Ok, wee bit of an update. Nothing special as I'm still burned out on Battletech. The whole "donate money to get my design app" completely bombed. Folks will pay $50 to $100 for all the HeavyMetal products, but only *ONE* person gave me (and thus the SPCA) a whopping $10. I'll be sending him the money back instead, as I already donate to the SPCA, purely on principal. So, if you want a designer, you had your chance, so suck it :).
But, better news. So I took my server down. It needed updating, so I pulled it out of the datacenter. Quite a few folks were apparently using it though, enough to motivate me to fix it.
Good news is I'm taking the code I never rolled out that had new features and stuff, and working on updating that. The database has some more recent stuff, new megamek shaded icons, and should be faster once I hammer out some database queries.
I won't give an ETA, as I've put 40 *extra* hours into my job this last week (that is NOT good for me, no matter how much I make). I will say I am working on it though, and will get it up and working.
Aside from that my Battletech life is dead. I still get some MWO miniatures painted up nicely, though they haven't seen a battle yet. I've been getting closer to the idea of selling off all my unpainted BattleTech stuff. If that was easy, it'd be sold already, but its a PITA so I keep blowing it off. I am not real sure I'll keep the books either, I have every single one in PDF, and 6 linear feet of shelf space would be put to better use by games I'm more interested in.
In the past few months I've wrote a couple of traveller utilities (a ship designer and character creator), worked a lot on my military database, and played quite a few games, and contemplated running for office again (even my poop is better than most of Congress/Senate/Judicial/Executive morons). Dawn of War III may postpone my life for a while as well, or who knows.
Anyway, enjoy the spring, I sure as hell am!
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Ok, quick 2017 update. TLDR version:
- I'm still alive
- I am still into games
- I am still healthy (minor scare with a kidney stone surgery, all good now)
- I am still keeping up with battletech (the field manual beta thing was great)
- I have done zero work on battletech since the last update.
The reasons I haven't touched battletech are:
- I feel the community doesn't care about what I have to offer
- I can't get my questions about rules answered
- I am not playing anymore
So, tell ya what. Since I am not one to let folks down, and honestly I have a ton of time for hobbies that I am simply choosing to spend on OTHER things, I have a proposal.
If I can get $1000 donated to my bad_syntax at yahoo.com paypal account, I will start working on Battletech again, and will stick to it as I'll feel obligated because people gave me money.
Oh, and the money? 100% of it will be donated to the ASPCA, I won't keep a single dime (even if $1k isn't reached). I'll post updates on here as to the amount if it gets to a significant number. That isn't the point of this. I just want to see if there is enough interest left in me bothering trying to write the designer, and anything else for a while.
Note: I have estimated that development time and resources for such a project (and I do often do projects like this at work) would be at least $300K, so .3% of that is a deal :)
Drink water, and till next time!