Wow, 2020 really started off with a bang. The major thing being Covid 19 that stated in Wuhan, China about Dec 2019. Because of my job, I followed the news of it closely and knew that it will be all over, worse than SARS.
Singapore was hit with SARS in 2013 (if I get the dates correct). I was in university year 3 and was given 1-2 months off from school because of the outbreak in SG, It was scary times but as I was younger, I enjoyed the break from school than worried about it. It cleared up after a few months, with a few deaths.
Thus I knew, this will be like SARS and it will be worse since the number of mainland chinese travellers is way bigger than 2013. Very soon we did see cases popping up, and now it has risen to more than 5000 when I posted this. Although this bug is hard to defeat but we will defeat it like SARS.
I am not here to rant about Covid 19 since there are enough reports, theories and fake news out there. Since my last post, I lived like a hermit, spending most of my wake hours reading webnovels on QiDian and playing Mobile Legends.
After reading 全职高手 (King's Avatar) I am interested in esports and read up about it. I decided to try MOBA and the first one I go for is Heroes of the Storm since I already played that a few years ago. Then I tried LOL (League of Legends) and got thrashed. Afterwhich I found Mobile Legends and got played a lot of it. Sadly I wasn't good enough. I can win but win rate is about 50%. I was called noobs a lot and got a bit discourage and turn to youtube to learn how to play better.
While watching MLBB game play and tutorials, I came upon an youtube video about buildbox in Feb. A game engine that can make games without coding. I tried it and sadly the lack of tutorials drove me crazy. And since I prefer to make 2D games, I decided to go back to game maker. I have gamemaker 7 but it was no longer supported and the new engine is Gamemaker Studio 2.
It was easy to pick up and I decided to build a game for android. Some of you may know I made a few games (using GameSalad) for iOS back when iphone 3/4 was the craze. I took out the art assets from the game Up and Down and use GMS2 to build it. Took awhile for me to figure how to make it work and published it on google play store. You can find the game here. If you try it, do help me by sharing and give a review. Thank you.
After finishing Up and Down, I decided to create a new game. The tentative title is I'm Right, Nothing Left. More info will be provided as I finalise the gameplay.
Thanks for reading.
Magus signing out.
Today I will like to talk about 全职高手, a novel by Butterfly Blue, published on QiDian. This photo wasn't by me, I took it off https://baike.baidu.com/item/%E5%85%A8%E8%81%8C%E9%AB%98%E6%89%8B/6893637. But I did buy the novel, 19 books total. WOW.
I watched the animation series when it first came out and was wowed by the quality. It was really good, as good as japanese animation. But as the anime took its time to produce the second season I watched the drama instead and then as it ended at the midpoint of the story I went to finish the rest by reading the novel.
The story started off with the main character Ye Xiu (or Ye Qiu, his 'stolen' identity) being asked to leave the team. He was a professional gamer and was the Team Leader of Jia Shi Squad. Reluctantly he chosed to retired instead of accepting a demotion. Being a professional gamer who retired, he was not able to participate any competition within one year of retirement. He left and went into an internet cafe nearby and started a new life as the cafe manager who worked permanent night shift. That night was also the launch of the 10th server of Glory, the MMORPG he played as a professional gamer. He transfered a character from the first server and began his new adventure in server 10. Later part of the story he fought his way back into the esport arena and well began his journey towards championship. I will leave you to read the story yourself.
First I need to say that I don't really like the drama, mainly the changes they did to the storyline. The animation follows the novel more tightly but currently the story is up to the point of 'All stars weekend'. I loved the novel but really hated the ending. Maybe it is just me but why, why must it end like this. As a writer I do understand that people will hate the ending of my story as well, hahaha, but as a reader I really cannot accept this ending. Oh well.
Do go and watch the drama or animation or read the novel. Highly recommended.
I love the game so much that I am thinking of creating a boardgame out of it, based on the MMORPG Glory, or rather the professional arena where teams battled against each other to become the champion team. I hope I can manage to really build it up. Watch this place for further update if I manage to get the game mechanics to work.
My books are blocked in 起点. They say that there are contents that is against in their policy. Oh well, if you are interested to read <龙九会之王的守护者>, you can read it on the pirate site here --> https://www.biquniu.com/258_258850/. Enjoy.
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Since mid 2018 I have been spending most of my waking hours reading novels on QiDian. There are so many nice chinese fantasy story on QiDian that I cannot stop reading. Till date I had completed about 10 novels and each one was about few hundreds to thousands chapters. That is why I really have no time writing the story I wanted to. Sad!
Another thing in my life now is a sudden desire to collect games for PS Vita. I bought my set few years back and played Persona 4 Golden and Uncharted. Since then I hardly touch it till early feb when I took it out while doing spring cleaning. Since then I have been looking for games to buy, and realising that PS Vita is considered dead but physical games are becoming collectibles items with prices higher that they were just release.
Time for me to go back to search the web for more PS vita games to buy. Till next time I come here to blog.
Going to re-start the novel. But it will be slower than expected since I am looking for a full-time job. I will still try to post 1-2 chapters a week. New chapters will begin in Dec 2018. Look out for them.
Starting June, I have a new job for June and July and it affected my writing so I decided to suspend the story (五行妖灵师之破天传) at chapter 15. I will still be writing but it will be slow and since there isn't many readers currently, it will be a good time for me to just stop posting till I have more chapters written.
If any of you interested in knowing what the upcoming chapters about, email me. I will send you the chapters that I have done.
Ever since I started writing this Chinese novel, I completed 14 chapters totally 33k words. It was far better than I initially thought possible. Although my writing is still relatively slow at about 2000 words a day, I am happy with the progress so far. It means I should be able to hit about 90-100k words by end of June. That would allow me to request to sign contract with the company and maybe start getting paid, and the book being promoted by them.
We will see how it goes, I will update the progress here as and when there is a change of status. As this is the first time trying to write Chinese web-novel, everything is new to me, new software, new system, new story etc. So this blog will serve as a diary to document the problems I faced and things I have learn during the course of it.
Thanks. Have a great day.