Bagrace, Remote Projects, and Multitasking in this Brave New World

With the year barely under way there are already plenty of news to start it off right. Let’s hope this is just a taste of what’s to come, and that it actually tastes good!

Launching A Website

I just launched the website for our upcoming game – Bagrace. You might recall that I tried to write about this new project a few months back without mentioning it by name or revealing anything specific. Well, I am now at liberty to tell you what it’s all about.

Bagrace is a casual game iPhone and iPad. It’s kind of half-way between Tetris and Angry Birds, and if it’s half as successful as either one of those, I will basically retire sometime later this year. All joking aside, you can find out more about Bagrace by visiting the official website.

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I urge you to sign up for our newsletter, like us on Facebook, and definitely follow us on Twitter.

Doing all three will get you some serious karma points, and more importantly, I will personally send you a promo code so you can be one of the lucky few to play it before everyone else in the world. No kidding!

Offshore Development

Launching this site was my first experience working with an offshore team. It’s been a surprisingly positive experience, which I plan to write about shortly.

I’ve never done a simple content site like this before, so the amount of detail and minutia one has to deal with was a bit startling. That and the communication overhead means that anything you originally surmised to take 2 weeks will in practice take 4. I am sure you already knew that, so I am just saying. :)

Also it seems like these days everyone has their outsourcing/offshoring horror story to tell. I will not be adding to that roster, so stay tuned for that uplifting tale of making it work. Also if you need a WordPress site done in a jiffy, feel free to drop me a line. I now have someone I can recommend.

Multitasking, Timesharing, Oh MY

Turns out I also have a day job, so the last few months have been an exciting roller-coaster of juggling multiple projects (I also managed to sneak in some time to work on LinkPeelr, which is long overdue for a facelift).

All these projects are vying for my attention now, and the stream of work is just getting plain vicious. Moreover, because these projects are all so different, they require close to superhuman mental agility. The ability to instantly switch and go between web, casual mobile gaming, and enterprise is like competing in a triathlon, except that you participate in those three events every day.

So this has been the defining characteristic of my Brave New World for the last 5 months, and I think more and more people, especially in technology, find themselves in a similar situation — multitasking, timesharing, and multi-threading several concurrent projects, required to weave in and out of traffic at increasingly higher speeds.

One one hand, it’s an exhilarating, breathtaking experience; on the other, the constant personal and often physical struggle to stay on task, ruthlessly time manage and prioritize while keeping perfectly sane is exhausting.

The more I think about it the more I feel like this latter sentiment deserves its own blog post.

PS: Please go and check out Bagrace. Honestly, I can’t wait to launch this game, and I think you’ll really enjoy playing it.

PPS: The near exact match between Bagrace and Bagrak (my last name) is a bizarre coincidence. I know you won’t believe me, but I didn’t participate in naming it, and the person who named it didn’t know me when he did. Maybe that’s a sign that I was destined to produce it. :)

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