Pride is evasive…

Well, Arden’s Vale v1.1 is released! And it’s better than it used to be. I’ve fixed every bug I know about, added music, animations, and an additional cutscene.

So far, the game’s got good reviews. It’s entertaining and the puzzles aren’t frustrating. It’s short, but has some replay value. It’s got some suspense, but plenty of quirky humor. It does everything I hoped it would.

So why am I still not happy with it?

Well, I still hate the monochrome floors, the lack of convincing lighting, the monotony of the death-by-enchanter endings, the lack of depth in the story, the shortcuts I took in the animations, etc. It’s hard to take a lot of pride in something that falls so short of the vision you had when you started.

But I really think I’m well and truly done. It’s like the songs I wrote in high school. Looking back, they’ve got so much potential, but if I try to go rewrite and rewrite and rewrite them, I’ll never finish them or write anything else.

So learn what you can, move on, and make the next thing better, I suppose. And at least I can take pride in knowing that somewhere in Serbia, someone played my game.

    • Marek
    • October 25th, 2011

    What a great game! Thanks for it 🙂

  1. Well< western new york isn't serbia, but it sure does feel like it during the winter! but thanks for the effort..Lord knows how hard you work at making a game like this! keep going..Dave Gilbert did it the same way..you got a great start! thx..Rich

    • Harry
    • November 12th, 2011

    Just finished playing Arden’s Vale. It was awesome 🙂 I hadn’t played an AGS game since forever and Vale was definitely a worthy game to back into it with. I especially appreciated the effort put into all the different answers and references you can get when you enter that phase of clicking everything and combining everything just to see what happens. Lots of grinning and chuckling ensued.

    Excellent job and I think you should definitely be proud; my favorite game I can remember on AGS was Nelly Cootalot, and I think this one is just as good, except only shorter. Look forward to playing your next one if you ever make it.

    • Harry
    • November 12th, 2011

    Oh yeah, I forgot I meant to mention… bonus points for giving me a big nostalgia moment when Riel mentions her cousin Zanthia who has all the changes of clothes… man… I loved Hand of Fate :’)

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