You may be wondering if I’ve disappeared. Some of you might be asking, “why hasn’t he released any Evocraft updates in six months?” As a few already know, there have been some significant changes in my life. In July of this year (2016), I moved from Austin Texas back to my home state of Arizona to pursue a new career: I am in school to become a practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Prior to this, I was working a day-job in medical office administration. It was okay for a while. Having a simple job allowed me to focus on my creative pursuits. I ran Evocraft groups, released updates and worked on side projects – it was simple and fun. And then…my day-job grew unstable. The doctor I worked for started practicing part-time, so my hours were cut. At that point, I felt like I hit a wall: what was I doing with my life?
I grew tired, both emotionally and creatively. More than that, I felt like the months and years were passing by too quickly. How many years would I spend working jobs that were unimportant to me, struggling just to get by and keep my creative work afloat? At that point, I knew it was the right time for me to make a change. I went into Oriental Medicine school.
I have always wanted to become a holistic healer. Years ago, I realized how powerful Chinese Medicine was. Over the years, I’ve studied and used this stuff for my personal benefit. So now, I’ve decided to become a practitioner to help others.
I’m a big picture thinker. When I do something, I think about its nature. I question its affect on the world. I ask myself, “what does it mean?”, “what does this do for people?”, “how does it influence the web of life?”
In a big-picture way, I see my healing career as another manifestation of my creativity. Healing and creative work are both transformational. When I designed Evocraft, I had to ask a lot of small questions: “how does this mechanic work?”, “how many hit points?”, etc. Yet, the big questions were more important to me. How would Evocraft affect people’s lives? How could it create a meaningful experience?
I’ve been fortunate to see Evocraft create a special space for players in my groups. I’ve seen people make friends or fall in love. Some expand their creativity while others just have a good time. The game is a catalyst. Like all art, gaming is transformational, in a way that is too profound to express.
Yes, I will continue to work on Evocraft. My hiatus is indicative of creative fatigue and an intensive school program. Both of those things will pass. Over the next three years, my updates may become sparse, and my playgroups less frequent – school keeps me busy. However, as time goes on, I plan to evolve this project. And sometime in the future, I’m hoping you’ll help me with that – which is a topic for another day.
Happy holidays, and happy journeys,