I’m sure a lot of you have questions, so I’ll try to give you as much information as possible. Gedan is no longer on the team, I’ll go into why shortly.
Firstly, an apology is owed to Fenoxo. His endorsement rested on Gedan being part of the team. He feels this has made him into a liar. I completely understand that, though I completely did not understand until a short while ago. It was thoughtlessness on my part. My only defense is that at the time of that endorsement, I wasn’t considering a new programmer. Regardless, Fenoxo’s well within his rights to withdraw his endorsement. I have every intention of earning that endorsement back, but it will take some time, as I’m sure it will for a lot of you.
So, Gedan’s no longer working directly on Carnal Souls. This is not something I have taken lightly. Changing staff halfway through a crowdfunding campaign never looks good. Backers and fans will understandably worry, people will want to withdraw, I get it. But I think the benefits of my decision outweigh the losses, and while waiting until the campaign was over to make this change would have meant no loss of funds, it would have been a shitty, dishonest thing to do.
The bottom line is this: I will be working on Carnal Souls full time, I want a lead programmer working on it full time with me, or as close to that as possible. I don’t want to have to fight Fenoxo for Gedan’s time. Roughly 66% of the entire Indiegogo money is to hire a programmer, and I am obligated to get as much out of that as possible. That’s not my money, that’s yours, and you’ve entrusted that to me to spend properly. Gedan is an excellent programmer with experience with these games, but it’s my feeling that Carnal Souls needs it’s own fully dedicated team if it’s going to come close to reaching its goals. And, for the record, I fully intend to pay Gedan for the work she’s done so far.
Gedan has the skills and experience, just not the time I think Carnal Souls needs. So, after I was able to find someone with all the time AND skills we need, I made the decision. It’s my sincerest hope that Fen, Gedan, and I can still collaborate in the future. My respect for them and their experience hasn’t changed one bit, and I value their input a great deal.
I’m sure some of you want to know about the replacement programmer. He goes by Crimson, and he’s been professional software development for nearly 20 years. Game development has been a long time hobby of his, and he sees this as the perfect opportunity to start on it more professionally, especially given that in many ways, Carnal Souls is architecturally similar to things he’s made before. The last game he worked on in his spare time had a hex-based map (like the one we’re planning), and he’s written call-scripting software which is basically branching dialogues for real life conversations. He’s also done back-gate and time tracking software and ecommerse sites, so web development is well within his expertise too. If you have any questions for him or want to quiz his knowledge, feel free to ask away in the comments.
The only downside I see to hiring him is that at such short notice, he’s unable to cancel his Christmas plans with family, and I wouldn’t really ask him to anyway. Which means code streams will resume early January, but we’ll have game art streams in the mean time from some stellar artists, and I’ll also be posting updates about content. What I can pay him is a lot less than he’s used to being paid, but he’s interested in the game enough to want to do it anyway. I absolutely believe that Carnal Souls is going to benefit from the change. Not only that, I think CoC and TiTS will too, without me always wanting to pull Gedan away to work on CS.
I think that about covers everything. I don’t want any animosity between Fen, his team, fans, or us. I think both Carnal Souls and CoC/TiTS can only benefit from us all collaborating and exchanging ideas, and it’s my hope that one day we can.
Thank you to everyone who’s read this far and waited before getting a refund. If you still want one, you are well within your rights to do so and I’ll be happy to provide them. That being said, I have complete faith that Carnal Souls will happen. Again, if you’d like to ask Crimson any questions, feel free to do so in the comments here. At the time of writing he’s away, but he’ll be back in a few hours.
The next stream should be tomorrow around the same time as usual, about midnight GMT, with Boosterpang drawing some lovely dirty Marley.