Where to begin... First, allow me to apologize for my absence, I would have loved to have had FeralHeart+ done by now, while I didn't always have time to work on it when I did it was always an incredible source of joy to bring my ideas to life in the game. Unfortunately much has happened in the past year, one event of which I deeply and sorrowfully regret to inform you of is that the hard drive on my laptop died. With it I lost everything, all the progress I had made on FH+, my new presets, some of my music and photos, everything I had created in The Sims 3, and many of my drawings. I was devastated and had regrettably not backed up the files like I should have, something I now do at least once every other month. So where do I go from here? Well it appears I have two options, one of which I may need some help with.
One, I could sell the laptop for scrap, abandon work on FeralHeart+, and begin work on my second project which I alluded to in a previous journal as Changamko Reborn. Changamko, for those of you who do not know, was an online Lion King roleplaying game originally being developed by a team with KovuLKD as the lead programmer, unfortunately differences arose between members and KovuLKD ended up leaving the group to create his own game Impressive Title, and of course FeralHeart as its successor. My plan here would be to modify FeralHeart, like I did with FH+, to create a Lion King roleplaying world. The characters would all look Lion King-esque, the maps would all be locations from the movies or based on locations from the movies, and music would be African with a few scores from the movies and musical.
Or two, after consulting a local computer repair shop I found that there is only one place in the entire United States that could probably recover my laptop, DriveSavers. Located in California I could pay to ship my laptop there for an estimate and pay to have them attempt to recover FeralHeart+, finish the game, and begin work on the Lion King game. Unfortunately this is where I may need some assistance, after reading online reviews of DriveSavers I found that to recover data from a crashed hard drive will likely cost me between $800 and $1400, for that I could buy a brand new laptop. I do plan on sending it in just to get an estimate, but as I am currently in college and have limited funds as it is, my question is would anyone be interested in donating a few bucks if I were to try to pay for this using crowd funding? Even if I don't manage to raise enough, something would be better than nothing to offset the price of saving FH+.
Poll on the matter available at the top of the FH+ thread [LINK]