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4 years ago

Current Projects and Plans

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Since I'm at university now, a lot of my time will probably be spent on that... but I also have a lot of free time as well, which I intend to spend on different projects. I thought I might as well tell you what they are, though keep in mind that these are only my current plans and not a promise for what's definitely to come.

1 - A Personality Site
I know that few people here are interested in this, but I'm deeply fascinated by personality type stuff and do enjoy writing about it at length. The ∞ temperaments section ∞ of this website apparently earns half - or more - of the total revenue for this site, interestingly, but I don't consider the four temperaments idea to have much use these days, what with all the much better models and such.

So, I've started work on a site which details all of the personality systems that I know of so far. It's far from finished at the moment, but I might finish and open it up relatively soon, since I do enjoy writing about these things and it's not as if there's tons of work to do. It'll allow me to channel my passion into something productive and profitable.

2 - My Main Site
I've yet to decide what to do about Alora Fane and Fig Hunter... I talked about it in the last post; I don't know whether to do the whole 'split site' thing or whether it'd just become a source of ridicule and conflict. I also don't much care for the existing attitude of this site, though, so I don't really know what I can do because I'm certain the undesirable members will flock to whatever new one I have immediately, setting the scene for all those to come and preemptively scaring away sensitive sorts of people. Possibly.

I feel like I need to get this sorted out soon, though, because I can't really do much until I have a 'base' to work from.

3 - DreamQuest
This game is basically finished at the moment, though it needs some refining. I'm unsure how to go about releasing it. I know all the *possibilties* and am not looking for suggestions, but each of them leads down very different paths, and I have to be wary about what those paths will eventually lead to.

The game is intended to update over time, and it's more of a tool than a stand-alone game, so I'm not sure whether a sponsorship-type deal would work. It might be better to include Mochi adverts (or some similar service), but they produce only tiny amounts of income (like $5 per million plays or something stupid like that). Perhaps a better thing is to simply try and get people to come to my own site and play the game there, where they can upload quests and stuff; hopefully the site's own adverts would generate decent income. But I don't know. I don't want to just throw it out into the wild with a really foolish money-making plan. If it weren't for the fact that I need money to survive, I'd have released it already, ages ago.

4 - Miasmon
I've actually got two entirely different versions of Miasmon in development right now! There's one which I've been working on for a couple of years (or rather, I started it that long ago but abandoned it maybe a year ago), which is a top-down RPG sort of thing with pixelated monster graphics and such. It's fully working and I am pleased with many aspects of it... but there were also a ton of things I DIDN'T like about it, like the plot and setting and characters and ugh. It was really hard to work on because I was so uncertain about it.

However, I still play it from time to time, and it is entertaining in its own way. It might be nice to try and get into it again... though I know that it'd have to be a huge game, like Pokemon length, for it to work properly, and I don't know if I can get it ALL done before releasing it. Releasing it in chapters has been my plan from the start, but there's always the difficulty of making sure everything works between chapters, which requires a lot of forward planning. Possibly more than I have! I did it with MARDEK, but I also had to remake the first two chapters because of a lack of proper planning... It's so hard to balance the game for circumstances that won't occur until much, much later.

The OTHER version of Miasmon is designed as yet another gradually updating game, with side-scrolling exploration and so on and so forth. It was originally called Programon, and I've talked about it before. I'm not sure what to do with that one yet. There are so many things about it that I'm really uncertain about.

I could just try to merge the two ideas, but... eh. I don't know. I'll try to come up with something.

5 - Wyrmholes
This is a game involving a character called Fianait, who looks like this!!

It's set in the Alora Fane world, and it'd probably be a standard RPG like MARDEK was. I went through various different ideas before arriving at that concept, but it seems the best way to go about it for several reasons.

I intend to try to make it for Android phones. I've already started experimenting with Android development, but I've got a LOT to learn before I can make anything that actually plays well. So this one won't see the light of day for a long time, if at all. Still, it's something that I'd like to try at some point.

6 - MARDEK 4
I do know that people would want this, and I'd like to work on it too, but I don't know if it'd be sufficiently profitable for the amount of effort it'd require. I'd need to work on it for probably at least a year non-stop, and then my only realistic hope is to go down the sponsorship route again and earn less than $10,000 for all my efforts. That's hardly a respectable yearly salary, is it?

It's something I'd like to get around to once I've got some comfortable, reliable 'revenue streams' set up. Most of the other projects are designed to be those; to be things I can set in motion relatively quickly, which will then generate money on their own while I spend my time on other things (like this site and the temperaments site do already).

So yes. That's what I've got planned for now. I'll try to post about updates whenever there are any!
4 years ago

I might not bother splitting the site...

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: IdeasPlansThe Site
I'm at university at the moment. I've mostly just been keeping to myself for this first week, though I have met a couple of people who I've had interesting conversations with. I've also met the rest of my Game Art class, though I've not yet mentioned this site or the games that I make or anything.

When I *do*, there's a chance that at least one person might investigate my site, and quite frankly it'd be embarrassing if they found a place that exalted sensitivity while decrying certain attitudes that are probably really common amongst most gamer types of people. I don't want to be the source of conflict or ridicule, so I'm wondering whether it's best to split the site at all.

I mean, the main reason I was interested in such a thing in the first place was to draw people to me so then I might find meaningful friendships, but I feel like nothing I ever do will attract the exact kind of people that I'm looking for because of the medium that I'm using to express myself (it's unlikely that these kinds of people would be interested in Flash games), so all the site split would really do would be to fracture the community and create frustration with no real gain.

I still do find the atmosphere of this place highly uncomfortable, and I am less than chuffed about the idea of being surrounded by certain individuals once more, but perhaps rather than splitting the whole site, I could at least have different sections of the forum, and different chatrooms, or something.

If I DON'T split the site though - and it does seem like that might be the best course of action - then I'm unsure whether to keep Fig Hunter, or whether to use the Alora Fane site. Both exist, but they're so *different*... Fig Hunter is darker and probably more likely to appeal to a male 'gamer' sort of crowd, while Alora Fane is softer and gentler and might be more likely to allow a softer and gentler community to grow... I feel like Fig Hunter represents a past that I'm trying to escape from, while Alora Fane is a hopeful future that better suits the direction that my mind has been evolving in, so I might use that site. Maybe. Or a new version of it, anyway. But I'm not yet certain.

If I do make Alora Fane my main site, THIS place will still continue to exist; it just probably won't really be updated anymore. You'll still be able to post and stuff though.

I'm still trying to decide on what to do, anyway. Hopefully I'll have something sorted out soon!
4 years ago

I have a smartphone now

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: FH Games PlansThe Site
I've never had a smartphone before. I didn't see the point, since I didn't know anyone or go anywhere or anything. But since I'll be going to university soon, it seems like it'll be valuable.

I'm not sure what to actually DO with it, now that I have it. I hope its map and communication features will become useful once I'm out in that big wide world... but I'm also particularly interested in developing for it. The main reason I've never tried to get my games on phones before is because I never had one, but now that I do, I feel it'd actually be exciting to make games I can play on it! So I think I'm going to experiment with that for a while.

Since I'm also reworking the site, I'm also going to try to make a mobile version of it. Visiting this version on this phone looks ridiculous!

So yes. Hopefully those would be good things for smarphone users (which is basically everyone).

The phone that I have is a Galaxy Samsung S4, if anyone's interested. I thought I might as well get a good one if I was going to get one at all.