Sure enough, despite my original promise to the contrary, a year has passed since I took over CrystalWorks, and the new Waddles has yet to even have a beta release.
At minimum, I decided that I owe you all an explanation as to why.
Long story short, it’s entirely because of my RL. I’ve been struggling for several months, both financially and personally. Much of my free time has been forcibly devoted to finding enough money to survive. So far, I’m not homeless or in any significant debt, so at least there’s that, but I need to keep working hard to make a new start.
I know that even that isn’t an excuse for a broken promise, and to those of you waiting… I’m really, truly sorry. I want to finish the Waddles, and I truly wanted to have it finished within the first /month/ of making the announcement that a new version was coming, much less within the first year. I’m left without the ability to make any promises about it, other than that I still want to make it happen someday, and that it will be free and open-source as it was always intended to be when it finally is released.
In the mean time, if there are any bugs in existing CrystalWorks creations, I’ll gladly fix those, and I may be persuaded to add small features. It’s also possible that the new Waddles release cycle may be modified to come in small parts — the physical diaper, then basic scripting and RLV, then more advanced features one or two at a time… as opposed to releasing everything at once, which clearly hasn’t worked out. (Also, for those of you not aware, the old Waddles is still available and completely free, just not open-source — it’s completely usable, so go ask someone for a copy of that or get it off of the adult-mode SL Marketplace if you need to be tided over.)
I can only hope that all of you can find it in your hearts to forgive me for all the hot air I’ve been spouting… but even if not, I understand. I’ll make it up to all of you someday. That’s another promise I’m reasonably confident I can keep.