Thursday, September 27, 2007

Ooh! Ooh! A review!

The Seven Day Quest (the game, not the blog) was reviewed in the @Play column of GameSetWatch! This is a major online game magazine. I'm very pleased. Okay, the review wasn't all that positive (at least he didn't call the game somewhat damp...), but I'm pleased that the game got noticed at all.
I'm tempted to make excuses -- many of the other challengers started with existing game engines (handling movement, line of sight, map drawing, etc), and I started from scratch. I didn't take the week off from work, so that's a 40 hour penalty right there...
But, it is what it is. I'm pleased with what I accomplished.

Thursday, September 13, 2007


So what got lost completely in yesterday's post is this: Doing the seven day roguelike was a blast. I enjoyed every minute of it. Yeah, I wish more people had seen the final result. But a great game takes more than 168 hours, so I can hardly blame anyone for wanting to spend their game-playing hours interacting with something better.

I expect that the 24 hour comic will also be a fun experience. Even the half-marathon will be fun. I expect NaNoWriMo will just be excruciating.

It's not that I feel like I haven't accomplished anything worthwhile in my life, either. I know I've made my share of worthwhile contributions.

And I know, I know, I know that it is not what I do that gives me value -- it's who I am. I know that even when I don't behave like I know that.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

As October Looms

I thought I had given up on this quest.

I realized that what I am up to is not nearly as cool as I thought it was.

I am trying to do something impressive.

I don't know how impressive a 24 hour comic is, and I don't know how impressive NaNoWriMo is. I have discovered that a seven day roguelike is not considered to be any big deal.

Fewer than 50 people are aware I created one. Fewer than 5 have played it. There will not be an article about it in Newsweek.

I am aware that it's pretty immature of me to be going about this for the glory. But there it is.

Anyway, I think now that there's not going to be any glory. So I wasn't going to bother with the rest of it. Except now maybe I am.

For some other reason.

But I don't know what it is. But maybe it's a better reason.

I've done a little writing. It's something that could end up being the preface of my NaNoWriMo. You can read it here. As usual, I crave feedback.

Also I've chosen a prospective venue for my 24 hour comic. This could change. There are no events in Arizona. There are a half a dozen in California, and the one that appeals most to me is the one in Manhattan Beach. Just because I've been to Manhattan Beach before and I liked it. I know nothing about the comic shop.

Oh look, I said it could change, and it already has. Reading more closely, I have discovered that they hosted 24 hour comic last year. No indication they will again this year. So, now I'm thinking of taking my pen and paper to True Believers comics in Santa Fe, NM instead.

I haven't done any drawing. I desperately need to get my skills back up.

Oh, also, I'm planning to run a half-marathon in December. Not sure why I bring that up. Now, if I were running a whole marathon, that would be impressive.