wow, it’s been six weeks

Although I am still out of town, caring for my mother, things have finally settled down enough so that I finally feel comfortable sitting down and working on the code again.

I’ve created a working placeholder for the Mrrshan race, copied from the existing Alkari race, but with all of the game stats for the Mrrshan. From here I can easily add artwork and writing to the race as they are created by Petar and Jeff, and slowly watch this placeholder race transform completely from the Alkari to the Mrrshan.

When I committed these code changes I realized that, with the exception of a small commit for animation fps, I have not actually made a code change in six weeks. The last 4 weeks have been due to this medical emergency, and the week before that was because I was out of town at a business conference.

I do try to take a 1-2 month break from the project about twice/year to avoid burnout, so I guess this was my break! Petar and Jeff have been working diligently, however, with Jeff mostly finishing up his work for the next alpha. Petar still has some Mrrshan artwork to do, but it’s definitely coming along.

What’s left for me is:

  • incorporating Petar’s Mrrshan artwork and animations into the game (est. 2 weeks)
  • revamping the Ship Design UI per Kaitlin’s spec (she’s the graphic designer)  (est. 2-3 weeks)
  • some cleanup on the ship combat UI (est. 1 week)
  • touching base with the translators and getting their latest work added to the game (est. 2 days)

I really wanted to get death animations for ground combat into this alpha but, because of the delays, I will push this off to the next Alpha.

I would love to tell you that the next alpha will be here in 6 weeks, but I can’t make a firm commitment since there is still a bit of Mrrshan artwork left to complete.


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Mrrshan Council image update

So, I know that blog updates have been infrequent lately but I am in my 3rd week (of 4 total) of being out of town to care for my mom which has obviously put a crimp in my ability to write code.

However, we are a multiple-person team and progress is still being made. Despite a lot of time-consuming artistic rework, Petar has settled on the background look for the Mrrshan Council image (see below). In addition, Jeff has completed the advisor text for the Mrrshan as well as the introduction, all of which will be headed to the translators late next week when I get back.

The July-August Alpha 4 has had to officially “slip” a month due to the recent medical emergency, but that’s a small price to pay for having to heed much higher priorities in life.

Here’s Petar’s artistic background for the Mrrshan Galactic Council. AMAZING!


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Back to the internet

While the medical emergency involving my mother is starting to calm and I finally have internet access at her house, I will still be away from my job for several more weeks.

Even though my leave from work is unpaid, my job is guaranteed to be available for me as long as it is less than 12 weeks total. For that, I would like to thank former president Bill Clinton for pushing for the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. This is not political… I would be saying the same thing for a Republican president. This legislation right now feels like a godsend to me at a time when I feel like my life and career were unexpectedly thrown into a blender and set on purée. I have worked harder and under more stress in the past two weeks than at any point in my life that I can remember,  and I am grateful to see what I hope is a light at the end of the tunnel instead of a train.

I am hoping to be able to jump back onto Remnants as soon as possible in order to restore some sort of normalcy to my life, even though I will still be separated from my wife for another month or so.

TL;DR. Sometimes life throws you curveballs. If you’ve gotten comfortable just sitting on the fastballs, they will scare the shit out of you.