Skip to main content

Resolutions Schmesolutions

When I was in high school, I had a somewhat chaotic approach to cleaning. It began when I got frustrated by a cluttered desk, and dumped everything on the floor. I put back only the things I absolutely needed, shelved a few other things, and threw away everything else. This turned into a cleaning ritual where everything was classified as "keep", "store", or "discard". The goal was to discard as much as possible while treasuring only the things I truly wanted to keep.

Over time, that habit of mine evolved into something different. It became the cornerstone of my minimalist lifestyle. I learned to judge who and what I needed to treasure, and who and what I needed to discard. But it wasn't only about surroundings - it was also about self. I always found the idea of a classical hermit living on a mountain somewhat appealing, and I made many decisions to reach a reasonable interpretation of that. The path was much rockier than anticipated.

Anyway, at the beginning of December, I realized I was past due for some self-reflection. I had strayed from my path greatly, and needed to refocus. So I took the entire month to dump everything on the ground, and sorted through a good bunch of it. I rediscovered some old treasures, and even added a few more. Also, I discarded many things; some significant.

The whole process was soothing and much needed.

The past year was really tough personally and professionally, but I thankfully made it through. The problem was that I was also seeing everyone around me having a rough time simply trying to make it through as well. And then there's what's been going on in DC. The political and financial elite have been picking our pockets for decades, but recently they started laughing at all our misfortunes as well. It has been maddening for everyone on every side. Thankfully, some sanity was restored in November, and hopefully this coming Congress will be a force to be reckoned with.

And, of course, I wanted to challenge myself to be as empowered in my own endeavors. To that end, I decided to set a firm goal for myself as well as a more tangible one for the game. Eclipse Perilous was a 'keep' because it promised to express part of my frustration and anger at the rampant corruption prevalent in multiple governments around the world.

That said, I don't even know if the goal I set for the game was actually possible - it was pretty arbitrary. Not that I wasn't going to try to meet it - creativity is best when hampered by a deadline. And as for the goal I set for myself... well, I haven't decided yet. Something like a hermit, perhaps?

Stay tuned. Work in progress.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Coding schmoding: Populating Levels

Apologies for not updating last week. I ran into a number of problems while trying to put items in levels. It certainly sounded simple enough, right? If there's room for something to spawn, then spawn it. Boom, done.

Of course it's more problematic than it first seemed. Long story short, last week I spent a good chunk of time trying to figure out why functions I wrote weren't spawning anything at all. I don't recall all of the problems, but it was just one thing after another. You should have seen my browser tab - it was filled with Unity reference pages.

In any case, I decided to pick it back up this week, and finally got some progress forward.

Lots of learning and coding these past couple of weeks. Been trying to randomly spawn objects in the game world. Took longer than I wanted, and it's still wonky. Making progress, though. My sanity thanks liquor and pot. Read the Devblog in bio. #gamedev #gamedesign #indiegame #indiedev #solodev #indiestudio #prototyping #bsp…

Elemental Pests: The Æther Gremlin

Dusk creatures are not the only enemies the player will encounter. As with any ship or boat, it has its own type of pests such as bugs, birds, and rats. In Eclipse Perilous, the airships of the Sky Nation of Albion is beset with pests, albeit the Elemental kind.

Here is one such pest: the Æther Gremlin.

Not every enemy is made of Dusk. This one is an Æther Gremlin. It can merge with other gremlins, eat your metallic weapons and armor, and fights as part of a swarm. I need to make this particular Gremlin 'fatter'. It seems a tad thin... Devblog in bio. #gameart #pixelart #pixel #survivalhorror #roguelike #gamedev #unity #unity3d #indiedev #indiestudio #indiegame #gamedesign #eclipseperilousA post shared by Inigo (@ceritusorbis) on Jul 30, 2018 at 6:08pm PDT

Elemental Traits
Resilient. Elementals are typically moderately resistant to all forms of damage. This includes physical, psionic, and other elemental damage types.

Swarm. Individually, each Elemental poses little threat - they…