You may recall that in the past year or so I've hinted at some vague things like "a writing gig", "researching Arab/Arabic/Arabian folklore and fairy tale structure" (but apparently still never quite managing to figure out when which adjective applies), "a big project", or "combining elements of metal with elements of traditional Arab/Arabic/Arabian folk music" (seriously it's a good thing I never had to actually use that adjective in the course of this work).
You may, but probably you don't, because frankly a few vague hints now and then aren't, probably, particularly memorable. But that's okay, because now I can tell you all about it!
(In fact, I could have told you all about it for a while! I'm kind of late getting this journal out.)
A Dream of Burning Sand came out on Monday.
A Dream of Burning Sand is not my project, but I was involved as sounding board, playtester, proofreader, auxiliary writer (not of the actual script or story, but my FlashFictionMonth skills were certainly put to good use), and (collaboratively) composer (which is pretty much to say: I wrote most of the drum parts).
This means that I'm way too close to this game to give it anything resembling an objective review, but don't feel enough ownership of it to be able to show it off as A Thing That I Made. This makes it a little difficult to describe or recommend! I will say that I liked it; that it does some really cool things with lighting (both as an aesthetic thing and as a mechanic); that I was involved on the making-it-better level, which means that despite not being, you know, the actual person doing anything, I still did my best to make it good; and that if you enjoy my writing, this game affords you the opportunity to find (and read, and collect) numerous stories of mine which you won't find anywhere else.
A Dream of Burning Sand is a story-driven, exploration-based action-adventure-platformer game with several endings, plenty of sidequests, and more secrets than you will ever find. It's for sale on itch.io here and on Steam here. If this sounds like the sort of thing you might enjoy, please do give it a look!