Notes

Statement of Intent

Hello. Apparently, I make some sort of Statement of Intent with the things I create.

It’s been a while. How have you been? Has that rash cleared up yet?

I’m writing a small post on Sparkwood and 21 about Sparkwood and 21. As you may or may not know, Sparkwood and 21 is a small side project that I occasionally pootle along with whenever some sort of game that I have an association with gets created, or comes out, or whatever.

Trouble is, I really like this. I really enjoy creating games of various sorts. Plus–in some hippy dippy dipshit kinda way–the world keeps telling me to do game stuff. Whenever I veer away from doing game-related things, game-related things find me and pull on my trouser leg like some kind of demogorgon.

So, I’ve decided that spend a little more time concentrating on this.

Basically, I like making games and designing things and I like playing games and I like creating things and I like helping out people and I like thinking out problems and ironing them out and rinse and repeat and rinse and repeat and so on and so forth.

Initial Thoughts

Firstly, I have three products. Three physical products. These are difficult to make, difficult to sell and difficult to promote and market. And so going forward, we’re going to concentrate on more digital and transmedia products.

Secondly, I have a great belief in community and the power of people. I’m not sure how I can yet manifest this, but thoughts include making something open source, sharing the code, setting up a Patreon, a Facebook group, open comments on the website, meetups, live streaming, safe spaces online for people to meet and share. As you can see, this is a loose idea for now and I hope it will solidify going forward.

Finally, it would be something to be able to earn some small change, cups of tea money from this venture. But I don’t know how I can do that ethically and with peace of mind and not through rinsing people for adverts and so on and so forth.

Problems

Okay, so, I’d better let yourself in on a secret… my coding skills are minimal, my time is limited, I get easily distracted by new shiny things, there’s currently just me doing this.

I used to code. A long time ago. When I was about 10 I wrote a replica of the Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy on my BBC Model B in the style of Ceefax. So I know I can code. I just probably… have to update my knowledge base somewhat.

My time is indeed limited, but people do all sorts of amazing things and we all have 24 hours in the day. So I just have to be a bit canny with my time management and see how that works. Plus, I do seem to spend a lot of time on buses.

And anything else is something I manage on a day-to-day basis.

Next Steps

One of the things that helps me develop and create is having an audience, however small. It gives me some sort of responsibility and it means that I have to. Even if it’s small steps. So, I’m probably going to be blogging once in a while. Some sort of development blog. And then smear it all over the social media like some sort of disturbed and caged primate.

If that’s your bag baby, then well done us. Otherwise: oops.

Anyway, I’ve done my rambling statement of intent, blah blah blah, welcome along for the ride. Lets see if I can do something with this and that it changes my life. Hope you come along for the ride.

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