I can't believe it's been five years since I released Unemployment Quest. The game exceeded my expectations in terms of how many people connected with it and I really appreciate everyone who's supported the game. I expect that this will be my last update.
Unfortunately I also allowed the game to vanish from the internet for the past couple of years. I can only attribute this to my own laziness and preference for staying out of the limelight. But people sometimes ask me about getting the game and I've finally made it available again! To download a copy, just head on over to UnemploymentQuest.com and pick your download!
If anyone's looking for a CD copy, YES I do still have copies. I can't mail them out for free, but if you want one, just send me a message. I can't give them out totally for free, but I'll make them affordable - $7 if you live in the US, $15 for international orders.
You might be wondering where life has taken me since making the game... well, now I'm a full-time public librarian at a small town in upstate New York! I love my job, feel like I'm doing good in the world, I feel like I'm in a psychologically healthy place, and have as much stability as I think I could hope for. Things are good!
And you might be wondering about the illustrator who created the disc's cover-art, Rayna Sassano. She has a Kickstarter project of her own to publish Lumine - an illustrated origin story. The publication of this book has been a goal of her's since she was a teenager. She needs help for it to get released and the project ends in a week, so please consider backing her project!
Again, I'd like to thank everyone who's supported me and this project in any capacity over the years. It really means a lot. I'm a bit of a cyber-hermit and want to avoid the spotlight of internet-fame. But if you have any questions for me, I'd still be happy to answer them. Feel free to send me a message!
I can't believe it's been over a year since my last update! I don't like the idea of spamming backers with an endless barrage, so I'll keep this short and sweet!
FIRST: Unemployment Quest is now on Desura! I'll be sending download keys to all backers who backed at the $5 or more level; expect those in the next week or so. Hooray for having an alternate method of getting a digital copy!
SECOND: Unemployment Quest is a part of the latest "Bundle In a Box"! So the game can be had along with up to a DOZEN OTHER INDIE RPGs for not much money! Plus some of the money from the bundle will be going to charity and to help other indie developers. It's really awesome and I encourage everyone to tell spread the word about this; it's only up for two weeks!
THANKS AGAIN TO ALL BACKERS!
Hey all, I just wanted to post an update to say that I've finally got everyone's rewards in the mail! (With the exception of a handful of folks who never responded to the survey I sent out... if that's you and you're reading this, you should do that! Otherwise I don't know where to send it.) If you *have* given your address and are still waiting for your reward, it should arrive sometime within the next week for people in the US. Probably longer for international backers. But they're on their way!
I just wanted to thank everyone again for backing my project. I wasn't able to include personal notes in everyone's package, but I really appreciate all the support very much! I also want to let everyone know that I actually have found a job! It's part-time, but I'll be a reference librarian at a public library, which has been pretty much one of my dream-jobs. Pretty awesome!
I'm also planning out some new projects, I'll be building a new website for those and posting an update when it's ready. But it's going to be an awesome multi-media collaboration with a close friend and we'll have all sorts of cool things there! Details will come when things have been better established, but it's going to be awesome. Look forward to it!
All right! This years Connecticon is over; it was EXHAUSTING but also a great experience! I sold a bunch of copies of Unemployment Quest and was also a guest on a podcast called Second Opinion Games. The podcast should go up tomorrow (from what I can tell it will be #68) so you can listen to it then! (Be warned, this was recorded on the last day and I was pretty much running on Korean energy drinks and this might come across. But listen anyway!)
The convention itself was a cool time! I still have a lot of copies left, which I'll sell at future conventions (hopefully next year's Connecticon and maybe some others). I met some people who were inspired by the game, had fun, and spread the word! Yeah!
I'm still working at getting everyone's package in the mail. But I'm moving along at a good pace! Oh, and I left the prints with Rayna, the illustrator by accident, so I won't be able to mail out the $50+ packages until next week. Just so everyone's aware!
Well, the discs have finally arrived from the replication company; I really like how they turned out! The total run is ONE THOUSAND DISCS. IMO that's a pretty good sized run, yet limited enough to give you bragging rights for having one! :P
I've sent out a survey to get addresses from everyone who's backed at the physical reward levels and packages will go out as fast as I can mail them! (I don't know how many I can send in a day but it might end up taking a few weeks for some folks to get theirs, FYI.) Thanks again to everyone who backed! It's thrilling to have something I've made on a legit non-CR-R CD!
I know a lot of folks prefer digital downloads, but I think physical media is still a pretty cool thing!
And this weekend I'll be at Connecticon, selling these in the Artist Colony! I'm looking forward to it!