So, Ive decided to take my work back underground. To stop it from falling in to the wrong hands.

LovePosted by Eskil Tue, September 13, 2011 07:34:17

Back in January I had a dream of something I wanted to do this year. 12 projects. After working so long on one project I really wanted to do as many things as possible. The first month of any project is always the best, its when you are the most creative and its when you get to experience something being created out of nothing. The drawback is that nothing gets finished...

I wont make 12 projects this year, but the last few months Ive been dabbling in a few different things. I used a month to learn web tech and write my own HTTP server API. I have finally gotten started writing a proper version of my Texture generator tool that I wrote a prototype of well over a year ago, and yes, I have been dabbling with a new game too. I wouldn't say that I'm prototyping it, because when you prototype something the code usually looks horrible. This might be among the pretties code I have ever written.

Thats what I'm enjoying doing right now, writing pretty things. Love has always been a test bed for ideas, and as anyone know, a good lab or skunkworks never remains pretty since you keep randomly adding things. In the end it never looks like it would have if you would have know where you were going. Starting fresh feels very nice after a while.

Earlier this year I started understanding games in a way that i never have before. In my mind I have built a model for how to do what i set out to do with love, make a game with a dynamic story. Love was designed to find this answer, but now that i think i have the answer, not everything in love follows this model. I now know that to make Love be what it needs to be, some rather big changes has to be made. When I first started trying to apply this model to Love I found Love to present some problems that forced me to go back and revise the entire model. I'm still polishing my ideas, but soon I will go in and make some pretty big changes.

Love needs more polish, and the obvious thing would be to polish it, but there are things that aren't polished and nobody cares about not being polished, so there is something else going on, and I'm starting to understand what is. I will rearrange many things in love, even add a few things, but most of all i will try to answer the question, why?

Ive been planing and writing on a blog post about this new model and what it will mean for love, but the more I think about it the ground keeps shifting, so I will keep quiet about it for now and just focus on figuring it out. Thats what I will do from now on, be quiet. But know this, I'm working on things, and some day you will see it all.

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Posted by Samium Gromoff Sun, October 21, 2012 09:45:10

At one point I was about to suggest you to make a Kickstarter project, but this post clarified to me its relative pointlessness to you.I seriously love you, man..

Posted by Expert Novice Sun, October 02, 2011 09:14:01

@ Comments:

Yeah, don't abandon your fans!

Gotta love the anti-hype.

Specifically hype the update by


Or better yet,


Can't wait to see what you're cooking up!

Posted by Professor Paul1290 Thu, September 22, 2011 19:45:56

Most updates related to the Love have been posted on Twitter rather than in this blog. There's a link to the Twitter on this page.

Posted by Z Wed, September 21, 2011 16:25:22


I would appreciate it if you can come above ground a little and shed light with regard to the question below.

Posted by Z Sat, September 17, 2011 19:11:04

These days I've been realizing more abt the importance of motivation n the importance of protecting it... U said u work on it so much... Would you plz tell us some of what u do to work on it? The more the better, hopefully ... Thanks in advance

Posted by chicortiz Sat, September 17, 2011 18:14:53

@Raymond Lutz: I have the exactly same question!

I feel like one of those persons... One of those with the "wrong hands".

But, like you Lutz, something tells me that Eskil is not going to name someone easily:

"Thinking you know the truth, is far more dangerous than any lie can be.

You ask me to expose the liars, but I can not betray them. They are the guardians of my doubt, protecting me against my own complacency, exposing me when gullible. Rid the world of liars? No, I say each library should employ one, not to improve its collection, but its readers." (<-- Excerpt from:



PS: @rawr: I would like to make yours words mine too. :)

Posted by Eskil Wed, September 14, 2011 05:34:37

Another way of way of thinking about is that is that, if you tell everyone you are going to finish something then you have the social pressure to not letting them down...

I do very much worry about motivation, I am very good at it only because I'm working on it so much.

Posted by Pleion Wed, September 14, 2011 01:19:57

J Tue, Eskil is the last person we need to worry about running out of motivation!

Posted by jrronimo Wed, September 14, 2011 00:21:43

Sounds fascinating. Good luck to you and your explanations!

Posted by J Tue, September 13, 2011 22:53:31

I read an article once in which it recommends that if you're working on something, you shouldn't tell people about what you're working on, because generally speaking there is less of a chance it gets finished, or done the way you want. The reason for this is that telling others of our projects or what have you satisfies a portion in the brain that strives for acceptance or validation, even if we haven't done anything yet. Just something to think about.

Posted by Hoxolotl Tue, September 13, 2011 22:08:33

And here I was thinking playing the piano gave me the right hands, I guess I'll have to go to get a manicure. :)

Posted by Raymond Lutz Tue, September 13, 2011 16:07:43

I'm here to learn...

what "To stop it from falling in to the wrong hands" does mean?

Feel free to ignore my question, zen master like... 8-)

Posted by Carl Tue, September 13, 2011 09:39:06

Good luck man!

Posted by rawr/Samakon Tue, September 13, 2011 07:50:17

I am not afraid of the drought, but it will be rocky. Can't wait to see your next idea Eskil....