I'm a programmer. I want to make games.
I'm not looking to "break into the industry". I'm planning on making the game with a friend. In fact I have already started. I have basic networking, attacking, monsters, respawning, and a few other stuff done. I'm not going to make another game.
The trouble is in trying to answer a post based on what is written, it becomes very difficult to provide pertinent information if the original premise gets recanted or changed substantially.
Edit: On reading this through again: Are you simply stating something along the lines of "Having started this game I am working on - I am not going to stop and do another game - but I still plan on making more games in the future after this particular project is complete?" If so ignore my above comment, specifically though part of the recommendation for checking the Breaking into the industry and Tom Sloper's website is that it led to things like http://www.sloperama.com/advice/lesson13.htm which was relevant to your initial post.
I have basic networking, attacking, monsters, respawning, and a few other stuff done.
You have a game idea. You have established some game elements.
- What is it specifically that you are trying to understand? If it is simply individual mechanics such as class balance - if so then in some ways it is easier to create multiple posts each simply specifying one idea/problem and removing anything extraneous to the communication of that idea/problem.
- Do you already have an over-arching game design in place? Given that you have already begun work on this I can only assume that you must have at least some structure to which you are already working to or are you simply creating elements with no real place defined beyond "this game will need this component".
To be honest though what I would ask you for is more information specific to the purpose of your needs.