@DrFlapjack: Ah shit I lied, I can't bake either :(
Haha, hmmm I think I see a pattern. You can be our Peter Molyneux!
Unfortunately most of my creativity is being focused on my own projects, otherwise I'd totally help out.
A word of advice though. Set a limit for how many people you want to work with. Too many people equals a clusterfuck of different opinions and from what I hear, that is why last year's failed.
I think this might be another futile endeavour for as long as we don't rectify what made it die the last time.
People can't realistically commit to specific departments or the project as a whole until some of the finer details have been worked out. Until that point you run the risk of over-saturating the project with people who only have a mild interest, which in turn dilutes the commitment coming from people who genuinely want to create something.
Just keep in mind that in this environment, asset creators are more valuable to you than designers, so if you're going for a similar design-by-committee system like the last project had, I would recommend making it entirely inclusive of the people who will actually be making the various parts of the game.
I agree. Unless there is a Lead in every category that has final say and the power to push things forward, this isn't looking very promising. Before anything gets coded or drawn, there needs to be direction. Without a solid design doc that at least solidifies what the game is and where it's going to be headed (and ideally at least one fully fleshed out level), everyone else is just spinning their wheels creating random ass assets. I'd recommend culling the "designer" position down to just two or three people tops to discuss and iron out what to do. Go ahead and have them take ideas from the community but limit the designers down to as few as possible just to get the ball rolling.
Here's what I recommend. Take down names now for people who are interested in contributing, that's cool, but first gather the designers and really focus on getting what exactly the game is going to be. I mean down to as small a detail as you can manage because otherwise, the programmers won't know what to do when they get to any part that isn't written out for them.
An easy example is say
Player can jump and double jump.
What is the peak jump amount? Is there vertical slowdown as the player reaches the peak? Can the player stop upwards movement at any time or is it full jump every time? Can the player change direction once leaving the ground? Can the player only double jump if they're still moving upwards? If not, how far can they fall before double jump is unavailable? All same options for double jump as regular jump. Can a double jump be started if the player didn't manually start the initial jump? (fall off ledge) How soon after landing can the player jump again? Will ground movement be effected by landing from a jump? etc.
Every one of these things that aren't worked out before hand will cause delays and most likely will be determined by whoever is programming. If this information isn't communicated back to the team, it'll prolly cause confusion later. Hell, working alone, I sometimes lose track of how something works which causes me to look back through hundreds of lines of code to find out why something is doing something instead of something else -_-;;
Working with a very small team of people, you may be able to wing it but I feel like the way this project will go, it needs to be written down for everyone.
Actually, fuck it. Just use the awesome images SuperNormalStep made and write out a dating sim =D
Whatever happens, I'm looking forward to what you guys put together. GB community rocks.
I'm a graphic designer in my 9-5 (and have a BFA in graphic design from the University of Michigan). I have extremely strong typography and layout skills, and I'm a pretty good (though inexperienced) UI designer. I'm not sure how well my skill set will translate to this project, but I'm going to sign myself up as an artist. It sounds like it could be an interesting and productive experience.
The coders will most likely go with Unity.
Wouldn't it be easier for you guys to do this in one of the programs already out there? Stuff like AGS, Game maker, rpg maker, unity?
It's hard to do so since the game had been picked out. But I believe if you have a strong desire.
@Fobwashed: I appreciate your input! Luckily we have a pretty big head start since we are picking up the design from where we left off before.
@Kerned: Good to have you!
@TheTravis: Welcome aboard, we plan to have music play a big role in gameplay so the more musicians the better.
There's not much I can really bring to the table for creating games but if you want I could make you a sort of promotional website for the game, I don't know know if you want one or need one but just putting the idea out there.
That might be useful. I'll take your name down for later.
If you really need an extra writer I'm in. I'd love to help in some way! Maybe do some PR or something lol
The Story Team is a bit full :/. Convince me otherwise!
@DrFlapjack: I'm currently working on a personal project to teach myself Unity, but I'm still willing to help out if you need another animator!
Welcome to the team!
I've signed up as visionary contributor and special thanks.
Is there room for another musician? I was down as a musician in the last "make a game" project, and I'm still as enthusiastic about the idea.
There's been a lot of very good analysis of what went wrong with the last one on this thread - to throw in my own little (self centred) point, it was difficult to see what progress was being made in the other departments without trawling through the alt-forums for ages. For example, I found it pretty hard to find the most recent concept art and get a handle on the most recent story drafts and design plans - especially since they were all spread between the GB forum, the various subsections of the alt-forums and the google drive (and a load of departmental PM threads that outsiders weren't privy to). Perhaps some method of producing regular summaries of one department's work for the others would be good, just to make it easier to see where things are at?
And on that note, just to clarify, how much of the old systems are we still using? Like, are the old alt forums and google drive going to become active again, or are things being totally re-organised?
And finally, @SexyToad - if you still have the old list of usernames and haven't already done so, you should message the people on the old team to let them know that this is happening again, and see if anyone's still interested. I just happened to see you posting something about the community game project on a totally unconnected thread the other day, which is what made me think to check the old project thread again. I'm sure this new drive will slip under the radar for a lot of the old team.
@Immortal_Guy: We could always use more musicians and that's a great point with organization! We will look into having either a daily or weekly update in an easy to access place. We are looking into getting back into our old forums, but we are starting fresh with a new drive which @SexyToad will give you access to. We are getting some things nailed down (like organization) before we really recruit members which aren't that involved in pre-production so when they do get involved they will have something to work on right away instead of sitting around for weeks and lose interest.
Just droppin by to drop off a helpful link.
Site has a lot of bad practices laid out in game development that covers a lot of different areas and should be immediately helpful. Anyhow, I'd love to see some form of progress reports and/or screens/vids of where ya'll are at if possible. At the very least, it'd keep the community more invested =)
@Fobwashed: Thanks dude! I'll check out that link asap. We are currently thinking of ways to surface updates for the community. Right now there's a poll where anyone can vote for a story direction we will take.
Speaking of which, @SexyToad you should update the OP with that link just in case and perhaps mention the deadline.
@Immortal_Guy Welcome to to the team! I've have pm my original departments I was a part of. (Story and design) We have a new google drive and are reusing the IRC channel. I've message @Fattony about the alt. forums. No reply yet. And finally I'll add you to the drive.
I mentioned this in the PM, but I guess it would make more sense to mention it here where everyone can see.
As regards a developer forum, I think it would be better to start from scratch, as it means we wont have to tread on any vestige, and it wouldn't make sense to have FatTony as the admin for a project he's not working on.
I can set up a developer forum if we decide to use one, and rather than having a lengthy registration approval process (which I think turned people away last time), I think it would be better for everyone, if we have open registration, as anyone who's not on the team probably wont bother joining anyway. If we go this route, I can look into getting a chat module for the forum, which would mean we can keep logs of our meetings for anyone who misses them.
Use your keyboard!
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