GGJ17 – how it was
According to the rules, coming to GGJ with team is pretty unwelcomed. So we were already mentally prepared to play the dramatic scene of “meeting” each other, when suddenly it turned out that the locals in timecafe GeekTime (which is a single location of GGJ in Moscow, which is a shame) has nothing against already formed bands. As a result, only a few (of about 30-40 people that made it to the Moscow GGJ) came alone, looking for a party.
And yet it moves
I guess, not many of wannabe indies think about motivation. You are on fire with your wild ideas and dreams, what could be possibly wrong? But then… you know it. The passion fades, the inner deadlines are broken, and turns out the project is far from being a piece of cake. It’s getting harder and harder to just put yourself to the project and start working. And the work itself happens rarely (and if it happens, it starts usually from “ok, where we were…ohh, shiii, I can’t even remember!”). You already know the end of stories like this, right? The bad one.
A couple of weeks ago, a friend of mine gave me a nice hint – major media company looking for game journalists for one of its franchise. I instantly thought about it like a good side-job opportunity. A nice match to my skills and interests. I was working as a reviewer for a small news site in high school days and my last full-time job was in scenario department. What could go wrong?
Winter holidays and trips are done, so we are…em..I mean, we are done with vacations. Almost.
Just a few days ago, I was riding in a metro, on my way to “Sokolniki” station. The world is a cruel bitch, ya know? We are getting older with every year, and simple things like hanging-out with friends are turning into nearly unsolvable puzzle. Everyone has a lot of work, things to do and not to do, some even have their own families and stuff… And, under these circumstances, it feels just like a miracle, when we finally can find a time to hang-out all-together.
We met each other (our team and some good friends of ours) at 23:30 and set sails to “JustJump” – one of the largest trampoline arena in Moscow. Aaand as you may guess, that 1 hour of jumping (and falling into a foam pit) was crazy, fun and full of positive cosmic rays. Plus! Arena is completely empty during a night time, and cheaper, too! Hmm… may be we should pay a visit to this place in a future?
Okay-okay, let’s get back to work for now. I mean, seriously.
Heroes of thermo-morphing
What can be more fun than snowboarding? ‘Course snowboarding with friends!
So, on the past Saturday, we opened snowboarding season in “KANT” – the only place where you can (almost) normally ride, without leaving the city. And yes, it’s open air which is kinda cool, in all senses. Why “almost”? Weeeeell, because it’s awfully short. Reaching the bottom in a minute, maybe two – depends on your laziness and speed.
Moreover, Dima a.k.a Stranger, our code-wizard, was on his first ride! I mean, the very first! And ya know what? He was absolutly focking awesome. Ok, maybe it’s because he skating from time to time, but still. Dude rocks.
What was less awesome, that is Stranger and Roll were late. Our team and some other good friends of mine agreed to met at 13:00. Almost everyone showed up to 14:00. Except those two. So we did around 5-6 rides, had a lunch in the nearest cafe and wait, wait, wait… At last, they arrived – in 16:20. On our attempts to know “WHAT TOOK YOU TWO SO FREACKING LONG!?!?!?” they simply answered, dat they were “thermo-morphing their boots”. Lol.
You know, life is like tetris. Have a different kinds of activities which are perfectly represented by these tetra blocks. Some of them are “want to do”, some “need to do”, and some are somewhere in the middle. And each damn day you have to find the best-like combination, and make it fast – because clock is ticking and blocks are falling right on your head.
So we are. Trying to find dat best combination, every day juggling with work and fun.
Ok ok, let’s cut the crap – what about our uber-awesome-megahit next game (don’t laugh, I’m dead serious right now)? Well, it’s making its way, slow but steady. I hope we’ll be able to achieve some meaningful milestones in development and announce our project by the end of the year. That’s it.
And may the Force be with us all.
MMB 2014 spring
Well, I must admit the past weekend were probably the hardest days in our lives. Why so? Because of the sadomasochistic event called “MMB”.
MMB stands to “Moscovskiy Marsh-brosok” (I believe it’s “Moscow Cross-Trudge” in english). It is held twice a year (in mid May and in late October) and every damn time it brings lots of pain and suffer. The deal sounds like an easy one: you need to walk for almost three days (from Friday evening till Sunday afternoon/evening), making your way through the forest from one checkpoint to another and navigating with a paper map, a compass and your brain. The whole trip separated into three major parts. Each one of them has its own start and finish points and a few checkpoints in between. At the end of each part a camp with MMB organizers were so you can take some rest, refill your water supplies in a nearby river and, what is the most important, get a map for the next part of the trip, awaits you. But organizer’s camps won’t wait for you forever though – if you are a slowpoke and didn’t make it in time… well then, each map contains a few spots where you can catch a bus or a train and safely leave. Ah, one more thing: ‘bout checkpoints. Technically, you can skip them if you wish (like we did -_-, took only 4 from 66 in total), but you will have a bitter result at the end, cause each skipped CP makes a penalty for you (or your team, if you ain’t solo) with extra hours.
So… dat was the second time we were participating in MMB (the previous one was in spring 2013), and, unlike a year ago, WE FOCKING DID IT!!! We made it in time to the very finish!! At 20:52, Sunday, Dividebyzer0 successfully reached the last camp. It has been ~70km through dense forests and fields, mud and water, under the sun and rain, day and night. Heck, every time I recall it my feet are in pain again.
A little photo archive from the MMB waiting you here.
This is it. 9th Batizado e troca de cordas just finished in Moscow, leaving me with ton of capoeira energy, positive mood and shiny new corda – heck, it’s already laranja-azul (orange-blue) belt! Which..is quite high for anyone who learn capoeira as a regular hobby.
Sure, I’m very happy and all that stuff, but man – here comes the crossroad.
One way: invest more time, push harder, and make more room for capoeira in my life.
And another: just let it go how it goes now. “jus’ for fun” – if you know what I mean.
But naaah, too
lazy busy to make any choice right now.
To suburbs and back
I’m shootin’ Rol, while he’s shootin’ the building, from which we *had* to make our ropejumps.
Up early (ON SUNDAY!!1!1!), make ~100 km by train (one way), then take a bus and finally, do a few more kilometers on foot under the baking sun – just a minor sacrifice (except money) for a new cool experience – ropejump from abandoned 30-meters height house. Our turn in line with Roller (Stranger planned to jump right after us) were closer and closer, and… cops came to the place. After painful waiting at the roof of the house, organizers returned to us and told: “Sorry, we have to cancel the jumps. Cops said that we are disturbing local villagers.”
Nuff said. Anyway, we’ll try our luck next time.
On the other hand, we spent some nice time playing Spaceteam in train!..
Prepare to change
…and so I quit my dayjob at RJ games (social games dev studio). No, not because I need more hours for Dark Souls II (but actually, I need it, too), but to better adjust my time. Now I’m planning to freelance and dedicate more to our next game. Once again, there is nothing but terra incognita ahead… But hey! At least I slept well today. Hope I won’t die because of starvation, lol.