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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update! Sun 10th May 2009 9:50am

Category: Weekly Updates

I'm going to try to make a habit of writing a news article every week, at about this time on a Sunday. If I've ever got anything interesting or important to announce, I'll write news articles at other times, but, uh, I'll try to keep a consistent entry every week! Yes!

I'll try to use them to inform you about how much I've got done each week, which is what I'll do here.

I've been working on this new project, '7 Heavens 9 Hells'. The Games page says I've got about 20% done, which is true. This '20%' consists of getting the basic field mechanics sorted out (drawing the map, sprites, scrolling the map), generating maps (which aren't perfect, but they're a good start), placing dungeons on the world map with multiple floors that you can enter, and creating a basic menu system.
What I still need to do is refine the menu system, add towns, quests, NPCs, items, treasure chests, and I haven't even started making the battle system yet... There's still a lot to do, but in my mind, it doesn't seem like much because compared to my other games, it's not.

I wouldn't give an estimate about how long it'll take to finish, since I'm always bad with those, but I'm hoping to get quite a few of my things done before September if I can.

Now, there's something that I want to address that loads of people commented about on the last article... I wrote several comments of my own in response, but of course the people who are impatient enough to complain are the sorts who are not patient enough to look through older comments, surely...

People were getting annoyed that I'm starting yet another project, showing frustration with my lack of ability to finish things and so on, imploring me to just FINISH SOMETHING or to finish my in-progress projects before starting anything new... There are several things that people are wrongly assuming there, so I'll just try to explain so *please*, listen...

MARDEK 3, FHO and Beast Signer are big projects. BIG. Massive. It takes ages to get them finished or even close to finished because of the sheer amount of work that needs to be done on them. I've also been working on them for ages, years each, and that's taken its toll on me by removing a lot of the excitement that I have for working on them (surely many of you would be familiar with this feeling after working on anything creative for longer than a WEEK, so you can imagine, I hope, how it must be for me)...
MARDEK 3 and Beast Signer are also based on old engines that I made when I didn't understand Flash as well as I do now, an old engine that had been used and updated countless times for games I made before Deliverance... They were built on shaky foundations. So, as many of you will know, I'm having to redo the engines. This is a tedious thing to do because I'm not doing anything *fresh*, so it's draining.
I'm certainly not giving them up, never! They need to be finished now that I've started... But, for psychological reasons if nothing else, I can't work on JUST them and need SOMETHING to make me feel better about making games at all.

I started the new, pixelated Raider a few months ago as an attempt to make something QUICK that I could actually finish and release since I'd not finished or released anything in an age.
And I'VE ACTUALLY FINISHED IT. Or the first level, at least. It would have been out well over a month ago, but the sponsorship stuff is longer than you (or I) would expect... It's a pain, but it seems to be drawing to a close now, so I'd hope to have that released in a week or two. After it is, I'm hoping that the following episodes would be released quicker because I'd be going with the same sponsor for them all...

Finishing Raider and putting it up for sponsorship was a wonderful experience, because it made it clear how much money I can be making from these games... It's been a long time since I made any considerable amount of money from any of my games (MARDEK 2 was the last), so it was nice to be reminded of what I can get... Very motivating.
I eagerly wanted to have another game to release, to get even more money since I sorely need it, but looking at my other projects was... daunting.
FHO and Beast Signer are going to be on this site only due to their nature of being updated weekly and integrated into the site; I can't get them sponsored in a conventional way so the only money I'll be making from them will be from advertising (which will hopefully be significant, earnings-wise, but slow).
I can get MARDEK 3 sponsored, but there's so much left to do still that its release date is just daunting to consider...

So instead, I wanted to do what I did with Raider - that is, make a new, fresh game quickly with the experience that I currently have so then I could get it released and sponsored - but in RPG rather than platformer form. I've also had a game in a vague planning stage for about two years which was based around procedural generation, but I never started it because I knew people would react poorly to me starting new projects and I didn't want to seem to be abandoning any of my other ones...
This seemed like a good chance to try a procedurally-generated game though, and it's going well so far. It's EXCITING for me to work on, unlike my other games at this point.

Also, though I'm working on 7H9H now, I'm not JUST working on that. I'm working on it for several hours every weekday, but I'm ALSO working on MARDEK 3 (or a Raider episode, if one of those needs to be done) for some hours each day (well, I will be once I get into the rhythm of my new timetable, anyway). I'll also try to work more on the Figimon at least once a week if I can.
So don't think that me announcing a new game makes me put all my others on hold or anything!

I'm putting off FHO and Beast Signer off for a while just because they'll not make me money quickly enough, and I really need money... I also don't want to, uh, dilute my attentions too much...

Now, I just hope that the impatient complainers who lack the empathy to understand why people do as they do will take the time to read this instead of just reading the first sentence or two then writing a demanding and annoyed comment that I'm not working on whatever game they personally want the most... Hmm...

Also, I spent a long time updating the look of the Wiki to match that of the site. When I mentioned it to people in the chatroom, it seemed that nobody really cared much at all (which made my hours of effort feel unappreciated...), so I wonder if ANYONE genuinely cares at all (and doesn't just say they do to 'be nice')... Hmm...
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hihdavehdaned`s Avatar
Rating Orb hihdavehdaned 11 Bulgaria CholericMelancholic 4C 0F
6 years ago | (2)
People will not notice this comment,mwahahahaha!!!
Shalakor`s Avatar
Rating Orb Shalakor 24 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 10C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
I love Legos.

Seriously tho, other then the term 'Legos'( of which I doubt myself nearly every time I use it [ also, if you have spellchecker it will mark 'Legos' as incorrect spelling and give 'Lego' as the correct spelling ] ) I try to use correct grammar a this world that seams to slur every word ( I greatly do dislike the use of 'couple' in place of 'few', how interesting that that would be the primary example ).

I must say, Pseuodolonewolf has done a lot of work in the past weeks.

Oh well, rather then set here and type on forever, I should check out all the updates I have missed in the last week ( there would have to be a lot going on in the week I was without cable ). I will post any relevant thoughts I may have in the more recent news post after I have looked around the site and read that post.
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Rating Orb Ewolf 16 United Kingdom SanguineCholeric 88C 2F
8 years ago | (0)
Weekly Update soon!
Nico_DeMagio`s Avatar
Rating Orb Nico_DeMagio 19 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 28C 6F
8 years ago | (0)
Yes, only 7 more days until towel day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Rating Orb SCIFIGUY55 22 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 21C 2F
8 years ago | (0)
I like the updated look of the wiki. Also keep up the great work and don't let people get you down.
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Rating Orb black magechill 14 United States CholericMelancholic 398C 134F
8 years ago | (0)
Nirvana was a kickass band.
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Rating Orb turbotowns 16 United States CholericPhlegmatic 216C 3F
8 years ago | (0)
yah, i dont remember Einstein Killing...
Alberto`s Avatar
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8 years ago | (0)
Pseudo i am cool
JAndyP`s Avatar
Rating Orb JAndyP 22 Switzerland MelancholicSanguine 90C 4F
8 years ago | (0)
Actually he disapproved the atom bomb...
Odysseus`s Avatar
Rating Orb Odysseus 15 United States PhlegmaticSanguine 23C 1F
8 years ago | (0)
You know Einstein didn't even touch the atom bomb... He just wrote a letter that ended up getting the project approved.
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