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Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar Weekly Update Sun 9th Aug 2009 12:25pm

Category: Weekly Updates

Hello, hello. It's this time again that I'm sure you've all been waiting for all week because my pointless ramblings and constant unrealistic promises and subsequent apologies for not meeting are surely a joy to read each time!
I've just read over many of the old 'blog post' things, and I do seem to be so distressingly unreliable... I assured people that I'd have MARDEK 3 done before Christmas in 2008, but now it's almost 2010 and it's not done yet... Tsk.

Anyway, uh... I have a few things to mention this time.

Firstly, I updated the front page a bit. Largely because I was wondering what peoples' first impressions of the site would be if they just happened to visit through one of my games or something.
It also shows quite obviously my latest finished game and current active projects... If I got too annoyed seeing the same 'Latest Game!' image for months on end, it might encourage me more to release another one...
And I'll try to stick to two projects per week, which the display will show, with percentage bars.

This week, I've been working on MARDEK 3, and I am almost done now!
There is probably about a week of work left to do on the main plot... There was more than this before, and the ending of the chapter was stupid and rubbish, but I rewrote the events a few days ago and it makes me more excited to get around to finishing it. (I already wrote the plot of all the eight chapters before I began, but this change doesn't effect WHAT happens, but rather HOW it happens and why...)
Once the main plot is done - which I hope will happen sometime next week, but I can't guarantee it - then that doesn't mean the game is finished though. I intend to go through making many refinements to it, and adding optional sidequests and stuff... I want to set aside at least two weeks for that sort of stuff, then I'll need to go through all the sponsorship process which, as is evident from Raider 2's delayed release, takes a long time.
Though hopefully interest in MARDEK 3 from sponsors would be a lot more, so maybe the process would go quicker.

When I looked through all the old news posts, I noticed that I'd said I was getting close to finishing MARDEK 3 several times, but that was mostly due to overestimating how quickly I could get things done, and not fully realising what specific tasks needed to be done.
Now I know exactly what needs to be done - one more dungeon then the final boss and epilogue - and how long those things will approximately take, so it feels more accurate to say that it will take a week or two to finish the main plot.
I noticed that I've been saying the release date would be around September for quite a while, and that still seems possible, amazingly enough!

Apart from that, uh... I think I had something else to report too, but I can't remember what it was because my mind's in a sort of muggy state right now...
If I remember it, I'll edit this.

But, uh... yes!
From now on, if you are ever wondering about a specific game of mine and whether it's being worked on, look at the main page, and if it's not one of the two projects listed, I'm not working on it.
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Crazycolorz5`s Avatar
Rating Orb Crazycolorz5 15 United States MelancholicCholeric 18C 11F
8 years ago | (0)
Yay, Mardek 3 is almost done. But I really don't know what you mean by almost though. You have been saying that for about a month and a half.
rs111`s Avatar
Rating Orb ! rs111 12 Saint Helena Phlegmatic 2171C 94F
8 years ago | (0)
YAY!!!
Regenesus`s Avatar
Rating Orb Regenesus 17 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic 143C 60F
8 years ago | (0)
Whooo! Good job, man. This is great news, keep up the awesome work.
vulparo81`s Avatar
Rating Orb vulparo81 12 Canada PhlegmaticMelancholic 74C 10F
8 years ago | (0)
And one more thing: The intro thing you find on the Home page looks great! Don't have to go to the Games page to see the percentages on the games anymore! Well, at least, you don't have to go to the Games page to see the % on the games you're CURRENTLY working on....
vulparo81`s Avatar
Rating Orb vulparo81 12 Canada PhlegmaticMelancholic 74C 10F
8 years ago | (0)
So, you're nearly finished MARDEK 3? I guess this means that I should be really glad about that. (which I am) I'm not sure if you'll finish MARDEK 3 in September (or before that) sharp, but around that time, right? I'm really excited!
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
8 years ago | (0)
I actually find the new homepage more cluttered than before. I think it would look cleaner if the most recent game and games currently being worked on where on the left side with most recent music and most recent artwork. It's nice that the ad gets you more money, though/
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
8 years ago | (0)
It appears the the latest game is already on the sidebar, sorry.
Rob`s Avatar
Rating Orb Rob 19 United States SanguinePhlegmatic 62C 7F
8 years ago | (0)
FIRST!!!!

Just kidding.

I like the idea of you putting your latest game and the percentage bars right up there in the main page, and I like that you gave a neat little intro explaining the whole idea of the sight right there, rather than on some other page that needs to be searched for.

I notice that your new format ALSO gives an extra space for advertisement. While I, personally, don't mind having more Evonia ads around, I think it also kind of clutters it and overwhelms the newcomer even more than before, undoing a part of the purpose of the new format.
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (0)
The adverts also give me *money*, however, and apparently having them near the middle of the main page is a good strategy to get more clicks... There used to be an advert on the front page in the old design (where the thing was called 'news', not 'blog'), and I can't remember why I removed it in the, uh, OTHER old design...
Anyway, uh, yes. Money.
Havakazoo`s Avatar
Rating Orb Havakazoo 15 United Kingdom SanguineMelancholic 119C 118F
8 years ago | (0)
How much money do you tend to earn from these advertisements anyway? Is it a decent amount?
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qwertyrobot`s Avatar
Rating Orb qwertyrobot 18 United States SanguineMelancholic 74C 46F
8 years ago | (0)
I guess this is the spot to say "Ooooooh shiny front page!!!". Which I was hoping you would mention just so I can comment on it. It is really nice to read what you are doing, both because it gives a sense of all the little things that go into a good game (which I as a wanna-be programmer appreciate) and because it makes s feel more involved or something. As usual, I'm incredibly excited that you are making progress on Mardek 3. And I hope your rewrite will help you enjoy making the end. Go you!
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (0)
I was wondering if anyone would notice the front page and WANT to comment on it! Good to know that my efforts are noticed and appreciated...
And, uh, the rewrite is making me enjoy it a lot more, since before it was like a 'cheap anime plot' but now it's probably something that will hopefully make people think.
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
8 years ago | (0)
Is the Beast Signer on the homepage different from the Beast Signer in the BS game page? Because save files from the homepage don't show up on the gamepage, and vice versa.
Pseudolonewolf`s Avatar
Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
8 years ago | (0)
Uh, which game page do you mean? The OLD one which was completely blue, or the one which is basically just a page of the main Fig Hunter site, accessible from the Games page?
If you mean the old, fully blue one, then that's no longer supported and I thought I'd actually removed it... So it probably has all sorts of bugs or something.
Eleanor Rigby`s Avatar
Rating Orb E Eleanor Rigby 15 United States PhlegmaticCholeric 1184C 365F
8 years ago | (0)
The one accesible from the Games page, sorry.
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Saphira 101`s Avatar
Rating Orb Saphira 101 16 South Africa PhlegmaticMelancholic 15C 0F
8 years ago | (0)
I like the new homepage a lot as well, when I fist came to this site it looked a bit overwhelming but it looks much better now.
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