Two Game Updates, One Post

I have no idea how to run a game developer’s blog. The stuff I’m working on right now is not sexy enough to show off, so I’m not sure what—if anything—I should write about. At the moment, I’m programming the puzzles for #TowOM’s first dungeon, developing enemy stats, and putting together tilesets for other level maps; so not a lot to see.

I did start redoing the map for the inn. I posted a preview of it on Twitter last week for #ScreenshotSaturday.
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#TowOM: Adventures in Dungeon-Building and Story Editing

I’ve come to the conclusion that creativity is really all about learning how to edit and, unfortunately, that particular skill eludes me at the current moment. I can come up with hundreds of ideas for a story, but the story quickly becomes a narrative mess because I have such a difficult time cutting out unneeded elements and selecting the right pieces to tell the tale in my head.

I think part of the issue is that every story I’ve ever dreamed up has at least two versions—sometimes many, many more—and I want to tell them all. But since the story deals with the same characters, this isn’t always possible since some storylines may not be compatible with each other. Other times, the different versions create characters with personalities and motivations that stray too far from my original ideas about them.
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Twitter Breaks and Naps

deadtwitterAbout a month ago, I stopped using Twitter. I wasn’t having a very good month, and being on the site just made me feel worse. I love Twitter for the most part, because I follow some really great people who make me laugh and think. But my timeline was a constant reminder of everything wrong in the world: mass killings, racism, murdering cops, trolls, and other terrible stuff. It made it hard to focus on the good things, and I’d often leave the site feeling angry and frustrated more often than not.

Adjusting my follow list was Sisyphean battle because the negative stuff would still show up in my feed. So I logged out one day when I was feeling particularly aggravated, and I haven’t been back since. If you’ve left me messages and I haven’t responded, I’m sorry. I’m in the process of getting myself worked out and hope to be back into the swing of things in a few weeks. Maybe. I don’t know. We’ll see.
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