May 4th, 2011
The last post on the Golden Passage concludes my level analysis posts. I still have much more to write about Wario Land 4 obviously and the stuff I’ve already posted needs major editing before it’s ready for publishing, however, I have met my “phase 1” goal.
My “phase 1” goal was to have written about the mechanics, core elements, levels and covered most of the design essays by May 15th and I’ve met this deadline with ten days still left on the clock. My estimates peg my output over the last 3 and a half months at roughly 180 pages. I’m pretty damned proud of that figure. The idea behind the deadline was to prove to myself that I could actually do this whole author thing for real. Already I am thinking ahead to the next part of this project and other projects too.
I have cleverly titled the second phase of the Wario Land 4 project “phase 2”. I’m hoping that phase 2 will last about 4 months and basically sees the project through from what it is now to book form. If it takes longer than 4 months then that’s really no big issue at all. So long as I get it out this year. I need to spend the next part of the project getting some distance and a fresh perspective. This means that I will probably go back to writing about other games like I did before, but still keeping up my input on the Wario project. There will be an extensive editing phase which won’t materialise on the blog too.
For now though, I need to chill out and switch my brain off Wario Land 4, so that I can come back all ready for the next part. I have no idea what I’ll be posting next, but I’m itching to write something. I’m thinking that I’ll start the other projects now and start fostering those ideas early. Who knows? I’ll get back seen.