Zorba the Hutt (zorbathut) wrote,
Zorba the Hutt

It’s not the design, it’s the details.

It’s honestly amazing how many little fiddly things show up when you start trying to do reasonable PR.

See, first off, I’ve submitted my game to the IGF – the Independent Games Festival. For those who don’t yet know, it’s called Devastation Net, and it’s designed for a lot of players to blow each other up using tanks, played on a projector. It’s nowhere near finished (it has no single-player capabilities, for example), but it’s fun and is making huge progress.

However, this brings up a few more issues. The IGF requires a website (and, honestly, even if it didn’t require one, I’d provide one.) In theory, people might visit this website from links. And that’s cool. Visitors are good. Traffic is good. But this all means I need to finally unearth my company website and make it vaguely palatable. And that means, once I have that up, that I can’t just let it rest. I have to post once in a while, otherwise it dies and there goes all the goodwill I’ve gathered.

And that means I need to make my dev journal functional, and I need to make sure the site and link structure stay sane so I can start accumulating pagerank and Google love, and hopefully draw more readers – which means a lot of fiddly server issues, like making sure that http://www.mandible.net and http://mandible.net not only both work but one actually redirects to the other so I can keep consistent single URLs. And it involves setting up some kind of 404 tracking so I can pin down future issues that might occur, and planning properly so I don’t end up needing a new URL structure and wasting all the search-engine-fu I’ve built up, and blah blah blah oh god the pain.

In some ways having worked at Google helps in that I know what sort of things to watch out for (”someone help, all my google pagerank went away overnight! I mean all I did was move a few pages around and change the entire directory structure of my site, and also I installed a new content manager and completely changed all the content and the look, and I changed domains too and the old one is down because the server’s crashed, but Google should somehow know that this happened and give me the same pagerank!”) but it also makes things tougher because I really don’t have any excuses if I fuck it up.

Oh well. Here goes. Let’s see how many days it takes before I irrevocably break someone’s links.

So. Hi. I’m Zorba. I’m starting a game studio named Mandible Games. I’m making a game called Devastation Net, which I’ll be posting more about in the future. It’s a pretty huge experiment, but it’s what I want to do – so, here we are. Hope you enjoy reading.

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