New Year , New Challanges

As we come to the start of another year I’ve been thinking about the last 12 months and what I want to achieve during 2011. Lots of things are uncertain at work just now so I’ll need to see how they develop over the next few months and I’ve other things I want to work on such as my guitar playing but I’ll not go into the details of that here.

In terms of my CRPG projects I had hoped to make more progress with Alternate Reality X but I have made a lot of progress behind the scenes in terms of things I’ve learnt and how to write better code and I expect to build on this further during 2011 though I’ve still got a long way to go. I also finished Ultima IV – The Quest of the Avatar for the C64 (under emulation). It only took me 20 years!

Obviously I haven’t been playing it continuously during that time 🙂 Anyway I wanted to set out some clear but achievable goals for my projects so here they are:

Complete Alternate Reality X (ARX) to include all City and Dungeon content by the end of 2011. I’ll also be aiming to have a lot more regular builds for download. Demo 3 should be available later today and I would hope to have demo 4 out by say end of February 2011. I’m keen to get some alternative graphics but so far no one has actually delivered a single image. I’ll widen my net here to hopefully get someone on board.

Create a fully playable demo of my own original, classic style CRPG by the end of 2011. Possibly under a donation type scheme. I’ve been surprised how many people have offered to donate to the ARX project to try and speed up my progress. Thanks to everyone who offered. I can’t accept any monetary donations for ARX as it’s not my game/copyright.

Play more CRPGs including the old classics and newer games. I have Fallout 3, Baldurs Gate, Morrowind, Neverwinter Nights, various Ultima’s and Might and Magic’s to complete amongst many others. I will probably post a bit about my game playing on this blog so let me know what you think.

Happy New Year!

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