CashFlo Release Scheduled

Another year, another great game release, and hopefully only the first of many!

In their terminology, CashFlo has been code released. What does that mean? We have a release date! Wooooohooooo! So, on Feb 6th, jump onto your gameboard or table and snatch this one up fast!

They found a lot of bugs, and some especially difficult ones to track down as well. It left me searching through code until the very last moment. You’d think a board game would be pretty simplistic, but, lesson learned.. It’s anything but!

It did however give me a lot of ideas and a lot of reuseable code and things to work with for upcoming releases, and with each version and each game, some of those components get better and better and more and more robust, like the player select code.. Yea, I limit to 4 players typically, but if I had to my player select will handle pretty much whatever I throw at it, and it works surprisingly well. It was copied into Rogues and Riches, and is being copied into the next 4 projects as well. I have about 6 total projects in the work, so i’m hoping I can keep pace and release something new every 2 months or so. We’ll see how this goes! For now, it’s time to get back to work!

Cribbage Released and Climbing..

Cribbage was released on 12/5.. and despite the bugs, (that we have fixed!)  it continues to climb in sales, already surpassing Popalot and two thirds of the way to Tetridoku! Definitely surpassed my expectations, especially in the first 30 days. Now, there numbers and mine didn’t exactly line up, but theres a lot of reasons for that. I did see a bunch posts on social media where people had connectivity issues , so they’d only connect to a hotspot to download, and not stay connected while playing, which would in turn affect my tracking.. So, looks like my portion will be a little more than I expected.. 

But now that that is done and out of the way, it’s been back to work on some of the other projects sitting around, notably CashFlo, which is currently in beta testing and looking to be released next month. Also coming up will be Rogues & Riches, a board and card game based on robbing the vault and escaping before you’re caught! Definitely a lot of quick fun and strategy involved, and I’m having a blast with it!

Once Rogues is off to beta test, it will be time to move on to other projects.. still have goblins grotto, delve, opanico, skip, frustration and more.. I have enough on my plate to last through the year, and maybe then some.. Sigh.. That’s ok I guess, I am loving it and loving that people are having a great time playing my games! Thank you!

New Webhost

It was about time.. time for a new web host that is. My old provider gave me a LOT of flexibility, and to be honest, I am going to miss that. However, the server speed and everything seemed to really be slowing down, especially moving to wordpress. 

I’ve always hated wordpress, it’s a complicated nightmare of a system where everything you need is a plugin, and guess what, every one of those plugins wants you to pay like “Only $99 a year”.. now add that up for the 10-30 plugins you need, and yeah. To get your premium, you’re going pay out your a$$.. Fortunately if you look around and make do and settle, it may not be perfect but at least I dont have fork over a ton of cash.. Now the complexities of setting things up, thats another story. No matter what they say, wordpress is a pain in the ass to work with and set up. 

But, moving to the new host the speed is there, and updated database and PHP versions, which is something I needed. The new host is more convoluted, it’s one of those new “you can have up to 10 websites on this plan!” and of course, each website is like it’s own little virtual space, which means all my previous redirects and subdomains to different things all had to be redone and reworked to work within their system. PITA, but I think it’s done.. I hope so at least, since i already moved the DNS and yeah..

Also in the works, and slowing any actual work down, I had to design and get a new website up for my wifes daycare as well, so if you want to check hers out, here ya go:

The final kink, is my little NAS server has outgrown itself in terms of age and capacity, so there is a nice upgrade going on and moving codebases and music and art packages and everything over to the shiny new Synology NAS with the 8TB drive I stuck in there. Doesn’t help that a lot of stuff is stored on this little 4TB usb drive, which is SLOWER than hell copying files.. Oh well..

It’s been a week of things keeping me from meaningful progress, but it’s stuff that needed to be done, and it’s almost done.. 

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