There is an intermediate level, where we'll be producing a Level Editor. I'm not really sure what that is, but all my computer friends sound impressed, so color me impressed too. Plus it'll be ported to fringe platforms like the Mac, and the PC and Linex. Charity work, I guess. I have also been informed that, as an incentive, they'll be using the Paper-doll ap. (Remember the Paper–Doll ap? It's the thing you will actually be getting upfront for your money.) Anyway, the idea is that every time you guys plateau us up another $10,000, I'll design and draw another character to go into the set, above and beyond the characters we were planning on putting in anyway (such as Tarvek). This is pretty cool, as there are characters I'd enjoy drawing (The Baron, Othar, Fraulein Snaug, Von Pinn, Violetta & Saana, to name but a few). I will state here and now, for the record, that I will cheerfully create a new doll for every $10,000 we pull in, no matter how far beyond the "final" goal we go. (Ha ha ha– That cannot possibly backfire on me in any way, yes?)
In other news, it seems like all of a sudden, everybody wants artwork by yours truly. I try not to complain about paying work, but I have to admit that I'd prefer it if it was spaced out through the year. The first one on my table is a set of illustrations for a computer language manual. I did one of these last year for the language 'Ruby', and apparently it did well enough that the author managed to convince the publisher to let me do it again. The language this time is called 'Python', and I designed up a nice little Naga girl. The author says he likes it, so that's one hurdle cleared. I admit that I was a bit worried, snakes are one of those things that most people think are interesting, and then you get the one person who sees it and runs screaming. Luckily, none of those people decided to get into the computer language manual biz. I'm told the next language will be 'Brain Parasite', so next year? Things might get a bit tricky.