Hey everyone, special treat for you all! Many of our creators have been inspired and encouraged by this project we’ve embarked upon, and one of us, Ro-ri, has written a piece about the experience what it’s been like to be on a team of creators from around the world. It’s fun, it’s a challenge, but most of all, we’re all gathering together for a common goal of making the best game we can.
And sometimes that’s so cool you’ve got to put it on paper. But enough of me talking, here’s the fabulous Ro-ri!
Dear readers, gamers, followers,
While I was studying in the UK, I was lucky enough to be living in an incredibly diverse town; the collection of cultures gathered there was a display of acceptance and love, a celebration of differences not like anything I’ve seen since. Most importantly, it wasn’t a Pride march, a culture festival, or any other organized event; simply a natural consequence of us coming together.
Writing a cast of characters with the Second Star team often feels to me a metaphorical recreation of my University town, perhaps without the noisy nights out or the kitchen mess (curse you, lazy flatmates!). The best part is that effortlessness still defines the experience. It’s still the best part of gathering a group of people and having them work together: all with their unique experiences, all with their special relationship to others or the world, all with their varying bonds to their cultures or communities or family.
Working in a team of Character Designers, I wonder if this is a personal experience, limited to my own history, my own individual interactions with the world. But then I look at the cast we’ve built so far, at the intricate details which feel as buzzing with variety as the streets of the town I called home for three years, and I think, “Yes, we must feel the same urge to write multifaceted characters.”
Because we know what it’s like to ache to be represented–and represented well–in any media we come across. If nothing else, we share the craving for a character we can point to and say, “Hey, I do that too!” or “I’ve experienced the same thing!”
A character we relate to.
For years, I’ve been chasing the feeling I felt during my University days, believing briefly that it perhaps belonged to that time, that place alone, as if enclosed in a capsule. But now, in this team of craving aching thinking feeling diverse creators from all over the world, I have found: we can make our own unique little town of rich thriving diversity.
And I hope we can invite many others to call it “home”.
Stay true, stay gaming, stay readin’,