I just finished version 0.0.8 of the Venus Guild Game. I think i’ve solved most graphical issues and have a better idea now of how the VG Demo should look like and which mechanics will be featured – and which won’t.
Now let’s start developing v0.0.9, the content update. It’s another heavy one, but i really hope it won’t take another 4 months to finish. Because, after that, believe it or not, 0.0.10 is the Demo Release!
While i can’t wait to release the first playable demo of Venus Guild, i try to stay cool and don’t speed things up, just to get it done. So let’s talk about 0.0.9 and what its main tasks are:
Mainly i need to create all the character sprites for “Level 3”, tweak this dialog-heavy level and add some more cool twists.
I also want to add a library where all the achievement rewards are going to be listed. The toughest job is to make the ingame questbook work. At the moment it is only generating nightmares 🙂
And of course there will be many still unknown problems appear on the way. Just yesterday i’ve found 3 new bugs, one of them really game-breaking. But you know what? I’ve killed them all!
As a spare time game dev like me, life gets in the way quite often. I haven’t had time to look at my game in February. But that’s no reason to worry, i’m making the best of it.
I believe that creative breaks are super important to stay fresh, motivated and to refill the batteries. Especially when you’re working alone.
Venus Guild is a free time project after all, so why should i stress myself? That sounds a little bit arrogant, because, when i can believe the stats, there are plenty of people visiting this blog to learn more about VG, and i feel kind of responsible for them. I don’t want to disappoint people.
But i also don’t want to burnout and get into frustration. So i take things easy and look forward to the next programming afternoon.
One thing i can tell you. So far, everytime i look at the game after having a long break, i’m getting very excited and confident that Venus Guild will become a really cool Point & Click Adventure.
I don’t think “omg, what have i done” or “no, i never will be able to finish this”. It’s still a shitload of work until the Venus Guild Demo is done (it really takes much longer than i’ve expected, to be honest), but i really like the way the game is coming along.
Well, i think the render is done. See you soon!