May-June-2021 Sitrep

What’s happened so far

So, May and June happened. Work continued to reassert itself, including having my annual audit getting pushed up forward a whole month and more or less blowing my schedules and plans right out of the water by pretty much every metric around. Fortunately things have gotten a bit more “back to normal”, so I’m picking up the pieces and getting everything back into position.

Fortunately though, most of what fell by the wayside was some of the administrative and project work and not core writing (for the most part). Story progress has continued, and a few more things got done and completed, so things haven’t been sitting still. I’ve also been working here and there to try and tidy up some more of my notes, and made a bit more progress on that aspect. The dev work on Starfire’s been continuing at a reasonable pace, even with hiccups and bumps (since life has this habit of happening no matter what we’d rather be doing).

Fortunately I have a couple days off coming up in August, and I’m looking forward to putting a few of those days towards some solid Starfire development work 🙂

What’s happening next?

3rd Elysium is now fundamentally complete. The planetary battle is done, the follow-up gunboat strike is done, and the writing for the aftermath of the strike now is mostly done (expecting that to be completed by the end of July, more or less. I’ve got a pretty good idea of how the next few turns will go, and I’m putting some more bits and pieces together for the aftermath, both military and political. It’s going to be interesting to see just where things go after this. At the least I imagine there’ll be a pretty big peace dividend. But we’ll see how it goes 🙂

2021 Goals

These goals are approximately in order of priority and in order of precedence (IE have to do #1 before you can do #2). There’s some goals from 2020 that are coming back, but a lot of them are going to be brand new ones as well. It’s also a longer list as well, but some of those entries are one-and-done tasks that shouldn’t be as hard as others to complete.

1) Finish 3rd Elysium

Tactical battles are complete, story writing almost done (doing polish on the final bit after the gunboat strike).

2) Complete turn processing for all empires up to turn 160

No progress as yet (due to 3rd Elysium still not finished).

3) Do a full overhaul and update of my map (as seen on Fleet Management Mk2) so it’s all on one well-organized map WITH space to expand

Still thinking about ways to do better flags for fleet locations. Have a few ideas to do incrementally better flags, but nothing really revolutionary. Need to do some testing to see what ideas work.

4) Write up a new Mk2 commissioning contract

No further progress on this one yet.

5) Update my internal deWulf Story Document

No new progress here.

6) Finish playtesting and balancing for Scenario Book 1 – The First Contact War

No progress here.

7) Finish the writing work for Scenario Book 1 – The First Contact War

No progress here.

8) Introduce and post completed artwork

I still need to go and post the artwork that I’ve gotten done. And some more artwork that’s been completed has gotten added to that pile as well!

9) Go do a second pass on the artwork for Scenario Book 1, incorporating new details and design concepts over the past year

Nothing new here, but that’s to be expected as there’s artwork and other things still outstanding.

10) Start fishing in my contacts to find someone who can do proofreading for Scenario Book

This task is sitting low on the to-do list for fairly obvious reasons. Need to be done writing and my own edit pass before the work can get handed off to an editor.

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