22nd Mar 2020, 11:33 AM
Hiatus Announcement


Hiatus Announcement
Hey. So, My Delirium Alcazar is taking a break--at least a month, I expect, as that's about how long it takes for me to pump out an HTML5 game and hock it on various websites. I am taking this break for two major reasons:

1.) Money. I am extremely appreciative of everyone that donates to me on patreon; however, this is barely enough for me to survive on currently, and as you may have noticed things are getting a little weird in the world right now. I have huge anxiety, migraines, and bouts of depression and the number of people I'm indebted to is steadily increasing, which it turns out makes anxiety worse. I know, I was also surprised. I've been going hard on advertising hoping to bump up that patreon number, but uh advertising in 2020 fucking sucks. I will spare you a long winded rant about my frustrations in the business end of trying to make art business and instead go onto point number two,

2.) Mental health. And no, I don't mean the comic is having a negative impact on my mental health, I mean the other way around. Full disclosure, I think the last couple of pages kind of sucked. Ideas didn't land as well as I thought they would, a couple of effects I went for didn't shake out, shit felt too rushed for the gravity I was trying to convey and overall my writing has not been up to par. It's incredibly likely that when I return from break I will be deleting the entire possessed brochure subplot and acting like it never happened, starting fresh from "Plaire and Kate find a chest." I am that disappointed in my work, and I've honestly worked myself up pretty hard trying to think of a way to salvage it (I haven't succeeded).

Between politics, pandemics, and issues in my personal life I'm not giving MDA what it deserves and I guarantee it's because my head's fucked up right now. I'm going to give it a month, make some money, buy Animal Crossing, and return to working on this when I don't constantly feel like I'm going to explode.

Other points of note:

a.) If you're mad or want to bail from the patreon, I completely understand. I get it. It's cool.

b.) I will probably not be in the discord chat for the duration of the festivities. It's nothing anyone said or did, I have my own reasons related to the above.

c.) I will still be reading the comments on this page, and in fact am putting this hiatus message on its own special page specifically so comments about the hiatus won't hang around on any pages where actual shit happens, just in case I decide not to retcon an entire arc in progress (who even knows at this point, really)

d.) I'm sorry and I feel like shit about this. It's a horrible mistake and a month+ hiatus is not going to do any favors for a webcomic already struggling to grow its audience but the alternative is me writing increasingly dumber, more confusing bullshit as I slowly lose my mind so


damned if I do, etc

I'm just so fucking tired


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22nd Mar 2020, 12:03 PM
Four words: Get well. Stay safe.
22nd Mar 2020, 12:13 PM
I agree completely.
22nd Mar 2020, 1:46 PM
^what they said. Besides, mostly here for the quality of work and quality takes time.
22nd Mar 2020, 3:52 PM
+1 to getting well and staying safe. We're here because we enjoy the story you're telling, and we're certainly willing to wait.

Personally, I'd also be quite cool with a more spaced-out update schedule if you need it after the break. Something like a Mon-Wed-Fri thing.
23rd Mar 2020, 3:45 AM
>Four words:
23rd Mar 2020, 2:37 PM
+1 Take a break! I'm sure you'll find your groove once you have a fresh perspective going for you!
24th Mar 2020, 1:25 AM
Muah ha ha ha! We are your chorus now!

Seriously though, you are entitled to do whatever you want with this comic. Stay safe, be smart, and do what makes you happy.
30th Mar 2020, 6:32 AM
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22nd Mar 2020, 12:04 PM
Its completely fine to take a break, the world is not in the best shape right now so take however long you need until you feel you ready.
22nd Mar 2020, 12:05 PM
Take as much time off as you need to, Morg. Your mental health and well-being is far more important than pushing out updates, especially in these turbulent times. No one can fault you for how crazy the world is.
Wishing you the best and eagerly awaiting your comeback!
22nd Mar 2020, 12:05 PM
On the bright side, at least you caught yourself before you went full Concessions. >.>
22nd Mar 2020, 12:09 PM
okay full disclosure if its impossible I am cool with that but can we please keep the impending weird word Priestess fight thing going . . .please
22nd Mar 2020, 12:34 PM
it was honestly a really cool idea, i loved how meta it was. it was very enjoyable.
23rd Mar 2020, 3:42 AM
I can't help but agree with this sentiment.
Take care of yourself, MM.
23rd Mar 2020, 7:51 PM
22nd Mar 2020, 12:10 PM
Oh, geez. Take care of yourself, man, we will be here when you get back. Obviously we're all sad that this is going on hiatus, but your health and finances take precedence. Anyone who wants you to make art at the expense of either of those things is an ass, and those of us who do care will stick around. Take as long as you need. For what it's worth, I thought the past couple of pages were very intriguing developments, and didn't feel the writing had dropped in quality. Either way, though, retcon or no, I look forward to when this comes off hiatus, and hope you are more financially secure and mentally well soon.
22nd Mar 2020, 12:11 PM
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22nd Mar 2020, 12:14 PM
A quick side note, I'm going to document any progress I make on a game as meticulously as I can on patreon in the desperate hope of keeping people from leaving so I'm not just totally disappearing or anything
22nd Mar 2020, 12:32 PM
I hope you will get better soon, and have a relaxing and fun hiatus, and that you enjoy animal crossing. I will miss this comic, but it will only make the come back message so much sweeter.
22nd Mar 2020, 12:34 PM
Sorry to hear about that, and I hope things go well with your game!
I'll still be here by the time you come back, so take as long as you need!
22nd Mar 2020, 12:35 PM
dude take your time. your health is so much more important then peoples need for stories. take the break you need your real fans will still be here
22nd Mar 2020, 12:48 PM
Take it easy, take your time. Be safe.
22nd Mar 2020, 12:57 PM
I know it probably won't help much to tell you to not feel bad, so instead, I'll say that we respect you and enjoy your work, and I don't think anyone will really take any issue with you taking a break. With all the shit going on, being healthy (physically, mentally, and financially) is a far bigger priority.

