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January 5, 2015

H-Hey, guys. Remember me? It's uhh, it's okay if you don't. It's only been like, nine months since the last update. So uhh, yeah, turns out I don't have a lot of free time anymore. Who knew taking care of a baby would be so difficult? :P Yeah, I emoticon'ed that beast. So let's pretend I'm a high school student trying to explain why I didn't do my homework. See, here's the thing. I could probably have maintained the website while raising a child, but my work became super intense this year. Honestly, I think my work takes more of my free time and focus than my child sometimes!

So last year, one of our math teachers passed away very unexpectedly. He had just started an AP Computer Science class at our school, which was very cool, but when he passed away, the closest thing they had to a computer teacher was...well...me. If not for me and my limited Computer Science knowledge, they probably would've stopped having the course at my school, but I really didn't want that to happen (I kinda have this belief that computer programming is going to be important in the future...err...y'know...the present). So I'm teaching a class about Java with only a background in C++. It's similar, but not the same. So I'm learning the class while I teach it. Not only that, but I also teach two other math classes and since we're doing Common Core now, I can't exactly use my old lesson plans (at least not verbatim).

So there's that. And the baby. And the move (moved out of the house I was renting because it just cost too much and I'm trying to save for a house someday). And the fact that my school is having serious inner-turmoil and people are being laid off because of said turmoil, and that's all I'll say in a public forum like this, no matter the low probability of what I write here costing me my job. Better safe than sorry, right? Point being, my stress level is through the roof.

So have I been working on this website? No. Much as I want to, I just can't do it at all while school is in session. My focus is already too split now. But I'm able to do a few things during vacations sometimes! Plus, I'm not doing summer school this year so that I can enjoy it with my family, but that should also leave me some time for website! I...hope. Plans for the final two seasons of AFFR are still up in the air. Wish I could give a more solid answer, but I can't just yet. I'd love to write them, but just don't have the time.

I have a bunch of tiny scraps of tiny projects, since they're about the only thing I can work on right now. Some reviews I've started here or there, some Top 10 Lists I've started but haven't finalized, but there's actually ONE thing I have finished. It's not huge, but it's been awhile since I've done one. It's a True Cast for the Mass Effect Trilogy! Woo? I think so! I've been playing through the Mass Effect Trilogy since Christmas of 2013 and finally beat it about a month ago! It isn't that long of a series, but with my limited free time, it was quite the beast. Considering writing a review for it, but...eh, we'll see. For now, True Cast. Hope you like it...if you care to read that spoiler-ridden thing! Maybe I'll update the site sooner than last time, eh? Heh...heh...eh...

March 2, 2014

It's over! Here's AFFR Episode 11, Early Show to signify the end of this season. It's been a good season, even if the end really got clogged up. Dang it, I was so close to having the whole thing done by 2013's end, but there was so much baby-prep to do that I couldn't do it. Oh well. 1.5 years for a season isn't too bad. But man am I getting old. This was probably my favorite season to date. Loved the mix of teams and, even though it didn't break down as I had assumed it would, I enjoyed the progress, so I hope you all liked it, too.

Regarding the next two seasons, AFFR: Fallen-Stars and AFFR:All-Stars are in the planning phases already, but they will not hit the site for quite a while. Unfortunately, during the baby-watch seasons, I hit my buffer (too busy planning for work and baby) and it was incredibly stressful to try to meet deadlines. Even failing to meet them was stressful, and nothing done for non-profit fun should be stressful, so I'm going to plan these seasons and write them close to fully before posting up a single episode. So I'm estimating Summer of 2015 before we start seeing any episodes, but I will post teaser stuff (like team picks) progressively over the next year and a half.

And the really bad news: if the stuff really hits the thingy, there's a chance these two seasons will never come to be. I have four seasons to show right now and I'm really proud of 3.5 of those seasons, so I'm happy, but I really do have a big finish planned for the series in the form of All-Stars. Without it, I feel like it has no ending, so I definitely want to do it, but I just can't guarantee it. Ending here is a good stopping point, but if I start the next two seasons, I've gotta go all the way. Honestly, it might help me to feel some love for the series to help me make my decision. I have maybe two or three readers that I really know about, so if I knew I had more that wanted me to continue, it might help me make a more favorable decision about moving forward.

So what's in store for TGP for the next little while? Mostly smaller sections like Reviews, True Casts, and Top 10 Lists. Basically, things that I am not committed to making weekly updates. Sorry that updates will be sporatic, but as a father and a teacher, it's kind of the best I can offer right now, unfortunately. I'll be mostly hosting the forum blitzball games, both maintaining them twice a week as normal, plus looking at my monster coding and trying to make it a bit more perfect.

Finally, the big news is that I'm going to try my hand at some non-fan fiction work for a little while. I have plans for some stories I'd like to write, some short and some long, plus I'd like to really start looking into fully designing the video game idea I've had bouncing around in my head for over a year now. I don't know if I'll have much if anything to show for these projects, especially if I start them and they suck, but I'm at the point now where I've just gotta try. I've always said that fan fiction was my hopeful springboard to doing my own, original works. Next year I'll be 30, and I hear 30 is the age where dreams die, so I'd better start making these dreams a reality before I give up forever, ya? If I get something that I like, I'll try to post something here, whether it's a preview (first chapter, demo, whtever) and use the feedback to decide whether or not to keep it, trash it, or remodel it, basically.

So yeah, big plans for the future, and apologies for the slow updates that are to come over the next year or so. That about sums up this big long mess. Even if the updates are slow, I'm still here and still working! Have a good one, everybody!

March 1, 2014

Let's DO THIS THING! Time to finally end it! Here we go, the final part! AFFR Episode 11, Part 3! Now you'll get to see who wins it all! I'll post up the Early Show either later tonight or tomorrow--no need to drag it out. And then, Season 4 will be officially over. Tune in, see who wins, and feel free to head to the forums and comment about what you thought about the winners, the season, whatever. I enjoy the feedback. Hope you all enjoy it! It's been a fun season to write!

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The Blender:
What's Goatbob up to?
Amazing FF Race: Season 4 The fourth season of The Amazing FF Race.
Game Reviews Ongoing reviews for video games, past and present.
In Progress
Game Analysis Analyzing elements of video games.
Top 10 PSX Games Top 10 List of PSX Games. Not Started
Original Stories Original stories that will be previewed on TGP. Not Started
The Cartographer My own RPG! Don't hold your breath for this one. This'll take a few years at least, I'd imagine. In Progress
Forum AFFR4True CastReviews