Sunday, August 23, 2009

I am the Stig?...

According to the first line of what follows... apparently I am, haha.

Avsim just released their review of the L-39, and have awarded the plane their Gold Star of Excellence, woot!

Many thanks to Tom Dilbeck for the excellent writeup. :)

You can read it here:


Sunday, August 9, 2009

What... a... week.

A bit of a different blog post this time, since I have nothing new to show exactly, but much to talk about, hehe. This one is more of a diary about my first week as a payware developer I guess.

The L-39 has been received with much fanfare, certainly much more than I expected. Some of the forum comments and emails I've gotten have been humbling to say the least. I've had comments from people that have been utterly awe inspiring, to the point that I'm printing them out and making a little book of them, for times in the future when I might feel a bit flat or down. The fountain of beautiful repaints coming out is amazing too, and also a bit depressing! I thought I was a pretty decent painter... umm... no! :) But I'm cool with that. It's amazing to see what people have done with the paint kit. Good thing I don't have to change any UV coordinates! I'd get lynched at this point if I did.

The support questions have been INSANE. I really had no idea some of the things that could go wrong with a plane that's been in a constant state of testing for months. Between a couple of people not being able to click anything in the cockpit at all (thankfully sorted with a reinstall of SP2 or Accel) to the strangest crashes in multiplayer which I have NEVER seen before, nor can reproduce yet! It's been an adventure, and I suspect it will be for weeks to come.

Then of course there's the piracy. The rampant, unbelievable, and incredibly hurtful piracy. How people think they are entitled to 15 months of my life, and I do mean MY LIFE (I have done nothing else but work on the L-39) I have no idea.

At some point today I remembered to eat something, probably only because the waitress put butter chicken directly in front of me, a wonderful celebratory dinner out with my friend Eric and my mother. I think I've had perhaps 5 meals total since Monday, and maybe 25 hours of sleep, it has been a busy week.

To the pirates, if you read this or even care, you are doing yourself a great disservice, though you're simply too small to see it coming sadly. If you paid any attention to the ORBX site yesterday, that is where we're going unless you get honest and quick. Really. I'm not kidding. I hope pirates like their ill gotten goods though, and are comfortable with their karmic debt, because it will come back to them. It always does.

To my honest customers though, thank you so much for taking the time to send me the most wonderful comments, something you certainly didn't need to do. I can't tell you how much that support and enthusiasm means to me after such an incredible effort.

And that's about all there is to report. Back to the forum dance.

So far this is one hell of an experience!


Monday, August 3, 2009

4... 3... 2... 1...

The Albatros... is... OUT!

This feels like a dream... fifteen months of incredible effort has come to an end. This is the single hardest and most satisfying thing I have ever done. Thanks for all your kind comments and support this past year, and I hope you like the results!

Have a look at the features page items... you're in for some interesting surprises! ;)

You can download the manual before purchase, from the media/extras page.

A seriously huge thanks to Pebble for all the beautiful manual work and Eric Smith for creating one hell of a website.

Also, please note that I will not be providing any product support here on this blog. You're welcome to comment here of course but if you have any questions or issues please ask them only on the LotusSim forums so that I can retain what little sanity I have left!