Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
We build great shields to protect us from the abrasive winds of the desert, and adorn them with images of the land we hope to find at the end of our journey. Our destination is never a certainty, but our shields are. They are far more extravagant than the shelters we may build as we move through the dunes, and every person constructs theirs alone, by hand. Each is a unique representation of what we believe awaits at the end of this. When the sand blows particularly hard and we're unable to see what lies ahead, these images let us ignore the overwhelming hostility of the desert and help carry our feet forward.
As the sand burns our feet and the wind cuts into our flesh, the images on our shields steadily vanish. Vibrant blue skies and green fields become chipped and faded, and hand-hewn edges are dulled into soft forms unrecognizable as what we had spent our best years crafting. The further we proceed into the storm, the harsher the wind and sand and sun become, and we find the bulwarks which we had driven us so strongly forward in an earlier time to be cold, empty shells of wood. Many men come to rely on the art of their youth to remind them that there's a point to the toil; once the images fade, they lie down and let the dunes wash over them. Those whose imaginations produce the most vivid and powerful images often never really begin the journey, believing that the reality of their success could never match what they had crafted in mind. Some find the strength to keep painting and carving after they've stepped into the desert, but such an effort cannot be maintained to the end of their course.