Hello everyone, this is Cailas. I'm here to give you guys a progress update, as well as shed some light as to what's been going on behind the scenes.
However, before I begin, I would like to give profound thanks to each and every member who has stuck with the group through its unfortunate, and unfortunately constant, delays. You guys are all awesome, and your continued support is greatly
appreciated. To those of you that have left because of the inactivity, I'm truly sorry to see you go, but I understand if the group isn't providing the material that was promised weeks ago. I do hope you'll come back around when things have picked up, though, because they certainly will - without a doubt!
Now, on to the reason for making this post. This is by no means an "official" entry, nor do I have all
the information I - and I'm sure you, the members of the group - would like, but you guys as a whole have been in the dark long enough in my opinion, and it's rather unfair to those of you that are eagerly awaiting more material, only to receive a "things happened, prepare for more delays" journal a month later.
Those of you that frequent the IRC are already aware of some of this, but most of this is news to everyone else, so I'll do my best to recap:
Way back in December and extending into January, there were a handful problems on the admins' end. Sundance was experiencing problems with his laptop, as well as spending time with his family (understandable, given the holidays). Andy and Riiko were busy with school and tests and had very little time to devote to the group. Near the M1 deadline, Sundance came down with the flu, resulting in the deadline extension. Not much of this was felt group-wise, as many members were busying themselves with the first mission's objectives.
Shortly after, the deadline had passed and the group was waiting for the release of the M1 epilogue and promised official applications. However, the days continued to pass by with no sign of progress. Early February saw the release of the Admin Rundown
journal, but no epilogue. Around this time, it was revealed that Riiko was suffering from a terrible case of writer's block, which caused the delay of the story's written portions. It was only until a few more days had passed that the first few pieces of the epilogue were released.
Those of us in the IRC got word around that time that Sundance's main art laptop either needed a quite expensive repair, or needed to be completely replaced. Understandably, this began causing other delays, but Sundance was able to use another laptop to make at least some progress on the official applications. Life seemed to dislike what little progress was being made, however, and shortly after Sundance's activity slowed again due to family matters. On February 20th, however, this
journal was released, containing the following statements:
"Production of M1 epilogue part 2 and the new apps has been delayed constantly by a string of small misfortunes. My laptop is still in for repairs, and everybody's school situations kind of got serious, making it difficult to network on certain ideas. I've not been able to focus on drawing as much as I'd like due to stuff happening with the family, but expect some progress in the upcoming week, since I'm home alone for a nice good while.
Once this awkward point in the story is over and the new guild apps have been implemented, interactive updates will become a much more sustainable thing. This current level of production isn't indicative of what we're capable of, we just need to get the story moving along to the point where we can introduce some of the more fun subsystems like Guild Tasks, artist features and errands (minitasks).
As I'm sure many of you are aware, that one week has since become nearly three, with no signs of progress just yet. It's around this point when the information on-hand becomes a little more vague. As far as I know (meaning I have yet to be told otherwise), Sundance's main laptop still hasn't been repaired/replaced. He is also likely still busy with family.
That being said, there is good news.
Right now the admins are hard at work making definite
progress. Riiko is on Spring Break at the moment and is aiding in the completion of the epilogue's Part 2, while Sundance is working steadfastly on the official apps.
THIS MEANS TWO THINGS:Updates story-wise are expected to show up sometime this week, perhaps slightly later.
andOfficial applications will be released by Friday, no exceptions.
For the first time in a while, PMDU has something concrete to look forward to. The road leading up to this point hasn't been easy, but the admins aren't giving up just yet! Once the group can clear the post-M1 hurdle and get the planned "self-sustaining" measures in place, everything should start running much more smoothly.
Again, thank you so much to everyone who has stuck with us through the persisting troubles. It really means a lot that you're continuing to support the group with all of your wonderful submissions, and I hope you guys will keep at it and help PMDU flourish into something truly amazing. Best of luck to you all!