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Update to EBU

Officially announcing version 1.1 of Ebscer Batch Updater. A new version of EBU is available for download.


Although no future versions were ever planed, a bug has been found and fixed in EBU that prevented the delete key from working as expected inside the text fields. The delete key now works fully in version 1.1 of EBU.

There are still no future version of EBU planned. Version 3 of Su should be released within a week or two (depending on how much hockey I watch…)

Desktop Running Back

Officially announcing the release of a new game, “Ebscer’s Desktop Running Back“. The simple (but fun) football game is based upon Mattel’s handheld football game, but for you to play right on your computer.

  • Download here

    Further questions answered in the FAQ. For any comments, further questions, or feature requests for version 2, please leave a note in the comments.

    Also feel free to join the facebook group dedicated to this game…

  • Some XP users will need to download the .net framework from Microsoft.

    FAQ — Desktop Running Back

    Expanded help and Frequently Asked Questions for Ebscer’s Desktop Running Back…

    What is the error about needing a .net framework?
    Some XP users will need this, download it from Microsoft here.

    How do I control the Running Back?
    Use the arrow keys.

    I tried the arrow keys, why is it still not working?
    You have probably worked on something else. Click on the Running Back to re-activate the keyboard.

    I just got tackled, now what?
    Press space or Enter to start the next play.

    No matter how hard I run into the line I can’t manage to break any tackles…
    Nope, and that’s not going to change. The Defence are very good tacklers, I would suggest running around them.

    How do I run around the Defence, they seem to take up the whole screen…
    I would suggest draw plays. Start your turn going lateral instead of charging straight into the line. Patience is critical to success in this game.

    Why can’t I get the Running Back to run backwards?
    The running back only goes left, right, and forwards. That’s it.

    Why are you too lazy to program the Running Back to go backwards?
    It was actually more work to prevent the Running Back from also going backwards.

    So, I’m still not sure why I can’t go backwards…
    It’s against the rules. Live with it.

    How do I throw a pass?
    You don’t. It’s not a running back game for nothing.

    Hasn’t Tomlinson thrown for like 10 TD passes?
    Yes he has, but that wasn’t in a video game now was it? You don’t even have any Wide Receivers to pass the ball to.

    Yea, where are all my Wide Receivers, and Offensive Linemen, and the rest of my team?
    I’m not sure, but it doesn’t appear likely that they will show up to help you anytime soon. Looks as if it’s all up to you.

    Wait, Why am I suddenly running for the other team?
    You turned the ball over and it’s the other team’s turn. Ideally you’ll have a friend take over and play for the other side.

    What if I don’t have any friends?
    That’s ok too. Just play for both sides, trying to pull off the long run is still just as fun…

    Can I kick the ball? Punts?
    No, only noobs punt.

    This is too easy, How do I get more of a challenge?
    Go to Options on the score board and adjust the Difficulty.

    How do I control the Defence?
    You don’t, the computer takes care of that for you.

    Why do all the defencemen look like they are Running Backs carrying the football? Did someone just fumble five footballs onto the field?
    I’m not an artist. At least it’s better then a bunch of little red dashes.

    If I can draw some better graphics for you would this be fixable?
    Yes it would. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some better graphics from somewhere (maybe you!) for Version 2.0 of the game.

    There is going to be a version 2?
    Yes there is. Hopefully featuring better graphics, save/load options, and more difficulty settings, as well as a few other things.

    Where can I get version 2?
    Look for it hear on this blog. Expect it around late January.

    Any chance that version 2 will feature full NFL rosters, realistic physics, a full 3-D environment, and the ability to draft new players?
    No, go buy yourself a copy of Madden 08.

    Do I have to pay money in order to play Desktop Running Back?
    No, but if you want to send me money anyhow that would be cool…

    Is it too cheap to give someone this game as a Christmas present?
    Yes, it’s a free game so it would be. Feel free to tell people about the game though…

    I want to tell all my friends about this game, but I am to embarrassed to actually talk to people…
    That’s ok! I’ve set up a facebook group just for you.

    My computer is telling me the game might be a virus, what do I do?
    This program is safe. Some scanners may question it because it is an executable, but downloading and running this program will not harm your computer.

    Why can’t I play this game on my mac?
    Because the game uses Microsoft’s .NET framework. Do yourself a favour and go buy yourself a copy of XP.

    How about Linux?
    Check out something called mono, supposedly that should work. However, I can’t say that I’ve actually tried it.

    How was this game created?
    I wrote this game myself in C#

    What was the inspiration for Desktop Running Back?
    The game was inspired by Mattel’s Classic Handheld Football game.

    Didn’t Mattel make a sequel that included the ability to run backwards, throw, and other cool stuff?
    Yes they did. Although more realistic, the game wasn’t as fun and actually gave you less options each play. No time will be wasted trying to recreate that version of the game…

    Is there an option to run the game on multiple monitors?
    No, Mike, there is not.

    I still have a question?
    Ask in the comments, I’ll answer it as soon as possible.

    What if I have a bug to report or a feature request for version 2?
    As long as you arn’t asking for the ability to throw the ball, leave a note in the comments.

    Ebscer Batch Updater

    I present to you the Ebscer Batch Updater (EBU), a tool which will automatically update a whole collection of files for you at once. You simply select the files that you wish to update, enter the text you want replaced, enter the new text that you want in it’s place, and all of the files are automatically updated in one go.

    * Ebscer Batch Updater v1.0 (EBU) can be downloaded here.
    * Download Ebscer Batch Updater v1.1 (EBU) here

    Unlike with Su there are not likely to be any future versions as the full functionality is already here. If however a future version is created, it will show up here. Version 3.0 of Su should be released soon…

    Su (version 2.0)

    Version 2.0 of my Sudoku solver is now complete and available for download.

    *Download Su v2.0 here

    Version 2 adds a variety of features, from the ability to save and load sudoku puzzles, better handling of whitespace, better handling of window sizes, use of keyboard shortcuts, a check for contradictions in input, and the use of graphical icons within the file. Overall usability has been greatly improved.

    A few ideas are still around for a version 3, such as the ability to “unsolve” and to keep track of if the current version has been saved or not. However, with less time on my hands it will probably be awhile before the next version is released.

    Su (version 1.5)

    The next version of the SuDoKu solver that I created is now finalized.

    Download Su (v1.5)

    Version 1.5 has further functionality over version 1.0 in that the solver is better and more advanced, the program doesn’t take as long to resolve partial solutions, and tabbing through the blanks now follows a logical order. It is still a windows only app, because it’s based on the .net framework.

    A start on version 2.0 is being begun. Version 2.0 is to feature a save/load option, and to further enhance the solving ability. Other features that version 2.0 may or may not support are keyboard shortcuts and the option to solve step by step. It will show up here when it’s available.