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The Harmonia project consists of two main elements: an online TRPG (Tactical Role-playing Game) set in the Kingdom of Harmonia, and a robust game engine built for custom content and modding.
The game casts you as leader of a band of heroes fighting alongside other players' forces. Your battalion explores the world, traverses large dungeons, completes quests, and engages in strategic combat against other armies on the battlefield. As you complete areas of the game, you unlock new classes, races, flair, and abilities for your characters and your account.
Behind the game, Harmonia is also a platform for players and developers to create their own games hosted on their own servers. The Harmonia engine allows all of the game's assets, including zones, character classes, and abilities, to be modified using a lightweight, flexible scripting language. These scripts are open for anyone to edit, and can be modified and recompiled while the server is running, allowing designers to tweak their creations even while playing them. In this way Harmonia provides an infinitely moddable tactical RPG engine.
Together these elements create an online gaming experience with limitless possibilities. Once a player completes all of the content on the official Harmonia servers, they have the option to either create their own content and run their own server, or join one of many unofficial servers hosted by the community and explore player-made content. This opens the game up for endless expansion as we, the developers, take notice of top-quality player-made content and integrate it into our official servers if the creator so desires.
Hey folks, Simon (Synival) here.
At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, I promised a post-mortem analysis that hasn't happened yet. It's nearly-completed and almost ready to post here, but before I get to that I'd like to give a more personal update to clear my own head. This blog will typically be about development stuff, but it feels appropriate now to act like a human being instead of a game-developing robot. Hopefully my programming will allow for this.
It's been two weeks since the campaign was over, and I honestly walked away on high spirits. It was nice to finally get a day off, but you know what wasn't nice? Not having work to come back to. I'd read before that running a Kickstarter is a full-time job with a lot of overtime work, and it's certainly true. It turns out that it's also really satisfying, too; I love interacting with people, developing crazy new features (multiple unit selection, whoo!), doing the art stuff, and managing the project in general. Not sure why, but getting stuff done is always satisfying, and game development has so many facets, I'm content with just working around the clock. Who needs a social life when I have a glowing LCD screen and the Internet? Don't answer that.
So why aren't I working around the clock on Harmonia right now? Something I've never mentioned and will only mention this one time (because I have no interest in pity or making excuses) is that I need to generate some extra income to pay the bills. I'm not in horrible shape financially or anything, but there's no way I can justify working 14 hour days on Harmonia at the moment, and it's a real downer. Not because there's no money, but because there's a long, long list of features that aren't getting implemented, and I'm super duper eager to get back to work on it. Development on the local client is getting close to replacing the Telnet window, and I really wanna do it!
The plan right now is to gather some extra work to save money and resume development as soon as possible. Developing 2 hours a day seemed like a good idea, but for a project that would take six months to complete, it isn't a realistic plan at all, nor is it satisfying. Aggressive job hunting is my life at the moment, then I can get back to work on Harmonia, possibly working towards another fund-raising campaign later on down the line. Dedicating all my time towards Harmonia was really satisfying, even if it was exhausting (and unhealthy), and I'd like to give another stab at it now that we know how to run a much, much better campaign.
As a side note, you know what I hate? Shameless plugging all over the Internet. It's a necessary evil to be sure, and most people recognized that to my relief, but I still felt dirty every time I did it. So, sorry, Internet, for pushing my wares all over your webs. At least I wasn't posting xzibit memes everywhere or something, starting threads in threads because I heard you like threads oh god I should stop this now.
Okay. The post-mortem: It's almost done, but my first draft was really dry and suffered from a lot of tl;dr, so I'm going to clean it up, add some pictures, and possibly split it into two articles. The post-Kickstarter blues are finally wearing off, so I'm feeling motivated again :D
-- Simon (Synival)
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@Detocroix Yep! But I'm going to light some scented candles and listen to solo violin so it's still romantic.
3hours 55mins ago
Task of the now: boiling down complicated gameplay concepts into a single elegant rule. Gotta keep it simple!
4hours 17mins ago
Spun the big wheel of game development today, landed on "make a YouTube video". So that's happening soon.
6hours 49mins ago
Spaced out for a bit and was nearly slain by an owl. How does that even happen.
17hours 57mins ago
23hours 12mins ago
Must post link everywhere... but must sleep :-| Decisions are difficult!
May 21 2013, 6:15pm
May 21 2013, 6:06pm
Alternatively, you can play online or download the server here: T.co
May 21 2013, 5:26pm
BTW, that build *should* work, but it hasn't been tested thoroughly yet ;) Consider yourself a tester! *waits patiently for error reports*
May 21 2013, 5:11pm
I'm considering leaking this Harmonia Classic build: T.co Oh, oops. Enjoy! :D
May 21 2013, 5:07pm