Scratching that itch

Hey there blog denizens!

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of itch.io, thé online marketplace for interesting indie games these days, but I never added ALL of my projects before. And it would have been weird to upload unfinished games to a webstore, but itch has evolved tremendously lately, offering support for limited betas and early access games. So now you can find all of my personal projects of note at hedgefield.itch.io.

But wait, there’s one more thing.

Last year I stopped blogging weekly about my indie escapades and created a once-in-a-while newsletter, but I noticed that I then also shared less little gamedev insights, something which the blog was perfect for. So I’m bringing that back. As I wrap up work on the first Orlova beta for an upcoming event, expect more work-in-progress posts. It’s time to turn this place back into a proper devblog.

Starting with the new title screen for Last Voyage of the Orlova.

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Week 58

This is a weekly recap of what has been going on in my professional life. It’s to keep track of what I’m up to and to give you a peek at what it’s like being an independent creator.

Not a lot happened in week 57. I think we were mostly recovering from the weird badness the week before. Waking up to a twitter stream filled with #welovegamedevs tweets was very nice. I set up a Patreon and sent out some emails for research and new business opportunities, but other than that it wasn’t super productive.

On Saturday Swordfish and Friend, a record store and art shop started by some friends of mine, opened its doors in downtown Utrecht. My girlfriend has some of her paintings up for sale there, I am super proud.

Last week I was a bit of a mix of all kinds of things. I redesigned the menus in Black Feather Forest, upgraded Adventure Creator to version 1.38 and dealt with the bugs resulting from that, wrote a bit about a very old adventure game I used to work on, set up an itch.io storefront and uploaded 15 Minutes to it, got some Kickstarter advice from Sam Farmer and continued to get worked up over #GamerGate.

On saturday I spent all day in town with my girlfriend, away from the internet. That was very nice.

Next week: a high-profile business offer!?