Larinite

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Some Things I've Learned Again

These are a collection of quotes and writings that I found or read again whilst working on Larinite. Rest assured that they won't be making their way into the game just like that, as Larinite must be original. I'm glad that I ended up on the path to focus on this... "game". I guess that it was not a decision or a choice that I had.

Let's start with a quote from one of my favorite authors, which led me to write this post today:

“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change.” - The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi; Vol. 12; April 1, 1913 - December 23, 1914; Page 158

These were the quotes below that I had found or read again:

With regards to game "players":

“All the world's a stage, And all the men and women meerely players;” - Jaques in William Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (Act II Scene VII), 1623

With regards to a relaxing game:

“...throughout my life I had fought for the fullest liberty for women... I do not want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. I refuse to live in other people’s houses as an interloper, a beggar or a slave...” - Young India, 1-6-1921; Volume 23: 6 April, 1921 - 21 July, 1921 (Page 215). The Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi (Electronic Book), New Delhi, Publications Division Government of India, 1999, 98 volumes

With regards to crafting:

“I did not understand what a cosseted life would do to the spirit of enterprise of a people, diminishing their desire to achieve, to excel, and to succeed. I believed then, that wealth came naturally from wheat growing in the fields, orchards bearing fruit every summer, and factories churning out all that was needed to maintain a comfortable life. Only two decades later, when I had to make an outdated entrepôt economy, feed a people, did I realize, that people needed to create the wealth before we could share it. And to create wealth, high motivation, incentives, are crucial to drive a people to achieve, to take risks for profits, or there will be nothing to share.” - Lee Kuan Yew, speech given at the Imperial College Commemoration Eve Dinner, London, October 22, 2002

With regards to relatively simple action/combat mechanics:

“Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated.” - The Zen of Python; Tim Peters; 19 August 2004

With regards to pets:

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” - Isaac Newton letter to Robert Hooke, 1675

With regards to documentation:

“Comments are really good. So I would advise you to write comments. Now, and write big comments, write really big, really extensive comments. Now, how many people write really big comments? Right. Well, I was going to say, there's another word for a really big comment. What's that? A book!” - "The Mess We're In" by Joe Armstrong (Sept 17-19, 2014) Strange Loop

Notice that these profound quotes were written by people of different races and backgrounds? I am sure that there are more from others that I have no space to mention here, but these were things related to Larinite. This leads me to one interesting final quote I found:

“OH, EAST is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet, Till Earth and Sky stand presently at God's great Judgment Seat; But there is neither East nor West, Border, nor Breed, nor Birth, When two strong men stand face to face, though they come from the ends of the earth!” - Rudyard Kipling, 1889, The Ballad of East and West

With regards to writings, all I can say for now is that I've taken a look at J. R. R. Tolkien and J. K. Rowling's history again.

Adding Tumblr as a main blogging platform

Note: From 14 Mar 2021 and onwards, this will longer be the case. I'll just be posting on Twitter and Patreon for now.

I've kept the post below as a record:

"I will now be using both Tumblr and Patreon as my main blogging platforms for small and minor updates to Larinite. Major updates will appear on the official website and on other social media platforms for the game.

Because Twitter can be linked to Tumblr, the same posts may appear there too. If any posts are too long, they will be redirected to my website blog."

Website Update

I've made some changes to the home page today. It now focuses on showing the core features of this game.

Below is what used to appear on the homepage:

"Larinite is a casual and educational game still under development. It will feature an interesting story, quests and characters, the ability to collect and craft items, skill trees, and a unique 2D pixel art environment to move around in and discover. Aside from the main story, you can make your own story in the game by doing optional quests, and interacting with other characters.

Educational- You leave the game always feeling that you have learned something.

Casual- it is a relaxing game that is meant to be played casually.

No combat route- you don't have to fight to progress through the game.

Mobile- the target is mobile devices and gaming consoles, but is first playable on PC."