It has been a long time since this site saw any updates. Lots of things have happened in the two and a half years since my last post. A few months before my last I Never post, Lena and I had just founded our very own company called Prizecards.nl, a small webshop dealing in trading card games. About a year and a half later, in April 2019, we rented a location to run our shop as a physical store. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite turn out the way we wanted it and since then we have decided to stop running the company. We have managed to arrange termination of our rental contract and are currently selling the remainder of our stock from our site. Coincidentally, if you’re in the Netherlands or Belgium and are interested in some cheap Pokémon TCG, Magic: the Gathering or accessory products, check out our deals at https://shop.prizecards.nl/product-categorie/uitverkoop/.
Anyway, quitting the store suddenly gave me a lot of free time to work with and no hobbies to fill this gap. I have picked up playing Dota 2 again, which is fun, but mostly as an “relaxing” pastime. However, I also need something that I can spend loads of time in, preferably something that also results in actual products that I can share with people who like them.
The biggest obstacle preventing this is my fear of commitment to a single hobby. Heck, the entire I Never series is a testament to my desire to jump from one experience to another. But obviously doing lots of different things meant that I could never develop any skill. So, I have decided to say goodbye to all of my hobbies that I have ever dabbled into or not even started trying and pick a single hobby to focus on.
I chose game development. Which is a pretty broad hobby, covering both design and implementation of any games, be they physical or virtual. But I really like all the components that go into the creation of games and a lot overlap with my previous hobbies, including mechanics design (one of my favorite parts of D&D), art, music, and story-telling. And of course I love playing games, so it all combines into a neat package.
And mostly to force myself to actually dive into this, I’ve created my first deliverable before publicly talking about starting this hobby. So if you’re interested, hop on over to Maze Game 1 to check out my first “game”.
Of course, since I’m just starting out, I have a lot to learn, but that’s really the fun part. That and working towards the creation of the game I have in mind right now. But I’ll write some more about what I’m actually planning at a later point.
For now, I’m excited to work on this new hobby and I hope you’ll tag along for this new ride.