In 50 days will be my 10 year anniversary of making my forum account and creating the Cavern Tale thread. That's... hard to wrap my head around. 10 years of modding Cave Story and being a part of the wider CS fandom/community.
I've had plans for that date for awhile now, but it's been pretty busy this year so far with work/school and it felt like a couple weeks ago it said there were 100 days left. You'll know if I make the deadline come April 22nd.
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I get the sneaking suspicion that this swan song mod project I'm currently working on is gonna be polarizing. I'm so incredibly excited and driven to be working on this (something I haven't felt since 2017-2018), I genuinely think that what I have here is really special, and to the rare few I've shared it with there's been positive reception (despite still ironing out a lot of details), but there's this nagging feeling that there is going to be a percentage of people that absolutely will not like it at all. This gut feeling I'm making something that—while a lot of people within our community will enjoy and praise (assuming I successfully execute my design doc as I envision)—there's also going to be a good chunk of reasonable people, users here that I respect, that will just utterly not enjoy the story and world that I've been crafting. This project feels like I'm climbing up a waterfall: Everybody says not to do it, many have tried in the past with no success, and yet my hubris is the assumption that I'm going to be able to succeed because of some unique interpretation to the problems involved. An interpretation that nobody expects or wanted, and so it is uncertain if it will be accepted at all.
Perhaps this will be silly in hindsight, but right now I genuinely can not tell if this is just normal creative insecurity or a realistic realization of the nature of what it is that I'm attempting here. It's not a fear that "nobody will like this" or about random ""haters"", but that I'm making something that goes against what people want and expect and so the execution has to be flawless to convince them otherwise. There's a lot on my mind with working on this. (Also sorry about being vague as I always do. As per my usual I don't want to share details until this is far enough along in tangibility. I just needed to write these thoughts down somewhere).
I want to hit a few more milestones before I go and make a proper thread for it (and I'll probably be busy over the next few days), but just minutes ago the CS Modding Discord server went public with a GitHub repository aimed at hosting as many freeware hacks as possible. It's still in early development but it's a long-term project we're aiming to build up first from the decades of past hacks scattered about, and then maintain it for the future.
I'm gonna be super super busy the rest of this month but once we reach April 2nd can y'all remind me (aka harass me) to start finishing mods and posting them here again. Litterally sitting on a dozen tiny little fellas made from 2017-2021 just needing some finishing touches and a thread(s) to call home.
I was planning on (finally) finishing this Time Attack Customizer Kit mod and then "retiring", but now I'm wondering if I should dump that unfinished and instead make an epilogue/medium-sized-sequel before retirement.
I said it once a month ago, but I will say it once more. One final time to make it abundantly clear:
On April 1st, which is in about 10 days, I will post ONE singular image in ONE single thread here on the forums. This is the ONLY thing I will do on that day.
I will take full responsibility for this action that I have spent a year preparing for. I am aware of the consequences that this action bares. I am at the will of fate itself on what happens afterward. Thank you, and see you shortly.
Power out in large chunks of my county due to random massive gusts of wind last night blowing things down (this includes me). Estimated won't be sorted for another 3 days but who knows which areas will be fixed first.