New year already? Ideas for 2024

Well, it’s been a while. Apologies for that. ๐Ÿ˜… But things have been a bit busy on several fronts that I haven’t gotten a chance to properly sit down and write things. The usual stuff on N Masters YouTube channel keeps going on, for example. But anyway, I’m gonna focus on the the topic of 2024 and the hopes and plans for this year related with my projects. Also, if you’re wondering about the stream for January 22, please check the Makendo Central section.

N Masters

I’ve talked quite about this before but gonna state it again just in case. First of all, a huge thanks to everyone who has subscribed to our YouTube channel. It has already gotten more than 1,000 subscriptions. Yes, I did notice it happened and something is still being planned to celebrate it. Sorry that it has been taking so long. I have it logged happening on September of last year. Specifically, it happened first on September 9th but YouTube verified it and notified me on September 12th. That’s probably when the number of subscribers stabilized. So one of the plans is to finally announce this celebration stream and it having everything I want it to involve. You’ll see it announced when it happens. Apologies for the huge delay on this, though. Like I’ve explained before, I’ve been busy with several things.

Besides that, more YouTube videos are planned to keep being added including more playthroughs and guides. I do have a few recorded already but haven’t been able to edit them. Also, please remember that the N Masters channel is also available on Odysee as an alternative to YouTube.

More guides will also be added to the website, specifically PSO2 ones since those seem to be pretty useful to the community. And of course, more reviews or preview articles are planned and are currently being worked on already.

Now something I’ve been considering for a while and I want to announce already. I’m seriously considering taking down both forums. Unfortunately, I don’t see anyone really using them. Definitely at least I will be taking down the old forums as it’s a hassle to keep managing both. Of course, a back up will be made before I take it down. And at the moment, I’m thinking of giving the new forums at least one month to see if people are interested in it. If not, they will definitely be taken down on February. It’ll be a shame but it just seems people aren’t interested in this type of web platforms anymore. People just prefer chat servers instead, and that’s already covered by the bridged Guilded/Discord servers.

NovaFan Games

NovaFan Games, my game development part. Being honest, I really want to get some work done here already and I will make sure it really happens this year.

The whole site still needs to be fixed up a bit although I already touched it up a bit. There is actually already a Guilded and Discord server that are fully bridged. This is slightly different to the way I’m handling it on N Masters.

On N Masters, Guilded server is considered the main server and Discord server is a mirror or backup. They are bridged but Guilded server still offers a few more channels because they use features Discord does not offer. But for NovaFan Games, my plan is to make them as equal as possible. Both will be considered main servers and backups of each other. So this unfortunately also means that neither side will take advantage of all the features available but there’ll be parity with most channels and content. There’s still things the bridge can’t do so some content will still be unique but I’ll try to keep those things to the minimum. The invites for the NovaFan Games servers will be published soon, although, don’t expect much in them yet since the games are still in development. And I would still recommend joining the N Masters server for generic gaming topics.

Now for the actual games, first let’s bring up this post I did years ago. Some of these things are things I’ve already mentioned in the NovaFan Games group I did on the N Masters Guilded server. But let’s make them a bit more public this time and officialize them overall.

Exit Door full version is pretty much cancelled. I have no interest on working on this idea anymore, basically. Those ideas were overall rushed and it was mostly to have something done for Ludum Dare. Besides, everything would need to be coded from scratch.

Castle Climber’s official name is Tower Climber. It will still be a Game&Watch styled game but it will be done on GameMaker. This is currently under development and I hope it gets released sometime before March. It’ll be free and downloadable. Initial platform will be Windows but I’ll see about making it available for Linux and Mac as well. Web version of the game is unlikely, though. At least not currently in the plans. And even more unlikely there’ll be some sort of mobile version as I want to start focusing on my next game 0nce this one feels complete. As for the plot of the game, you won’t have to wait long before it’s known. Although, don’t expect much considering it’s a simple LCD styled game.

Last but not least, there’s project codenamed “Never Stop Dreaming”. Not much of this has changed compared to what I wrote on that old blog post. The biggest difference is that it’ll now be done in GameMaker instead of Unity3D. More info about this game will start to show up only after Tower Climber is done.

Additionally, if you want to see exclusive early previews related to my games, you can get them through my Ko-fi page or through special Supporter channels on the NovaFan Games chat server.

Makendo Central

Happy 31st birthday, Makeruna Makendo! ๐Ÿฅณ

Yeah, I guess this blog post ended up being published on the exact day of Makeruna Makendo’s birthday. As for the plans for Makendo Central, it’s similar to stuff I’ve said in recent posts. But let’s go over it again.

The site is still under construction and the plan is to hopefully get it up and running soon. The basic social networks are all done and ready with a new logo and banners. The chat server will only be available on Guilded as it’s intended to use the full features of the software. The community forums will also be available inside the Guilded server, for example. I’m still thinking and deciding a bit related to where to sort or place the gallery. It could still be on the web or inside Guilded too. Or maybe having both options in some way. Anyway, still undecided on that as you can see.

Related to today, the anniversary, the plan is to stream Makeruna! Makendo today on N Masters Twitch channel. I know Makendo Central has its own channel but like I said a while ago, I’m not really sure when that will be properly used or for what overall. If I do Makendo Central exclusive streams, I’m even leaning towards YouTube instead of Twitch.

Finally, one extra thing about Makendo Central is that I hope to also make a wiki for the franchise hosted on the site as well. But of course, the site needs to be done first and the plan for it is have basic coverage of all the games and the OVA and that it should be easy to be navigated.

This Blog

Well, might as well include a bit about the ideas for this blog for 2024, right? ๐Ÿ˜… It’s not much and I think I’ve already mentioned some of the stuff before but, basically, here’s the plans.

If I feel like it and write them, guides related to technology or software would end up going here. Things like helping people understand how to Fediverse, for example.

That About page is definitely getting some content this year. It’s been too long now.

Some other ideas I have is making a page with software I recommend. Maybe having a post with a quick review of each at one point too.

And finally, maybe just blog posts about stuff behind the scenes of my projects or stuff I’ve worked on like my drawings. That actually reminded me something I want to share about related to a Creative Space I worked on in PSO2 New Genesis. That’s definitely getting a post here sometime soon.

Author: Link-NM

Link-NM is the administrator of N Masters, Makendo Central, and indie game developer at NovaFan Games. His favorite game franchises include Mega Man X, The Legend of Zelda, and Mario Kart.

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