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Posts relating to MARDEK:

Tobias
6119 37 93

The Spiral

Posted by A Tobias 1 year ago
Firstly, ∞ here's the Android version of Taming Dreams ∞! I want to talk about TD a bit here, but also my games development as a whole. For years, I've been going around in circles, repeating patterns and getting nowhere. I start projects that are supposed to be short and fast and profitable, but they grow out of control and become too big to manage, so my attention is taken to new ideas instead. However, I feel that with each revolution, I get closer and closer to the point I've been circling. I'm able to take the best parts of my previous ideas and combine them into new ideas that are (I feel) better than those that came before. Creation is largely a process of trial and error anyway; nobody creates a masterpiece without leaving a trail of failures in their wake. My uncertainty about Taming Dreams that I spoke of in my ∞ last post ∞ has led to me looking back on all the games I've started and never finished, wondering whether cannibalising them might lead to the elusive holy grail I've been searching for (that is, a quick-to-make but profitable game). I've come up with four ideas I could potentially explore.
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Tobias
3943 13 87

On Maturity and MARDEK

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
I've had something brewing in my mind for a few weeks now, and some recent comments have brought it back to the surface, so I'd like to talk about it a bit. Basically, I want to talk about 'maturity': what that means, and whether or not my new work - or old work - could be considered as such. I'd also like to talk a bit about why I don't want to advertise Taming Dreams as being 'by the creator of MARDEK', as some people have suggested...
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Tobias
2559 11 95

Episode 3's almost ready!

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
I've finished episode 3 to the point where it's almost ready for beta testing! It's not 100% done, but I'll be able to use the testing phase to add the finishing touches. I'll explain here how that testing phase is likely to work. Also, I've probably decided to change to the new title!
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Tobias
2964 19 83

Renaming MARDEK?

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
I've been wanting to rename this new version of MARDEK for a while. The only reason I've stuck with the MARDEK title is in the hope that it'll attract the attention of people who are familiar with the old chapters, though I don't feel that it's particularly representative of the game at all. Everything else is so full of meaning except the title, which feels wrong...
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Tobias
1848 22 103

Fate and Hate

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
I've finished the first draft of episode 3, which means that almost all of the dialogue is 'done', but I need to play through the whole thing again making notes and trying to make everything work as a whole. I love working on the game, so I don't mind at all spending all day every day doing that... but I can't say that I'm as ecstatic about reading all of the feedback, which I've just done...
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Tobias
2603 23 118

Growth via Miasmon

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
I made some fairly major changes to the way that MARDEK works today! Many people have said that the thing they liked most about the originals was learning skills from equipment, and others have said of the new version that the lack of numerical character growth following agitation leaves the experience more hollow than it might otherwise be. So I've added a 'level up' sort of system which isn't entirely dissimilar to the skill-learning of the old version!
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Tobias
2662 20 114

More Episode 3 Screenshots!

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
Progress on MARDEK Episode 3 is coming along smoothly and on schedule, with a release hopefully being possible by the end of the month! Here are three more screenshots!
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Tobias
2205 19 112

How I'm Doing

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
The comments on the previous post made me aware that I've not actually ~talked about my feelings~ in a while, so I've not made it clear how I'm doing on a personal level. It's not that I'm trying to hide anything or put on a brave face; I simply haven't had the time! I'm working absurdly long hours at the moment in a rush to finish episode 3 - essentially from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep - and when I'm not working, I just want to rest and relax, which doesn't involve typing things. I'll probably cover quite a lot of things here, though!
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Tobias
2281 15 110

Episode 3 Screenshot!

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
Progress on Episode 3 isn't going as quickly as I'd hoped (as I'm having to contend with my own mind during the process), but it's not going slowly either. I was hoping to have two or three different screenshots by now, but I just have one for now!
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Tobias
2251 18 104

Update!

Posted by A Tobias 2 years ago
Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback, especially those who took the time to fill in the ∞ feedback form ∞! It's been so immensely useful to know what people think in detail, as it allows me to know what I can tweak and gives me much motivation to continue working on this thing. I haven't had the time or energy to respond to any of the feedback directly yet (either I'm working frantically on MARDEK or I'm exhausted), but I'd like to mention a few general things here!
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