Randor the Red
It been super busy here in the Secret Outpost past while. I gonna try fill you in on latest news.
First off, Project Lead for HeroSmash is just one part of what I do for Artix Entertainment. I also part of Marketing [Desktop Wallpapers, HeroMart and Game Web graphics, etc]. Since some staff now on secret projects I helping more with newsletter and webpage graphics for AQW. Games that have the highest amount of players get priority of my time, but HeroSmash is still alive. Secondly I not live in the USA so I not able to attend meetings at AE HQ and art needs come first before I can take assignments and put graphics together in a matter that other staff member need (sometimes many revisions to reveal their visions!). Its a juggling act as some days I can be giving assignments from more than one game team. Note also my job is not 9-5 but rather around the clock (I have to deal with people in different time zones around the world) but I am only human and have to make sure I get time to relax and deal with home/personal life like anyone else.
Then you need to include all other things I need do keep up to date on software, PC issues (crashes do happen lucky I do my own PC repair). Then I work around last minute changes and assignments, game bugs/errors. Deal with tons of PMs and Emails (I do my best to read all of them, you feedback is important but please note I not HELP support department!). Update social sites and blogs. Plan out upcoming events. Keep team running. and many more things of a long list like learning how the game code works so I can learn to fix and create new stuff. Finally there the testing and fixing issues with submitted art from team before adding item info, pricing and such before I can roll out to you the player.
Another issue is the team itself. Its a small team and many have left to deal with life issues and new careers. Wonderp Bread is learning and working on new project ideas for HS, but as art wise it just Wonderp Bread and Arae (myself when I can). Each has work and school to deal with. This why amount of items a lot lower than other AE games. Very soon I will be looking for new team(s) member wishing to learn and get on hands experience in Game Dev.
I will try to post something like this more often. This post will be open for short time so you can ask questions. Keep 1-2 questions please.
Last thing! Like to thank the forum mods for all they do, its a hard job and lack of info does not help. But its hard when each day is different and ever changing, but I hope to change that asap.