Wednesday, 4 January 2017

It's a new dawn

Hey everyone,


So, it’s a new dawn, a new day, a new life… and I’m feeling good. Muse reference aside, we at Late Panda hope you all enjoyed your holidays and had a great new year. Let us all collectively hope 2017 puts 2016 to shame and we can enjoy a year without a great celebrity death, or certain controversial political struggle.




Late Panda’s 2016 wasn’t too bad, we started the year going to GDC 2016 in San Francisco. This was our first ever trade show and we had no idea what to expect, but we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After this we exhibited at two further tradeshows, Resonate and 4TG (4 The Gamers), where we showcased our mobile Role Playing Game (RPG) Skorian Tales we had been developing over the year in order to gain some feedback from gamers. If you haven’t played it check it out here and let us know what you think on Twitter or our Facebook page.




We even published a blog talked about the faux pas of the freemium gaming model, which resulted in a discussion on the Debug Log Podcast. If you want to hear the difference between a Scottish and American accent listen to this Podcast. It really makes me think I sound incredibly strange.




The end of 2016 Late Panda hit a bit of a speed bump. We could no longer continue working full time on our project so we had to shelf the development for now and begun to focus on smaller projects to build up a portfolio of work while we seek external funding. We stopped frequently blogging and tweeting and generally stopped putting effort into Late Panda like we should have been.


However this all stops now, I wrote this blog as a symbol of Late Panda’s return to form. We will be producing the blogs at a consistent rate (however not always on time :P) with update Tweets as well as our usual babble on Twitter coming back as well. We may not have as much free time for Late Panda but whatever time we can spare I would hope we can move at the pace we had before. Which I believe the blogs and twitter management will get us back into that workflow.


So let us talk about our plans for 2017 for a while now. Firstly we will continue to focus on smaller projects, due to the massive scale of Skorian Tales we would prefer to be in a more stable position before we tackle this larger scope. We will be holding more private gamejams similar to our House of the Rising Jam we did back in November. We would also like to attend larger gamejams as well like the Global Gamejam, but for now we will focus on the smaller one we hold ourselves. We will also be looking for small contract based projects we can complete for external companies whether it be general app, mobile game or website development we have a very capable team to perform many varied projects.


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For now I’ll leave this blog off here.
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Thanks for reading,
Stephen.


“80% of success is mental, 20% is the how”  -  Scott Harris