The path to a new Journey!


Hi everyone,

It's been over a year since my last blog post and I have to admit it feels a little weird, and nerve wracking, but at the same time exciting. So much has happened between then and now that changed and in some way liberated me. So I wanted to share some of that with all of you as well as talk about this new journey that I want to take. So let's get started!

I'm not one to tell a long story so I will cut this pretty short. In the middle of last year I had some medical complications that restricted me from sitting down for long periods of time, and that really impacted the amount of time I could work on games. It was a frustrating period as my full time job is also programming and so that required a lot of sitting. (A standing desk was not an option at the time for my office but has since become an option.)

After trying many solutions that didn't end up working, I ended up getting an out patient surgery that solved my problem. I was relieved and was ready to keep working on games again, but suddenly I got a big news announcement from my wife. We were expecting a baby!

This is Caleb! Our baby boy!
 Now it wasn't a complete surprise as we were trying to have a baby but we just didn't expect it so quickly! A lot of time has passed since then, 6 months to be more exact, and we know that we will have a boy and name him Caleb. Many of you might be a long way from having a child or might not be wanting to have kids (and that's perfectly fine) but for me having a child has actually been a dream of mine, and I'm looking forward to it.

The thing about having a child is that it really makes you think about your future and what kind of legacy you want to leave behind. This brings me to my decision and new path which I want for us to go in.

For a long time I've wanted to do an original game using Cosmoids. Cosmoids are pokemon like creatures that a group of artist and I came up with a while ago. The whole point was to make an original game using these creatures but for some reason or another it never happened. I always felt a responsibility to PTD, and it honestly felt like an obligation. Having a child has reminded me that this is not an obligation but something I do out of passion. Something that I should enjoy doing. I know that it may make some people disappointed or mad but I just can't work on PTD3 any more. The main issue with PTD is that I can't really share it with the world. It has to exist in sort of a shadow and that's not something that I want. I want to make a game and share it with everybody, have it be on different platforms (Flash has been slowly dying for years now, which is sad).

And so I've decided that I want to make a Tower Defense game like PTD but with Cosmoids. I believe that Tower Defense games can still be fresh and fun.

So in closing I want to say "Thank You". Whether you just started playing PTD or you've been around for a while. Thanks! If you are interested in being a part of this new journey I would love to have you, your feedback is invaluable to me and I would love to hear it.

So as always.. let me know what you think!

Sincerely,
Sam

Comments

  1. congrats on the baby sam. im 7 months pregnant with my son Leon. ive been around sense PTD and will always stick around as i love your games. i check you page everyday to see if you have new levels out lol. cant wait for your new game that your working on yourself as it sounds fun.

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    1. Thanks! 7 months pretty much the same as us, how are you holding up?

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    2. im holding up okay just cant wait for him to be born lol. he loves kicking everytime i lay down but never while im siting up.

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    3. Haha same with my wife, she will randomly go OWWW! baby is kicking me

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  2. Vincent #PTDSENSE2010May 19, 2018 at 7:25 PM

    Man dude well gl ive been playing ever sense i was a small child gl

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  3. I was more surprised of your redesigned blog. Thought some random other blog took over this address.

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    1. Haha, I changed my icon too... hoping people didn't freak out

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  4. Been here since I was in 4th grade, now graduating high school in a few weeks. It's been fun. I can still remember the days when I woke up super early, exited to get the daily gift. I remember when I tried to solve the puzzles to get the mystery gifts. Good times.

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  5. Congratulations, my dude, I'm sure you'll be a great father and that your boy will grow big and strong! Appreciate your work and you as a person ♥

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  6. Not even little updates as time passes? It's a great game!

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    1. as much as I would like to, I want to put all my attention (the little time I will have >.<) into cosmoids

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  7. Congrats on Caleb! As a dad of two I have very limited time for gaming but always enjoy a good towerdefense game. Looking forward to see what you come up with.

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    1. Thanks! Means a lot, I don't have any kids and barely have time to game.. can't even imagine

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  8. Congratulations sam, we appreciate that you have communicated this to us and we wish you luck in your future decisions :D

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    1. Thanks! I was very nervous about the response.

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  9. Dear Sam,

    I just finished PTD2,and I'd like you to make your cosmoids game just like it. So I can walk around in your games like the past 2 years. I'll be waiting for you, and let me hear more about Caleb!


    Your biggest fan,
    Allan

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    1. Hi Allan, I'm not currently planning to have walking around in Cosmoids but thanks for letting me know that is something you would like for a future game. I honestly felt like it was 50/50 with people liking or not liking the walking around part.

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  10. That's amazing, congratulations! I've been around since PTD 1 and will probably be around for a long time to come. Good luck with your Cosmoids :)

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    1. Thank you so much! Wow since PTD1! Thank you so much for your support!

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  11. I'm glad to hear that you are feeling better and a BABY BOY that's must be such an amazing feeling! I hope this new Cosmoids thing works out for you, I'll definitely be looking out for anything you create. I've been a fan of you and your creations for so many years, since I was a child. I'm sure your new venture will be a hit, I have consistently played TD games for probably 10 years now and I'm still enjoying them. I am excited to see what you have come up with to enhance the genre and bring in new players!

