It’s about time I put an update on here to let anyone who’s even remotely interested how things are going with this here hobby thing.
In a word, things are going well!
I’ve generally kept a routine together by doing a weekly livestream every Tuesday evening over on twitch.tv. This gives me at period of at least once a week where I have to sit down and do something. Admittedly, some streams are more productive than others, but they do make me think about what I’m going to do in them and, perhaps more importantly, what I’m going to do between them.
‘I’ll do that off stream, ready for next week’ I’ll casually say. For whatever reason, that actually gives me motivation to actually do these things and so I’m steadily being productive during the week, too.
Recently we worked on an Iiosia timeline, which charted all the major events of the world. In doing so, we discovered that the origins of the land of Oun was a mystery, and hardly covered at all. Purely as a result of this, a whole new aspect of the lore came into being, which will be added to the site soon.
Currently my current projects – an updated version of my new pen and paper system (Agniton RPG) and an accompanying game module for people to take aware to play – are being whittled away at and I’m actually pretty confident that I’ll get both released for the end of the month, which was my self-imposed deadline.
This is one of a few hobbies of mine, and it’s always been a tricky balancing act to work it in with other aspects of life. I think though that lately I’ve achieved this more effectively than at any other time; I’m not overdoing it and burning myself out, but nor am I taking extended breaks and getting nothing done. At the heart of these is the streams, which lets me ‘touch base’ once a week with things and perhaps inspires me to do extra work in between them.
One thing I need to do better, is to update this page, Twitter (although they come hand-in-hand) and perhaps the forum also. I’ve decided that, in the future, when I produce things like the history and timeline mentioned earlier, I’ll put them on here, in their entirety, as well as on the website. That way, people who are showing an active interest in updates won’t have to be redirected to find the latest updates.
I have a vague plan for the following months, so allow me to get that in writing right here:
Finish ARPG Version 1.1 along with a game module. I’ll also try to get a video uploaded on the YouTube channel too.
NaNoWriMo – blitz through completing the story of Nerralyth, which I quite recently re-read in stream and said I’d continue, only didn’t. NaNo should give me that extra push to get it done. Yes, I’m breaking the rules by continuing an old piece of writing and no, I might not make 50k words (it probably won’t need it!), but at its heart NaNoWriMo is about ‘Sit Down and Write!’, so that’s what I’m going to do
Website redesign. I think some things are too hard to find, and the setting of Agniton (which directly follows Iiosia) is quickly growing in depth and needs more of a presence. Because of this, I’m going to alter the layout (but not the look) of the site to incorporate things better.
Start work on IRPG Version 2. This version will leave the old IRPG system behind and attempt to incorporate the new ARPG system into it instead, which I feel is sleeker, simpler, and generally works better.
Re-visit Nerralyth. No doubt things will need changing after NaNoWriMo, so here’s where I start to tackle these after a suitable ‘cooling off’ period.
And then there’s always additions to IRPG and a host of other things I want to work on too.
To sum up, busy, productive and fun times!