Ben's Journal

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New font tool for Playdate!

Friday, June 21st, 2024

Just a quick one...

Today I made a little tool to convert TTF files into FNT files that the Playdate SDK uses to render text. Unfortunately there are not a lot of tools available that do this, and most of the ones I could find were not designed to be used as part of a build system, so I threw one together using the stb libraries and some basic C that should be portable to pretty much every platform.

You can download it using:

git clone

Details on how to compile and use it are in the C file itself!

🃏Deck builder game for 5 people

Tuesday, May 21st, 2024

♠️ Each player selects 10 playing cards of their choice. Each player uses a single deck with a unique back design.
♥️ All cards are shuffled together.
♣️ Players play 5 card draw poker. (Flush Five > Flush House > Five of a Kind > Royal Flush)
♦️ In the event of ties the player with the most matching card backs wins.

Moving things here

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Over the last month or two I've been quietly moving a few things over to a personal server I now have that costs me at most $4 a month. There's this journal, which runs on some (very rough) software that I wrote myself, some of my git repos, a bug tracker, a few other bits and pieces. I just need to figure out how to set up the backup service my hosting provider offers and then I feel like I'll be in a place to turn off some of my other accounts from around the internet, chiefly GitHub. The only major thing that doesn't run on this server (and never will) is my e-mail, for which I've been using Fastmail for the last few years, and which I recommend.

It's 2024! It's still January!

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024

Ladybirds hibernating on a wooden fence

Happy New Year to everyone who reads this journal! I wanted to write a January post about… something, but it’s been a tricky one to think about.


The Way Home

Wednesday, December 13th, 2023

map with a pen and dice

I released a new journaling game over on called The Way Home. You can find it here.

It's a game about traveling around an unfamiliar landscape and you play as a mouse who is lost and wants to find their way home. As the player you will use a paper map to find a route and keep a record of your travels as you attempt to make it back.


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