I have created a new blog called Gamewriter Bites! in which I’m posting short videos on various gamewriting topics and answering questions people pose to me.
I’ve been a bit remiss. Because I’ve been trying to post a lot on Twitter, Facebook and other places, I neglected to post anything here.
If you don’t already know, I’m involved in a Kickstarter for Kaptain Brawe 2: A Space Travesty. Please check it out if you haven’t already. Please consider pledging or at least help spreading the word if it’s not a game for you.
This has the potential to be a truly fantastic project. Not only does it fit with my sense of humour perfectly (as illustrated by my FREE short story), Cateia Games is a solid group of developers with lots of experience.
And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also brought on board Bill Tiller, a superb artist whose work graced the excellent game, The Curse of Monkey Island.
Now is that fantastic or what?
While I’ve heard it said that some people think the goal is steep, I am firmly of the opinion that you get what you pay for.
It is our intention to make this game the best we possibly can and under that proviso I think the goal is not unreasonable. In fact, I think it’s a bargain of development. When you look back eight years to when I started work on So Blonde, the budget for that game was roughly three times what the Cateia Games guys are asking. Even without inflation I think you must agree that this represents incredibly good value for the project we intend to deliver, especially as English voices will be integral to the game.
I hope some of you will be able to see your way clear to supporting the game.
Someone just started following this blog and it dawned on me that I haven’t posted here in absolutely ages. As I’m awaiting feedback on a few things I thought I’d take the quiet moment to rectify the situation. Maybe it will even inspire me to update the damn thing more often. Or maybe I need a smack to the head to make me do so.
So, what to write about?
My grandkids are all growing faster than I’d like (six of them, now). It makes me seem old just watching them change so much every time I see them. My youngest, Ariana, has started cutting teeth and it hardly seems five minutes since she was born. And my eldest, Caitlin, is rapidly approaching her 11th birthday. And now I realise I’m sounding like every other old fogey out there.
When I’m writing it’s like age has no relevance whatsoever. My mind is fired up, sharp, filled with ideas and in love with the words.
Speaking of my mind, I’ve been feeling a bit more creative since coming off my medication recently. Although there are still a few problems, I think I’d rather manage them than go through the slightly disconnected feelings I’ve been having. It seemed like my emotions were all dulled and my rational mind was taking too much control.
Take my brother, for instance. I just realised I didn’t post here about how he was rushed into hospital last year and, after an emergency operation, was diagnosed with cancer. Because of the medication I was on it didn’t properly register with my emotions and I began to feel a little guilty that I wasn’t more upset by the awful news. Over Christmas he was in a really bad way and my rational reaction made me think I had to do something about my medication. I’ve had a few weeps since then. Although my brother’s condition is not good in the long term, recently he’s been a lot better on a day-to-day basis and I go and see him a couple of times a week.
I’ve been incredibly busy with the writing lately, which is always good considering I’m a freelance writer, but I’ve pretty much given up on the comics as a result and don’t have as much time for drawing and painting as I once did. Ah well, I can’t do everything.
Spring is filling the garden with new growth and buds and a few early flowers. We have frogspawn in the pond and the goldfish have survived the winter okay. We even have a new footpath.
I’m very honoured to be in the list, so huge thanks to Will Coldwell for putting the game in there.
(If you don’t know, the game is downloadable to play on PC only.)