I seen the announcement about qpfs closing soon.
So, I'm making an update so that anybody who still follows don't need to part from here without hearing a word.
I got my qpf from Shoelace in 2007 end-summer, when people were getting qpfs through the recommendation of great and knowledgeable questmakers based on already made quests and properly showcased projects, so don't think even for a moment that I'm among those whos got a qpf after 2 weeks of joining when still not knowing much tricks and not knowing even all of the basics, only to keep scrapping projects or be idle till eventually dropping out without anything or any much made. Those were the ones coming after me (from 2008).
I made Ballad of a Bloodline with extreme support from the community (like, 60-80% of it wasn't even made up by me directly), then things already started to flop at Seasoned Blood, with freefalling interesting and I'm speaking more about my Eight Powers and Ellivenia concept and story ideas than how much I was actually making quests. At the time of Cousin of Powers, interest was unmeasurably low and the whole ZC didn't feel as it did in 2006 spring/summer. I unfortunately took a big break after CoP and started to make GM only when I got a job, so questmaking was the last of my concerns.
Reason for silence:
I posted few in the last years even at those rare weeks when I actually progressed fast with GM. Reasons follow.
1. Post-buddy feeling evaporated:
I don't care forums, community or post-weaving as much anymore. It's no new anymore and/or I just grew out from it. I'm to update only when there are many things accumulated to be updated.
2. Eventual trolling:
If I take down the nostalgia glowes, I must admit that the situation wasn't perfect even in 2006, and from what I heard from older members, the situation was _hellish_ sometimes before I joined, but still, the things that started in 2008's spring and really escalated when trolls stopped fearing from BB's initial 5-star rating barrage, that is completely unacceptable. Why to post if things happen like in the BBDC thread or if people can more than get away with one-liner 0 star ratings that don't even talk about the quest.
3. Lack of reading comprehension:
While I seen my posts were often misunderstood, I understood only in some 2012's spring that 99% of the things I posted in my qpf since 2007 went into the ether instead into the brains. Why to post if the reply has nothing to do with my post? I never said that GM would have no story, yet a post in the GM thread assumes I did. I never said I started a RuneScape project, yet there once was somebody who thought I just announced it. There was one who thought I said BB was a Guitar Hero remake. And all the faggotry in the Eight Powers threads. Why bother then?
1. Ballad of a Bloodline series:
GM is on rest till I finish another project, then I continue it. I learned much while making this another project, so GM eventually could go fast. It finishes the BB storyline and there won't be more mainstream BB quests and probably not a sequel series, but quests in the same universe could come anytime... Playing Final Fantasy VII and seeing Eppy's SB stream really puts me back into the beaten DoR path mood.
2. Current project:
What I started as a leisure break from GM escalated into something that might very well be more popular than BB and could turn the tables if I continued that line instead of story type quests. It would be a new beginning. So far it's enough if I can finish it. I keep thinking of it as "Randomizer without randomization". Uses a PTUX/DoR tileset and is biiiiiig. 20+ dungeons with only a few being small and some being very big. You can imagine.
I made a lot of dungeons already (best mainstream dungeons I ever made, I think). While I still have a laptop and ZC on it, I always can continue when Twilight_Knight made more overworlds.
4. Shadow Wars III, Banjo-Spyrooie:
Such side projects are on halt. If I ever continue them, that will be a restart on 2.50 with new ideas. I don't want simplicity in SWIII anymore, nor I want Banjo-Spyrooie to be just a rehash of that you already seen in Spyro and Banjo games.
5. Other future projects:
Hey, hey! I bet many of you didn't even read till this part of the post, just punched in "Why are you still here then, %!#&!#?". Though such people being a reason for lower activity or even getting out from here, I can say that it WAS so that GM and NTCC be my last projects. But you know, creativity needs to be used in some way, and book writing wasn't a good way for that, so I stayed with ZC... Not like I cared much anymore about anything in the world, so ZC is as good as anything else...
So, I already have 2 projects in mind, but it's hard to plan ahead, since I usually have the mood for making what I play. Playing Castlevania made me think about a perfectly good Castlevania action RPG (top-down view) in ZC, but when the memory of playing it flies away, then I will have mood for else... The BB quests were the only exception, because there the ideas went into dungeons, overworlds and cameos, not into the main theme. How could I have such a quest again? With a new Shadow Wars line? With Ellivenia? Who knows...
Yes, the world made up with that Eight Powers theme... Well, I WAS really messed up in those Eight Powers threads, but it's all sorted out now. I wrote some chapters of the planned Ellivenia book and by today, I know how to handle this whole Eight Powers thing. It's hard to make use of it's features in ZC, though... And always the last thing I wanted for Ellivenia to closely resemble another game/story... But an Ellivenia quest series on the pattern of the BB series would be also a life insurance. With THAT I could even fully come back and be active again. Hard to explain why...
Till I have a place to host quests at (http://www.twccgaming.com) and people to play some on video sites (both possible to vanish sometime in the future), I can always make quests without day-to-day community involvement. I just can't imagine any else way. That half year when I was just playing, not making, felt inert and lazy.
See, even today, Pixcalibur123 started a Shadow Wars II LP (http://www.youtube.c...h?v=LtmKvQ_FufA).
So I finish my current project first. I don't know how long it would last, I make it as I feel like. So, I might feel like making 300 dungeons. That would take long. Or I make just 22 (the amount that fits the current overworld and endings layout). That is still some more. Than I finish GM. Quick. And then? What I feel like. I have some solid ideas in mind. Though they can liquify anytime.
Then again, I might find something other besides ZC (rom hacking, maybe, or other). Or something else drives me away from making quests even just for myself.
And a car can hit me any day. But if it doesn't, the future is much more shrouded in mist than it was at the time of making BB/SB/CoP, when I was still in college...
BB was already questionable in regards if being finished and SB had big breaks, as well as CoP. So, now this slow GM progress might be not new. Each BB quests can have their obstacles and GM simple has these. Many other things I mentioned might be just made up in my mind. Work takes up much time? Well, college did, too, plus I was playing games much...
So, I might have much time for my projects, they will be finished quick and many will like them, I just need to recognize those, who do!
The last paragraph might be just my imagination and the things before it are correct. I just don't know anymore.
One thing is sure: now I go and make more of my current project.
(Psst, this entire post is just about where you find me after qpfs went boom. It's lenghty only because... well... it was written by me!)