Hello! For people feeling TL: DR:
Games will be set to be released every second month instead of one every month. I'm sorry about the inconvenience and hope to get your patience for this!
It was a while since I last made a journal entry but decided that I think it's time to get an update written in case anyone is interested, mainly because this affects how often my games will be released and I figured I'd explain it before it happens! ^.^
I've been thinking for a while now and I've decided that my normal pace of releasing one game per month is not working for me anymore. Although I got help to make the coding part faster, I now create more art for the games and put more effort into it, meaning that my games still takes a while to get done. Not to mention that I need inspiration for all the art I put into it as I need to make sure that you're not getting the exact same game every single time. I've decided that I will change this to just releasing one game every second month instead. If you're interested in why then the long explanation comes next!
Apart from what I already mentioned about my games still taking time to make. A lot is happening in my life right now. Lots of important meetings with all kinds of people affecting my life in different ways. I've tried to not let it affect my work although at times it's hard as some of these meetings include discussing the future of me even working with this at all. I've decided to write about this openly now so that you can understand that if art or updates are on a low it's because I have a lot to do or is simply recovering from stress. I'll spare you the details and go directly into saying that I am extremely grateful for getting to work with art and the games, I'm grateful that I've gotten to work with it for such a long time. If it would be determined that I can not do this as my job anymore, not even in part time, then I will still do borth art and games in my free time, I just wouldn't be able to create it near as often (I'd estimate 1-2 games per year maybe to give an idea of what delay we are talking about).
But with that said, nothing is determined yet and until something that affects my job is decided, I will continue working as normal. I will however stick to the "one game every second month" thing, I still have a lot of things to deal with and health gotta go first. Of course if it were decided that I have to stop doing this I will make sure to tell so all the production won't just suddenly stop out of nowhere!
Out of past experience, you guys seems to always be so patient with me so maybe this won't be an issue for you, I certainly hope so! I also want to say that it's not sure that it will take exactly two months between every game, some may and will probably be done faster. But releasing some of the stress by not having to force a game every month will be very helpful to me and I bet you will tell on the quality on future games that it was a good decision! It will also allow me to spend a bit more time on other artworks in between (right now I usually have 1-3 days to spend on normal art in between game making every month), I even have a tumblr question I've been wanting to answer for around two months now but just haven't had the time for it (I want to draw for that answer)!
My next game will still be released in January though! Although it will be released probably in mid or late January considering that the theme is steampunk and I find it very difficult to get all the details down as well as holidays coming up! But I'm determined to make this as good as I can!
Last but not least, thank you guys. Seriously, thank you. For all kinds of support. I know that I am terrible at answering comments and messages, although I'm trying to get better at it and there's really no excuses, I am really bad at handling people (which right now is one of the many reasons to my meetings, so see! I'm working on it!
). That doesn't change that I am very grateful for the messages and comments though! I read all of them and appreciate them. The suggestions I've gotten for my games have been highly appreciated as well, although I can't make all of them happen, I consider all of them and I have been able to execute some of the ideas (which has certainly affected my games in a positive way)!
Without you I wouldn't be able to do this right now! I love making the games, it can be very stressful, but I still love doing it and knowing that some people even enjoys playing them just makes it much more meaningful to do. Even though I'm not doing any life changing things, I might give people a little bit of entertainment and that's meaningful enough for me!
With all of this text I once again thank you for your time and I hope that you all will have a wonderful day!
Best regards, Billie.
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