In which I semi-retire

Written by David Frampton @ 1:15 am, March 5, 2015

It’s been a while since the last Blockheads update, but I haven’t started working on another update yet, and I reckon I owe it to the community to explain where the game is at and why there might not be another update for a while, if at all.

I can’t really do that without being completely honest about my situation, so here goes.

Basically I’m struggling to find motivation at the moment. It’s not just The Blockheads, but I’m finding it difficult to start work on a new game as well. But that’s OK, I’m not complaining!

In short, I am just so happy enjoying life in the real world, and don’t feel the need or desire to sit in front of a computer and code!

Chopper, Chopper 2, and of course now The Blockheads have all done extremely well, and the net result is that I’ve earned enough to retire if I want to. I don’t have any desire to make a billion dollars for the sake of it, buy luxury yachts and mansions, or develop an expensive drug habit. I’ve saved most of what my games have made, and I’m happy that I can now support my family and I comfortably from now on, so I no longer have any financial incentive to keep working.

But of course it wasn’t all about the money. I’ve also had tens of millions of downloads of my games, lots of fun building and interacting with a community of fans, and been right in the middle of the most exciting time in the birth and growth of an entire new industry. It was a great experience, but I reckon I’ve done that now. I’ve got no dream to become super famous and world renowned, no desire to make more of a mark on society and no agenda to push. The Blockheads has done as well as anyone could hope for, and I no longer desire to push it to further heights. I also don’t feel a need to try to beat or repeat its success with another game.

So not having any real desire to carry on coding, I basically haven’t been. I’ve re-found my love of surfing, and I’m spending a lot of time outside, and very little time at my desk. I’ve lost about 15kg in the past year and am fitter and healthier and happier than I’ve ever been in my life. And of course I have a young family which I am spending a great deal of time with, and these are the moments that are more important than anything.

So for now, I’m on an extended vacation. I don’t know what the future holds either for me or for The Blockheads, but I do know that the game will continue to be available, I’ll continue to fix major issues that come up, and will keep the cloud servers and everything operating for a long long time yet. A couple of hundred thousand people still play the game every day and if anything that number is rising. Milla is doing a great job on support and community management, and will continue to do so. But the game now feels ‘complete’ to me, to the extent where I am unlikely to add more content in the future.

I’m still thinking about the possibility of selling The Blockheads, as someone might be able to come to it with the passion that I once had, and take it in exciting new directions. Otherwise there is the possibility of employing someone to take over development. Either way, that would require finding someone who can not only cope with adding to (or even better taking away from) 200,000ish lines of Objective C++ code, but also is a fan of the game and has good ideas for the future. Let me know if you are that person!

I feel very very lucky to be in this position. I worked very hard for a few years, but I also had a lot of lucky breaks. I’m very thankful to everyone who has supported me by playing my games and buying my stuff. And who knows, VR is another exciting industry that is just getting fired up, and it might just be enough to pull me back in. In a few weeks or months I might find myself getting the creative itch again, this isn’t the first time I’ve taken a long break, so it might not be the last.









10 Comments

  1. Lovely749rose

    Selling the Blockheads would be VERY VERY SURPRISING to here, Mr. Frampton.
    (As long as it doesn’t go to Windows)

    Comment by Lovely749rose — March 5, 2015 @ 3:32 am


  2. Graypaws

    The apocolipse has arrived. Dave has just retired. The world as we know it, changes now. I can already feel the earthquakes coming.
    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    Comment by Graypaws — March 5, 2015 @ 4:44 am


  3. Lovely749rose

    NO APOCALYPSE JUST YET!!!
    Once they sold it to an un trusty owner…
    *Guns invade The Blockheads, it became Terraria*

    Comment by Lovely749rose — March 5, 2015 @ 6:14 am


  4. Megitsune

    Whatever decision you make Mr. Frampton, I appreciate all your hard work and dedication to Blockheads! I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of the game and hope nothing but the best for you! I’m really glad I was able to experience this amazing game! Honestly, I still have high hopes for Blockheads & hopefully future updates! I also however, understand that time waits for no one especially, for those who is dedicating or had dedicated a huge portion of their lives making amazing games for others. So from the bottom of my heart, I hope that life treats you well! Your game has brought many happiness and joyous moments in my life so I can only hope that, it will now bring you happiness to you! Congratulation on your success and I’m glad you have found the many happy wonders of life!

    Comment by Megitsune — March 5, 2015 @ 6:44 am


  5. kitten

    Careful everyone, it is only a possibility.

    Comment by kitten — March 5, 2015 @ 6:47 am


  6. CaronHere

    Thank you for this great game. My dreams are fun. You have earned a break and I agree whole heartedly that you need to spend more time with your young family. Everything has a time and a limit. I am just so glad to be a part of the blockhead community and look forward to being so for as long as possible.

    Enjoy the sun and surf.

    Cheers.

    Comment by CaronHere — March 5, 2015 @ 9:16 am


  7. Buddy9104

    well… if you spend very little time at your desk, that means youre still working on the game a little, right?
    so little by little you can work on new updates :P

    either way, i respect your descision. but if you were to ask me, dont sell the game, it may turn into something completely different, making it unoriginal and people that downloaaded it because of that will stop playing.

    Comment by Buddy9104 — March 5, 2015 @ 12:14 pm


  8. Alexandra Inglorien

    I hope Mr. Frampton has a lovely time with his family and with surfing. To me, the game is rather complete. I just hope the Blockheads will keep running and never go down. That’s all I want. Like Megitsune, I also appreciate all the work you’ve put in as well. So go and have fun surfing!

    Also, I hope he doesn’t ever sell it. So please do not sell it.

    Best Wishes,
    Alexandra.

    Comment by Alexandra Inglorien — March 5, 2015 @ 12:31 pm


  9. Darkrai

    Check out peoples servers, check out what people have done with your game. If you stop developing it, then all the servers would disappear after a while… Team forward, a server that must if been worked on for about a year, may die, crumble, be destroyed… It will happen after a while, as team forward uses building contests and events too keep the fire going… But as almost all fires… The fire goes out. Now a server called MGN jetpacks – a server that revolves around a clan. The owner, RedEagle worked hard to get MGN jetpacks, and the MGN clan in sync. A sky island? Some MGN currency, not in game currency. There’s probably 100 other servers out there that have massive and epic builds. If you stop. Blockheads will eventually crumble.

    Comment by Darkrai — March 5, 2015 @ 2:41 pm


  10. Joe U

    Dave,

    You’ve brought fun to a lot of people through your creative insight. As one of your older players, I can tell you that there is nothing more important to me than family. If. You’re in a position where you can take time to enjoy family, the. I couldn’t be happier for you.

    Creative inspiration is where you find it, and if, somewhere down the road, you manage to find it again, then I look forward to seeing what that inspiration produces. Thank you for the games you’ve created, and best of luck to you in whatever you decide the future holds.

    - Joe U.

    Comment by Joe U — March 5, 2015 @ 3:23 pm


RSS feed for comments on this post.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.