For nearly a year Unforgotten Realms has been completely dormant. People would constantly ask me when the next episode is going to come out, or hell any video content, during the time this website has been quiet. But this silence is about to come to an end, and with it will come a ton of video content in the month of November all pertaining to the Unforgotten Realms series.
Before we get to talking about the upcoming project, I want to be really honest with you guys about how I got to this point in my life because this website is going to be changing. I have also made a personal blog for these types of posts so that I can directly talk to you guys in the future, but for now let's go back a bit to explain how I got here. Most of you were introduced to Unforgotten Realms from Escapist magazine, Newgrounds, or you may have come to this website because of some of my other works. Well, the story goes that when I worked for Escapist Magazine, I was producing nearly an episode a week for them for over a year. When the Escapist had to start cutting back, Unforgotten Realms left the site. There was a big outreach from the community to continue it and I attempted to sell DVDs to cover the cost of making the show. We didn't make enough. The problem with a show like Unforgotten Realms is while it was fairly popular, making one fairly popular video a week was not enough to pay the rent. So instead I opted to try and do Unforgotten Realms and produce a bunch of other easy to make video content for you guys. Two Player, Edevs, Roleplay, Super Minecraft, Stream Time, as well as a bunch of community projects were all pretty popular, but again it wasn't paying bills and every month I was spending more then I was losing. It was about this time last year that I decided it was time to be done with the internet business. If I'm barely getting by now, how will I ever pay off school debts? Will I live in a crappy apartment in 'you're going to get shanked at night' city? (You stream watchers hear those sirens every time I stream!) What will I do 5 years from now? 10 years from now? This kinda internet career is new and unstable. Lots of people making a living off the web, but for most of them the pay checks can be all over the place and going full time with it is really risky unless you can live really, really, cheap.
So I called my Dad. I'm 25 years old and at this point I'm starting to feel like a failure. I could dump my heart into these projects, but most of them are all small niche projects. Like, guys, Unforgotten Realms is a parody cartoon of Dungeons and Dragons Roleplaying. There is a demographic for it, but lets be realistic here. It's still pretty niche. So here I am talking to my father and finally we get down to 'what am I going to do next'? Just grab another 9/5 again? Maybe go back to school?
He asks me the question of "In five years, in a perfect world, what would you want to be doing?".
What would I want to be doing? I don't really know.
"Perfect world. You can do anything you want. Your dream job. What would you want to be doing if everything had gone your way in life?"
I sat there for five seconds before I got the biggest grin on my face and jokingly said "Arguing with three other game developers why Bards are still insanely overpowered at a video game company."
A game developer. That's what I wanted to be. Most of you know this, but somehow I just lost my way. Many years ago when I was still a college kid living in my moms basement, I found making cartoons and getting paid to do so and before I knew what was good for me, here I was in my mid 20's nowhere near where I wanted to be. My dad and I talked for a couple hours, got back together another night or two to talk some more. It would be completely irresponsible of me to take my savings account; you know the money you save for a house, a car, a kid, and put it towards a year of developing a pipe dream, but for some reason I had a Dad who just told me to go all in. "If you don't do it, you'll spend the rest of your life wishing you f*cking did" was about what he said. I'm pretty sure he didn't say f*cking, but anytime I ever try to remember quotes from the guy I always feel like it's not as impactful unless he has a beard, cigar, a mouth full of sea pirates.
"But if this fails," said the fatherly pirate. "If this fails... If you can't make it work... Then you move on."
So that is what I did. That is what I been doing. Writing, planning, programming Unforgotten Realms. I knew from the start I would have to do a kickstarter, but I wanted to commit myself 100% before I came to the community for money. Man I hate begging. I have a tough skin when it comes to feedback, but it still stings when you see that one comment in 1000 about how you're a sellout. People might wonder why you do something in secret, but like I have said in the past, it is just better to show your work then talk about your work. However, with that said, next month I'mma do a whole lot of talking and showing of my work. If you have read this far, I am amazed at your passion for my work. I myself would never read this big wall of sappy "Woe is me", because in the end I am super lucky to have a fan base as big as you guys anyway. The kickstarter will be coming at the end of October, early November as we finalize a couple things and just get overall ready for a month of hype. I really can't express in words how excited I am to talk to you guys about Unforgotten Quest. This game is so many, many, many things, but at the end of the day it's going to be like a 80 hour episode of Unforgotten Realms and that's if you skip over all the reading in it! If you love this show please support this kickstarter, and I don't just mean 15 bucks. I need you guys to talk about this. I need you to make forum posts, show it to your friends, your wow guild, reddit posts, facebook, tell 4chan 'the guy who made splash attack is making a game', everything and anything. Your money will help a lot, but boy, oh boy, do I really need your guys voice for this. This thing is coming, it's gonna be huge, and I will deliver.
TLDR: Unforgotten Quest. Up to 4 player massive side scroller RPG. Take super Mario Brothers, Diablo, and the humour from Unforgotten Realms. Oh right and did I mention a complete and moddable level editor that requires no programming background to use? Kickstarter next month.