Jeff Lait is a long-standing figure of the roguelike scene. A pioneer on handheld roguelikes with the homebrew GameBoy Advance game: POWDER, and one of the only two persons to have participated in all thirteen yearly 7DRL Challenges to date. I interviewed him almost 10 years ago and he already had a veritable career in our micro-universe. it also looks like he managed to fulfill his main goal for the future which was “to survive”.
This year, he has been awarded a Science and Technology Academy Award for his contributions to Houdini, a high-end toolkit to generate special effects (including a lot of procedural effects), used in many companies including Disney. From our years-ago interview, it seems he was starting his career on SideFX by then.
Take a look at the clip where Patrick Steward announces the award. Congratulations to Jeff!
Jeff Lait is one of the longest standing figures in the roguelike development universe, for years he has been contributing useful ideas and information to r.g.r.d and developing his own game, POWDER, which has recently become pretty popular.
POWDER, the one roguelike game for handheld devices GBA and Nintendo DS by Jeff Lait, has reached its version number 100 on its 5th anniversary!
Wow! Five years and 100 releases!
For those expecting massive changes on the 100th release, I am sorry to disappoint you. Massive changes implies massive instability, so I have acted cautiously in preparation for this milestone.
This is the example of a project in constant evolution, gaining more and more followers recently. It is one of the most mature roguelikes out there, and it is *raw* playability. (And beware Kiwis, I am serious)
Congratulations to Jeff for achieving this important milestone, and I hope we still have POWDER for long 🙂