Archive for August, 2013

Not moving to CA

We will not be moving to CA after all.

I was very excited about the job down in CA, and what it had to offer. However, the prospects of moving were proving too great for the family.

We had, at times, been excited about relocation, but the realities surrounding the move and the impact of what we’d be leaving behind is something that had been slowly pulling the family apart since I accepted the position. The seriousness of it goes far beyond what I think is just a fear of change. It involved the many compromises we would have to make that will change our lives permanently.

The kids and their school along with our home and the community are two parts of this relocation that have continually become clearer just how much they mean to us as a family – especially since I took the position and began the process of pulling up the roots around us.

To make matters tougher, the family is not all super excited about a move to CA, because most of what they have seen regarding homes and neighborhoods has revealed too many compromises compared to what they already have right here. We made multiple trips down to find a home and eventually landed on one of the very few available that might work, but in hindsight know that we rushed into making a decision for where our family would settle and what school the kids would go to.

I haven’t been forthcoming with you all about the seriousness of this because I’ve been struggling so much with trying to convince everyone, even myself, that this move will be a great experience and the start of a new journey. My family sees the benefits for me and my career, but cannot see the real benefits for themselves and how their lives will change and I don’t blame them.

It got serious enough that I couldn’t justify asking them to make this move. Of course, I can’t leave without them, so we will stay here together.

Thanks for putting up with us and our crazy little mini-adventure we described to you.

Things are already getting back to normal and we’ll pick back up where we left off here in the Pacific NW – our home.

The new journey?

Here I was focused on a new game with a grand plan about how it could be made. Building a team and getting something started from nothing is very tough, but not impossible.

I worked at it and met with lots of people. Investors got interested, but most are too afraid of anything other than F2P games. So, that’s all they wanted. Me, I respect F2P and even developed some game designs around it, but I don’t believe they are good for the industry as a whole.

At the same time this was coming to a head, another call came requesting that I consider a job. After a ton of thought and deliberation, I’ve decided to take up an offer that I couldn’t turn down and that I’m genuinely excited about.

I know many of you will be pissed that I’ve abandoned the path I started to take as an indie developer. I don’t blame you.

But, this will be a new journey full of unknowns, challenges and great victories I hope. I’m ready to do this and to blaze a new trail.

So, I’m packing up the family and we’re moving. Probably the most stressful decision I’ve had to make in the last 15 years.

I’ll let you know more about where I’m heading when I can – a few more months from now.

Until then, wish us luck. Believe me, moving with teens requires it!


Then – everything changed…

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Marcus Lehto