I write with low spirits. You most likely know why, but let me do the usual.
To start off, I'll open with The Adventurer's Journal this time. Normally, it's the second item I address, but it gets first this time for a special reason: The Adventurer's Journal has been cancelled by order of Square-Enix. The good news is that they didn't see it as a plagiarism issue, and even praised the creativity of Korvik, Selvin, and Miirah. But they felt I was too liberal with their intellectual property, even in written form, so they had me pull the plug. They weren't jerks about it and even offered condolences and hope my writing gets a position with them someday. That was nice of them. I'll still play Final Fantasy XI as Korvik on Quetzalcoatl server, but he now serves as my avatar. Selvin and Miirah were deleted so don't bother looking for them. I'm not mad either. As a game developer myself, I see where they were coming from, and admittedly I didn't look too deeply into the intellectual property part. I accept blame for that.
As for The Legend of Pangaea, I didn't get a lot done since I was on my last week of Finals, but I was able to get some new resources. I know I said I'd be focused on just the battle plugins, but I'm also rough-drafting character design changes for some of the cast members. Some will be overhauled and others will just get a small alteration or a costume change. I'm still looking for graphics I can use for 30 FPS or 60 FPS, but to no avail. I'm strongly considering cutting out some attacks for the Demo, but we'll see what the coming weeks provide.
After sending out my announcement that The Adventurer's Journal was cancelled, I saw I lost over a third of my usual traffic for the site. Makes me wonder if there's a point to even making the game. I'd like to think the other two-thirds coming here are looking at what I've been up to, but I also wonder if it's just my small social circle doing frequent visits to make it look busy. As an indie game developer, my goal is to do this as solo as I can. My inspiration is from Jonathan Ian Mathers, famous for his content on illwillpress.com. Besides his longtime girlfriend doing some voice-acting for him, he does everything himself. All my resources are bought, not hand-made. Someday I hope to fix that, but the tools needed also cost money. I'm starting to reconsider The Legend of Pangaea going free and actually selling it, but we'll see on that too. It depends on my financial future.
If anyone I haven't spoken to, text or in-person, is supporting this, you have my deepest gratitude. It means a lot that there are people who actually like what I'm doing and play the Demo. Thank you again everyone!