Unfortunately I have some bad news from Epoch:
The Dossier release for tomorrow has been delayed till the weekend.
Since the previous weekend, Epoch has been having big issues with his main render pc.
Also he ran into some bugs with Octane, that delayed his other pc because he had to correct the bug manually to get the High Quality you are used to from Epoch.
Hopefully today after some new hardware, Epoch’s main pc will do be back in business.
And then can get back on track with the renders.
Apologies for the delay, but sometimes trouble comes in three. This was one of those times.
Signing off to find Epoch some ice to cool down…
**** update 12 March 2014 ****
Well bad stuff happens in three… true. The new vidcard for 2d was Doa. With some tinking the main pc is now at least running again. Updated the top slider to show the new date… a very small preview of the hotness that is Ember!.
*** update 15 March ***
Talked to Epoch just now. He’s finishing the last renders (takes hours for 1 render) and finishup up the product setup.
If all goes as excepted it should be live at 2pm PDT!
So hold on to your hats, it’s going to be wild ride.
We need to take the store offline temporarily to swap out our SSL certificate with a different one, as we make changes to our backend beta site that will roll out to live soon. One of the big changes will be a fix for the registration error that was generating 404s, even when registration completed successfully. The other ‘fix’ is that we are redoing the way the newsletter registration works, since my webhost is requiring double opt-in. So you will all need to re-register for the newsletter when that change rolls out live. If you don’t want to get our newsletter, that’s fine… but who’s to say you won’t miss out on access to an exclusive gallery just for newsletter subscribers? Oh, wait, that’s me… I’M to say that. No newsletter subscription, no exclusive gallery. Capiche?!
I had myself a long, stress-free weekend of relaxation, so I apologize for not posting anything for over a week. But I wanted to offer up the redone texture for Clara with the new areola/nipple texture and adjusted skin tone, and allow you all the opportunity to vote to either keep the new texture, or go back to the original.
So the clear winner was texture #5 from the poll post I ran last month. A lot of people wanted no change, but opted for #5 due to the fact that they most resemble Clara’s current areola. #1 was also a close contender, so I went ahead and did a version of the redone skin texture with those as well for you to vote on.
Hey you, reading this… move your eyes a few inches down and to the right. You see those two new areas in the sidebar marked ‘Hardware Upgrade Goal’ and ‘Donations’? Good. Congratulations, you’ve passed the official Epoch Art Eye Examination… which 9 out of 10 doctors agree is utterly fucking useless in diagnosing eye problems.
However, it does help you help me fix my problem… my hardware problem, that is (OMFG, brilliant segue, Epoch)!
So we set up this little plugin to help track the progress towards my goal of $1,550 USD to upgrade my hardware on my render rig so I can move forward with Clara Ravens Episode 4: Colombina’s Illusion entirely in Octane. After some long discussion with my new friend/hardware expert/drinker of the beers gazukull, we have come up with a killer rig that will be dual 4 GB GPUs and will outperform any machine I’ve ever owned. Unfortunately, as I had initially predicted, I will in fact need to get a new CPU. The LGA 1156 socket from Intel has been discontinued, so finding an 1156 socket motherboard that has dual PCI-E x16 slots for the two GPUs has been impossible, since none are being manufactured anymore.