Man, even though I've been averaging a great deal less in hours per week worked, I am feeling this run even more then the last. I think the 10 month long break between runs was enough for my body to forget most of the crunch-time survival skills I learned over the years. Combine that with the extra three episodes of this run and it's like a formula for crushing my very soul. Ugh. On the down side I dropped out of the one project I found interesting due to needing to focus on Laura and life, but I'm bummed I had to. I still want a project to work on. I've been waiting for the Lads behind KoboldTouch to finish their iOS SpriteKit version but they've gone off on a whole new tangent that while promising also pushes back the day I can start working with it by another month or two. Meh. I guess I could spend this time creating an honest to goodness design doc. How crazy would that be?
We wrap episode 1708. Yeesh. I am fucking beat and we still have two more episode to deliver. Luckily I have next week off. Kinda. We are upgrading the UPS in our primary machine room on Monday and Tuesday of next week which means the week I'm supposed to have off isn't really a week off but 2 days off, one of which will be mostly spent on the road as we drive out to visit my wife's family in BFE (otherwise known as Hisperia). I will be happy when this run is over... I need a fucking vacation...
Just got out of a group session. No, not THAT kind of group. Every so often when there's a shot or two that has a large crowd Matt will come around late Tuesday night and gather up people who aren't busy to go into the sound booth and record us making sounds. Usually it's things like "rabble rabble rabble!" or "peas and carrots!" or "Yeah!" said in a loud but mumbly voice so nothing specific can be made out. We often do the same shot 3-4 times while trying to do a different pitch/cadence/accent each time to add to the apparent total number of people in the crowd. It's fun but surprisingly hard on ones throat. I always come away from one of those sessions with renewed respect for voice actors. That shit is hard.
We're almost done with tonight's episode and it's still dark outside. That's the second time in a row that we've wrapped an episode before the sun came up. I wouldn't mind seeing this become the norm. I think as we age, we're all beginning to realize we don't bounce back from these all nighters like we used to. Counting tonight's episode, that's six down and 4 to go. Normally it would be 1 more to go, but with the schedule changes it's gonna be a long ass month...
In Wanderer news, it looks like the lads from Cadenza have hit the limit of what they can do without day jobs. So, they're putting a pause on further Wanderer development for the time being while they all find gainful employment. It's a bummer, but understandable. Can't feed your family and pay rent with ambition alone. Alas, this also means that I am finding myself with a ton of free time again. I need to find a new project to spend my time on. Maybe a space sim this time? I guess I'll have to start poking around the usual forums and see if any project spark my interest. Whee...