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  • 30+ years in the making - The ZMan (in association with Exato Games) presents GunCraft

    Almost 7 years ago I quit Microsoft mid career to go out on my own with the hope of writing games. Its been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid but once of those things that I never really got round to doing. Since 2005 I've had many different projects - Microsoft timed the XNA release to coincide...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 02-24-2012
  • Community Charity work

    A couple of weeks ago inspired by George and Chris's efforts I asked everyone some questions about writing a book and got a ton of good feedback . Man everyone was so nice... its always a boost to the ego that even though I let http://thezbuffer.com die a death a few years ago that so many folk still...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 07-08-2010
  • Writing a book ????

    Every since XNA was released my visibility in the community has meant I get the occasional email or phone all about authoring a book. I've resisted for several reasons. Its a BIG time commitment and I don't have much of that The $$ return is terrible When I mention #2 to the publishers they always...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 06-21-2010
  • Fighting the addiction with code and paint

    So this morning I clicked on my favourites link for the XNA forums - I'm still going to check the super secret MVP forum to see if there is anything important happening - and saw the 163 posts unread. I really had to fight the urges.... a couple of interesting posts caught my eye and I read them...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 11-13-2008
  • Announcing my forum retirement

    Today I hit 6000 posts in the XNA forums and for now that's it... Posting in the forums is fun but I am spending far too much time in there. Heck I quit Microsoft to write games and so far the only ones I've completed are the starter kits for Microsoft. Posting in forums and being the top poster...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 11-12-2008
  • Tidy Office

    I'm not the most tidy person in the world and I am king of the procrastinators so its no surprise that working at home means my office is often a mess. Well recently I had to find more room on my desk so I finally caved and purchased a fancy double monitor stand from Ergotron as recommended by Mr...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 10-07-2008
  • Florida sounds nice in June

    Regular readers will know that I put some speculative XNA talks in for Tech*Ed - I biased the titles and content towards a more business audience which means I can still show off all the cool XNA stuff but hopefully the attendees won't feel bad about missing that SQL server session. Well I was quite...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 02-27-2008
  • Speaking XNA at conferences

    About time I blogged about something other than running or ranting! In my many years at Microsoft I spoke to lots of different sized groups from 20 up to I think about 250 and those folk who have met me know that speaking in public isn't something that is too hard for me. During the Managed DirectX...
    Posted to Zman's Diary (Weblog) by zman on 01-04-2008
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