May 2013


Fri, 05/31/2013 - 21:52 -- BlueWinds

So, it's been a while, but I figured I should give everyone a heads up on the status of the project here.

The offbeatr campaign now has enough votes - thanks everyone who stopped by! On the other hand, Offbeatr requires a deposit before you can launch a project, and until my next paycheck comes in, I can't afford it. Hopefully in the next week or so here. Being broke sucks, and there's only so much rice I can eat. ^^;;

With regards to work on the actual game, I have been focusing on version two - the demo I released earlier isn't updated (and won't be, since one of the rewards for support is early access to beta versions), but I've been making good progress on the engine. The new version has a very clean API which will make creating new content easy, and I'm very happy with the elegant solution I came up with for the interface between "game data" - your history, the choices you've made, the current game state - and "content", ie actions and events that will occur in the future.

Nerdy programming stuff most people don't care about. Here, have a picture of a naked woman instead.

Sneak-peak of Version 2

Fri, 05/17/2013 - 21:46 -- BlueWinds

So, what have I been up to for the last two weeks?

This is what I've been up to.

Take a look. Let me know what you think. Though there are no actions coded in yet, it's a 90% functional game engine, not just a mockup of a UI.

Anyway, if you like the demo and want to see more, stop by the Offbeatr campaign and give it a vote (and chip in a few dollars, when it gets enough votes). The money will go to a good cause - commissioning a bit of original art, paying for a bit of graphics design work, and letting me focus on the game instead of my day-job for a few months.

Unemployed and pleased

Sun, 05/05/2013 - 00:34 -- BlueWinds

I quit my job today.

Well, not the whole thing. I'm still a freelance web developer. But I've spent seven months working with one client, and I realized that in that time, not once have they complimented my work. Last week I sent an email explaining that I'd made a change and their site was now 5-10 times faster. No response, just a complaint about a different small bug.

I realized, this evening, that I hated working. It was making me depressed, and sapping my energy for fun projects like So I quit, and now I feel energized and excited again. It's that simple.



So, anyway... onward ho! Expect a new girl for the game in the next few days. And if anyone needs a good web developer (I do Javascript, CSS/HTML, PHP, Python, Drupal, many others), let me know, 'cause I'm in the market. ;)