A quick comment on the webchat and IRC channel (#world-of-goo on EFnet). There are some passionate and knowledgeable Goo fans in there, mostly during the daytime European time, but we're not watching the channel every minute of every day. So if you ask a question, please keep the window open for an hour or so, and wait for a response! We've had maybe 100 people asking questions over the last few months, only to disconnect after a few minutes before we can answer.
Congratulations are in order for the winners of the World of Goo Corporation billboard contest, in no particular order:
With so many quality entries, to pick the top three was very hard. Well done to everyone who took part.
Said Ron Carmel, co-founder of 2D Boy: "We're so impressed with all the imaginative entries. Remember, you're all winners in the eyes of MOM!".
Kyle Gabler was too busy for comment but his sound bite generator generated this: "World of Goo Corporation states that is is enthused with the sign painting, and is thrilled to offer one of its World of Goo brand products to the winner*.
*World of Goo Corporation is required to disclose that everyone is a winner, but degree of winning may vary from person to person."
The Goo Balls stood dumbstruck, overwhelmed by the wall of advertisements arrayed before them. Silently they filed past, examining each carefully and sharing meaningful glances. As they passed, each billboard rose or fell almost imperceptibly. Yes, the Hydraulic Goo Voting Engine was collecting their votes.
Voting is open and will remain open for a few days after the close of the contest tomorrow. Go here to see all the entries or go here for the ones you haven't voted on yet (You need to be logged in to vote).
I inadvertently released 0.10.4 with a critical bug in "Save & Launch", which generally only showed up for first-time users. The builder tried to install the billboards.goomod file even when it didn't exist. This is now fixed in 0.10.5.
I'm now using mantis for issue tracking for both GooTool and this site. You can find it at /issues. Before you can access it, you need to logout from this website and log back in again in order to copy your password across.
GooTool 0.10.4 is now out. The major improvements are the addition of a one-click "publish profile" button to upload your tower to this site, and readiness for the end the billboard contest next week. Read on for the full changelog.
In other news, the IRC Web Chat program has been replaced with a new one that seems to be a lot easier to use.
The Goo Balls had come from every direction, from every species, from every island, through a filthy pneumatic pipe system, to build a giant tower into the sky! A giant tower of Goo! But how high can they go?
Sign Painter Telescope Operator's giant machine, you can now glimpse into the distance, to see far-off towers built by fellow Goo Fans. Yes, the World of Goo Corporation Tower Leaderboard is here! How high can you get? And will anyone ever beat Kamal?
The marketing droids at the World of Goo Corporation have been hard at work. Today they launched a billboard design contest to find new signage for the World of Goo Corporation Tower. The winners will receive a signed World of Goo box direct from 2D Boy, and all highly rated entries will make an appearance in the World of Goo Corporation level. Check it out and get drawing!