The Guardian reports:

"Over the past three years, the Trump administration has drastically reduced a team working in China to identify global health threats like Covid-19... The initiative’s 11 CDC staffers have been cut to three people...

The administration disbanded the national security council’s directorate charged with global health and has sought to go further still, requesting budget cuts from the CDC of up to 20% for each of the past three years, only to be rebuffed by Congress."

When challenged on these idiotic decisions, President Assmouth lied, just like he always does:

"Trump said: 'We actually gave CDC more money, not less money. They said we defunded. It turned out it was more money.'"

Bullshit, just like everything else he says.

Magister

Roguelike game — Windows — C++, WinAPI

Magister is a roguelike game I started developing many years ago. I like roguelikes (especially Stone Soup and Moria) because they are fun and direct. They focus always on gameplay, which is what games are about.

This particular roguelike is meant to provide denser tactical play than others, and I hope it will avoid some of the tedious elements common to CRPG. Inventory management, for instance, can produce interesting tactical challenges, but it often devolves into irritating busywork. The level grind appeals even less.

Magister will be free, and at some point the code will be made open source. The project is somewhat more than half complete; a recent build is pictured here:

As often happens in roguelike projects, the work is now in extended hibernation. Check back in a few years?