Voice of God
It is about time we returned back to Norwall, don’t you think? I finally decided to just take the plunge and give you what you’ve been clamouring for. The first chapter is largely finished and the opening of the second chapter is in good shape, so I decided to just cut the demo there for now and turn it over for public consumption. The next update will likely be once I have the second chapter finished.
In the meanwhile enjoy the current version of the likely cover art, which is likely to change in the future since I already have three variations of it, as well as the first 20k or so words of Voice of God.
I have yet to implement pre-made family histories (if you have archetypal pre-made character paths to suggest, I’m all ears), but there is an overpowered DEBUG mode giving some popular choices from the first title as well as the ability to go through a recap frame story. The frame story won’t give you the chance to easily become the King’s Pit or win all possible titles, but it does take care of the most important choices you made in the first one.
So, without further ado, enjoy!
First of his Blood plans
In related Lords of Aswick news, I will be going through and revamping portions of the original Lords of Aswick: First of His Blood.
The current changes will be mostly to standardize tense structures and writing style, as well as improve some of the flow. I will also be adding a few scenes here and there I’m sure just as a bit of additional extra.
The cover image will also change from what it is now to what I have posted above. Cleaner lines, different helmet, more my style in general than the original which was far more based on a medieval illumination.
Additionally I will be removing the current in-game save system in favour of a simple checkpoint system more akin to what you might find in the Infinity series. This is to cut down on extra variables upon future save transfers to Voice of God and beyond. The save system is excellent and I am super happy with the way it is now and how it functions, but the fact is that there will be far too much carry-over dead variables by the time I reach the fourth and final title in the series if I keep it. This will inevitably mean that you will need to go through the first title again once release of Voice of God becomes more timely, but I would have told you to do it anyways just to make sure you’re caught up with the story so far.
Any updates to the first title will not be happening until we are much closer to the Voice of God release though, so you can relax. No rush to go cram your favoured path into memory just yet.
Now for an entirely different matter altogether. While I am ramping up my volume of writing, much of it is in such a shape that it will not be possible to generate revenue out of it. while I would love to hire professionals to look them over it is not possible for me to set aside that kind of cash, no matter how many copies of my IF titles you go and buy, or for as long as I have yet to receive any government support for my writing projects. It’s an unfortunate catch-22 of not having the necessary quality output to be able to afford what would enable me to have a better quality output.
So, since I don’t have the artistic merit or enthusiasm levels for shilling merchandising, I have decided to make a little bit of a leap and instead follow Paul into the great wide world of crowdfunding.
That’s a long way of saying I’ve opened a Patreon page / account / thingamadoodad and hope that any of you who are interested and capable of doing so might have a look to see if supporting my writing is something you’d like to do.
While I love any/all support you might give personally to me in order to help me buy a cup of coffee on occasion, this is not some kind of charity thing to keep my caffeine levels high. Something like that I would never be comfortable with since I also get royalties from sold titles. This is for the continued flow of writing projects, the continued learning process behind it, and the improvement of quality for my output in general. I want to make sure my output gets to where it needs to be in order for me to have a good chance at diversifying into genre fiction.
In return for the support I have monthly short stories that I will be releasing in their current rough yet finished forms. I will also be fielding any and all discussions and questions regarding my created worlds openly on there. If there is clamouring for it I might even write down essays on my current vision for my worlds, although those are always in a little bit of a flux. the short stories running up until December will all have something to do with the Aswick world (Well isn’t that just thematically consistent) and the Duchy of Sterling in particular.
All in all I will likely have Patreon as a kind of early sneak peek platform where I will share exciting developments and plans, as horrible as I am in general about those sorts of things. So you who do take the plunge and decide to support my writing, keep me honest about it, okay? Okay. Good. Thank you.