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Pseudolonewolf
3 years ago

The Future of Fig Hunter

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
I've owned this site for many years now, but quite frankly it's embarrassing to me... I've mentioned 'my website' to people in that strange and mysterious Real World before, but I always make a point of avoiding saying its url, because the thought of people who know me in person seeing this place makes me cringe. It's almost entirely because of the way that I handle things through these blog posts; my emotional conflicts with the community aren't exactly going to win me admiration from anyone, either for my personality or for my lack of professionalism.

AFC is almost done now, though. It would have been done already, but that recent mess delayed progress significantly, especially since it meant that the game has been hidden from the testers since then (thanks so much for that, those involved). Still, I must plough through it, I suppose.
Once it is released, there'll finally be fresh new traffic coming to my sites. I'll be opening up the other site, and I'll have to decide what to do with this one. I don't particularly want the sorts of people who hate and/or strongly disagree with me and feel the need to tell me how and why on a regular basis to flood over there (who would, really?), but I also realise that there's not a damn thing I can do about it, so my only real choice is to become like so many other admin/developer figures: distant, aloof, not really involved with the community at all (not that I really have been with this one for a while anyway).

I'll continue writing about things, hopefully more often than I have been doing here, but I'll probably make them much more impersonal. For example, I could write quest-making tips or content updates for AFC, or about the development process. I've been wanting to do that for a while. But I'm no longer interested in community politics, or nasty individuals' personal issues. It's not exactly what I signed up for when I became a games developer.

I may try to somehow increase the focus on the existing games here, especially the unfinished ones (moving them from the bottom of the Games page), so the site could act as a sort of museum for my older work. I'm not planning to take down the community features in any way, and would very much appreciate it if people would continue posting here, rather than all flooding over to the new site, if they fit better with the Fig Hunter mentality than whatever I want to create over there.

Some information about how AFC is likely to work, by the way:

I've written a story that will be told in six distinct parts, though each is shortish and I intended to include them all in the game when it's released. I decided that's unreasonable, though, as well as a missed opportunity, so what I'm going to do instead is probably release the game in six installments. At least six, anyway. The first one will probably include two or three quests of my own (this main one, which is relatively 'deep' and serious, another, unrelated one which is just silly fun, and probably some kind of tutorial/introduction thing), and it won't include all of the features that I originally wanted to include (it will only have three of the five humanoid races, for example). It does, however, have plenty of stuff for you to make your own quests! So it's not like it's half-finished or anything.

After that first one is released, I'll listen to community feedback, and add and fix things, as well as working on the second part of my own story. I'd then release a Version 2, which would include this new chapter, perhaps another short, silly quest, and a bunch of new assets and features and such. I'd continue going until I had all six chapters released, but after that it'd be updated regularly with new features and such whenever I bothered to add them.

(These won't be 'chapters' in the MARDEK sense, by the way, where I basically rewrite the whole game for each one! I've got to the point now where my skills have plateaued, so they'll just be updates to the existing game/tool instead of separate games in themselves. They'd just overwrite the older version uploaded to the site, rather than being listed as separate things.)

I'll probably add some kind of Requests feature, where people can suggest things, and other people can vote on existing suggestions; the most popular would be most likely to be implemented sooner.

And of course people would be able to make their own quests, and upload them to the site! I'm hoping that there'll be lots of quests, so there'd always be something to play. Making, playing, and talking about them will hopefully be a reason to build up a nice and friendly community that isn't just based on 'Intellectual Debates' and criticism (or sensitivity and gentleness, for that matter).

So yes. I'm at the point now where I can probably start contacting sponsors within a week or two, which is sort of exciting (and terrifying). Then FINALLY maybe I can move to a different stage of my life as a developer and as a person! Hopefully!
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meeck
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meeck 18 United States SanguinePhlegmatic INFP 1C
We all like a RPG with a good story, Mardek is an example...
I would like him to finish this story.
seifer
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Will your new site have this site content? (Games and music) or should I stick to the old site to replay MARDEK 1 2 3 and listen your old themes? I know you hate some of them but they bring back good memories.
MoosW
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MoosW 19 Netherlands CholericPhlegmatic INTP 694 60C
Hello, Pseudolonewolf! If you are reading this... you are reading the despised comment section... LOGIC! Thanks for giving a little part of Fighunter a shot. (Yes, yet ANOTHER shot. :/)
I hope whatever it is you're doing is enjoyable and stuff... Yeah... I don't really know what to say other than that, taking a break from this place was a good idea I suppose...
By the way, sorry if I offended you in my previous comment saying that everyone should "just shut the [...] up". I'm not sorry for the pseudo-jehova group that's been spreading in FigHunter, though. I wish you a nice day, week, whatever. I hope you know SOME people on FigHunter (try to) support you as much as they can. At least I do. :)
seifer
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I hate it that you'll become more distant but I understand thats for the best, hope you'll overcome this site someday, I'm as sick of part of this site community (they know who they are) as you are and became a lurker for quite some years now, maybe it will work for you too.
Dan the Man
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I'm looking forward to the game. That being said I don't want you to rush it, I'd rather wait to play a better game.

I really enjoy your games and I know I'll enjoy this.
PixelTzar
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PixelTzar 26 United States INTP 564 37C
hmm... Goodluck! it seems that 2weeks have passed... the time spent, mind you, with us on our toes and you on your phone(form of contant...) lets hope the time passing is a good sign.
memberis194
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Hey he told that he'll call sponsors in a WEEK OR TWO and TWO WEEKS already passed I'm very eager for this game just can't wait it!
Trevorscow
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After lurking the site off and on for- heck, I don't even know! Well before the site change, anyway, so maybe 3-4+ years? -these last few blog posts have made me want to cry... and I'm not usually one to cry.

I struggle to put into words my torment at seeing your torment through the posts. The posts of the past merely hinting at your torture. When your posts of pain first started to leak through, I originally felt that you just needed to "shoulder up and get through such measly complaints." As time went on, however, I saw that not everyone is truly capable of being callous at times. I started to become more compassionate for those souls incapable of stomaching criticisms, and started wording things more finely and diplomatically.
Now I wonder how people can be so cruel- even with the anonymity of the internet.

I've loved your games ever since the original MARDEK came out on Crazy Monkey Games and finally ventured over here when MARDEK 2 was released. I lurked. I didn't even create an account on the old site until after a while, and even then I only went into the chat a few times. One time with you even in it, actively participating in whatever trivial debate was going on at the time. I think it was some sort of game development someone was thinking on undertaking
It was rather inspiring to see an awe-some (for me) game developer interact with their own community on such a small scale.
Your thoughtful blog posts gave me interesting-yet-approachable insight into whatever went on in game development.

I do think that it is a good idea to try washing your hands with the ridiculous bullexcrement you've had to put up for these years here, and try to somewhat distance yourself from this community while keeping your close company on your personal site. I wish you the greatest luck in your future endeavors- whatever they might be.

I don't even know what my point is in this post anymore. It's late where I am (past midnight is late enough for me.), and I don't usually post anything ever. I doubt he'll look at this. I doubt this site will ever truly recover from such trolls. I doubt if you'll ever see this. Also do I doubt that looking at the comments is a healthy idea for you here. I don't want on your site- I doubt I'd be the kind of person you'd want there. That's not due to any trolling I might undertake, but due to personality and life-outlook differences.

I guess what I'm trying to say is:
You are an inspiration for me, Pseudolonewolf.
Private Eye
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Eithr way, I've played Vulpim Adventure, Clarence Big Chance and Mardek 1,2 and 3 and I enjoyed all of them except Raider. That was boring. I can't wait for AFC, though I wish the combat system was a little less static and a little more engaging. 4/5 from the demo.

For hose who don't know, here's the demo :∞ YouTube ∞
Private Eye
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Eithr way, I've played Vulpim Adventure, Clarence Big Chance and Mardek 1,2 and 3 and I enjoyed all of them except Raider. That was boring. I can't wait for AFC, though I wish the combat system was a little less static and a little more engaging. 4/5 from the demo.

For hose who don't know, here's the demo :∞ YouTube ∞