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28 February 2010 @ 06:49 pm
An Open Letter  
It's February 28th, i.e. the end of February, and yes, I know, the BJ2 Remake still isn't out. 

Let me preface this by saying that I appreciate everyone's support, and the fact that people play and enjoy my games.  It's flattering to know that people eagerly anticipate the release of new games in the series, and I am grateful to everyone for the kind words and enthusiasm.

Now, I'd like to make something clear, and that is the difference between a goal and a deadline.  When I said the end of February, I said my goal was the end of February.  I didn't give a specific release date, because there's really no way I can predict one, short of completing the game and then holding out on releasing it just to comply with the set date.

The fact is, with a full-time job and reliance on other people who are doing me the favor of helping with my hobby for free, there's no way I can impose a deadline.  If the games were commercial, that would be another story.  However, since I can only work on the games at certain moments, and since the people who help me also have their own lives and jobs and loved ones, it would be unfair of me to be down people's throats to get it all done because, in the end, it's just an unnecessary little side project done for fun.

So again, I'm sorry I didn't meet my goal.  Hopefully the game will be out very soon, but until it is, all I can ask for is your patience.
(Anonymous) on March 2nd, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
While I'd argue that the Ben Jordan games are much more than just a unnecessary side hobby (look at the many hard core fans you have Grundy! :)), the fact is that the games don't cost money and are developed in Grundislav' free time. So yeah, nagging about deadlines will not help in the least. I'm content with that as long as the series will be finished, be it this year or next or - lets hope not :) - in five years.

For those who cannot wait: try to do some other things in the mean time. Play some other (AGS) games. There are a lot of gems out there. Watch some movies you always wanted to see. Do some sports. Or start developing your own game. No matter if you are good, practice will get you somewhere. While waiting for Ben Jordan Case 8 I started my first own game project last summer; now I have a little team of my own and hope to release the finished game in a few months. What I want to say: try doing something productive or what you like, and you will see how time flies by. The time to the next Ben Jordan will go so much faster!

(Anonymous) on March 2nd, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
"try doing something productive"
"I started my first own game"

(Anonymous) on March 16th, 2010 12:59 pm (UTC)
Well, sorry if that came across as overly pompous, I didn't intend it that way. I can only tell what's working for me, doesn't mean is has to work for everybody else. You can laugh all you want though - I work on project for my own enjoyment and its coming along just fine. You won't have to play it, I promise.

But IMHO, besides it's obvious entertainment value, Grundy's work SHOULD also be an inspiration to his fans. It shows what's possible to achieve as a little private side project if you only try. Doesn't even have to be game making, you know.
(Anonymous) on September 1st, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Worth The Wait
I totally agree, we can wait a bit longer. Projects like these take a lot of time. BJ has motivated me to start working on a game of my own in my spare time.

Quality is always worth waiting for.

Don't worry Grundy, I'm sure the last will be great!