Just a quick one and some good news on the nibbles front since the horror story that was my Google Play debacle.
My PC publisher for Mr Nibbles Forever and good friends over at Black Shell Media have very kindly decided to publish the Android version of Mr Nibbles Forever to the store. This is great news as the game I spent so long developing, working on and promoting is once again available for others to enjoy.
A few weeks ago I got a friendly reminder from Apple that my Developer license was about to expire. What I hadn’t realized however was that should it expire my games would no longer be available to download on the store.
I can sort of understand this policy for paid apps, should you app earn anything, where does Apple send the money to? But for totally free apps such as Mr Nibbles or Ectoplasm why do this? Its frustrating that I have to pay £80 per year just to keep my free games alive.
To add insult to injury, shortly after receiving the demand for cash from Apple I receive this lovely email:
So not only do I have to pay Apple for the privilege of keeping my free apps on their incredible store I also have to continually update them even tho there is nothing wrong with them. Sigh. I have no idea if I can sill even build my old games for iOS any more. Mr Nibbles was built using Haxe which has no doubt moved on significantly in the intervening years.
In other news I decided to release a new version of Mr Nibbles Forever this month too. I was kind of forced to do so as the highscores in the game relied upon Parse.com for its database and with that shutting down this month I thought that I would do an update to fix it.
While I was there I also decided to simplify things and bring them more inline with the PC version. With that in mind I ripped out all the IAPs and advertising and put a price of $0.99 on it instead. To be honest its probably what I should have done for the start it would have saved me a bunch of time and headaches if I had done so.
Well thats is for now, not too much to report on. I have been busy preparing for the next few months, researching, shopping and organizing. Hopefully ill have some exciting news to report on in that direction soon!
2017 is going to be a great year. From Mid-march im planning on taking some time off to explore more of Australia. It will be the first significant trip I have taken since my epic 9-month Americas adventure in 2013. We are planning 4-5 months for this one which is shorter but still epic and hopefully sufficient to see and do all the things we want to.
The above map shows the planned route. We are going to leave from Perth and take a few weeks to head north, stopping at some of the best beaches in Australia. We then we take the Gibs River Road across to Kunnanara and finally up to Darwn in the Northern Territory.
We will then continue east to see the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast. We may or may not go north from here up the north eastern peninsula of Australia. After the east coast we intend to make our way back through the centre of the country. We intend to go to Lake Eyre in South Australia (largest lake in Australia when it fills) then back into NT to Alice Springs and then Uluru before finally arriving back at Perth where we started some 5 months later.
To do all of that we have bought a really cool folding camper trailer:
And to pull it a second hand Nissan Nivara:
We plan on doing a bunch of walking, exploring and seeing the natural wonders the country has to offer. To capture the memories from a different perspective I invested in a DJI Mavic Pro which is compact and lightweight and perfect for this sort of trip.
I took it for a spin over xmas and put together this video:
Its far from perfect but my first attempt at video editing. I learnt alot and have a much better idea of what sort of footage to capture while on the trip.
So thats the plan hopefully it all goes well and we dont have any major disasters. I am really looking forward to seeing more of the beautiful country.
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