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Update #14


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Ever since about December, I've been harassed by a voice that is claiming to be the sun, and its been attacking me and harassing me almost every hour of the day.

This is the best way I can explain what I am going through... if anyone has any advice or can offer help with this problem, it was not really what I was hoping for and it was very much NOT what I was told making this game was going to be like last year when I started working on it:

Voice says: "The sun doesn't want you to publish Katalyka, because it wants to be almost exactly LIKE Katalyka, but it keep it all a secret.  If you publish your game, it is going to let people in on too many secrets." (paraphrasing)

My response:

The giant glowing mass of hydrogen that lights up our entire planet with heat and color wants to remain a secret?

Seems a bit like a pipe dream to me.

Besides, there have already been a few different "galactic themed" video games and at least one other board game that have all gotten rather popular, so I really don't understand why "The Sun" is supposedly obsessing over the details in this game, specifically.  The voice won't tell me what it is that I'm supposed to change or remove, because apparently that would give too much away?  This is all rather strange to me, and hard to believe.

We already demonstrated that the sun's long term goals and survival are threatened by people who manipulate elements, and that the Sun has NOTHING to lose by being honest and open, but the people who want to control it and the less educated people around them have their entire fortunes to lose if Life on Earth came together in a healthy way along with the blessing of the Sun.

Apparently, my design for the game was based on ideas that are too close to reality, and people who have a lot of influence over Life itself have been stomping on me and trying to keep me from finishing it.

I hope you can understand why I've been hoping that production would have gone smoother and just get the game done, but this harassment has gotten so persistent I can barely even think any more.

When I started working on it, I was told that it would be my opportunity to make something that would help teach, bring various levels of Life together, and would be fun and popular... but its just been roadblock after roadblock, and endless harassment for months over any minute detail or idea that I put into it... and even though its finished, then the voices started obsessing over keeping me from printing it, mostly by distracting me constantly with insane trivia, nonsense, and annoyances to the point where I can't even think.  What's kind of frustrating is that half of the stuff that it complains to me about are things I was essentially instructed to put into the game, by the same voices that are harassing me now.

I honestly don't know what to do about this.  I'm starting to feel that I've been set up by someone and I'm feeling kind of lost.

The main problem is the actual printing of the card decks.  I have all the other materials, and I have cardstock to print the cards on but it was too thick for my printer and I can't afford to take it to a second hand printer, so as soon as I can finish it I am determined to see this project done.  I looked into exchanging or returning the cardstock, and it would cost me about $500 to do that (which I don't have, since I am on disability due to an injury, I only get about $200 a month after rent and most of that goes into food.)

I put way too much time and effort into Katalyka to give up now, so if anyone has any ideas I'd love to hear them.

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      Creator Joseph Soonsin Lee on June 19, 2012

      any progress on this set back? Any of these ideas the others gave help you?

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      Creator Scott Sims on June 4, 2012

      There are many helpful resources at for printing cards and game boards.
      After a quick search I found these two lists:

      Both cover card creation. There are many other methods possible, I have seem suggestions of card prints in plastic card sleeves/protectors for quicker builds.

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      Creator Philip Cahiwat on June 4, 2012

      Assuming you're not sick and just artsy, I think Stephan's got the right idea. Give us a list of the things that you need to get the game completed. We can tackle them one by one together. Among the 85 of us, I'm sure we can come up with some viable solutions.

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      Creator Kay Rhodes on June 4, 2012

      What Ethan said.

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      Creator Ethan Nicholas on June 4, 2012

      You are experiencing auditory hallucinations. Assuming you are not on drugs, the most likely causes are schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, or bipolar disorder. These are all very serious conditions that can destroy your life if left untreated, and you should see a psychiatrist immediately.

      I understand that money is an issue, but many areas provide free or reduced-cost mental health services for low-income people. Please, please get the help you need. The sun is not talking to you. You are hallucinating and delusional and antipsychotic drugs exist to help with these symptoms.

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      Creator Marco Herden on June 4, 2012

      I take it you don't like consumerism and capitalism but another highly valued commodity is goodwill. Don't squander that with months of silence again. I am sure some backer from the US can help out, either with contacts or even access to printers. Keep us in the loop.

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      Creator Ray Smith on June 4, 2012

      Ignore the sun.
      Take your time. We can wait.
      Be yourself.
      Enjoy, don't stress, over the wonders of creation.

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      Creator Stephan on June 4, 2012

      You've got 85 backers invested to help you make this project succeed. I'm sure that if you elaborate more about your issues, someone here might have a good idea that will lead you to a resolution.

      This stuff about the Sun doesn't really make sense to me.. I'm not sure how to react to it.

      How about this. Generate a Done/To Do list for us in something similar to a Gantt/flow chart format and make notations about where the problem areas are. Just because we backed you financially doesn't mean we can't contribute additional help through advice.

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