Wednesday 4 January 2017

New Year - New Post - New Treason

Well it's been a little while since I made a post. Pardon my absence. This will be a lengthy one, but then I endeavor to do shorter, more frequent posts in the New Year... Here goes.

There's three major reasons I've been a bit slow on Act of Treason as of late:
1.) I've been dealing with personal issues
2.) I am very new to marketing
3.) I've never been good with finishing projects that I start

Who doesn't love pictures?

I don't want to dwell on my personal issues too long as I don't want to complain or look like I'm fishing for sympathy or something weird like that. Screw your sympathy. What I will say is that I wasn't in a good headspace. I think a primary culprit was my junk food intake and my lack of exercise, specifically cardiovascular exercise. Lastly, my sleeping patterns have been terrible, where I stay up too late and sleep in too long. All of these things really didn't help - So I've spent the last few months getting all these back on track, and I'm feeling MUCH better for it. I think more needs to be done to promote a healthy lifestyle as it clearly has direct linkages to mental health. I don't like being mean, but there is such a thing as tough love, and I'm against movements such as fat pride for this very reason. Anywho, I'm now in a good space to continue work on Act of Treason in the new year.

Right, that's number one out of the way. Let's tackle number two and three.

I've been working on Act of Treason on and off, during this time, but I've always found it difficult to complete projects. And trying to finish one that I've worked so hard and so long at is proving difficult. It doesn't help that Marketing is not exactly my forte and that's really the crunch point here. It doesn't matter how excellent Act of Treason is, it's the marketing that will ultimately make the sales. It also doesn't help that I'm not filled with boundless energy like some of these high flying CEO's have. I don't think I could wake up at 5 and finish at 11 every day. No chance. I am just a one man operation, a mere mortal. I do my best.

With all that said. I'm determined to see this through, even if it kills me. I've never had so many positive responses before for something I work on. I know Act of Treason has the ability to be one of the best board games of 2017, if not the best Social Board game of all time, if not the best board game of all time... Okay, I might be stretching there - but I'm exceeding confident in this game, and I know that it's good from my own assessment, and from that of others. It's mechanics are finely balanced, there are no flaws to detract from the fun, and It allows for massive in depth strategic plays in an area where there is truly no skill cap - social interaction. If there is any one project that I need to finish while I'm alive, it's Act of Treason. So I'm having to strap up my marketing boots and learn as I go, so far it's been okay (at least I hope). I will be doing paid marketing stints soon as we get closer to launch.

I cannot wait for the big launch day
Another thing I want to make clear is that their is still some small development and changes taking place with the game. So take all the art, wording, rules, etc, with a grain of salt. 95% of the game is locked down and I'm happy with it. I wouldn't change it as I know it's solid and foundational. But small things like the wordings, the theme, the balance, etc. All these are subject to change. I need to remember to add a small disclaimer "All art is subject to change" to all my work.

One last thing. My spelling is atrocious, so pardon any spelling mistakes or grammar mistakes in these posts. The time and effort spent cleaning these blog posts up, beyond a rudimentary glance, really don't match the value gained. I think the value is in the insights offered and the updates for those who are curious. If you can understand what I'm saying, then who cares. Believe me I don't treat my other works like this - Act of Treason goes through rigorous spell checks, sense checks, and grammar checks. But I feel like a blog post doesn't require such scrutiny to be of value.

Oh and I'm dropping the video / music of the day as a requirement for these posts. I might share music or funny videos that I find occasionally, such as Placeboing, and his excellent video on Goblins.

Papa Bless and have a wonderful New Year.


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