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Oh... a new year has come and it's time for a view back on the year past from a Spell of Play perspective.
2009 was a social year for me. TWTPB launched late 2008 and much of my energy went into marketing and getting the word out there about twtpb, hUb and Spell of Play in general. This was also the time when I discovered twitter and I quickly took it to my heart... probably a bit too much There is even a way for you to connect your spell of play profile and twitter profile, via our twitter app Game Twtr
Via twitter we got a bunch of followers and visitors to our website, I tried doing twitter contests, blogging contests, appeared on some pod-casts and also a web show featured the spell of play homepage. We then decided to host a small game development gathering called SoPCon in Gothenburg. We also managed to end up on a list of Swedens hottest small game developers resulting in some local radio and tv-interviews. Things where looking good!
However, as it seems reality catches up sooner or later and I've felt quite uninspired, burnt out, call it what you want after summer. The end result was that I did not manage to pull through the latter half of 2009 and the result is that the number of visitors to the site is at an all time low Not much is happening and I've not been able to do much about it.
I also have not been able to get a real start on any new game projects this year. I'm torn between continuing working on TWTPB (I have some ideas for an expansion), Project L and some new ideas I have been experimenting with lately.
So what is my vision for 2010? What I would like to happen is to get the online community working and have some proper integration with our games. I want the homepage to feel more alive and kicking than ever! I would also like to at least start a new game project. I also have a number of improvements to the hUb backend that I would like to get on.
What will definitely happen is that we'll push our games to appear on Gamers Gate and also a port of TWTPB to XNA -> XBox is more or less done. So I hope we'll get accepted by Microsoft.
I will try to play more games 2010
I hope your 2009 was good and that 2010 will be even better for you!
Submitted by hObbE
Sat, 01/02/2010 - 14:31
A new version of hUb has just been released, this is a very minor update but it features some long awaited improvements to the text input and scrolling. You can now use the common short-cuts when writing text (ctrl-combos, home, end etc). The scrollbar is now much more forgiving when it comes to hitting the actual bar and you can also do "page up" and "page down" by clicking above or below the scroll button.
As usual this is automatically updated when you start hUb.
Due to some technical problems (server hardware crash) hUb currently only works in offline mode. You can of course still play the games you have previously installed.
We're working hard to get our server up and running again and we hope to have it online in at 18:00 (GMT +1).
Thanks for your patience.
As it seems the crash was more serious than we first estimated. We're working hard to get everything back online and we hope to have a solution up and running during the day.
We now have a server up and running again and we're working hard to restore the game distribution system on it. Hopefully this will be up and running soon.
The hUb server is now back online. Unfortunately we had to make some major changes forcing a complete reinstall of hUb. This means that you will have to reinstall your games. On the up side we now have a better server giving you speedier game downloads.
We are sorry for the inconvenience.
A new version of hUb has just been released adding a chat. Now you can post your comments on games, chat with other gamers and developers directly in hUb!
This functionality is in beta state and we appreciate any feedback or comments.
As usual hUb will update itself to the most current version and no extra work is needed from your part.
New to hUb? You can read more and download on our play games now page
Finally some work completed on my game Sense: Survival Prelude. This one adds lots of new gameplay mechanics and a bigger map. Play on hUb now!
Submitted by SolidBenny
Sat, 11/21/2009 - 18:40
I've been working on games alright, but I've been REALLY sidetracked lately by my discovery of Speech Level Singing.
Submitted by johno
Mon, 11/16/2009 - 14:34