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  Bouapha Heralds Entertainment! 09:27 PM -- Mon October 10, 2011  

Good news, everyone! Actually, it's big world-changing news. First of all, major credit to SpaceManiac, who did this work...

Dr. Lunatic has been updated to work properly on modern computers without any weird color issues or whatever! There are lots of other little tweaks in the code that are improving other issues (like as an example, the notorious add-on world limit has been massively upgraded). But the big news is that the game now includes The Expando-Pak and Fun Pack! So it's big and juicy and fun and cool. I have all the old add-ons still (they were taken down since the packs they required weren't available, and Supremized version were available), and I want to get those listed up on the site again, but it'll take a while, since I have to go through and find out who the author was for each one.

Now you're probably asking, what's the point? Who needs an upgraded Dr. Lunatic, when Supreme With Cheese is all anybody plays? Well the point is that this was the testbed for the conversion process. Assuming he doesn't run away, SpaceManiac will be converting all the other big games too! Things are going to be much nicer all around with lots of modern functionality and much-needed tweaks. It's exciting to know this stuff actually compiles nowadays.

Oh, and one note/warning/request for help. Please check out the demo version, and if you own the full game, download the new version from My Downloads and check that out. If you encounter any problems, let me know. This is actually a pretty darn untested release because of the tight deadline we had to work on it (lots of bugs fixed this very afternoon). So if you have problems, don't fear, we will fix them ASAP, we just need to know about them!
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  Byzantine Hallways Extend 11:03 AM -- Sun October 9, 2011  

For the rest of the month, enjoy a fresh new maze of horror! It will vanish and return to the original maze (with your progress intact) on November 1st, so build it up fast and enjoy! I'm not verifying rooms for quality either, so beware of unsolvable riddles... Ask your friends for help, because they probably made the room. Of course I do get notified about each new room, so you know, don't do anything inappropriate.
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  Brag (t)Here, Everybody! 10:58 AM -- Sat October 8, 2011  

There's another Halloween contest?? It's not the last one, but this one is all about memories and fun, and doesn't require any actual work. It's Brag Here, Everybody! Go share your Halloween memories and potentially win a purple monster card.
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  Big Horses, Ecstatic 12:29 PM -- Fri October 7, 2011  

The Great Pumpkin's Field has returned for another year of fun and frolic! If you've been around before, you know exactly what to do. If you haven't, I'd suggest you visit the field often, you never know what might happen!

This year, every time The Great Pumpkin is rescued, everyone who helped earns 1 Raffle Ticket. On Halloween, I'll raffle off a CD copy of Loonyland: Halloween Hill. Each ticket is one chance to win, so save the pumpkin as many times as you can!

Note: As is tradition, the thing that happens on the field will fluctuate in both difficulty and timing as the month progresses, so don't despair if it seems impossible. For that matter, you know what it takes to make it possible, so get in there and grab your gear, and tell your friends to help you out!
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  Booty Haul, Everybody! 10:48 AM -- Thu October 6, 2011  

Today begins the first ever Infinite Deadly Islands Of Terror tournament! You'll note that there's now a new scoreboard on that page, underneath the game. It works the same as the other scoreboard, the difference is that it's starting from scratch! You have until October 13th to get yourself to the top of that new scoreboard. First place on October 13th will win 50 Yerfbucks, second place will win 25 Yerfbucks, and third place will win 10 Yerfbucks.

(And you might find later that there's another reason to do as well as you can in it, even if you're not the greatest pirate...)
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  BUY HAMUMU ENTERTAINMENT!! 02:22 PM -- Wed October 5, 2011  


That's half price!!! What is going on!?!? That's RIDICULOUS! Fire that accountant! Incidentally, the "20% off for multiple games purchased" is gone, because that really would require firing an accountant on top of the 50% off.
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  Bite Here, Enjoy! 12:03 AM -- Wed October 5, 2011  

I know it seems like it's nothing but contests around here all of a sudden, but that's because these contests where you do something creative need to give you time, so I have to launch them all at the start of the month! This latest one is simple enough: Invent a Halloween recipe, and share it with us!

Here's what I created myself, with some amazing inspiration today when I realized I should probably demonstrate with my own recipe...


Like it? Isn't it awesome? Here's a rough recipe to make it yourself...

