Recently released demo of my video game :)

I released the demo back in September 2018. I made my WordPress after that soooo… it is now. 

Niara: Rebellion Of the King Visual Novel RPG
Very excited to write about the demo and trailer of my game. First off, find the trailer here and go watch for yourself.

The soundtrack was Cosmic Home from Illusory Awakenings album made by solo band Illusion. My good friend Anish Gupta runs this band. Check out his instagram (here)

Illusion band Spotify page: Click here

His music is amazing and look how well it lines up with the game.

Here is the Google Play demo of the game: Niara ROTK Demo

The demo is short but it portrays all the main features of the game. These features are turn based battles, map exploration, picking up random objects if they are present in the map, and dialogues in visual novel style of course.

But the best thing? Check out these amazing drawings:

My drawing ain’t that good so I got help from Serena, (check out here instagram: here). Her drawing is amazing as you can see. All the character art was done by her.

Thank you for reading. Here is the cover art of the game:

Where should you register your domain name? And the truth about nameservers! O.O

Google domains logo

There are mainly two domain registrars which offer great service. One is Amazon Route 53 and Google Domains. Which one of them should you choose?

Amazon Route 53 logo

I will recommend that you go for Google Domains. See, the thing is that when you get a domain name then you also need to get nameservers and these nameservers also cost money. Google domains offers you domain name registration as well as their nameservers for a fixed yearly price. And boy, are their nameservers amazing! 😀

Amazon Route 53 has a separate fee for registration of domain name (which is around $12) and a separate monthly fee for using their nameservers. This gets expensive really quick and it makes you feel somewhat uneasy that you need to pay every month as well as pay a $12 yearly fees for your domain name. Also, Amazon Route 53 interface is really scary. :O I will only recommended it for professional web developers who want to host their websites and apps on Amazon’s infrastructure only.

Google offers everything in a fixed yearly price. Their price for domain names as well as nameservers are also around $12. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU GO FOR GOOGLE DOMAINS! 🙂

There are many more registrars out there and they offer you ridiculously low prices for domain names. But be warned, after an year or so they will again charge you a high/standard price for your domain and if you don’t know how to transfer domain to some other registrar then you are stuck with them.

Also, they do not tell you what type of nameservers they will be using. Generally, their nameserves are really low performance. That is where they cut their prices and this detail is always hidden from the customer. In my opinion they should tell upfront that this cost also includes a low performance nameserver. Don’t go for these low selling domain registrars, they will get you one way or the other.

Thank you for reading. I hope it helps you. :3

Video Game Review: Bastion | No Spoilers ^_^

Covert art of Bastion

Hello, I will give a quick review of the game without any spoilers. This review is to help you decide whether you want to buy the game or not.

Bastion is a game where you take control of the main character and explore different levels. This is an isometric game where you see the world in 2.5 D. The game has a very interesting story line. You have to be skilled with all the types of weapons you get because each one will have a purpose somewhere in the game. You also have to devise different strategies involving different types of weapons which the character can carry in order to defeat the bosses.

The game has a leveling system but you do not have to do a lot of grinding in order to finish the game. Therefore, you can enjoy the story while being involved in it and not need to do a lot of hard work to advance.

In my opinion, if you want to play a relaxing and story rich video game with innovative mechanics involving weapons then you should go for it. 🙂

Before I forget it, Bastion has amazing narration. Each stage is voice narrated and it gets you so much more involved with the character and his story.

Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. No Spoilers ^_^

Cover art of the book

Hello, I will describe the book to you so that you can get a feel of how it is and it will help you to decide if you want to buy the book or not. I will not give any spoilers, promise. 🙂

I must admit that this is a relaxing read. There are elements of thrill and action here and there but overall it has a peaceful tone. Like, it describes how the character goes through his daily life where he studies or where he works. It describes his daily struggles trying to make ends meet while being very concerned about learning magic powers which have been named as ‘sympathy’ in the series. There is a clear distinction between people who know magic and who don’t. The magic users are generally shunned from society.

The book describes romance between the character and his love interest. Here, I have to say that the writer has become a little too optimistic while portraying the relationship. The writer shifted a little too far from reality while describing the romantic proceedings in the book.

There is a vivid description of slum life in the beginning of the book, so be prepared to digest it.

The writer has portrayed the religious lore of his world very well. The religious lore connects well with the contemporary world and the behavior of the people.

Overall, I would recommend it if you want to read a well written fantasy book. I enjoyed it very much and am reading the second part right now. I will post the review of second part ‘The Wise Man’s Fear’ when I have finished reading it.

Thank you for reading. 🙂

How to choose a web server?

This is a simple flowchart for you to decide which web server you should choose. Veteran web developers may already know what works best for them. This is for beginner web developers or people just wanting to try web development.

If you are having trouble deciding which web server to choose given all these options then this is the chart for you. I admit that there are many more services out there for example Google cloud, Microsoft Azure etc. But I am mentioning those services here which I have tried myself and can tell you that they are worth your money and time and that they will get the job done.

Notice that many veterans and experts will tell you to go for Amazon Web Services. I will not recommend this if you are hosting a website for the first time or if you are unsure what Amazon Web Services really is. If you are not comfortable with FTP, SSH and Linux terminal then AWS (Amazon Web Services) is not for you.

Heroku is good for hosting web apps and you do not need a lot of configuration to get your web app up and running. You need to do all the work using command line and git so be ready for it. And, if you are serious about web or software development then you should definitely learn git. Heroku offers some virtual machine instances for free if they use resources within a certain limit. The major resource which they monitor is CPU time. How much CPU time is your web app consuming? If it is less than a certain limit then you can host your web app on their infrastructure for free. There is more to it and you should really visit their website to find it out.

If you want a good, out of the box service then go for Cpanel. Cpanel is user friendly and it gets your website up and running within minutes. You can choose any hosting service mentioned in the chart to use Cpanel. I have personally tried Godaddy and Milesweb and I found that Godaddy servers were a little slower compared to Milesweb. You can try whatever service is best in your country.

Happy hosting. 😉 

Book Review: The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. No Spoilers ^_^

Cover art of the book

Hey, I will try not to give you any spoilers. I read this sometime ago so my memory may not be very fresh about specific events and how they unfolded but hey, I am not even going to talk about the events of the book. I am just going to write a review which will help you decide whether you want to buy the book or not.

The book gives some really gory details regarding physical situation of characters. The book portrays slum life very vividly and you will almost clench your face with disgust. But that is necessary to bring out the story the writer wants to portray.

The action part is good. You can expect some role playing game like powers and magic towards the end of the book. 😉

The romance part is heart wrenching, well, almost. Uh, no, it really is. You should read it if you want to witness some romance mixed in with the dark world of assassins, mages and kings.

A substantial amount of politics is there in the story.

Overall, I would recommend it if you like fantasy novels but keep your stomach ready to digest some really gory and gritty details.

Let me know what you think of it. 🙂 Next up is ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss.