Sadly, there won’t be a witty sketch for today’s blog entry because my desktop computer messed up the other day and refuses to boot and, more importantly, I wanted to get this up as soon as possible.
In case you haven’t heard the news yet, Desura’s parent company Bad Juju Games has filed for bankruptcy. For those wondering, Vision Riders Entertainment has yet to be payed the hundreds of dollars that are still owed for Another Stars. It now looks like I will never see that money. How long the Desura site even stays up is yet to be seen.
If you own Another Star through Desura, you need to know that I will not charge you to buy the game again. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can sort things out for you. If possible, include your Desura account name and/or the original receipt. It doesn’t matter that I’m not getting the money, you paid for the game and I respect that. I am taking this bullet for you.
I will do my best to get a Humble key to you, which will not only net you a DRM-free copy of the game, but will also give you access to the Steam key once it’s available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Last week, I wrote about my frustrations trying to get my money from Desura. If you’re not familiar with the recent Desura controversy, that’s a good place to start getting up-to-speed. Short story version: since at least November a number of developers, including Vision Riders Entertainment, have not been getting their payments from Desura, and were getting the runaround when trying to contact them about it. As of posting this, I have still not been paid.
Yesterday, Desura posted an update concerning the matter detailing their side of the story and giving a list of changes that they’re planning to make going forward. You should go ahead and read that now, since I’d like to address a bit of what they said.
“Now sit there and think about what you’ve done.”
I don’t know how big Bad Juju is, so I hate to come across as “picking on” what may very well be just a small handful of people, but there’s a lot that I feel really needs to be said about this whole thing. Ignoring the problem is not going to make it go away; sometimes sunlight really is the best disinfectant. I’m glad that they’re publicly talking about what’s going on, but it’s still only a first step.
Yesterday the news started to come out that Desura has not been paying some of the developers on their storefront. This is kind of a big deal. I’d wager that most of the devs on Desura—myself included—aren’t making enough on their games alone to pay the bills or put food on the table. But money is still money, and developers deserve to get paid for the work they’ve put into the games they’ve made.
The almighty dollar.
One of the developers that Desura happens to owe money to is Vision Riders. Another Star crossed Desura’s $500 payout threshold during the Indie Royale Debut 100 Bundle. (For those not aware, Indie Royale and Desura, while not technically the same operation, are interconnected.) The money should have gone into the company’s account sometime around December or January, but this didn’t happen. It always gave the same “payment pending” status on my Desura developer’s account page.
A couple of announcements today.
First off, after continued prodding from friends, Vision Riders now has a Facebook page. You can visit it at www.facebook.com/VisionRidersEntertainment if you’re interested. Give it a “like” while you’re at it, if you don’t mind.
Second, as you may have noticed from the new navigation options at the top, Vision Riders also has message forums now. I was always reluctant to create these, but it would be nice to have a central place for game help and such, even if they are going to be fairly empty most of the time. Feel free to register an account and say hello.
This makes two more things that I have to keep an eye on, but hopefully they’ll help spread awareness of the game. Building a community is often the hardest part of making a game.
The site move is (mostly) complete at this point, so everything should be up and running okay. Let me know if anything doesn’t seem to be working properly.
Note that the site’s email addresses might not be working entirely properly for a few weeks. They should, but if your support email bounces or something, it’s definitely because of the move. If you need to get in contact with me and can’t get through, leave a message here and I’ll give you an alternate email address to use for the time being.
Sorry for not posting for awhile. I’ll get some articles up soon, I promise.
However, I just want to let everyone know that later this week I’ll be moving servers for the site, so it will likely be down for quite awhile. If you try to access the Vision Riders site during that time period and can’t get through, don’t panic; I haven’t closed up shop, I’m just working on the site.
On this day seven years ago, Vision Riders Entertainment, Inc. was officially formed in the state of Texas. While that legal entity no longer exists, and Vision Riders Entertainment, LLC is based in Kentucky, it’s still a reminder of how much of my life has been tied to this little company.
Hopefully one day these seven years will have some meaning.
On February 14th of 2007, Vision Riders Entertainment, Inc. came into being. That legal entity has since dissolved, but as of today the company has been brought back to life, based in a new state, this time as Vision Riders Entertainment, LLC. This is the name under which Another Star will be distributed.
A bit of hassle and paperwork is involved in this, as you might guess, and there’s no shortage of it to come! Hopefully this won’t have been for naught again…
Hope you’re really looking forward to the game. There’s only six more days until its release, can you believe it?
The new Vision Riders site is live! It’s much more vibrant and lively than the old, sterile one. You should check it out! Go ahead, I’ll wait here.
I’ll probably spend the rest of the day skinning the blog so that it matches the new site design. (Expect the blog layout to break intermittently during the day while I tinker with it.) Wish me luck!
The main Vision Riders site has bothered me for some time. It’s overly corporate and sterile, lacking the personal connection that often makes indies so unique. This coming week, however, I plan to work on getting a new site design up, along with a fresh, new version of the Vision Riders Entertainment logo. I want to have everything really nice and polished when Another Star comes out.
Why next week? Well, I’m hoping to finish off the main storyline of the game by this weekend and have it ready for playtesters! It won’t be complete, but it will be playable from beginning to end. I’m almost to working on the final boss now. Working on the site will give me a nice break from working on the game while I wait for input from other people and decide what to change and tweak as I begin really pushing to finish the game for release.