Just curious if there is anything new to report? Good luck!👍
Actually, is and it's kinda surprising. Originally, I presumed this will be a short-term (12-18 months) break from my career, but after last 100+ days I can't really see myself going back to the company environment, other than - well - temporarily (a short-term contract), for survival, once I run out of money.
According to my daily back-up timestamps, I'm on a 109th day of non-stop coding. Not a single day break. I haven't burnt out once, because - well - the only reason I can honestly come up with - is that I don't have to deal with any company bullshit. Zero frustration. 100% enjoyment of the work.
So, I'm not going to be in a rush, to quickly make a game every 3-4 months. This will be determined by by then-current burn-rate and the financing I will secure.
Previous 3 weeks I was working on a new version of the engine for the second game (first one is too far to switch to it now, but I suppose I could use it for the minigame), which has features I wanted for a looooong time, and as this was unplanned (impossible to resist, really - given the 3-month IRS delay), I ran out of the time to prepare the trailer and loader for the SAC Gamers show, so I'm not going there this weekend - I honestly don't really want to break this insanely productive coding spree, so the other thing I wanted to go in late January, not going there either.
Long-term, there's no impact, as that work would have to be done early next year anyway and in the meantime it gives me a very good break-down of what's possible over a 3-months timeframe.
Thank God for IRS, as none of that would have happened if it wasn't for those taxes
I am finishing the short multi-effect engine intro now and in few days will probably take a short break from Jaguar and switch to my 6502 flatshader (for at least 7-10 days), as I haven't touched that since , like, April or so, estimating return to jag third week of December (at which point I'll focus solely on game features and art assets).
I also received my EPROM burner-related equipment, just haven't played with it yet.
4 weeks from now, I'll make an update here, as there's few more things in the play right now. Besides, taking pre-orders in January, when everybody is wiped out after Christmas would be a really bad idea, so from business standpoint it only makes sense to postpone it at least a month, anyway.
VladR, get ahold of Paul Westphal if you want yo set up an Atari meeting with him. He had actually reserved you a space at the PRGE
Dang, it's been few months, so my recollection might be off, but I presumed, since I didn't get confirmation from him, that that space is not happening. I'll figure out a way to make it up to him. Probably send him a cart or something, once it's done. But, the weeks are in a big blur now - it's a completely different frame of mind - pure zen - especially with Spotify playlists I recently discovered...
VladR, you around? Here's pics of the space Paul had reserved for you at the PRGE I'm sure next year he'd do the same.
Yeah, I just don't spend any time on forums, too much of a waste of time, now that I'm not drawing a salary. Feel free to shoot me an email, if there's something you wanna discuss, I check my email daily...