Other than saying I'm still here, I'm blogging to see if anybody out there has an Android phone or tablet...
But I'm getting ahead of myself...
In the end, I had no choice. It was either buy a new drive or give up any serious hopes of ever again using this PC. I've also taken a deep breath and started to draw new cartoons, with the determination that I'll now store them in more than once place, even if it means doing as Leg-Iron wisely suggests, backing things up to DVD.
And after a day of struggling to get my new WD drive into my machine (and, for the first time, I've stuck fans on it in the hope to prolong the drive's life) I've now reestablished the basics of my work environment. After my email and browser (how many people must use Internet Explorer just to type the word 'Chrome' and then never us it again?), I also managed to get Unity up and running. Getting back to Unity has been the thing I've been eager to do since the crash on Sunday.
Late last week, I'd reached the stage where I've started to canvass thoughts aboutt game. I was delighted when the usual cynics I've shown it to were surprisingly positive and offered a few good (and the odd not so good) suggestions. This week is about putting these final touches to what will become Version 1.0 of the game which I aim to get onto the Play store before the end of the month, though that's a big ambition when I still need to implement a tutorial system.
Which brings me to my offer, which I doubt will be taken up by anybody out there but I'll make it anyway... If anybody fancies acting as a Beta tester of my game, then please drop me a line (via the Contact page or my email). You only need an Android tablet or phone and a willingness to lie and say that you've been reading my blog for a long time and would love nothing more than test a ridiculous game. At this stage, I just want to know if the game actually runs on a variety of hardware other than the Samsung phones and tablets I've had access to so far.
I wish I could afford to pay you but this is the internet and none of us get paid for anything we do but I will promise to include a juicy credit in my game's acknowledgements screen.
You'll also get a chance to be the first people to get to play the game, hear my bad guitar fingerpicking, voice acting, and (possibly -- yet undecided -- singing). At the very least, it should be a mildly amusing distraction from all the horrors of the world and, really, isn't that all we can hope for?