Diving into 2015

Now that we’re one month into 2015, do you want to hear a shocking confession?

Admittedly, it didn’t start well for me. As soon as the New Year rolled around I suddenly found myself slumped in deep discouragement (some of you might have read one of my downbeat posts on Facebook). I was so done with my dreams, and I decided to throw in the towel. My mind was set in stone; I began jotting down a resignation letter for my website, and to be honest it felt like a relief, the inescapable burden was finally gone. From that moment onward, I would simply have to find a regular job, refund backers of EE:E and lead a normal life. Easy. So darn easy.

During the first weeks of January I was no longer a game developer; or a writer for that matter. I was just some Regular Joe doing Regular Joe things. And that, for a former Elder Prince, felt like losing your soul. Then, something inexplicable happened. I don’t want to get bogged down in details—although it may be a weird anecdote for another future post—just know that that incident brought me back on track to pursuit my dreams.

The truth is, beyond life-related issues, game development is my only passion. How in the world could I abandon my dream? It’s impossible.

Most of you kept believing in me regardless of the red flags, so the best way for me to thank everyone is to keep going. Who knows? Maybe discouragement is just the final step before the grand achievement. I still embrace the idea that good things happen, I just need to keep believing.

Happy late New Year everyone and again, thank you for your support.

 

9 thoughts on “Diving into 2015

  1. It would be a crime for the creative mind that brought us EE1 and your new novella, to even concider quitting. You do have a following that will support you until you get your next creations finished. I have preordered EE:E and I paid for your novella even tho it was not required that I do so.Just stay the course and I believe great things are in store for you!

  2. I am quite picky, especially when it comes to RPGs. You did a commendable job and it really shows your dedication to keep going even in financial straits. I am more excited for EE:E than I am for any big studio game. I know from expierience that it can be hard to accept compliments because all creators think they can do better. I’m a writer and I beg people not to spare my feelings because that’s how you learn and get better. I will tell you right now that I can’t think of a thing that I would change. I’d like it if you could put preorders up. I didn’t have the money when the campaign started but I do now. Take care Elder, we’re all rooting for you!

    -Viden

  3. I’ve played more old-fashioned 2D RPGs than I can count, and despite being the impatient and forgetful person I still drop by your blog once in a while to check on your progress. EE:E was a masterpiece, and I have no doubts that its sequel will be the same if not better. Don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t give up on your hope. And don’t give up on us who didn’t give up on you.

  4. Never let discouragement let you down. Please, just keep the good work. I loved your game, so please just keep on figthing, against everything that life throws at you, because its not important NOT to fall, but to GET UP after every fall.

    Cheers, and a happy late new year. Some of us are always here, backing you up.

  5. As a person who gets down on her self in her art often, I can understand the struggles of continuing on with a project when life keeps throwing obstacles in your way. Just know that you have an entire community who loves your work, supports you, and understands that sometimes life gets in the way. Keep on plugging.

  6. I didn’t follow this thread since I posted it. I’m grateful for your kind words. I’m lucky to have fans like you!

  7. Welcome back! I was very sorry to hear that you were no longer creating games, but equally elated that you’re back. I have a problem that I hope you can help with. I bought your game quite a while ago and played it over and over again. However, I recently bought a new pc and lost the game, as my previous computer was hacked and messed up. When I saw you were back and Eternal Eden was available again, I was happy until I saw that it was no longer for sale. I would gladly buy your book for a free copy of the game if I could figure out how to do it. I am a senior in age, but not quite up to knowing how to send you a receipt. I would be glad to buy the book to support you but is there an easier way to do it in order to receive the game. Please let me know so I can fulfill your obligations. Thank you

  8. Hi there

    I purchased Eternal Eden from Blossomsoft on February 7, 2009. Fast-forward to today (December 1, 2015) … and here I am on a totally different computer (because my former one died/went kaput). Please, at your earliest possible convenience, forward to me another copy of the game, so that I can begin enjoying this game again. I have an email from you elder, which gives the entire KEY for the game. If you require any further information, please advise.

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