Today, I made a change to how we manage your journal photos. We use to upload and optimize them at the same time which could take several seconds to a minute depending on your connection speed. Now, we upload the photos and then optimize them later. The down side is that your photos won't display right away in your journal. When the photos are ready they'll automatically display. However, the benefit is a much faster upload process that will allow you to get back to your travel adventures much quicker.
I have spent the better part of the last 2 months continuing to improve Duckwyn's travel from home game. Although I feel there is a lot of potential here, it's taking too much time away from the concept of what Duckwyn is, an app for exploring the real world. Travel is still impacted by Covid-19 but that won't always be the case. When we can freely travel again, I want to make sure we have more places than ever for you to explore in the app.
I'm going to keep thinking about the possibilities of a travel game. I have a lot of good ideas but I haven't been able to cohesively put them together. With time, I think this will come. For now, expect to see more fun travel places to be added again and improvements to continue to be made.
Stay safe. I'll have more to share soon.
This week my family was supposed to be vacationing in Greece. Instead, we're stuck at home in the U.S. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic is getting worse here so it may be a while before we feel comfortable getting on a plane again.
Travel has become difficult for many this summer which is why we started working on a new stay-at-home travel game. We wanted to take the fun learning environment from our travel app, and leverage it in a way where families could still have fun learning about the world while they can't experience it firsthand.
In the game, you will help Duckwyn find his way across 5 countries as he takes you on a tour of his favorite foods. Along the way, you'll need to answer trivia questions to find your next destination. Navigate through New York, Tokyo, and other cities while exploring historical locations in each. You'll find travel items that will make your exploration easier and you'll meet fun historical people during your journey.
If you'd like to try out the first chapter of Duckwyn's adventure, sign up for a free beta account and then visit this link to start your game.
Leave your feedback below in the comments section. We're still early in our game development with many fun new additions to come. We'd love to get your feedback.
Today, I decided to do a screen recording while I created a new Statue of Liberty sticker icon for our travel app. I usually start drawing the stickers by overlaying different shapes until I get the design I'm looking for. From there, it's a matter of adding some background shapes to make the final design look like a sticker. These usually take an hour to create.
Over the past several weeks I've been working on a new project. We've all be dealing with a new normal and with that comes reduced travel. My family should be getting ready to go to Greece in a few weeks. Instead, we've had to cancel our trip. Hopefully we can go next years. Since travel is down, I thought we'd pivot a bit.
Soon we'll be launching our stay at home travel game. You can meet up with Duckwyn and travel with him around the world without having to leave your home. You'll travel with Duckwyn as he explores new places and tries new foods. You'll need to answer trivia questions along the way. Fly to different countries and learn about new places. You'll move Duckwyn around the world while collecting stickers from the new places you visit. Each stop will be a new learning experience. The first game that will be released during the beta will have you traveling to 5 different countries as you learn about Duckwyn's favorite foods. Over time, new stories will continue to be added. If you're interested in being part of the beta, let me know.
The current plan is to have the beta ready for next week. All current users of Duckwyn will automatically have access. Stay tuned as more information will be posted soon.
Over the past few weeks we've added 20 new cities in Canada and across South America, Africa, and Asia. More cities are coming soon as we look to expand into more countries in Asia.
Hope everyone is staying safe out there. While it is going to take a while for us to get out and travel again, we don't want to stop creating new destinations to add to your collection. With that, we've been adding several new cities to collect virtual coins from. Here's some of the latest:
This is a difficult time for travel. The coronavirus is impacting the whole world and I hope that all of you have been able to stay safe. We've had travel plans that we've canceled and our trip to Greece later this year may need to be postponed. Still, as difficult as this situation is now, I'm confident that whether it is in 6, 12, or 18 months, we will be able to get back to traveling again. In preparation for this, we continue to add new destinations even if they are places we won't be able to explore for a while. In the mean time, please stay safe.
Chris Wills, founder and developer of the Duckwyn Project, a Travel Passport app for parents and kids to explore and document their travel adventures.