News & Updates

What I've been up to

Hey everyone! I hope you all are doing as well as can be expected during these weird times. This whole year has been strange. I've had an odd few months to say the least (haven't we all!). It has been an odd mix of difficult and painful events and then really awesome things (for example, I got engaged to this cool person!! :D). One major change since I last gave a personal update is that I decided to quit my full-time job to pursue another path. I felt as though I had outgrown my position and there was no room for advancement. Even so, it is difficult to quit something that you are good at and that is your sole source of income. The true turning point was when a dear-friend and coworker suddenly passed away. He was someone I worked closely with every day for years and without him it just didn't make sense to stay there any longer. This happened at the end of September, right after my first devlog post, actually. The situation pushed me to think critically about my goals and to pursue something that I would find more fulfilling.

I had been applying for other jobs in the tech sector but had no luck. Even though I had some programming knowledge I didn't have any qualifications on paper or a network to draw from. Also, since I was self-taught I had quite a few gaps in my knowledge. That is when a friend of mine (who some of you may know) recommended Nashville Software School to me. I hadn't considered a software development bootcamp previously, but this one had a great...

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posted by heidi on Jun 16, 2020, 8:58 pm
Summer Sketch Dump

Hey everyone! I hope you all are enjoying the Spirit Hunt so far! For my first non introductory DevLog post I decided to combine some of my sketches from the past few months and post them for you all to check out. I'm not going to give any explanations...I leave the speculation up to you guys. ;D Some of these are pretty recent but it only got cold a week ago where I live so I feel like "Summer" Sketch Dump is still applicable. Enjoy!

posted by heidi on Oct 16, 2019, 4:41 pm
Introducing the Devlog

Welcome to the ibbits Development Log! I have really been looking forward to getting this up and running! I plan on posting sketches, game design notes, ibbits lore, and maybe even the occasional personal anecdote. It will differ from the News & Updates section in that most of the content here will be progress snapshots rather than official announcements. It will be more casual in tone and I won’t worry about rambling…which is my favorite thing to do! I’ll at least try to break longer posts into labeled sections so you all can focus on the things you’re interested in. Though I know some of you will probably enjoy reading ten page essays on battle system design, Bita geography, and imaginary animal biology. So for you dedicated Bitians, this area is for you! I have also included a special little surprise at the end of this post so read on! ;D

The future of the site…and myself!

It is definitely true that ibbits is my personal creative outlet. My “baby” so-to-speak. At the moment I am the only one who works on it. I guess you could call me the creator of the site? I’m not really sure what my title is, haha. I’d love to pull people in for certain projects, and maybe even build a staff team like we had on Starbits Pets, but for now I guess I am it. This has its benefits and drawbacks I suppose, but the main issue is that if I’m not doing well then ibbits also suffers. If I’m having some sort of issue or am busy with life’s responsibilities then...

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posted by heidi on Sep 29, 2019, 7:21 pm