Woops! My bad!
So it turns out that leaving the internet for MONTHS is not a great choice for someone who relies on donations from people who watch daily streams! Content hungry viewers will look elsewhere if you abandon them. Seems like common sense I guess?
Well beyond a bunch of drama at home, there isn’t much I can say about my short little hiatus from the internet. I regret it a lot now. It was a huge misstep. But I’m back, and trying to rebuild my audience.
The only reason I’ve been able to get back into game development and streaming is because of a few die-hard fans who stuck around in my Discord channel, checking in to see what kind of progress I’ve been making. Discord has helped me connect with my audience/community in an awesome way, and I invite anyone who wants to chat!
So what are you working on, Trent?
Zombies. Multiplayer. And it looks neato!
Instead of falling into the same trap I usually do – where art ends up being a huge road block in my game development – I’ve opted to just use a bunch of paid art assets. This hurts the game when players recognize the popular assets – but helps me a ton by not letting another game fall apart because I can’t get the artwork when I need it.
Instead, I have all of the artwork provided for me – and I design my game around the artwork that is available. This sounds limiting until you open these art packs with well over 50 different weapons and items. I have plenty of artwork now.
And as far as streaming goes – I’ve not gotten back to a schedule yet… In fact, I’ve only streamed about 5-6 times in this year! But frequency is picking up now that my game is starting to take shape. The first prototype was created in only 4 hours ON STREAM!
I refined it a bit, and then decided to totally make things hard-mode by switching it to an online multiplayer game.
But it is working! Character selection – a name floating above you, and the ability to run around with friends is working so far. Now I just need to add the cheeseburger cannon into the multiplayer version and we’ll be set!
Oh, and a very big thank you to my single patreon who stuck with it when everyone else bailed. (“Of course they bailed Trent! You stopped streaming and making games you dolt!”)
Well that little bit of money I had left in my patreon account was a life saver this month. I was shocked to find it there! Hopefully I can get back to my former amounts and donations when I start a regularly scheduled stream. Until then, I’ll continue to post updates to Twitter (updated more than anything else because its short and lazy).
I’ll try and write some new blog content, make a youtube update, and write some patreon only updates because you deserve it! I’ve been meaning to ‘reboot’ my web persona all year… Im just 6 months behind….
Be sure to join the discord to keep super close tabs on my progress too!