"...you can go sideways, and slantways, and longways, and backways..."
-Willy Wonka, describing the effects of Gravity Control
This sketch and the previous rough brought to you by Alvaro Estrada.
In the time that we have been working on this game; we have learned to brace for trouble and problems, we have learned that Murphy's Law is absolute. When things go wrong you can only hope that you prepared well enough to break the fall with a roll and take off running. This attitude has gotten us through many smaller issues and even ones that seemed like they would really change the way the game is played (or made). It fails us from time to time and the other day was one of those times.
We were preparing for a developer's slug-fest over lunch
when a homeless guy decided to sit at the table we were at. He tells us in a thick, drunken accent parts of his life story. How he was a Jawa in the original Star Wars, how his family went into debt after the movie, then he asked for a meal.
The momentum for the meeting shifted and then he started making weird jokes with one of our lady friends. It went from mild inconvenience, to uncomfortable, to upsetting. We learned that, a thing like this can REALLY throw the mindset off.
How great would it be if we were big enough to have a real office so we wouldn't have random homeless guy hitting on my girlfriend?
We have not been on top of the blog (again). First, we had a poll here and the results of that poll went to the void because...we don't know why yet. It seems like it is such a common occurrence on this hosting server that they told us to get an app specifically for polls and we were really trying to figure that out. Second, we put more effort into the demo (to be released by months end so woo) and the post (while only weekly) started getting in the way of meetings and writing so it had to sit in the corner for a moment and take a number.
We are really trying to be better at this and until we can get there, we can only hope that you can excuse us and forgive us because we are indeed sorry for slipping like this. Third, and I will be the first to admit this is a curve ball of a segue but, what the hell did Netflix do to Reboot?!
It is like someone made a wish on a Monkey's Paw for more Reboot and while the wish DID come true, it came at a price, too high a price. The trailer was awful and the whole thing seems like a "lowest common denominator" cash in that takes a property from the 90's and early 2000's that a couple of us here really, REALLY, liked and just...smooshes it into trash. Someone decided to take an original idea, mix it with a generic sentai format (team made of: strong guy, girl, smarty and leader) clear away the charm from the old idea (programs being the characters and civilians so far removed from humanity that many thought that humans/users did not even exist!) and voila!