Thursday, April 30, 2009

Some Morbid Reading For Your Day

As the years passed, I have seen a lot of Indie developers rocket past me, just because they are more talented and courageous than I am. Stupid Braid and World of Goo, getting all big and famous by earning it.

I have spent a lot of time envying Introversion, for getting success by being so damn innovative and good. Which is why this article about the grim state of their business really bummed out my day.

We all say it again and again, but it bears repeated. Indie development is a rough way to make a living. One or two missteps can cast you into the Abyss. Not long ago, I released two unpopular games and almost went under. Only the good fortune of writing one big success saved me.

I will feel bad if any currently operating Indie, even a direct competitor, goes under. Because, to quote an excellent book, "A marketplace without a competitor isn't." We compete, but we're all in this together. When one of us does well and gets people to go, "Hey, I should look for more games like that," it helps us all. Anyone who gets introduced to RPGs by Eschalon is just waiting to become my customer.

So good luck to Introvision. Survive and keep showing that Indie gaming can be more exciting than just 90s-style RPG retreads.


  1. When you linked to Basilisk Games as a "direct competitor" that I thought had gone under, you killed me. Thanks, Mr. Vogel. I am now dead. Freaking me out, making me think that Basilisk is gone and that Book II, the video gaming highlight of 2009, will never come.

    (It's going to come, right?)

    (And what I meant was "the highlight of 2009 now that Geneforge 5 is out, of course.)

  2. I had no idea of the financial and project troubles at Introversion. I've always enjoyed their games, Uplink, Darwinia, and Defcon have all had heavy rotation on my play schedule. I picked up Multiwinia but due to an external shoulder based parasite (e.g. baby) I've not had any time to play any games at all.

  3. @Lord Bob: The wording there was a little vague, but it seems like I was implying that Basilisk went under. Obviously and happily, this is not the case.

    I'll reword.

  4. Your90s style RPGs still rock the indie gaming world. Now just port Exile over to the iphone and make millions... Or at least the 10 dollars I'd dish out. Or I've heard they may make a section for 20 dollar titles. So I pledge my 20.

  5. lol, so true about Eschalon leading to sales of your games. I finished it, then straight after bought Avernum 5 :-) Hope to meet you some day in Seattle (I work for BFG in Vancouver at the moment).

  6. Being a share-ware developer is unpredictable work. Sometimes, you become heroes, wealthy as Croseus and famous beyond words. And, sometimes your gnawed bones are left to dry out in some shadowy, forgotten hole.

    Alas, if only life came with a game over dialog that allowed the options "Quit", "Restart" and "Restore" !

  7. You mean "Abort, Retry, Fail?"

  8. The thing about "competitors" is that when it comes to single-player RPGs, it's not really an either/or. Firstly there are so few good games available that you buy all the ones you can find.

    Secondly the more decent RPGs available, the more publicity it gives to the genre as a whole. One good RPG gives someone an appetite for another. And single player, story-based RPGs tend to be less replayable/shorter, since there's a limit to how long the story can go. Even the big boys like Fable II and Elder Scrolls can add more scenarios, but it sputters out by the end, and you want a new, full game.

    Now for open-ended MMORPGs it may be a different matter. There, because you establish an ongoing character and "living" friends (ie not NPCs), and because you may have to invest in a monthly fee, you may well find yourself sticking to fewer titles, possibly only one.

  9. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.Pray for powers equal to Buy rs gold your tasks.Then the doing of work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle, Fear not that the life shall come to an end, but rather fear that Runescape Money it shall never have a beginning,. At twenty years of age Runescape2 Money., the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.

    Empty what's full. Scratch where it itches. Don't go around saying the world owes you a living rs gold, The world owes you nothing. It was here first. Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect Runescape Gold, It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powersrs gold.

  10. I actually appreciate your own position and I will be sure to come back here. I hope people visit my website.


    Professional trading signals delivered to your cell phone daily.

    Follow our signals right now & gain up to 270% a day.


  12. friv 2018 is new flash games which are expected to be the best Friv 4 games to play. You can find all game Friv 4 school free in Friv 2018 and Friv 4 School .Friv 2018 is one of the number one websites that offers thousands of exciting games around the world with high quality. Here, you can search for games in any category. We guarantee that your satisfaction is our pleasure.

    tủ nấu cơm
    máy làm Ðá

  13. Exceptional organize! I just now ran across your site write-up about chiropractic course of action put together with thought out to assert when I element it goes without saying recommended window shopping your site write-up articles or blog posts or maybe opinions. Right now abide by the connection payday loans Enjoyable organize, rather teaching.

  14. I’m impressed, I must say. Really rarely do I encounter a blog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the issue is something that not enough people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something relating to this.

    Click Here

  15. Free slots and free slots online games selected by professional! Find the best payout casino, free bonus online casino and best real money slots games!

  16. It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks
    Click Here

  17. I am happy with your article, Fajartoto think your website is pretty good. Many articles are very useful for everyone. I am sure your website will grow in the future. Fajartoto will always support your website, hopefully more advanced. keep the spirit... thanks

    togel online
    bandar togel terpercaya
    bandar togel sgp
    situs togel resmi
    togel online terpercaya
    agen togel
    agen togel terpercaya
    prediksi sgp
    syair togel hk

  18. There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration. That is a great point to bring up. I offer the thoughts above as general inspiration but clearly there are questions like the one you bring up where the most important thing will be working in honest good faith. I don?t know if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your job is clearly identified as a fair game. Both boys and girls feel the impact of just a moment’s pleasure, for the rest of their lives.

    Indi Host
    Gaya Hidup

  19. Thank you for your post. Really Great. This is the best Instagram online web viewer on the Internet. Discovering top trending photo and video on Pikdo right now!

  20. is a private IP address used to login the admin panel of a router. 192.168.l.l is pre-specified by the router companies as the default gateway address and can be used to make different changes to the router’s settings.

  21. I really appreciate this wonderful post that you have provided for us. I assure this would be beneficial for most of the people.
    ดาวน์โหลด igoal88