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Camp Out Colorado

CampOutColorado.com is a website I created to review campgrounds and give outdoor enthusiasts tips and tricks to enjoying beautiful Colorado. There are a number of WordPress customizations I have done to this website. 

Campground Data Custom Plugin

For the camping reviews I created a custom campground information plugin. It pulls up-to-date information for campgrounds through a REST API. These help campers see important details as well as know if there are any up to date details they need. 

Camping List Custom Plugin

To help campers be prepared to go camping I have created a number of camping lists for them to reference.

This is implemented through a custom WordPress plugin which stores all the information in a custom MySQL database. These camping lists are broken down into three categories of need. The items in the lists are linked to searches on Amazon so they can easily get the an item them are missing. 

http://www.campoutcolorado.com/camping-lists/general-equipment-camping-list/

Custom Template for Solunar Table

Hunting and fishing are a regular activity with campers in Colorado. I have created a few useful tools for them. One is a solunar calendar to figure out good activity times. This was created as a customized template in WordPress. 

This solunar calendar takes the moon cycle, rise and set times of the moon, as well as the sun and uses an algorithm to calculate good times to go fishing or hunting. It then displays these times, the moon cycle and a number of fish depending on how good the day looks. In the example below the solunar calculations suggest a bad day fishing, so go for a hike instead!

Custom Fish Stocked Plugin and Database

Another one of the tools I have created to help campers enjoy their time in the great out of doors is a fish stocking report with the quality of stocking in the body of water.  This a nice add-on plugin that also enhances the campground details plugin. 

This is updated weekly from the data that the Colorado Division of Wildlife releases. I created some search capability within this dataset so a user can find the area they are looking for.

Within this plugin I added the ability to calculate the quality of fishing at any particular spot depending on the date and frequency of fish stocking. 

The best part is that it ties into the camping details plugin and adds extra information to the details if there is water nearby that the campers can enjoy.  

Technologies Used

  • AJAX
  • Bootstrap
  • cPanel
  • CSS
  • Dreamweaver
  • HTML
  • jQuery
  • JSON
  • MySQL
  • Photoshop
  • PHP
  • REST API
  • WordPress
  • Workbench

I’ve used a wide variety of technology and techniques on this website. Starting at as little more than a camping blog it has become something that has a lot of really cool features and is very useful to anyone who enjoys camping, especially in Colorado. 

http://campoutcolorado.com

Fyxt RPG

The Fyxt RPG is a game I have developed fashioned after a traditional tabletop role playing game. I combine the feel of this type of game with the digital tools and convenience of the internet. 

Enjoy the traditional tabletop gaming experience while being able to pull up your character, the rules, generators, and more from any connected device. 

Technology Utilized

  • AJAX
  • Bootstrap
  • CSS
  • HTML
  • JavaScript
  • jQuery
  • MySQL
  • PHP
  • WordPress

Software Backed Game

The game is supported by a wide range of tools for the players to utilize.  Users are able to use premade content or create their own custom content for their game. 

There is a memberships system which allows different access and storage capabilities depending on the user levels. These include both paid and free memberships. 

Online tools I have created for this website:

Along with the game itself I have developed many tools for the Fyxt RPG system to help players easily accomplish a wide variety of things. Here is the page that lists all of the current tools for the Fyxt RPG. These are things like character generator wizards, search tools, and ways to edit the various game elements.

Custom Dice Roller Plugin

This is a custom plugin I wrote for this game. It adds a shortcode that can be used to insert a jQuery/Javascript dice roller that the players can use. This helps them calculate more complex rolls or allows them to play the game if they don’t have any dice handy.

Custom Character Template Example

Here is an example of a character sheet custom template for the Fyxt RPG. This is largely built with Flexbox and Bootstrap to pack lots of information on the screen. This allows users the best view of their characters whether they are on a desktop, table, or their phone.

These are just a few examples of the extensive programming and customization I have created for the Fyxt RPG.

