Is it over yet?
Just patiently waiting over here for this global pandemic to subside and the world to go back to the somewhat norm. Unfortunately the doesn’t seem to be on the horizon as we’re only in the thick and unknowing of its grasp. So here I wait. Jobless and mostly un-motivated.
It’s hard to think of all the things I want to accomplish or think to do when “I’ve got time”, but now, seemingly, having all the time in the world, I’m unable to muster the desire to accomplish such things.
Granted, I’ve done some things I’d like to do already, but just not to the scale I would find rewarding.
That being said, I decided to venture on an odd path, one that I didn’t think I’d touch for a long time, if at all. I decided to start updating Traders once more.
I’m really not sure what drove me to dive head first yet again, although I was playing some Asobrain when I started toying with the idea. I’m more concentrating on implementing cities and knights to the game, and the idea of making bots for the game. Oooii..
For whatever reason, I decided to clean up the games’ code and try and make it cleaner and utilize all that I’ve learned the past couple of years prior. Daunting. It was/is daunting. There’s a lot of things and work arounds that I used purely because I wasn’t as skilled (am I even skilled now?) as I am today, but also because there clearly wasn’t much planning the whole system in the first place.
(This is where I’ve come to realize that most of the games I try to make fail because I can’t plan worth a shit. Like most things in my life I don’t seem to plan too far ahead.)
So I’ve got the game back to the point where you can select maps, start the game, roll to see who goes first, placing starting pieces, and then rolling and distributing resources from those rolls. Robbing, both ships and original, gold mines, building pieces and upgrading to cities.
I literally finished implementing knight/soldier development cards and started to look into how I accomplished road building in previous versions, but then and there, I lost it.
The drive, the partial motivation, was gone.
I literally just saved all the work, close down Notepad++ and Sphere, and starred at my desktop.
So I back at a crossroads with game making and Sphere, all I know is that more pre-planning and decisiveness is required before I attempt anything further with any game.