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    1. It does feel great :), thanks for supporting me and my games and I hope I can make something that you will enjoy and maybe bring something new to TDs, it seems I keep coming back to the genre even when I try to stay away :D

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    1. Congratulations on the baby :D it's sad you can't work on ptd3 anymore, but it's how you need to move forward with your own dreams, Good luck, take care and see you on the #newjourney

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    2. congrats and good luck my guy

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    3. Is it possible if we can transfer pokemon back like from ptd3 to ptd2

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  13. I sent a comment before, but it looks like it wasn't published properly or something went wrong in the process. Anyways, this is a rough text of what I wrote some time ago. I hope I can still express clearly what I was supposed to say:

    Firstly, congratulations to your new baby! I may not be a parent yet, but I already know how fulfilling, fun, exciting, albeit sometimes tiring, parenting can get based on my experiences as a baby-sitter! God bless him that he may grow as fine as a man can be, and God bless your family! Once again, congratulations to your upcoming Caleb!

    Secondly, don't forget to take care of your health and get some rest from time to time. It's important that you don't overwork yourself since you have a family to attend to. Don't feel too attached to this hobby of yours, since after all it's just a hobby. Family and real life comes first. You're allowed to take some breaks. Just don't get to addicted to your breaks though, since you do make money out of this and I personally think it's kind of a bummer if you just ignore your customers. They are like your customers after all. But it's up to you, since I think you know the best course of action to take.

    Lastly, I'll be looking forward to this new Cosmoids TD that you're planning to develop! Being a hardcore fan of tower defense games, I immediately fell for the way you adapted the Pokemon franchise into a TD game, since I was also a die-hard fan of Pokemon. However, I personally don't think it's a good idea to cease the development of your last installment of your PTD series. Why not just continue developing PTD3 slowly but surely until it's finally complete, while you're developing your new Cosmoids game? You could develop it in your spare time, since I would guess that making the levels are easy. Or you could pass it on to another developer. Whatever way you do it, I hope you won't abandon PTD3 since it's already made a lot of progress.

    I'm glad that you're finally taking on a whole new level in developing games! I'll be looking forward to what you're going to show us in the future! And once again congratulations to your coming child! God bless your family :)

    P.S.: Can we see some Cosmoids design please?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, I do take them to heart. I believe that while it might be good to work on ptd3 I have so little time that pretty much I could only do one or the other (ptd3 or cosmoids) and I do think for the future of SnD games and for the players Cosmoids is the better path.

      Thanks for supporting and I look forward to revealing some Cosmoids designs in the near future :)

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  14. good to hear everything is gooed now and I love your "new path" do what feels good Bro.

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  15. Shade.Shadow55 (gah, the edge)May 21, 2018 at 3:50 PM

    Oh that is so cool to hear. Caleb is a lovely name.

    So Cosmoids, on what platforms would you release it? Computer like PTD? Or actual consoles, etc?

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    1. Thanks! Shooting for Mobile and Computers first, consoles would be sweet also!

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  16. Can't wait for the future, and to see your work! Good luck, you'll always have your supporters here with you!

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  17. i love ptd 1,2,3,will miss it but i am happy you are happy :P.wish you all the best of luck and happiness.i will be looking forward to any future projects :)

    best of wishes from Serbia :)

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  18. Second! hehe

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  19. What about champions td?

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    1. Put on hold for now, I do like the concept but it didn't take off as much as I would have liked.

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  20. GL HF with your new life

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  21. First off, congratulations to you and your wife! I can hardly imagine what it must feel like being a father. Oh well, maybe in the future...
    Secondly, what platform are you going to release Cosmoids on? It sounds really cool, and I'm genuinely interested in how it's going to be.

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    1. Thanks! Shooting for mobile and pc first. If enough people play then work on bringing it to consoles.

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  22. Are you going to make the Pokémon Tower defense 1 for android? The last version, because the only available apk is in the first versions.

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  23. Maybe not investing in the future is always good, but can not let some things leave behind, in my country everything that starts, does not end, there in the USA it should be quite common for things to end, exeto One Piece this will never come back and I I would like things not to be finished, I'm afraid that a lot of good design is not finished, many animes, games are canceled or not finished.
    If you no longer want to continue with PTD, you could leave the last adjustments or things that were not finished, finished, because it would be very sad a series that caused so many people to be canceled, at least one final point in history.
    The versions of Android could send to some friend of yours to port or something.
    I just wanted you to not feel obligated to do something that so many people like.
    And congratulations on the baby, future wish for him, is not easy right?
    Maybe in free time you could give an end to PTD!
    Follow what you want.

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    1. Thanks for the words, I do think sometimes you have to end something even if it's not finished because you need to move forward. It may not be the easiest decision but sometimes you do have to take risk and follow your heart.

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  24. Nice to hear you're alive and kicking! I have been here for about 2 years and have always admired and cheered you on! Live life the way you want Sam, and I hope you and your wife raise Caleb happily! Wish you all the best!

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  25. So, that means....end of PTD?

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    1. the end of bigger updates, but will doing mystery gifts for ptd3 and I will keep running the servers

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  26. Glad to see you're enjoying life, and making a marketable game is, I think, a great idea!

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  27. tbh i kinda wish i knew what the plot of the PTD3 story was going to turn out to be. maybe, if you dont think that you can complete PTD3, maybe release what the plot would have been like? i just hate unfinished stories XD. Anyways, i hope Cosmoids turns out to be big one day, and congrats on the baby :)

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  28. Fico feliz por vocês <3 por todos Amo pokemon tower defence desde o inicio dele :D

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