Life is change, as they say, and changes came to my life last week. Long story short – and I’m not really going to share the long version – my services were no longer required at the day job, so I got let go. Last Friday was my last day.

In the time since, I’ve been making plans for what I hope to achieve between now and my next bout of gainful employment. There’s a lot of different things I want to do, from writing, to working on art, to game development, and some catching up on my back catalog of games (I totally got Folklore for a steal a couple of weeks back).

I also went on a bit of a WoW binge, if only to get it out of my system early. My Death Knight had been sitting at level 73 or 74 for months, so I finally brushed him off and got him to 80. Ding, wewt, and all that. It loses some lustre after the first few times, and this is the 6th level 80 I have, so meh. Since my other 3 level 70+ characters are all paired up with ones the missus has, and the missus is busy playing other games right now, getting the DK to 80 was the only clear-cut goal I had left. Now that that’s out of the way, I can forget about WoW until, say, a month before Cataclysm, at which point I’ll probably go back and play with a vengeance to get that Loremaster of Kalimdor achievement I’m still missing.

In other gaming news, I’ve also been playing Hydorah. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s an old-school inspired side-scrolling shooter, with heavy inspiration drawn from Gradius to R-Type to Castlevania. The graphics are deliciously retro, there are branching paths, assorted weapons, power-ups, secrets, and other such old-school shmup goodness. In many ways, it’s very similar to what I’m hoping to do with Oneirius, hearkening back to the games that originated what is now known as the shoot ’em up genre, while at the same exploring the possibilities of its design space. Note: Locomalito’s site seems to be down, very likely due to their server exploding from the unexpected spike in bandwidth use. I think I saw them post on Twitter that there was a download mirror somewhere.

So, with my newlyfound free time, I hope to be posting on here more often, updating my deviant art with some new work, and hopefully finishing and publishing some games.