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CoasterCircuits.com in 2020… It’s still here.

Slowly, But Surely, Heading Into Summer #4!

This 2020 coaster season will be the fourth season with this blog online! Of course, with the current pandemic, there’s a bit of a delay getting started… but it was time to renew the website’s domain name and hosting so I felt like giving a bit of an update on things here.

Every year when renewal time comes around, I always think to myself, “Is it worth it to keep this going?” There have been years when I’ve been close to stopping this. Hell, before 2017 when this blog went online, I was constantly starting and quitting on websites because I couldn’t get into a good rhythm.

Sometimes it feels like I’m not getting much of a return on the money I spend on keeping this website going… but I realize, as I’m putting posts out as the seasons go on, I get a lot of joy out of doing it. I know I end up regretting not having a place to do this in the times I have given up on a website. I love having this catalog of journal entries that I can go back and look over. As we’ve been sitting at home, I have found myself looking back at old posts, particularly on days one/two/three years ago at the park we’ve missed so far this year.

So with that, the domain name and hosting is renewed for another year!

Finding Fun Elsewhere

I hope you’ve been staying safe and that everything has been as good as it can be right now. For me, work has continued on as usual so far. The only difference this spring and summer (so far) is that I don’t have Wonderland to run off to on the weekends to decompress… so I’ve had to find some things to keep me occupied.

On weekends right now, my time has essentially been split between video games and 3D printing.

Overcrowd: A Commute ‘Em Up

I was in the mood one weekend to buy a new game on Steam and stumbled on Overcrowd. It’s a game where you build and manage a train station. I wasn’t sure what to make of it at first since it’s still in Alpha… It’s currently the only game I’ve been playing and have logged 33 hours at the time of this post. I certainly feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth! It’s a fun management sim that I think has a good balance between puzzle challenges and sandbox building. (I typically don’t do campaigns, particularly with management simulators like Parkitect or Planet Coaster, but I’ve been having fun with it in this game.) Check it out here if this is something that interests you.

3D Printing & The Derailed Projects Blog

3D printing is something new to me this year. I’ve been having a lot of fun bringing ideas to physical life. My first real projects were some ride and park signs

But I’ve moved on to something more exciting…

The goal of a functioning ride model has always been in mind since the day I got the printer. Along with 3D printing, 3D modelling itself is new to me and I’m learning new things by experimenting each time I try coming up with something new. With all of the practice I got from designing previous projects, I worked up the courage to try designing a ride model.

Right now, I’m working on a project that I’ve been calling a hybrid of a HUSS Swing Around and a Zamperla Air Race… so basically an Air Race that can’t invert. It’s been a fun project and will certainly keep me busy for the foreseeable future.

For more on my 3D printing projects, check out my other blog: Derailed Projects.

Plans for the Season

I’m still on Twitter and Instagram occasionally through the extended off-season but I hope to post more once Wonderland opens.

As for YouTube, I’m honestly not sure. At the very least, I’d like to keep the tradition of an annual recap video going but I’m not sure how this year’s would look. We’ll see.

Thanks for Visiting the Blog!

Even if you arrived here by accident, thanks so much for visiting the blog. I guess I’ll see you back here after my first Wonderland visit… Stay safe!

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