Wed 09 January 2013 by Jim Purbrick

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One of the things I’ve been tinkering with since leaving Linden Lab is Creatarr: a creative, collaborative social game. Creatarr’s goal is to bring some of the magical collaborative creation found in Second Life to a wider audience and to push creativity in social games and the web beyond virtual farming and impact text on animal pictures.

I quickly got busy building the CREST API for CCP and I’m likely to have even less free time when I start my new gig, but Facebook are happy for me to continue to tinker with Creatarr and I like shipping code, so I’ve decided to make Creatarr public and run it for as long as people are playing. There are plenty of rough edges, but there are also some neat ideas and plenty of fun to be had, so head over to and dive in.

Thanks to @mrkemeny, Irene Soler, Chris James, @yandle and @profaniti for helping to build Creatarr.

From Magic Circles To Magic Portals

Sun 11 September 2011 by Jim Purbrick

The Brighton Digital Festival continued this weekend with BarCamp Brighton 6 which was super interesting and lots of fun as always.

I was a bit worried that my Terra Nova style talk on the philosophy of games, virtual worlds and magic circles would be too esoteric, but the room was …

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