’ve rewritten almost all of the code, so there must be lots of bugs; let us know if you see any.

A level editor, eh? Yes! Ever since our prototype launched in June, we’ve been hard at work optimizing the site for level creation. What you unequivocally told us was that you wanted more levels, so we built adrag-and-drop live editing level editor that requires no programming and used it to make all the levels you now see on the site. Check out a quick demo video:

Now, the editor is still rough and not documented, so we haven’t enabled it for public usage just yet. If you want to play with it, let us know, and we’ll show you how it works. When it’s ready, we’ll unveil it. Other exciting updates to come in the next couple months, too—we’re hoping to open source all of CodeCombat.

Unorthodox Strategies for Winning

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

From Sebastian: I was really honored and thrilled when Jason Shen offered to write a guest post here at SebastianMarshall.com - he's an incredibly bright guy with broad knowledge and skillset, writes well and clearly, and is an all-around good guy. So I'm really excited to be able to bring you a guest post by him - I imagine you'll want to read more by him afterwards, and you can reach him at his website - www.jasonshen.com.

Here's Jason -

I read Sebastian's blog because I'm interested in winning and he writes honest, insightful and sometimes provocative stuff about victory. Recently, I've been thinking about ways to win that are less commonly employed - one, because it's interesting and two, because I think there is a lot we can learn from unorthodox methods that work.

That's what this blog post is about: strategies that are nontraditional, that are beyond "do your best and learn from your mistakes" type advice, yet are undeniably ways that help you win.You might find them strange, but that's ok because winning isn't normal.

Some people find the pursuit of winning distasteful or even silly. Others get juiced by the idea of winning, of kicking ass and taking names, of being the best. I have a feeling that many of you SebatianMarshall.com readers fall into the second category. This post is for you.

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