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Fuzzlr: Press Start to Play!

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Last month I posed a question: "should I continue on the project I'm working on or quit and focus my attention on a (slightly less fun) spin-off?"

First I want to apologize for being late (I did say I'd let you know the following week) and second I wanted to let you know what the result is. I have decided, based on the support and number of sign-ups I've received to Fuzzlr, to continue! Yay!

Since then I've been busy dropping the existing technology stack (PHP/CodeIgniter), re-designing parts of the concept and evaluating a new technology stack (settled on Angular.js for the client and Node.js/Express for the back end). I'm also now going to have to do all the artwork (at least for the initial release) myself -- unless there's any artists who would like to be a part of Fuzzlr? If so, get in touch on here or on twitter: @gamifried.

Incidentally, if any javascript developers want to get in on the action, please feel free to contact me too.

So it's going to be a hard few months ahead, but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

In the meantime, if you could choose which of the following three fuzzles you think is cutest (by leaving a comment below with the number 1,2 or 3 or by going to here to vote), I'd be uber-grateful.

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Thanks.

Anthony Williams

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4. Your avatar.

But if you want an answer more strictly bound to your options: either 1 or 3 (I personally find 2 looking a bit odd)
Good luck with your work and remember in times of doubt that persistence can be a good quality ;)
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1 looks like a plant, 3 looks like a hedgehog. 2 just doesn't look cute.

4 = Your avatar is perfect enough already.
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Interesting results ... thank you very much for your input guys. :)
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