Yesterday was Thanksgiving (non-Canadian). As you are no doubt aware, last week we launched the IndieGoGo. It’s been quite successful! Mitch and I have been juggling work and family this week. We have a lot to do to prepare for our next milestone: the closed alpha in January. I expect to work through Christmas. I never intended to become a super-busy small business owner, but here I am. It’s okay though – I’m having a blast!

Some parts of the city are full of houses, others are still developing.
Some parts of the city are full of houses, others are still developing.

Mitch is being onboarded as a full developer. He’s currently wrestling with Visual Studio to get a consistent build environment so he can develop in peace. In my opinion, IDEs are a huge mess, which is why I develop using a bash prompt, vim, and i3wm on Arch (btw I… nevermind). I like to think of my setup as a customized IDE. To avoid having to compile on Windows, I use MingW, which allows me to cross-compile for Windows from Linux. But I want a developer who mains on Windows since that will be 95% of our customers, so Mitch is stuck with getting MSVC working. Sorry Mitch.

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on many different things, but this week doesn’t have a clear theme, just lots going on. So I’ll talk about something off-topic: retro photography.

I always choose the window seat when flying – I love to see all the intricate details of cities, the structure of blocks and roadways, the way that buildings look on top, backlots you weren’t supposed to notice. It’s particularly fun to watch all the thousands of cars moving around, and how small they look as the plane climbs higher. I want New Cities to reflect this experience.

I recently bought a piece of retro tech: one of the earliest digital cameras, a Sony Digital Mavica. What’s unique about this camera is that it uses floppy disks as storage media. The device is clunky by today’s standards, since it contains an entire floppy drive, and the image resolution was terrible even by the standards of the time.

Not pictured, the device itself. The selfie hadn't been invented yet.
Not pictured, the device itself. The selfie hadn't been invented yet.

But, there’s just so much joy that comes from the sound it makes as it’s writing to the disk. I’ve brought the camera on two plane flights and to the top of Chicago’s Willis (née Sears) Tower. I filled up a ten pack of disks, copied the images over using a USB floppy drive, then filled up one more disk.

I’m going to end this post with a gallery of some of the pictures I’ve taken. But first a little Black Friday advertising. You can now buy the game at a 24% discount from the retail price, get exclusive access to the closed alpha in January, and many more perks! Check out our crowdfunding campaign. And join the discord, subreddit, and twitter. Thanks!

And now, the gallery: