Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Working with a programmer. Health stuff.

Working with a programmer

I have a friend who has helped me with various hard-to-solve programming problems over the years (for example, he programmed the palette swap in Lufuclad, which I could never do). We were talking about projects at one point, and I mentioned that I still had old projects laying around with some unused graphics.

I brought up the possibility of collaborating, and he agreed, and so he is currently working on the previously abandoned Umbrella game.

He is doing all of the programming (still GM). Currently we are a month in, and he has finished a lot of the engine groundwork, controls, some moves and attacks, among other things.

That said, he is a much, much better programmer than I am, so you can expect some things I would never be capable of myself. Every day he sends me a test version, and I give my input, and we discuss options, mechanics, possibilities, etc.

For the most part he is using graphics which were already in the project, however I will be making temporary graphics along the way. Once the project is farther along, I will set aside some time to finish the rest of the graphics, and do any other assets we need.

Of course, he has no commitment (I tried to pay him as we go and he said no), so this is not a promise that it will be finished, however he has already made a lot of progress.

As for the rest of work, things are slow, because you guessed it; my health still sucks and is worse every day.

In other news, lame health stuff.

I was set to get a medical procedure done that would help (or totally fix) one of the health issues I've struggled with for the past 8 years or so. However, then I got what seemed like Covid-like symptoms, and canceled. While I no longer have chills, or a fever, which I had at the time, I now have lasting respiratory problems which sometimes make it difficult to breath. I will be getting it checked out soon.

Aside from that, the procedure I was going to undergo is in a province with an extremely high number of cases, and is under heavy quarantine. Unfortunately I'm not sure that I will be getting it done in the next month due to concerns over flying, given how lax things seem to be. While it's possible I had it already (don't know, I never got tested, just stayed home for a month and a half until it went away), the fact that I have breathing problems is making me want to be extra careful, given that if I didn't have it, and I got it, I'd probably be screwed.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

RIP Paypal account

Looks like after 8 years Paypal limited my account.

Well, at least it got me through the first few years until Steam decided to be the MVP.

I may set up a different account later, but for now it looks like I won't be taking sales through Paypal anymore. That said, none of my games have DRM, so even if the only option is Steam for a while, you will always be able to copy the games from the Steam folder and use them without Steam.

I will also have to switch over some stuff on other sites, since those were also linked with Paypal.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Somewhat stable.

In terms of my health, things are somewhat stable.

Things are not sorted out long term, but for now at least, I only lose 1-2 hours out of a day at most, compared to a few weeks ago when basically had to just lay around all day wondering if I was screwed.

For now, I am revising Kurovadis for release on Steam. I'm currently finishing up coloring CGs. To speed things up I worked with another artist who did the line art, and colored most of them, and I will be coloring the rest (and doing some edits, to keep things consistent). It will also have revisions to animations like Eroico did. After it's released, money probably won't be an issue for quite a while, if Eroico is any indication.

After the revision is done, I'm going to go straight back to working on Noaika. The problem has mostly been my health, so now that money is also stable, there's no reason to delay it. 

Along the way I might try a small game jam type game or two for fun, but I won't be doing anything long term like Lufuclad, or any ongoing side games.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

I wasn't almost dead enough yet.

Just a quick update,

I was unable to receive a blood transfusion due to Covid precautions, so my options were to either wait until I was more almost dead, or just take it easy and slowly not be almost dead.

So it may a month or so while I improve the being alive side of things.