December 2018 Update

Spankers, Spankees and Switches of All Ages (18 and above),

I’m cranking away at the content for the second day of episode 3. Not sure
yet when I’ll have it ready though, especially with the holidays.

I’m honestly not too happy about how
this episode is coming together. I don’t think I’ve got Prometheus
and Poseidon figured out yet. But I already threw things out and started
over once, so I don’t really want to do that again. Especially since I’ve
already released a day of content. Regardless, expect more opportunities
to fight alongside Tempestas in the next episode, and a little bit more
time with Natalie.

At this point, the code engine is pretty much complete, and we’re
transitioning into maintenance mode. What that means is that we won’t see
any big changes. There will be some new features, but
they will mostly be quality of life stuff (like auto scrolling combat).
Nothing that will fundamentally change the experience. Here is
my current task list:

1. Improve the performance of the character selection screen.
Sometimes flipping through clothing options, there is an apparently random
delay of a few seconds before responding the player’s input. I think this
is because of some old, poor implementation choices I made when I was first
learning Lua.

2. Cleanup the combat code. The code for combat is *way* more complicated than
it needs to be, mostly because of an abortive attempt to reuse some of the
story mode code. This is the only part of the codebase that I consider truly
gnarly. Simplifying that will make everything so much easier going forward.

3. Autoscrolling combat. This was one of the first feature requests I got, and
hopefully I’ll have an easier time implementing and fiddling with it once I’ve
simplified combat a bit.

4. An additional “help” screen where players can look up characters.

5. Expand the help screen with information on statistics.

6. Add power information to the help screen.

7. Change your outfit without having to go to the character screen.

I’ll accomplish each task between episodes. That should hopefully strike a decent
balance of generating more content, and keeping the codebase healthy.

Of course, this is just a preliminary list. If anybody has experienced
any pain using the game, please let me know. I’ll try to work with you to come
up with a solution, and add it to the priority list.

I’m *especially* interested in anything that makes you feel like you’ve wasted
any time at all waiting on the game, rather than the game waiting on
you. Every minute of your precious time that you dedicate to my game is an honor,
and I don’t want to waste any of them.

AKA

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