What I’ve been up to: 8th July

Just before I left Failbetter, our editor, who’d been a long-time freelancer before she joined Failbetter, cautioned me about the freelancer’s disease. “You will,” she said, “end up with more work than you can comfortably handle, because you’ll worry about the future. It’ll happen. Don’t try to stop it, just prepare for it.” I’m trying hard […]

Ten Lessons from running Failbetter

” For an indie dev, your community is essential. They’re your evangelists, your early warning system, your Baker Street Irregulars, your Praetorian Guard…. but you have to look beyond them, too.” I’ve got a feature in GamesIndustry.biz, about things we did right and things I’d do differently: http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2016-06-24-failbetter-games-seven-years-ten-lessons

What I’m up to: 25th June

This is the first time I’ve been out of full time employment in seven years. I meant to relax and do nothing. It turns out that when you’ve been occasionally starving and always busy for seven years, relaxing and doing nothing is like expecting an earthworm to lie still. I just keep rippling, involuntarily-wise. At […]

“The Healing Question”

Earlier this week, [a carefully unspecified number of] players completed the Seeking Mr Eaten’s Name quest line, an epic and long-awaited storyline in Fallen London which ends with the player character’s deliberate self-destruction. You can read more about Mr Eaten here  (me talking about it) and here (someone else talking about it). I’ve generally avoided giving […]

Coding again: old dog, old tricks

My worst-kept secret is that my favourite MLP:FIM character is Pinkie Pie. Okay, that’s not even really a secret. My actual worst-kept secret is that I was a software developer for ten years before I was a writer. I hired another developer a year into Failbetter’s time, and since then I’ve hardly written a line of code […]