Friday, April 17, 2015

Weekly Update 4.17

Disclaimer: This is being written about a project that is in progress and is an attempt to give you a glimpse in the process of making the game. Abilities, powers, and mechanics discussed in this blog my not work as described here in the final product.

My apologies on getting it this out late.

This week unfortunately there won't be any new Blessings to reveal and it's going to start off really really heavy, but there's definitely a light at the end. I'm going to jump right into it by talking about the elephant wandering around the room, deadlines.

This week there was some discussion on the forums regarding deadlines, and while the responses were positive, it brought some things to a head. We are not where we want to be with Hero's Journey, we wanted the core book to be done last year. We stopped giving giving deadlines, not because we're not working, but because we realized that we are incredibly bad at them. Instead, we tried to let you know what we were finishing.

All of the people working at Hero's Journey have "day jobs", and their work on Hero's Journey has required some degree of burning the candle at both ends. But Anne is another story, she just threw the candle into the furnace. I have alluded to it before, but I seriously think that she has a Time Turner. During production she has: worked a (more than) full time job, attended grad school, written a novella, blog posts, and worked with John to write the systems, rules, and additional content for Hero's Journey.

With this in mind, know that the fact that Hero's Journey is not finished weighs on both her and John immensely. They have not taken the trust the Kickstarter backers and the community lightly and each day past the initial deadline has made that weight heavier. At the same time, they want to make sure you get the best possible product.

In light of this that Anne has made an incredibly difficult decision. In order to fulfill their commitment, she put in her two weeks notice, she and will now be focusing on Hero's Journey.

What this means in the short term? It means that the next two weeks might continue to have slow progress. The blessings that are left require both her and John, and she will be wrapping up her job. I'll still be around to work on updates, but might have a little less to talk about for the next week or so. In the long term though, this will free up roughly sixty hours a week of developer time to focus on Hero's Journey, this can only accelerate the completion of the Hero's Journey Core Book.

So it's good news, it's a little bit scary, it means a lot that the community has been so supportive during this whole process. Thank you again, all of you, for your patience, we're excited for more news over the next few weeks. We keep moving towards the finish line.

So that it for this week, Have a great weekend!

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