A Sign of Good Friendship

A friend recently flew up to my place from western Japan to come snowboarding for the week. I’d agreed to it when I thought I had a lot more time to work on the game. As the final stretch approaches, I realize that perhaps I was naive. But, so be it. This weekend will be a good time to relax and get some needed sleep.

The same friend was looking to come up one more time for some more snowboarding and we were trying to decide when a good day is. Most of his good weekends were busy for me and vice versa. There was one particularly free spot: the weekend of February 27-28.

My final stretch period.

He asked why that weekend was bad. I explained that I had to work on my project. I was preparing myself to hold my ground if pushed, to not budge on that weekend even if it was the only one left of the season. I was happy to find that he didn’t push, and we found a good, if expensive, weekend in late March.

One sign of good friends: They understand when you say no. They understand when something that is important to you isn’t worth missing.

It was a relief to find I didn’t have to defend myself. But maybe it says more about my trust in friends that I worried he would push. In any case, it was a good start to this relaxing, snowboarding weekend.

Daily Goals

Sorry. Not a long post here today.

I’ve been talking about Shichikashuku 2, my next game. It comes out in about 40 days, whether I want it to or not. It’s terrifying. Not paralyzing fear, but the reasonable kind of worry that comes the morning of a test when you haven’t studied. The kind that forces you into action. And, on occasion, stresses.

This is, on a personal level, perhaps similar to the crunch time faced by video game studios. That’s maybe an exaggeration. I haven’t yet ordered take out and stayed up all night working.

For the past month or so, I’ve been setting these half month goals. Implement xxxx character. Create xxxx area. Script xxxx cutscene. Follow the plan. It’s been good, and those moments that I finish goals before their deadline, I’m pretty happy. But, since I usually have a group of 50 things to do every two week period, some inevitably fall through the cracks.

Maybe I shouldn’t make such a long list of things per month? But then, these aren’t unreasonable things. Some of them are pretty simple as long as I get down and do it.

All this thinking led me back to an old staple: daily goals. Much stricter in the completion of, but much more reasonable in amount. That is, I can’t go to sleep until I finish the daily goals. But, I only have two or three or five things on there. So, it’s easier to focus on what I need to do.

Last night I didn’t get to sleep until about 1 am completing goals. Bad for my sleep and yet I managed to complete some elusive tasks. While I can’t keep up that pace, if I did, the game could be done in less than a month. Probably. It’s all speculation. But the unknowns are getting fewer and far-er between.

Of the goals that were supposed to be done by 1/15, only two remain. They’ll get done today. Then, I’ll be “on track”. It’s a good feeling.

With the game as my primary focus, I might have smaller posts here for the next month and a half. But they’re coming! No worries.

New Years in Japan


Everyone has their own way of celebrating. My elementary school principal wrote this on just about everything he could get his hands on.


Just to get it out of the way: あけおめ!今年もよろしくお願いします Continue reading