Just cut off the yellow ends from a whole lot of candy corn. Keep a little orange on there, whatever it takes to make a nice consistent kernel size.
The next step is to make Rice Krispie Treats! I'm not gonna give you the recipe, because if you have a box of Krispies (or a generic equivalent), I am quite sure the recipe is right on there. One thing I would suggest, because it was a problem for me, is to go heavier than normal on the marshmallows. You want a fairly sticky krispie treat, not a dry one.
I can't give exact measurements here, but each cob you want to make should use maybe a cup and a half of krispie treat. It really depends on how big you want to make the corn! As you can see in the picture, I made two, and let the rest become good old fashioned treats. Now shape each cob. You can use a piece of waxed paper to keep from getting sticky hands. I found it was really not very sticky for me, but that caused me problems in the next phase, so again, make sticky treats! Shape the cob into a general corn shape. You can see that I made the top half skinnier than the bottom. This is because the kernels will stick out further, and the lower half is not going to have kernels. I'd actually recommend you don't do this - I discovered that pushing the kernels into the rice squeezed it together quite a bit, so if I had just made a sort of long football shape (like real corn!), that would've done the job.
Next, push the kernels of candy corn into the top half of each cob! Here is why you wanted a sticky krispie treat. Mine was so dry that the candy corn kept falling off.
The last part of the recipe is the most chef-ly and was new to me! I made fondant, following this recipe. It turns out to be very easy to make! We didn't have corn syrup, which I substituted a mix of honey and molasses for (you can taste that in the end result, for sure), and much too late I discovered that our blue food coloring had dried up, so you get this stylish dried-corn appearance instead of the green I had intended. Oh, and I substituted butter for shortening, but I always do that.

Once the fondant was kneaded, I rolled it out on a piece of waxed paper (the same one as before, because I'm cheap), and didn't even need to 'flour' the surface with sugar, because it didn't stick at all. I really have to repeat that I found fondant super easy to make and to roll out. You can see in the final picture that, much like the krispies, I ended up making it too dry though, and it cracked and broke a lot.
So I cut it into some sort of leaf shapes, wrapped them around the lower half of the cob (see why you didn't need kernels down there? Good thing too - krispie treats are much tastier than candy corn), and curled them down at the top like an open corn cob. Then for good measure, I used a knife to etch lines in the fondant. That added a nice corn texture. That's it!

Is it tasty? Not really. It's much too sweet. But I got to eat a lot of krispie treats, and it looks really cool. Now that you've seen mine, go make your own Halloween recipe!

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  Build Haunted Environments! 12:18 PM -- Mon October 3, 2011  

It's another fine tradition (a whole year old?)! Let's all build levels for Costume Party!

Don't own Costume Party? How sad that you can't participate in this conte... Oh wait!!

Costume Party is free to play for all of October, for everybody with a Dumb Account! Just download the free version and play! That means not just playing, but level building and getting awards and trophies too. Don't miss out!

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  Behold, Hamumians Enrobed! 11:25 AM -- Sun October 2, 2011  

Enter our yearly costume contest now!

Well, don't enter now... work on your costume now, and enter sometime before the 24th. I think I probably say this every year, but I LOVE the costume contest! It's my favorite part of BHE every time. You see people coming up with totally crazy costumes and being crazy in crazy ways with craziness. It's the best. Go now, become Enrobed, Hamumian!
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  BEST HALLOWEEN EVER 2011!!! 10:30 AM -- Sat October 1, 2011  

It's time!!! YAY!!!! Keep your eyes tuned to this journal all month, as this is always the best place to catch announcements. But in case you miss anything, this year I've added a new page: The BHE Info Page. So you can always get links to everything major right there.

So, there will be new things happening almost every day, but what's new for today? Well, first of all, we begin Belittling Horror Excessively, my month of horror movie reviews, which I am looking forward to greatly. Doesn't everybody love watching horror movies in October?

Secondly, it wouldn't be BHE if there wasn't a BHE contest! Get your brain in gear and think up the most amazing surprise, with that wow factor, as Gordon Ramsay would put it!

And of course, it wouldn't be another month, without a new T-Shirt Of The Month! Show your Halloween pride!

In other Halloween news, I'd also like to plug something else going on this month... Our fellow indies RTSoft are running a 30-day Funeral Quest tourney! Like it sounds, that's a game where you run a funeral home. There's apparently a prize, described as "suitably disgusting", so how could you miss out on that? You can't. Play now!
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