I'd really appreciate you comments, opinions, and answers to any of my questions.
I don't know anything about programming (well I did do basic on my C64 when I was 14 but that's it). I have a game idea.
OK, I'm NOT going to learn programming. I don't have the time. I know this is the Wrong Way to do it, but that's how I'm going to do it, because I have no other choice.
I've already assembled a tentative group of people to help me build the game.
The team is:
Me - oversight, design, quality control, boss.
No one is getting a dime up front. I'm offering a percentage of potential profits. I'm considering 40% for myself, and 20% each for the other 3.
The concept is SIMPLE, as is the programming. Think something a bit more complex than Tetris. No 3D shooter, no polygons, no AI.
I believe this makes it more feasible to do with a small team, and no venture capital whatsoever.
The idea is also very original. Really it is. It's not Tetris2 or Doom4. It's really something unique.
It could be successful or it could flop totally. Again, think tetris - if we do it right and it "catches" it could be really good. Maybe not.
I'm considering distributing it as shareware. It is going to be pretty small (under 5 megs) and ther e are obvious hooks that make it worthwhile to register.
I'm also in the good situation that I'm not expecting to make Mega Money. I want to make money, most definitely. But I don't expect to get rich. If the team as a whole made $50,000 I'd be thrilled beyond words. If it made $12,000 I'd be pleased as punch (again, team profits). I've got definite and important economic goals but they are, all things considered, considerably more modest than many….
I'm not 15. Nothing against 15 year olds, but I'm old enough to be beyond the "yo dude let's du a killer engine" stage.
OK, now down to some specific questions:
1. Does any of this sound vaguely reasonable?
2. Is shareware a legitimate option to make a profit on a product that is easily downloadable and has "hooks" that make registration worthwhile?
3. Are the profits I'm offering (20%) too high or too low? Remember, there is NOTHING up front and NO guarantees. This is a percentage of PROFIT not sale, regardless of whether we sell it to a distributor, sell via shareware or whatever.
I don't know, I'd just love some comments on all of this….
(cross posted to another discussion)