Working on Vacation

I have a trip scheduled with some friends to go to the Yuki Matsuri in Hokkaido this week. It’s a yearly trip and I’ve never backed down. The trip runs from today until next Wednesday the 10th. I’m excited to go, but, with the game deadline approaching, a little nervous.

After all, 5 days away from the game, while potentially meditative, is a huge chunk of time to not be doing anything with. But should I bring my computer with me?

When I was young, my father would often come with his computer on vacations. I guess he does it even now. There was always a little dismay in the family at the fact that he was working instead of “spending time with the family”. I don’t really care now, but those thoughts have infiltrated my brain.

“Working while on vacation is bad,” they say. “Don’t waste your vacation time!” “Spend time with the people around you while you have the chance.” “Make memories.” “Live a little.”

And I don’t plan to use my computer much. But, if I have 5 minutes to spare, and I could be using it to make something, shouldn’t I? Especially with less than a month left to make things.

After all, this is my 3rd Yuki Matsuri. It’s not like I haven’t seen it all before.

I’ve been working at a breakneck speed recently, finally catching up to my schedule and attempting to surpass it. But 5 days off is a near death sentence. Steady wins the race. Thankfully, next Thursday is a holiday, so I’ll have that whole day. And yet, it’s little compensation.

I’m getting close to the end. But with each day comes a little more stress. Internal talks about what is important.

Monday night was a big milestone. Half of the students are in the game. 18 more to go. I mean, now, on Friday, only 13 left. Next milestone: Current section of the game complete. I set the finish date for the 10th, but it’s looking tough. Possible though. Then, main story complete by the 20th. Then, all the students in the game by the 25th. That will be enough to let friends test it. Then, all the side areas and bug testing done by the 1st. Then…

All I can think about is this game. Is it even possible to go to the Yuki Matsuri without thinking about the game?

I guess I’ll bring it. If only for the peace of mind. Work for 10 minutes will let me enjoy the rest of the day. Steady. Bit-by-bit.

 

And hey, having a whole group of potential testers to rope in isn’t a bad idea. I always learn a crazy amount watching someone play.

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2 thoughts on “Working on Vacation

    • I did end up taking my computer with me, but not using it. I wrote a little blog piece back two years ago when I first went called “The Nostalgia Walk”, but it wasn’t really about the Yuki Matsuri so much as it was about seeing Sapporo after a few years away. I do recommend going though, in the future, if you’re into the sort of thing. 🙂

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