There are custom templates, theme modifications, custom plugins, and a large customized database that all work together to let people play the Fyxt RPG anywhere on any device.

Creating a Link to Custom View of Custom Google Map

So there is a pretty good amount of information out there about how to customize your view on regular Google Maps. However, several of the API methods do not work when trying to view your own custom map. I am not sure why this is, but it is annoying. After some research and some experimentation I found a small set of variables that the API does accept and work as of writing this article. Hopefully this will be helpful for you as I write many things in here simply as references for my own use when working on my many websites.

This works on your own custom maps you create with Google Maps. The idea is to have one custom map that shows many things. In may case a map of Colorado camping locations.  I write reviews of these campgrounds and want to include a link to my map. But that link needs to zoom into the campground and to center it in the screen.

Camp Out Colorado Campsite Map Normal View

To accomplish this we simply build a url with the proper parameters so that when the user is redirected to the map it also zooms in and centers on the specific campsite.

What We Need to Create a Custom View of Custom Google Map

Custom Map ID

This is found in the URL of the base custom map.

Camp Out Colorado Campground Map: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&authuser=0&mid=1NOd9T5rPujjSZ1h7bQ0CX_x-jEE

What we are looking for is mid. Grab everything that is after the “=” and before the “&” if it is there.

Longitude and Latitude

This can easily be found by opening a normal Google Map and select “What’s here?” This will give you a small infobox with what is there along with the exact longitude and latitude. Copy that.

In my case it is: 39.34385,-106.61257

Zoom Level

This is up to you. I like a zoom of 10-14 depending on how close in you want your map to zoom. I have a lot of campsites on the map and many are relatively close to each other. So I zoom in close to really make sure they know which one it is.

Create Link to Custom View of Custom Google Map

Start with the map viewer;

  • https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?

Then add your map id;

  • mid=1NOd9T5rPujjSZ1h7bQ0CX_x-jEE

Then add your zoom index, make sure to begin separating parameters with “&”.

  • z=14

Lastly add in your longitude and latitude together in one parameter.

  • ll=39.34385%2C-106.61257

So the final URL looks like;

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1NOd9T5rPujjSZ1h7bQ0CX_x-jEE&z=14&ll=39.34385%2C-106.61257

There are other things that can be done but I will not go into those now. This should help to be able to simply create a custom map link that will zoom into the required spot.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions to make this easier or better.

Now, to figure out how to embed a zoomed in custom map into a page.

 

Unreal Tournament 3 – Hive III Custom Deathmatch Map

Unreal Tournament 3 - Hive III Custom Deathmatch MapThis is the sequel to the popular Unreal Tournament 2004 map, Hive II. It’s built with the same game play style, using the geometric battlefield of bridges and platforms. This map delivers fast-paced 3D action, adding a few new game play mechanics to spice up the fight and to make the battles even more interesting. If you fall off a platform, you will no longer fall to your death, but into an inverted pyramid, where you can continue the gun battle while you spiral down into the teleporter at the bottom! The crowd will go wild as you are randomly teleported on top of one of the spawning chambers.

Here is a view of the Hive from the corner, where the spectators watch. Below is where the players spawn. The map is thick with gun smoke, limiting visibility.

hiveiii_geomviewThis is the center platform in the Hive. It holds the damage booster but will make you a target for every other warrior on the map!

hiveiii_centerThere are a couple sniper roosts on the map that offer a great view of your enemies and the tools needed to take them out. Unfortunately this position is also shown on the megatron in the center of the map so everyone will know you are there. It is best not to linger if you value your life.

hiveiii_sniperHere you can see the pods where new players spawn. This is a nice way to give players who are just entering the game a way to gain their bearings. On top of these pods are the portals where you will randomly appear should you fall off a platform and into the teleporter below!

hiveiii_spawnDownload the Hive]I[ for Unreal Tournament: 3 HERE!

http://www.imageinnovationsllc.com/images/game_design/DM-Hive]I[.zip.zip