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nimbus25

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Re: How long will the Big Wait be? [Speculation]
« Reply #75 on: April 03, 2019, 12:37:24 pm »

I'm going to guess it'll be about a year and a half max for villains + graphics/ui overhaul to be finished, so I'll guess the Big Wait will finish some time around April 21 2022
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Re: How long will the Big Wait be? [Speculation]
« Reply #76 on: April 29, 2019, 11:48:36 pm »

2021 late October (10.20-25)
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Re: How long will the Big Wait be? [Speculation]
« Reply #77 on: May 09, 2019, 04:28:23 pm »

I'm OOTL. What's the big wait?
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Re: How long will the Big Wait be? [Speculation]
« Reply #78 on: May 09, 2019, 05:15:59 pm »

During the development of Dwarf Fortress, there's been a few times during which Toady spent several years working on a single update. These times are referred to as "Big Waits", and something amazing invariably comes of them. Toady intends to embark on another Big Wait sometime soon, during which he will implement mythology and various kinds of magic. This upcoming Big Wait is the one we're referring to here.
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Re: How long will the Big Wait be? [Speculation]
« Reply #79 on: May 09, 2019, 05:25:17 pm »

During the development of Dwarf Fortress, there's been a few times during which Toady spent several years working on a single update. These times are referred to as "Big Waits", and something amazing invariably comes of them. Toady intends to embark on another Big Wait sometime soon, during which he will implement mythology and various kinds of magic. This upcoming Big Wait is the one we're referring to here.
It's worth noting that previous Waits are only called Big Waits retrospectively. Mythgen is the first Wait that Toady ever referred to as Big. So...likely to be very Big, I guess.

For reference, the last proper Wait was 2012-2014, 25 months as I recall.

Funny thing about this upcoming Big wait is that it's been delayed twice (once when Villains suddenly turned out to be a year long project and again with the UI improvement arc in preparation for Steam release). So we're currently waiting for the Wait. Making this thread  increasingly silly as people's initial guesses are passed before the damn Wait even begins.
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Re: How long will the Big Wait be? [Speculation]
« Reply #80 on: May 10, 2019, 03:33:34 am »

Do remember, of course, that *somebody* predicted that there would be no big wait and that instead Toady would change to incremental updates :-)  I'm *still* not on the board for that ;-)  When I made my prediction I thought my odds were exactly 0.  However, now that he's going to Steam, I actually wonder if market pressures will force him to change his development style.  It doesn't seem quite so far fetched to me as it did before.  Still pretty unlikely, though.
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Re: How long will the Big Wait be? [Speculation]
« Reply #81 on: May 10, 2019, 04:24:51 am »

Do remember, of course, that *somebody* predicted that there would be no big wait and that instead Toady would change to incremental updates :-)  I'm *still* not on the board for that ;-)  When I made my prediction I thought my odds were exactly 0.  However, now that he's going to Steam, I actually wonder if market pressures will force him to change his development style.  It doesn't seem quite so far fetched to me as it did before.  Still pretty unlikely, though.
He's mentioned the Big Wait a few times since Steam release in interviews and such. I imagine the long time without a release during the Wait and possibility of donations drying up is part of the pressure to release on Steam. So actually, seems more likely he'll take his time now (and perhaps take a summer holiday too hopefully).
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