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Laid back-ish day

Not done much today. The first lecture was very quiet – only about 15% attendance. This is partly to do with Eid, but also with a rumour that it was cancelled, which it evidently wasn’t. Actually, having only a handful of people there was quite nice because there were less interruptions and the environment was less intimidating. And, because it was the last lecture for that module this semester, we got free choccies at the end :).
Spent the afternoon playing on Rollercoaster Tycoon. It’s not something I’ve done in a long while, so it was a nice change. It was also refreshing to see that the web site had finally been updated for once, complete with oodles of player guides and the re-instatement of the ride exchange, though I think it has more to do with the release of Rollercoaster Tycoon 2. Most reviews of it that I’ve seen have been generally favourable, averaging out at about 80-85%, but they all conclude that the game is incredibly similar to the first one, despite all 500,000 lines of code being completely rewritten by the author, Chris Sawyer. It looks good though; I may consider it sometime after Christmas when the price comes down.
As for progress, please don’t laugh when I say I’ve just completed Leafy Lake – my progress on my parents computer is much further. There, I’ve all but completed the original set and am half-way through the second set of added scenarios (the Added Attractions pack, or Corkscrew Follies if you live in the US).
I’ve been a fan of Sawyer’s tycoon series, having played Transport Tycoon many times. It’s still possible to buy the Windows version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe, for about £5 – Chris has links to it on his site.

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