Category: Weekly Updates
As those of you keeping track of the Recent Updates thing may have noticed, uh, I haven't done anything much at all for the last three days! I'm already basically ahead of schedule as it is, but I suppose my MANIACAL DEPRESSION, as some people seem convinced I have, seems to reduce me to a fatigued, motivationless state on a sort of cycle... I have to endure a few days where doing anything at all is a tedious chore, then my vim and vigour return and I can get a lot done during that time.
Lifestyle is a big factor in all this, and after NEXT week, I'll probably feel better for reasons I won't bother to go into because they're sort of irrelevant.
Anyway, apart from for the last three days, I have been working exclusively on MARDEK 3, and I am getting tantalisingly close to finishing! Or, rather, getting close to the end of the story work. It'll probably take two more weeks to get to working on the Final Boss and ending, but as I've stated before, this will not be the end of development.
After that, I'll need to go through the game a few times adding sidequests (I want to do one per dungeon, so then there's something mildly interesting about each dungeon) and making fixes and making sure skills work and just generally balancing and debugging. That could take anywhere from between a week to a month, maybe MORE... Then after that, I'll do beta testing and try to get a sponsor, which I feel might take ages too...
And there is, uh, potentially bad news regarding this! Well, good for me, but bad for those who've been so patiently waiting for so long.
As some of you may know, my girlfriend and I have a long-distance relationship, since I'm too sad, miserable, pathetic, unwanted and all that to get a real human being of a girlfriend in the real human being world or something, and we rarely get to actually SEE eachother. We have to plan trips months in advance and they cost a lot of money... so we generally try to arrange them for a month or so.
Our next, uh, time together will go for six weeks, starting at the beginning of October... and during that time, I might not even have access to a computer! Or the internet, at least.
So if it turns out that even though MARDEK 3 is very nearly done but then I have to LEAVE, it'll have to be postponed for another six weeks... and at that rate, by the time I get back (mid-November), I wonder if it'd even be able to be out this year...? >_>
What I hope to do is get it all done before I go, then, uh, perhaps leave it open for sponsors to look over and bid for during my absence? But there are loads of problems with that, so, uh... I don't know what'll happen. Maybe I WILL have access to a computer anyway and will be able to make more progress with its release. We'll see.
I, uh, really need this trip though and feel that it will make me feel far, far better, hopefully relieving some of this 'depression' that I'm still not entirely convinced that I have! o_O
Apart from all THAT, uh, Raider 2 is STILL not out yet and this is frustrating to me. How many weeks now have I said 'sponsorship is still in process'? The first one didn't take this long to get out!
A lot of it is based around just waiting for emails, which is tedious... ugh. The sponsors are busy people, and can take a while to get around to responding... which is the main cause of the delay.
And it's worrying because I sort of need the money I'll get for it for the trip in October!1 o_O;
So it NEEDS to be out either before the end of this month or sometime during the next... or else I'm in trouble!
Also, MERCHANDISE. People have suggested to me before that I should sell some, and based on the poll results, it seems like it might be a wise idea!
If I did, I'd likely use [this site], unless anyone knows of any better ones that do the same thing?
Basically, all I'd have to do is upload graphics, and I don't think I have to PAY anything; the site just gets a percentage of the profits whenever an item sells (probably like 90% of the profits... pfft).
But WHAT should I sell?!?
The only idea I have for a definite item is a black shirt with the Eye of YALORT on it... Even I'D want to buy and wear one of those! (I've been wanting one for years, actually... And if I DID do that, it might encourage me more to re-start that whole Yalortism site at some point when I'm not busy, which I've ALSO been meaning to get around to for years!)
Shirts are basically the best option, though things like mugs, etc, are options... Anything that can have images printed on, basically. But not things like little figurines... Try to think practically about how these things could be MADE...
So, uh, what else might you want to buy on a shirt? Fig Hunter characters, the site's logo, or the logos of games seem sort of unlikely to me... Who'd WANT those?
Other things though come to mind... What would you think of the following:
- Shirts with the Elemental glyphs on (one shirt for each glyph, probably all black if I can even USE black as a colour... Or if I can use ANY colour, then they'd have colours based on their element).
- My own art, like the elemental dragons? I could also technically draw more stuff specifically for shirts, I suppose! Not that I'm the best artist in the world, but maybe... o_O
- Shirts with lines of dialogue from MARDEK or something, particularly humourous ones. If there are any particularly funny, memorable lines that anyone would want to wear on their chest, suggestions are welcome!
- Shirts using other RPG tropes of the same kinds that are referenced in MARDEK, but which haven't been referenced specifically in MARDEK... Things like, uh, typical RPG conventions being commented on somehow? I'm sort of foggy about this one still.
So, uh, yes. These are the sorts of possibilities for merchandise, so maybe I should set up a shop thing soon, before MARDEK 3 is out, so I could link to it from the game and stuff! Maybe it'll be far more profitable than I think... o_O