Good luck and stay safe out there.
22nd Mar 2020, 1:09 PM
Is it possible to impose a character limit on these comments, or to like, cap the total per page? I think a lot of the trouble comes from the sheer volume of ideas.

There are a few points to consider since this is a collaborative effort: First and Foremost, everyone here is having fun pretty much every page regardless, full stop.

Next: People here get very involved with their theories and ideas and to an extent that's great. but 'collaborative' means that we don't get to railroad shit just because we talk a lot. Sometimes you just gotta say "lol no that's not remotely related."

Next: As it stands you are p. much forced to either update quickly or face a wall of well-meaning-but-intensive lists of comments.

That's gotta be exhausting. PLUS I have to imagine that when comparing your plans for the next page w/ all of those ideas it's gonna feel like yours aren't as good.

I guess what I'm saying is I'm pretty sure nobody's going to jump ship if you have to start imposing restrictions or pull the occasional "DM Fiat," for the sake of your mental health.
22nd Mar 2020, 1:38 PM
MM, you know we only have one thing to say to you most of the time ever: *hugs!*
22nd Mar 2020, 1:47 PM
22nd Mar 2020, 2:42 PM
A new game? Yay!

Any chance of Plaire getting a hold of this game and playing it to get some dream power?
22nd Mar 2020, 3:00 PM
i hope you feel better soon!! i believe in you!!!!!

and for what it's worth i enjoyed the last couple pages immensely but i understand not liking what you're doing

i know you can make it the way you want it to be!! we're all here for you!!!!!
22nd Mar 2020, 4:06 PM
Oh ok...

Do what you think will help. And yes the cursed brochure was a bit out of nowhere, so getting rid of it makes sense.
22nd Mar 2020, 4:07 PM
22nd Mar 2020, 4:07 PM
Oops. Put > instead of .
22nd Mar 2020, 6:01 PM
It's okay. Take care of yourself. You're important too, not just the comic.
22nd Mar 2020, 8:19 PM
hope your game/project is a success!
23rd Mar 2020, 1:39 AM
As a guy who's been to 'most' of the U.S. and seen more mental cases then most shrinks, I'll say this: take care of yourself and seriously just ignore the haters... their money (if any) ain't worth the stress.

I'll mostly agree with everything said so far on this page, so I only have one real thing to add: you come off as a guy who's a tad to hard on himself. Sometimes, you just need time. Don't neglect your R&R.
23rd Mar 2020, 3:48 AM
Take as much time as you want. Really, just keeping us up-to-date is all that really matters (if you want to take another month off after the first one, you can just say so, as long as it's communicated).
Stay healthy.
23rd Mar 2020, 5:59 AM
For what it's worth, I'll be here when you get back. I've followed you through enough comics now that this isn't gonna get rid of me!

(I've actually come to like the fact that so many of them have ended, because I've liked all of them, and there are so many unique ideas and mechanics that I wouldn't have gotten to see if you were stuck in one comic.)

As for the retcon, I'm in favor, but that's because I think we, the choir, handled that encounter poorly, and I didn't like where it was going.
24th Mar 2020, 3:53 PM
23rd Mar 2020, 11:17 PM
As someone who identifies way too much with "barely holding things together" and "I am just. So. Tired." I completely get it. Take all the time you need, we'll be here when your ready. Even if it's the just lurking here that I've been doing lately.

And rest assured that I'll continue to support you on Patreon as best I can, even if things are quiet for a month(s).
30th Mar 2020, 2:33 PM
Take all the time you need Morgenstern. : )

On a side note, if the priestess does end up getting retconned, in my mind it's going to be that she *did* entangle herself in the narrative but then saw we weren't a threat and so removed herself from the narrative as an apology. : P
2nd Apr 2020, 9:06 AM
6th Apr 2020, 12:43 PM
Just throwing this out here; The Sun and The Devil are tarot cards. This implies Player has a lot of potential allies, though if she collected all twenty-two, that would probably overload our good author, so we can expect a system (or invent one ourselves) that puts excess characters out-of-scope for simplicity's sake.

Also note: Temperance is a tarot card.