Wednesday, December 31, 2014

No idea how I should name this post

Well, I guess I'll do this as game progress status report and personal life report all together?

Personal stuff:

Anyway, lets first get the ugly things out of the way.
Originally I wanted to get right back to working again after a couple of work free holidays.
That's when my mom called me, she's been in hospital the last couple days and... it looks like she's going to die soon...
The short version is:
She has blood cancer for more than 18 years now (with chemotherapy and everything that goes along with it). It's quite impressive that she made it this far, but it really looks like this is as far as things are going.

Of course I was well aware that this day might be coming soon.
But still...

At any rate, don't worry about me!
I've gone through a lot of worse things throughout my entire life (like almost everyone else does, right?).
So I'll be fine.

It's just a bit difficult for me to concentrate on programming, so stuff will take a bit longer than expected. But I'll do it, I can do it, and I will do it!
I'm also responsible for the webcomics script and stuff, and all of those things should be fine as well.

Since I'm driving to my parents place to visit her one last time, (~1000 km throughout the country) there's a chance that webcomic pages might be delayed by a day or two!
We should be able to pull it off to release them always on time.
But just so you guys know:
There "might" be delays!
In case there are delays, we will definitelly deliver those missing pages afterwards!

 I just figured I'll inform you about those"possible" delays and the reasons behind it.
(but as I said, we should be able to release them on time!)
And yes, don't worry, I'm fine!
I'm really grateful to have everyones support, and there really isn't anything I need right now.
Thank you very much, everyone!

Game Status:

I was able to program the basic combat stuff of the "test game" before Christmas.
All that's left to do is add some enemies (Cres already provided me with the graphics) and then add the random generation stuff.
Depending on how things are looking, I'll might throw this testing game out to the public sometime in january.
(I'm not sure about this though, maybe I'll do it, maybe not)

But please keep in mind, that this game just consists out of simple graphics and placeholder graphics.
As well as a lot of sketchy stuff.
It's pretty clear that this is a "test game", never intended to be a full-game.
The games main purpose is to figure some programming stuff out.
And it greatly helped me in understanding how dynamic lighting as well as random generation works.
(well, I haven't programmed random generation stuff yet! Just read a bunch of tutorials about it. It's the next point on my list of stuff I'm about to do, so as soon as I'm able to focus on this complicated stuff, I'll get to it right away!)

Hopefully we're able to get a lot more work done on the Sion and Medusa game in january.
That one will be a "full game", and we're intending to speed developement up as much as possible.
Originally I wanted to do a blogpost on some of the game mechanics I had in mind for that one.
But I'll get to that some other time.
It will mainly be a post about "how" I intend to use the random generation, and stuff like that.

Aside from that, I wish everyone of you a happy new year!
I hope each one of you guys and girls will have a wonderful new year, with a lot of good stuff that happens to you!

See ya in 2015!


  1. Take your time. Take care of things fully before getting back to things. Nothing is worse for work ethic than a distracted, worried mind. Maybe you want to work to help cope or distract yourself or something, whatever the case is, be sure to deal with everything properly. Otherwise you'd just come back and be distracted with whatever thoughts and you'd end up not wrapping things up properly on one end and the other end suffers because of it, too. So, yeah...take care of it all in the time you need and most importantly, take care of yourself.

    Hopefully this didn't come off as being harsh or anything. I know it could sound that way, but I mean it in the nicest of ways.

    Hope you and everyone else has a great new year.

  2. Thank you very much for your kind words!
    I appreciate it a lot.
    (it was not rude at all)

    I'll take your advice and deal with these things properly, before getting fully back into work again.
    (occassionally I'll do some work to get distracted from these things, yes, but I'll make sure to properly take care of everything)

    Thank you very much!
    And I also hope you and everyone else has a great new year as well!

  3. Awwww, man. That's a tough spot in a life. I got over it by concentrating on other things, and going back when I was ready, but perhaps you prefer to deal with things right away. Well, whatever you choose, I hope it works well for you, wish you a lot of strength and work when you feel like it, no problem.
    And great new year, even better than the last one!

    1. So far I had no luck yet, even my car broke down lol
      (I had no accident, the engine just broke down and I needed a small replacement part.. which of course was still expensive, but ugh... it could have been worse)

      Anyway, thank you very much!
      At some point, the new year will be turning into a good year!

  4. i hope it all gets better with your RL man and i hope ether she (hopefully) gets better but if it comes to the worse then she will be in a better place and not be suffering

    all i can hope for is this will be some support for you and i will pray for the well being of your family dood

    1. Thank you very much!
      I really appreciate this, thanks a lot!
      I hope you'll be fine too, and that you'll have a great new year.

      And of course, I hope everyone else will have a great new year without troubles as well.

  5. Thank you for adding the Fox Girl in your latest Deathblight comic page!
    You listened to my request from back in September!
    You're the best!

    1. You're welcome!
      Actually we created her right after your request in september, but I didn't had a chance to properly introduce her before.
      (because we halted character introductions for the time being)

      She'll appear a bit more often in the webcomic from now on.
      Hope you like her!