Le Update

I’ve updated the site’s theme, and I’m very happy with the new look. It’s not entirely done, of course; lots of little changes are still going to happen, and some of the content will get a complete overhaul. All in all, though, I’m quite pleased.

Good news, everyone! Just when I had completely given up on Alphaland finding a sponsor, the whole thing suddenly turned around. (I kind of feel that the Flash market is in a weird state right now, and that some of the old approaches aren’t quite working anymore.)

My finger is doing much better, and Verena is not sick anymore. She will begin updating her site again tomorrow, and we’re working on getting Commentarium back on track.

The Book of Living Magic will be finished soon. As will the non-game project I’ve been working on with Ivo Shmilev (who voiced Dr. Georgiev in Phenomenon 32 and is a very good friend).

The deluge of emails I’ve received has almost been dealt with. If you haven’t gotten an answer from me by Monday or Tuesday, please email me again. It’s really been quite mad.

There are many other things to write about, and I hope to get to them soon.

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  1. I can just hear some people screaming.


    Ah, the joys of being an idiot who whines about every little change.
    Personally, I preferred the older, simpler theme, but it doesn’t really matter.

  2. The Twitter feed does look much nicer in this theme, though, as does the RSS feed for Verena’s blog. However, I don’t see a link or an RSS feed for Commentarium. May I ask why this is?

  3. I think this theme looks much cleaner and simpler, which makes the whole thing easier to read. I liked the old theme, too (which is why this one isn’t that different), but it always felt like it was going to fall apart any minute now.

    The Commentarium RSS feed will be back as soon as Commentarium is back.

  4. Very spiffy. I like it. Does seem to need a bit more work, though. Things seem a tad cramped, particularly with the stuff on the right. But the banner and the links at the top are perfect.

  5. I think the sidebar looks a bit cramped simply because there’s so much in it, which is hard to change. But I’ll still be changing a few things.

    The best thing about this theme is the cat, though. Verena made that.

  6. BiggerJ

     /  April 19, 2011

    Could you please elaborate on the parenthetical in the second paragraph? I’m curious about the state of things in the Flash market.

  7. I’m not 100% sure, but it’s seemed very slow to me lately – very good games (and I don’t mean Alphaland) taking a very long time to find sponsorship, people complaining about having trouble getting attention from sponsors… maybe it’s the amount of games, maybe it’s changing trends in the market, maybe it’s various economic factors… but if feels weird.

  8. The cat is exactly what this place needed. Excellent!

  9. BiggerJ

     /  April 19, 2011

    It could be the bursting of a bubble, but I don’t know enough about the age and history of the concept of Flash game sponsorship to know how likely that is.

  10. Interesting times filled with exciting news!