Topic: Future developement of sumwars

Lastmerlin on July 02, 2012, 10:24:44 PM

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Hello to all,

I am sure that you have noted, that I was more or less completely absent and inactive during the last weeks or months. I am annoyed of myself a lot in this regard, because just disappearing is not my usual style. Recall, that I always complained about those who are just gone without a word.

However, harsh truth is, that I wont return to active contribution soon. In fact, my current state could be described as severe lack of mental energy. Many people would just call it unmotivated. I myself would not say it this way, because I have still a strong interest in further developement of this game. At the end its still me who invested by far the most time into this project. Nevertheless, I have no ressources to contribute at this time.

As for the reasons: I have to speculate myself here. For a long time, I did not know where I got the power from, I threw into several projects, now I have no idea where I lost it. One point might be, that I have already invested tons of time and energy during the last 4 years. So at a certain point, a project looses its *thrill*. However, I doubt that this is the real problem. In fact I have noticed that the quality of my work diminished in other voluntary jobs I do as well. Moreover, I face the same issues at my job - I am researcher, which means that quick perception and professional level creativity are my daily bread and butter. Lately, I have caught myself reading the same article several time without getting the core idea or staring at some problems which arise without any *motivation* to tackle them instead of the *yeah some challenge* attitude I used to have. Some personal issues (which will not be discussed in detail) definitely contributed to this state, but in my believe they stand next to other unidentified reasons.

Whatever, my consequences are clear: If the overall pool of ressources shrinks, you have to set priorities and cut expenses. In my case, the priority is my job. I have a lot of other hobbies, including sports, a lot of music and just meeting friends. No idea how I would weight Sumwars against these ones - this is the sort of decision nobody wants to make. At the end, Sumwars looses first, because its the most direct rival of my professional work.

I can immediately understand, if someone is upset about this sort of decision and yells at me *but you have a responsibility here!*. Yeah, I know I have. In fact, this burden of responsibility might be a central reason why the developement lead grew more and more expensive for me. Be assured, that nobody would hate it more, if this project died here. And yes, I am aware, that I am most probably the person that must never leave here. Nevertheless, you can not invest something you do not have. I can understand if someone is severely disappointed or annoyed. I can only say sorry. Unfortunately, programmers are not just devices converting coffee to code, as a really old and lame joke claims, at the end.

So in one short sentence: Summoning Wars needs a new lead developer. I can't do it anymore.

What I can do is to offer any help I am capable of providing. Concerning legal issues, I can give any rights or whatever required (you know, I never really valued this licensing stuff ;) ), as long as my name stays somewhere in the credits. I can continue to pay for the webspace.

This is becoming a quite long and quite personal post. I hope you excuse the first and value the second. In my opinion you deserved this sort of rather elaborate explanation. Even though the majority of us never met in person - we share a common hobby and we invested a lot of time and I would also claim we had a lot of fun. So as a final remark I want to thank you, thanks to everyone who contributed something and thanks for everything we accomplished. Whatever happens next and however the future of Summoning Wars looks like - we can be proud. We did an awesome job.

Best regards,

Hans aka Lastmerlin
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Rick on July 04, 2012, 04:13:05 PM
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With the lead dev gone is Summoning Wars essentially in a coma?

 - Guy that played and enjoyed it for the first time barely fifteen minutes ago.

Edit: I'm new here so I thought it would be awkward to say "thanks" to the dev/OP. But it's probably more rude to say nothing. So as someone who is new to the game, I just want to say thanks for what you contributed - you contributed to my entertainment. Good luck with your future endeavors. Also, you sound depressed - maybe you are and you're unaware? Anyway good luck and thanks for your efforts Lastmerlin.

Sincerely, random new guy. ;)

Edit 2: And after looking through the member statistics it looks like you were by far the most active person on this project:



You also haven't received any response in this thread since July 2 and it's now the July 5. It looks like you were something resembling the "life blood" of this project. I guess that's that?
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dezGusty on July 04, 2012, 06:28:29 PM
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Hi Lastmerlin,

I noticed the low profile and lack of recent activity, but ... I've done the same.  :-\
I hope this is a temporary state, as nobody has shown interest in taking over the project so far. Some months ago I would have jumped on the opportunity, but currently things are hazy for me as well: I've started several things and the work that pays the bills keeps getting in the way of the time for hobbies.

I really hope someone will try to take over the management of the project. It's been a lot of work from many people involved. I hope even more that you will take a break from it all and realize that you can enjoy making Summoning Wars again.

From the licensing point of view, does this mean that you would agree to make the code that you wrote (so not the entire project) available under a more permissive license, such as the MIT License?
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fusion44 on July 04, 2012, 07:28:39 PM
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Lastmerlin, you don't have any direct responsibility since no one pays you for it so actually no one can complain ;) The only responsibility is the one you lay upon yourself!

I'd hate to let this project die. So much work has been done already. I can't take the lead since I can't find the time and energy needed for that task.
I'll certainly not fade away anytime soon from the project because development is going a little slow, maybe the editor will send out a pulse to some old members and maybe some new ones!
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poVoq on July 05, 2012, 11:15:44 PM
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As for the reasons: I have to speculate myself here. For a long time, I did not know where I got the power from, I threw into several projects, now I have no idea where I lost it. One point might be, that I have already invested tons of time and energy during the last 4 years. So at a certain point, a project looses its *thrill*. However, I doubt that this is the real problem. In fact I have noticed that the quality of my work diminished in other voluntary jobs I do as well. Moreover, I face the same issues at my job - I am researcher, which means that quick perception and professional level creativity are my daily bread and butter. Lately, I have caught myself reading the same article several time without getting the core idea or staring at some problems which arise without any *motivation* to tackle them instead of the *yeah some challenge* attitude I used to have. Some personal issues (which will not be discussed in detail) definitely contributed to this state, but in my believe they stand next to other unidentified reasons.

I am not sure if it has the same reasons, but this very much sounds like me from time to time... I think (for me at least) it's a sort of vicious cycle when I am uninspired by my work and/or life I tend to loose all interest in my hobbies too, even though I might actually have more free time to do them (for example during unemployment :-/ ).
This will probably not effect your decision for stepping down as the project lead or anything like that, but for your own well being and happiness I would recommend you to try and look for new (professional) shores to re-spark your creative light.

Anyways... all the best Hans!
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West on July 06, 2012, 08:06:31 PM
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Sorry to hear this Lastmerlin, but I fully understand and sympathize with you. You're doing just the right thing. You need to focus on what puts food on the table and the stuff that makes you happy, and take a break from all your non-critical involvements. Because when reading your words I get the distinct feeling that you're burned-out. And/or depressed like Rick says. Those two things usually go hand in hand.

You shouldn't worry about the responsibility thing, it's all in your head. Right now what you need to do is take care of yourself so you can start feeling better again.

Summoning Wars is a great game. I have no doubt that we'll find someone to shoulder the lead developer responsibilities eventually -- all we need to do is keep the site and game alive and keep working on whatever content we can. We can still refine what is already there.

Take care mate and good luck!
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