Reid's For Fun


My personal blog for what interests this computer guy. Web development, LEGO ray tracing, ZX81 retro computing, writing and photography.

Now It Is the Time to Give My LEGO Renders Some Love

Playing with POV-Ray by Steven Reid, on Flickr

I canít believe how many LEGO sets I built and rendered using POV-Ray. Over the years, starting in 1996, Iíve built 125 different modelsóyes I counted them. To note, that doesnít include the variations or alternate scenes within each set. Around the same time, I started to share my models online. To my surprise, many of my models were never shared! Itís time for me to fix that!


Struck by Random Inspiration, Here Are the LEGO Renders From Last Month

1611 Marinair (Holland) - Bottom by Steven Reid on Flickr

Sometimes inspiration arrives from odd places. For years, I have subscribed to BrinkSet’s newsfeed which serves up a random set of the day. A recent airplane set got me interested in playing with Mecabricks again. Plus Scrubs had released an update for his Advanced Blender Script. How exciting is it to flip through your feeds and end the day creating something. Even better, it sparked more renders that allowed me to escape pandemic news, if only for a bit.


It’s Not Easy Surviving the Waters in This ZX81 Game

Sea Cross, ZX81 Screenshot by Steven Reid, 1985

A bit cliche by 1985, but I was obviously still playing Frogger and the clones it spawned. With all its dodging and moving, the game is classic for good reason. Even in modern times, it has spawned the likes of Crossy Road and other in spirt games. My own attempt, called Sea Cross, finds you trying to get your family safely across the water and home. I doubt you’ll be able to.



Play an Old Star Trek Game That Fails to Be Fun

Star Trek, ZX81 Screenshot by Steven Reid, 1983

Okay, I’ll admit that I was a Star Trek junky. As a kid, I remember eagerly waiting each week to watch reruns of the original series with my family. When 1983 rolled around, I’d watched both of the original movies and owned the comic books that bridged the two. As such, creating a Star Trek game on my ZX81 should come as no surprise.


A New Pair of Images to Test out Mecabricks

1808 Light Aircraft and Ground Support by Steven Reid, on Flickr

Over the weekend, Mecabricks released an overhaul of its parts system. As noted in his announcement, it culminates over six months of research and development. Not wanting to lose the opportunity, I took the time to model and render a couple of images using the new system. So far, Iím enjoying the changes.


A New Year Dragon for the New Decade

40395 Chinese Dragon by Steven Reid

Iíd taken a bit of hiatus from my LEGO rendering in the later half of last year. Life sometimes kick you in the teeth and some pleasures fall to the way side. Rendering was one of them. To my benefit, other interests flourished. But my heart was still yearning. Trying to kick off the new decade, I grabbed a model of the latest LEGO mini-build and set to work.


Can You Run and Jump Your Way through This ZX81 Game?

Bolder, ZX81 Screenshot by Steven Reid, 1985

Running platform games with simple controls were all the rage when mobile gaming got started. Although the themes varied, they all tended to have a few if only on control to them. Some made you press down and release. Others ran on their own, requiring you to press or swipe as needed. My journey into the genre began in 1985 when I wrote Bolder. It may not be popular or exciting, but does show that the concept had roots going deeper than you may realize.


Stop the Missiles from Destroying Your City

Laser Catch, ZX81 Screenshot by Steven Reid, 1984

For November, I found another missile defense game that I wrote a few years back. I honestly didnít remember this one until I started to play it. Starting off a bit slow, I kept telling myself that it should speed up. And, it did! Guess, my memory isnít that bad after all. Letís dig into Laser Catch a bit more.


You Canít Escape Death in This ZX81 Halloween Tribute

Halloween, ZX81 Screenshot by Steven Reid, 1984

Fall weather brings colder weather, colorful trees, and Halloween! The original movie was still a classic in 1984, even if a few sequels had been released by the time I wrote this program. Lacking the chills of the movie, my Halloween tries to convey the futility of running. Michael always wins.