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March 27, 2020

So all of a sudden the entire world has changed!  We're now in day 2 of our Coronavirus lockdown in New Zealand.  Luckily I already work from home, and my kids are old enough to look after themselves mostly, so it's actually almost like normal for me, which is...

March 13, 2020

Hi everyone!  It's time for a progress report on the Beta of Before We Leave!

The reason that I haven't posted for a while is at the end of each week heaps of stuff has happened, but it's all largely heaps of undifferentiated 'making stuff betterer', so it felt hard to...

February 14, 2020

I have news!  Much news! Big news!

First thing is that something that's been brewing since late last year has finally started!  As a way of engaging and growing our Discord community, I've commissioned a writer Saf to write the backstory of Before We Leave.  Even if tha...

February 1, 2020

One of the most important parts of any game is the very start, especially when it's not an established series.  You need to get new players in and interested but also teach them the particular wrinkles of playing this game.  This week we spent a lot of time looking at...

January 24, 2020

Oh my!  I didn't realise it had been quite this long since we'd last talked!  Between Christmas, New Year, recovering from New Year and holidays it's never been the right time to do another blog post, but otherwise development on Before We Leave has actually been conti...

December 13, 2019

So we made it onto the Game Awards 2019 show as part of the Epic showcase!

Before We Leave will be an exclusive for a period on the Epic Game Store before becoming available on a wide variety of storefronts.

As a result, there are a few changes afoot. Firstly, to avoid c...

December 6, 2019

I, personally, haven't actually gotten much done this week - a task that was supposed to take 2 days has taken 3.5 and counting, but it's all for a good cause - we've got a new programmer on board!  Isaac is working with me now, having come from a background of a Fine...

November 29, 2019

The last couple of weeks, my main focus has been on adding the cherry on the top of the end-game content I added previously - Space Whales!  Now as you're playing, once you've advanced far enough, Space Whales start to come through your solar system and eat pieces of y...

November 15, 2019

So far in this project, I've been working without much in the way of serious future planning.  I've had various lists of things that need to do, and worked on things in a sensible order and all that, but I haven't pinned things down to what needed to be done by which t...

November 8, 2019

When you're a solo indie dev, you need to do ALL the things, and these last couple of weeks have really proved that to me.  I've:

  • Done heaps of bugfixing for the space gameplay, which quite predictably threw up all sorts of issues

  • Advanced some major biz-dev st...

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