Category: Weekly Updates
I've made various changes to the site in the last two days!
You may wonder why I've been doing this while I'm supposed to be finishing off MARDEK 3 and deciding on sponsorship stuff... Well, uh, I haven't got any emails in the last day or two or three, probably because it's the weekend, and also because it's the weekend I decided to have some 'time off', especially since starting the sponsorship stuff was rather stressful and it'd be best to calm down a bit before carrying on with it.
I've still not decided on that, by the way. What to do with the game, I mean, distribution-wise. Either it could be a free-for-players sponsorship-only thing, or I could charge for it. I've not yet decided on the best option.
Anyway. Site features! As well as doing these as a change of pace from MARDEK, I sort of had to make some changes when the site went down briefly a few days ago... That was caused by excessive load, from heavy pages, so I tried to optimise some things somewhat. I didn't really do a terrific job, but oh well.
Here's what I've done:
- Various changes to the overall layout, like the gradient in the background, minor tweaks to the shade of brown used on certain boxes, a significant change to the bar at the left there (I moved the Latest Art and Music to the Main Page since they're so rarely updated and were only slowing down the load of all the pages (slightly, but still))...
- Forum posts were redesigned.
- Userpages were redesigned too, since they were some of the slowest pages on the site. I'll still need to optimise some bits though.
- 'Vital Statistics'! These are a new feature, of a sort. They have no significance at all; they're as useful as your 'Class' and serve much the same purpose in that they just show what you think about yourself or what you are. Mainly they express self-esteem; though you're free to set them as high as you like, doing so will just show that you're arrogant, narcissistic, or not serious or something.
You can set yours from the Edit Stats page... which I also redesigned.
I think that's it, though I may have forgotten something; I've done quite a bit. I'd like to know what you think, if you even notice the differences at all!
Also, if there are any bugs, you should report them, of course. And if there are any other pages you feel are in need of redesign, maybe mention those too. Not just for the sake of it though, please; redesigning takes a lot of effort and I don't want to redo pages for no good reason.
I've also been trying to change my typing as I think I said elsewhere, maybe on the last news post. Rather than improving my QWERTY typing with the asdfjkl; method, I'm now trying to learn to use the Dvorak layout because of its many benefits! It'll probably take a while to adapt to it though.
Which is a huge pain, actually, because most of what I've got left to do is writing... o_O
Hmm... What do I have left to do?
I have to finish various MARDEK bugs, which are mainly stuff like 'particle effects' and things. There's some writing too, though. I'll get through the list eventually!
I'm also going to do a Walkthrough/Developer Commentary thing. What this will be is a document, uploaded to the sponsor's site as a Flash file (.swf), containing 'brief' walkthroughs of each of the chapters (that is, it'd tell you where to go next and where the Trilobite Keys and other secrets were, but not what was in every treasure chest, exact strategies for every monster, etc), and a load of 'Commentary' sections about what inspired me to write the game, how I came up with each character and what their purpose is meant to be, etc.
This is something I could go into a lot of detail about just because MARDEK is really significant to me. It's got quite a history, spanning long before the first chapter was made; it's based on many of my older ideas from when I was younger, and is in many ways a conglomeration of many childhood ideas. As it is also 'art', I've used aspects of it as a form of self-expression; characters at times represent aspects of myself, caricatures of people I've liked or hated, etc. So there's meaning everywhere, and I'm sort of eager to explain it and maybe people are curious about reading such ramblings. I think it might be interesting...
I'll hopefully decide on what to do with the sponsorship stuff by the end of the week... but I can't guarantee that. I'll report if there are any changes!