Keeping busy (Covid-19 Lockdown)
These are, as we keep getting reminded, unprecedented times. I don’t think I need to spell out the details for any of my readers, so I’ll avoid typing the C-word.
With many of us now working from home (or not working at all), and with never-ending bad news streaming in, it’s easy to become both stir crazy and anxious. Luckily, the best way to stall both of these problems is the same: keep yourself occupied.
So, what are my plans for keeping occupied?
Some of the best theatres in the country are currently streaming world class theatre online, much of it for free.
- National Theatre is streaming (for free) a different play every week throughout April. This week’s production is One Man, Two Guvnors, which begins streaming at 7pm tonight.
- Hampstead Theatre is also to stream (for free) three different plays, starting this week with Wild. Wild is an excellent play, inspired by real events. It’s very witty and entertaining.
- The Original Theatre Company, which was supposed to be touring The Croft at the moment, is to stream both the aforementioned play and The Habit of Art for only £2.50! Obviously, if you can, you’re encouraged to give more, so that The Original Theatre can try to weather the crisis and come out the other end still in business.
It’s fantastic of theatres to put these plays online. Not only are they world class productions, but theatres are really struggling in the current climate. For them to put such great material online, much of it for free, is really good of them.
The other means by which I intend to keep myself occupied is modding. You will recall that I began work on a mod, tentatively titled Lunar Descent 2 Working Title, before Christmas. This stalled, largely due to a lack of time. But now, I have an abundance of time! So, the mod is back in production, albeit heavily scaled back.
The mod will be developed in 4 phases. The first phase should be completed by the end of this month. The first phase being completed will place the mod on a good footing to be finished later, even if time becomes limited again (ie. normality returns).
What kind of mod is it?
It’s going to be a short survival horror game. It’s set on a passenger spaceship in the Dissolution/Lunar Descent universe, but its story is largely independent of those two mods. The mod will be my first non-combat game (if we exclude Rescue the Princess), and takes inspiration from games like Penumbra and Amnesia. I’ll reveal more details soon.
I’d love to know if any of you have plans for keeping yourselves busy during this crisis. Do let me know, and stay safe.