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Thu, 10/23/2014 - 21:28 -- BlueWinds

Screw a SFW front page, I want to post a tentacle jpg.

 


Finally, after many months of disinterest, I fixed a couple bugs in Brothels.im. :)

Unexpected, yes? Well, here's the new version. It may be worth loading up your old saves and playing a tiny bit more - the most commonly reported bug that I fixed was one where the finale orgy with all the women caused the game to freeze whenever it would appear on the map. :)

 


I will be participating in NaNoWriMo this year. And guess what! Instead of writing a novel, I'm going to write text for the next game instead.

I've won every year I participated beyond the first day (I did quit day 2 once...), so by the end of November you can expect 50,000 words ready for the new game. Should at the very least get us through the demo. ;)

Log of fun times, #3

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:51 -- BlueWinds

I have to admit, a large part of the reason I haven't been so enthusiastically pursuing the development of this game (compared to the last) is that I've found another outlet for both my writing and my sexual urges - IRC!

Yep, I've discovered cybersex, and it's great. Here, have a third chatlog (the first two I've shared were here and here). As usual, I've stripped out some typos and all the native formatting, as well as our OOC comments - there is communication that goes on behind the scenes!

:D

 

Back from Vacation

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:05 -- BlueWinds

I have just spent a week away, visiting my mother and grandfather. My grandfather passed away the day after I left - not unexpected, given it was the reason I visited now rather than later.

We weren't real close. He was an old man, 93, not quite bed-bound, but pretty close to it. He had two sons and a daughter, outlived his wife and married again. He was in the navy during WWII, and I used to like listening to his stories about that, until he forgot them all. I feel like I should be sad, but I'm not. I find it hard to care, actually, except in so much as my mother is sad.

But anyway, that's enough of that. I actually just wanted to share some thoughts I've had about dirty, kinky relationships and what I want out of one, and a very small update on game development.

 

It Will Look Like A Sunset

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 23:16 -- BlueWinds

A warning: this article, and many of the links within, discuss domestic violence.

I would like to take a moment to talk about something painful, but also important. Wihle I could go on about the injustice of the rich receiving special treatment, or the horrid, apologetic, hypocritical responses to the most recent and most public incident, I would instead like to focus on domestic violence itself, and, perhaps, its relationship - or lack thereof - with kink.

First, I'd like you to read this article. It is painful, and powerful, and important all at once - and it ought to put to rest, once and for all, the question of why people in abusive relationships don't just leave. Please, don't continue on here until you've read that. I want it to establish some context for what I'm about to write.

Did you read that article? Do you know what the title means? Read on.

User Experience

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 18:52 -- BlueWinds

So, believe it or not, I have still been working on the next sequel, and it's getting close to "demo-ready".

Over the last couple days I've been adding the market, where a player buys and sells cargo in various cities - the primary way of making money, other than completing storyline jobs.

The biggest thing that keeps slowing me down is iterating on the User Interface. I think a lot of amateur games consider it of secondary importance, "I'll fix it later" - but they never do, and in a game, the experience is everything. Cursed is a wonderful game, with great writing, but it's a horror to look at.

For a game like the one I'm developing, there's a lot of information to squeeze into not all that much space. How to present that information without causing "huge wall of text" issues is an interesting challenge, and one I keep iterating on. Lots of mouse-overs is one method - and unlike BrothelS.im, the mouseovers are aimed at providing mechanical information, rather than flavor tidbits.

Another method is consistent colors / layout, hinting at what things mean without needing to make them explicit. Stats are always ordered a certain way, so when you see an empty box with a couple of dim numbers, it's readily apparent what it means - fill that box with a character matching those numbers.

Anyway, I'm still not 100% happy with some of my solutions, but I think when you see it in action you'll see how much I've learned in the process and agree how much of an improvement it is over my previous games. :)

Another chatlog

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:24 -- BlueWinds

Hello hello! Just thought I'd share a little something with you all. This is a bit cleaned up, but please forgive any mistakes or lack of flow - IRC chat tends to have its own rules for how and when people speak.

No, Laguiole is not my boyfriend either. Just some guy.

All names mentioned below are separate, real people. This started out in a public room. :3 The whole scene took about 3 hours - we typed a lot faster than the last one I shared.

(Artwork is from Meago, whose work I 100% love. Always so cute. I don't look like this girl, but I hope to someday when my hair gets longer and I find clothes like that)

 

Optimism

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 00:23 -- BlueWinds

I am a much happier person now than I was six months ago. Or a year ago. Or two, or five, or ten, for that matter. I won't say I'm doing the best I ever have, since I had a pretty idyllic childhood, but the past four months have been the nicest of my adult life.

Why? Well, I think the biggest change is something personal I'm not quite ready to share with the wide web (ask again in another six months), but beyond that has been a very intentional attempt to be kinder, more caring, more upbeat, more charitable and more optimistic.

And you know what? It's worked. I smile more. I like people better (though I still don't like crowds - I'm more Hathawa than Wend, and always will be).

 


I've often been borderline depressive. Never diagnosed - but I suspect that's as much because I didn't have anyone close to me to drag me to the doctor's office when I didn't come out of my room except to eat for a month at a time. It was just normal, the way I went through life.

I still do feel that way, some days. The power of magical thinking isn't a miracle cure. But at least now I have a better baseline to compare against - to realize that "this is not normal, I am thinking strangely" when I decide that getting up to eat is more effort than it's worth.

 


Basically, every time I notice I'm having a negative thought - no matter how innocent - I ask myself: "Is there a better way to think about this?" Earlier, I had the thought that a coworker was an idiot for introducing a security hole. Then I realized I was being negative, and decided that I would instead think that he was clearly focused on the front-end, and I'll have to carefully look over any server work he does.

Same thought both times, equally true, but one makes me annoyed and the other reminds me of what he's good at.

 


This is not advice. I am not selling anything. I just wanted to share, because I like to share when things are going well. I hope you are all well too!

Maiden's Tea

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 20:53 -- BlueWinds

Allow me to abut the last post, a boring "I'm not dead yet" update, with something more interesting - a bit of world building.

Mentioned only once in BrothelS.im, there is a special plant known as Maiden's Tea which has had quite an influence on the development of the world as a whole, and Vailia in particular.

Getting stuff done? Yes!

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 11:58 -- BlueWinds

Time for a status update!

While I haven't been focusing super heavily on working on the game, I have been making progress. I reached a big milestone about a week ago - when I click "Start", it puts stuff on the screen again. :D

Games also save and load properly, and this iteration colorizes images about a dozen times faster than the old one - no three second wait while the game starts up and puts together all the graphics.

I have a good bit of the intro written, even.

Next up on the list is adding a couple of screens - assigning jobs and hiring crew. Once those are ready I can do a whole lot more content, maybe even enough for a demo.

Anyway, for now just enjoy an image that I'll be using, from the amazing MitTeam. :)

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