Summer Sale, and keeping track of my time

This is Merrow, a character NPC you’ll meet in the 3rd Act of Seasons Of The Wolf

First of all, in case you didn’t know yet, the Summer Sale has started! All my games on my own site are discounted by 50%. No need to enter any coupon code, the discount is automatic. On the site the full price are still displayed but when you add the products to the cart you’ll see the discount 🙂

Visit now!

Tracking time

I don’t use any time-tracking softwares, but yesterday was working on Steam’s Nicole build, and started to think how much time I spent so far this year on this and other tasks. Everything is approximate but should give you an idea:

  • writing blog posts like this one: usually I write them in advance since I don’t like to rush things (even blog posts!) and I’ve never missed a Friday post since a long time 🙂 Sometimes posts are done fast, like this one (about 1,5 hour spent on it) while other times I need to think more. I’d say on average 2h each blog, so let’s say 25 weeks x 2h = 50h or 2 days
  • adding a game to Steam: this varies greatly too, some games like the RPGs with many achievements and cards took me 1-2 weeks, including testing, fixing bugs, preparing assets and so on. Also the first times I was more inexperienced and spent more time to figure out everything. Let’s say on average 1 week each x 10 games (last 2 will be live next month) = 10 weeks
  • managing people: this year was rather bad, since had to replace several writers, deal with delays, etc. Probably the worst since I’ve been indie 😀 Anyway, those things eat up time like crazy, because you need to explain everything again to the new people, and maybe previous ones wrote some stuff that you had to read, etc. I also need to check other aspects of the games like art & music, because even if rarely there are problems (small stuff, but finding out late that you are missing a certain asset is bad, so you need to be careful). Then there’s giving feedback to people, email exchange, etc etc.
    Considering that I’m always working on at least 5-6 projects at same time, I’d say that I spend minimum 14h a week on this. 25 weeks x 14h = 350h or 14 days / 2 weeks
  • support: unfortunately I need to do support 🙂 I get several emails every day, most of them are quick, others take more time. I’d say in total I spend 1h a week on this, so 25 weeks x 1h = 25h or 1 day
  • forums: I read forums and answer people when I can. This could fall under support, but in some cases I discuss my design choices or talk with people to get new ideas and learn what they want. Probably I spend too much time there, even if recently I am reducing the amount and length of my posts 😉 Because even when I don’t write, I check new posts and read them (they’re talking about my games!). Same thing for Steam and other sites / communities. I’d say I spend 1h a day on this on average, so 25 weeks x 7h = 175h or 7 days / 1 week
  • various marketing activities: sending newsletter (I need to make a web page every time), facebook, twitter, buying some banner ads, etc. Even in this case I spend for sure 1h/day, I still think is worth it because while the results aren’t quick, helps build up my “brand” or at least make people aware of my games. Again, is 25 weeks x 7h = 175h or 7 days / 1 week

So what is the total? Let’s see: 14 weeks and 3 days!  and since we’re about halfway in the 2014, 26 weeks passed (a year is made of 52 weeks). It means that I was able to actually work on the games only for about 11-12 weeks this year! :O

And yet I still managed to release 1 game (Roommates) and finish a beta of a RPG (SOTW) ? I think I’m working too much, really! 😉

Of course, some things like Steam were totally unexpected: thankfully (or not?) I’ve ran out of games to be approved, so is not like every year I’ll have to make so many Steam builds! But for example, I didn’t take into account also the time to make the mobile builds, since that thing is really hard to quantify, but still are precious hours that I can’t use to making new games.

Now you understand why is taking so long for me to finish SOTW? beside the fact that what was initially supposed to be a small game turned out to be a big game! 😉

I don’t want to lie, I will probably take a short break once SOTW is done, since jokes apart I’ve really been working too much lately, so need to enjoy life a bit too. But stay assured that every game I announced (like Undead Lily, or Queen Of Thieves) will be finished, sooner or later 🙂

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15 Responses to Summer Sale, and keeping track of my time

  1. Michaela Sarah says:

    Wow, you sure are busy! I almost feel bad for commenting, since it only creates one more ‘task’ for you to respond to. 😉

    I’ve been a fan of Winter Wolves since the release of “Love & Order”, but I recently dug into my pockets and shelled out for “Loren – The Amazon Princess”. I just have to say, what an amazing game! The storyline is great, the combat is challenging enough to be fun, and the characters are unforgettable. Both my husband and I have enjoyed playing the game, and were surprised to see just how different our gameplay experience was! We also agreed that it’s so refreshing to play a game (RPG nonetheless) with a forward-thinking, balanced gender perspective.

    If you ever find it in you to make a sequel or another DLC, I’d be overjoyed. Really, Loren is *that* good. In the mean time, thank you for putting in all the long hours that you do, and we’ll definitely be making a few purchases during the Summer Sale!

    • admin says:

      Thanks 🙂 Glad you liked Loren. I am working on a sequel (or better two mroe games) but is still far from being finished. Meanwhile I am working on SOTW which should be fun to play as well!

  2. Elevown says:

    The summer sale is a good deal for everyone and hope you get lots of sales- but for my sake, I already own every single game you sell that i want, i think 🙂 (That being any game with yuri dating options. 🙂

    Its a real shame every game with romance dosnt have the option- i can see why you might not want a ‘girls love’ version of every game- but in a game like winter in fairbrook- would it have been so hard to add ONE datable girl? You could for the most part of used existing images and just needed a few more, and then needed dialouge I’d of thought- then it would sell to people who are ONLY into yuri dating.

    • admin says:

      Yes I could have done that, but having just ONE girl wouldn’t be bad? I mean why have a game with 4 dateable boys and only 1 girl? I’d rather do a bigger game “yuri only” (what I’m doing now :D). To me feels like a bit lame to ask yuri fans to pay for just 1 romance 🙂

      • Elevown says:

        you can only date one girl in love and order if i remember?

        And the option to date one girl is better than none 🙂

        I thought the fairbrook games, with that element of atellier/harvestmoon/recettear where you have grow/make stuff to sell in your shop is very interesting- but id miss out on a lot with no dating in the game- and since you arnt making a yuri fairbrook that i know of- one girl would of been better than none 🙂

        Oh well- I eagerly await any games you do in future with yuri 🙂

        • admin says:

          In the upcoming C14 dating there’s a hidden yuri path 😉
          (was supposed to be secret but I’ve already spilled the beans in the past, so… :D)

  3. Mike says:

    You monster, you. Well, looks like I’ll have to give in to this sale and buy Nicole already. I’ve got H3 and Roommates with all options so I can’t wait to add Nicole to the library 🙂

    I’m glad you’re still selling on this website and not resorting to Steam only measures. +100 relation!

  4. Laila says:

    I feel stupid for asking this, but is Seasons Of The Wolf a sequel to something or is it a new series?

    • admin says:

      Is set in the same fantasy fictional world of Aravorn, the same of my other games Loren and Spirited Heart, and has some small references to Loren’s characters 🙂

  5. Dove says:

    I was planning on buying some games during the sale but I want to support you fully so I’m going to buy some when they are at full price again~. Also, seeing your schedule, I thought to myself, when do you sleep XD

  6. Poyudi says:

    I wanted to buy a copy of your Roommates game, though it costs more then I’d be willing to spend. It seems I missed this sale? It would of put it at the price I would of been willing to buy it at. x: Too bad I didn’t even know about any of your games until like yesterday, >.o;

    Any idea when your next sale may be?

    • admin says:

      Yes the sale ended the 30th June, I don’t know yet when I’ll do the next one, for sure for Thanksgiving / Christmas. Anyway if you want send me an email 😉

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