Sunday, 12 August 2018

Sorry Update!

Hey all,

Sorry for the lack of communication through my blog and patreon lately. I will have an update for Rags to Riches by the end of the month and then I'll hopefully be able to clear up the mess I've made here. I am currently slowly working my way through commissions. If you are a commissioner and have any concerns or worries please do not hesitate to email me. I apologise for the delay.

Have a good week!

Lapis xx

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Important Update

Hello everyone.

I suppose this is an announcement of sorts.

In short, my drive to work on Rags to Riches has slowed to a near halt. Don't panic, I will continue to write and update; however I need to release myself of the stress it is causing me. This is my hobby, not my job. Progress on the game will continue slowly and at my own pace as I work on other projects, some furry and others private.

When I first set out to write 72 Hours, my main concern I had from learning from other writers was seeing how readily these projects can be abandoned. I planned to write a short game with a simple plot and a nice variety of scenes, as I saw that the commitment required for a large project was so hard to come by. Having completed my short game at 25,000 words, my ambition grew to work on something larger, Rags to Riches. From the start I pictured the game would perhaps grow to be 70,000-80,000 words long. Right now it sits at over 120,000 words and yet is hardly halfway complete. The game grows and grows as I come up with more and more ideas, and at this point my plan for it is inconceivably large from my perspective as I envision the final product potentially hitting around 300,000 words, should I ever complete everything I have planned.

It is my dream to complete this, but over the past month my progress on the game has slowed significantly; my commitment to finishing this is overshadowed by the immensity of the task. I want to turn my attention to other things. I need to focus on what I enjoy writing, and writing for this game has become a slog for me. I absolutely adore the world and characters I have created, and I will certainly not be leaving them behind. I will still continue to work on this game, albeit slowly, but I cannot handle the commitment necessary to give regular updates and satisfy patrons as well as I'd like.

My Patreon will be shut down next month. Current patrons will have access to a final poll next month and an exclusive cheat mode for the next version. Updates for the game will continue here, on my blog. I will still accept commissions independently and fully intend to complete those currently planned and in progress.

Working on this game for the past few months has been an amazing experience, and I can't thank you all enough for how you've responded to my work. I love this community so much, and I'm so glad I've been able to contribute something to it. To my supporters, my patrons and my friends: thank you so much for everything. I hope one day I am able to finish this, but for now, I'm going to take things at my own pace.

Thank you for your understanding.

Lapis xx

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Weekly Update - 21/07/18


Things are getting closer now. Should have an update ready in the next couple of weeks. It's been slow going, and the update is not at all as large as the last one, but that's just how things have been. I hope you can enjoy it regardless!

Have a good weekend! xx


Sunday, 15 July 2018

Weekly Update - 15/07/18

Happy Saturday Sunday everyone!

Nothing much to report this week. Progress is still coming sloowly I'm afraid. I'll have more information soon I hope! xx

Have a good weekend!


Saturday, 7 July 2018

Weekly Update - 07/07/18

Hello all!

Progress is very slow going right now to be honest. My hope is to have an update ready in a couple of weeks max, but I've been struggling to write content recently. My priority right now is on commissioned content, so that I can make sure I can fulfil those rewards that I've promised. I can only hope I can find a way to get back into the rhythm of things soon, but I can't say the next update will be particularly large. Sorry!

I've decided I'd like to take a different direction with this game now than I have planned previously. My plan originally was to use 0.5.0 to expand the castle and advance with the main story, but I feel that the stories of the individual characters are far more compelling than that. Therefore, I'll instead be working on the stories of characters in the town and castle, so then there are less loose ends left around the town. I'm pushing back the conclusion of the main story for a while, as I really want to focus on developing the existing cast now.

Hope that's alright for you all! Sorry I don't have brighter news, but hopefully I can get back to my normal routine of writing soon (:

Have a good weekend! xx


Saturday, 30 June 2018

Weekly Update - 30/06/18

Happy Saturday all!

Not much to report today. I've taken some time off writing this week after 0.4.0 released, but I'll be getting back into rhythm of things on Monday. I may not do as much as I had planned in 0.4.1, as I'd rather not keep you guys waiting another month for new content. I'd rather release new stuff in smaller batches personally, so I'll see what I have ahead of me and prioritise content to get a release to you guys sometime mid July.

Have a good weekend everyone (:

Lapis xx

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Rags to Riches 0.4.0b


Just a couple of bug fixes in this update. Thanks to everyone that pointed them out, it's very much appreciated!