Hi, guys, I'm back to add to the indecency of this world.
Before I jump into explanations why I disappeared, I want to emphasize that the situation, I'm going to describe, started a year ago. It's enough time for me to get over it. So no matter how it might sound, I delt with this, I'm fine now. I'm not looking for turning this into "a feel sorry for myself" event, I just want to explain myself. I feel like after such a long time I should give something more than a simple “family issues” excuse.
Also thanks to those people of patience who are still here. And to those who took time to wait for my slow ass before leaving. I can't imagine how you are still here, after a year of my absence. I'm very grateful and don't worry, I don't abandon shit, I have invested too much in this game to leave it.
And thanks to those who reached me out. I recieved your emails right in a middle of me pulling my shit back together, reading encouraging words helped.
So what happened. I lost my son. He was taken away due to custody dispute and I didn't take it well.
This mess started in winter of 2018th, which you may notice by my update schedule that became weird, and then stopped completely after the ordeal ended in summer.
There's more to this situation, this whole thing is complicated. I'll just say that I was made clear pretty quickly that there’s nothing could be done.
After that I just stopped doing anything, I stopped caring. I abandoned computer and I didn't feel interest to anything, for months. I'm ashamed to whine about this, but I was a mess. I didn't handle it as I thought I will. Going online, with all the problems I had, barely crossed my mind back then.
I tried to make myself to get a grip, at some point, to stop grieving.
I tried to get back to work several times. I worked with programmer; I did a lot of stuff for the Dark Lord's game behind scenes.
I could get back earlier, I guess, but with where my head was, I though I could let everyone down, by putting the development away again.
So I decided to wait it out, to take time to recover and to get my head around all of that.
And yeah, time heals. I learned how to adjust to what happened, I recently regain the joy of work. And now, I just want to work on my projects again.
That's pretty much it. I think it was still irresponsible for me to vanish like that. I kind of saw this coming, I could've given a heads-up. But I was too confident and too careless in thinking that there would be a way to handle the problem. I kind of a always hoped for the best, but I should've known better.
About a video, I told I'm making. I took a billion attempts to record my voice trying not to sound depressed, still every time I'm hard to listen. The topic is too sensitive, it's the text this time.
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Alright, enough of the whining, let's move to the good stuff.
I’m making Platformer with Lola. The Dark Lord’s game is alive; I just need to release something smaller, because it might become demotivating for myself not to release any work for too long.
This game will be about Lola running around, shooting enemies with toy-guns that are enhanced by crazy scientist and occasionally doing sexy stuff in between. The title is “ERO Unit”.
It'll have a small story and some sex scenes, of course. There's a possibility that I'll release this game on Steam later, so all characters will be original. If that will happen, every Patron (former or present) will receive a steam-key, if they'll ask. The first release will be free, either way.
I'll try to post about the developing process frequently. I don't think we'll stick to it for too long - the game will be relatively short. If you guys like it, I'll probably expand it later.
About The Dark Lord's game. As I mentioned, I've been working on this game backstage. Among other things, I hired a programmer and I worked with him for a few months and made a shit ton of stuff for the game.
I will make a series of videos, showcasing the new features, so the Patreon page won't just be filled with platformer stuff. After I release ERO Unit, I'll dive back into the Dark Lord's game and fulfill everything I promised and more. I know it's kinda unfair that after everything I'm distracted by another project. But again, I've been working on that Mack truck of a game for too long and I need to release something else before I go insane.
Now to my site, which I updated; it'll have a new section where I'll post my humble Christian comics. Come by to check it out. I don't plan to post there very often, because I'm here to make games. But it will contain some new pages from time to time.
Also on the sidebar you can find work process widget.
I'm going to replace Trello with this. The Trello itself will be closed. I'm going to post updates on Patreon in stacks instead.
Also, the rewards and info on Patreon will be changed. But all the rewards that patrons have invested for earlier will still be available to them.
That's about all for the announcements.
I understand that overall a year of absence is fucked up, I won't waste time saying that everything will be better from now on; I'll just let my further activity speaks for itself.
Until the next update, guys. Take care.