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#5277327 New Studio Name, Thoughts?

Posted by on 21 February 2016 - 02:39 PM

Thank you for all the feedback, especially the funny posts. 



I ended up going with Tiger Crab Studios. 


I was born year of the Tiger (Chinese horoscope) and my Zodiac sign is cancer (the Crab). So... Tiger Crab. 


And the tiger crab (orithyia sinica) is a pretty cool looking animal, so that is what I'll incorporate into the logo design. 




Onwards and upwards. 

#5274708 Resolving Creative Differences

Posted by on 06 February 2016 - 07:24 PM

Thank you all for the great input. 


Unfortunately the outcome is that my friend and I have decided to part ways on the project, I am taking full ownership of it and any involvement he has will be paid for like a free-lancer. Fortunately I think this happened soon enough that our friendship wasn't ruined over it, and that it will be best in the long run. 


You guys were right, having a 50/50 split in decision making was always going to cause problems, and I think deep down I was never really comfortable giving up that much creative control to allow him to contribute properly. 


I think we could work together again, this just wasn't the right project to do it on. 

#5274677 Crowdfunding Tax Ideas

Posted by on 06 February 2016 - 12:20 PM

Ah I just read that the Amazon payments account must be set up to begin with in line with the entity which will be receiving the money, never mind then. Thank you! 

#5274670 Crowdfunding Tax Ideas

Posted by on 06 February 2016 - 11:26 AM

Absolutely, I apologize if I was misleading, I would in no way try to use business income as personal income to avoid taxes. I was just making the distinction. 


All income gained through the crowdfunding would be used as part of the business and for running the business, not as personal income at all. 



Basically what I am trying to do is not set up a business until I know the campaign will be successful, because setting up an LLC is very expensive and time consuming. So if possible I would like to set up a Sole Proprietorship Business (way cheaper) and then transform it into an LLC once the campaign looks like it will be successful so I would have to pay less tax on the money raised (whatever the business transaction tax is). 


I mean, the backers should be happy about it too, because more of their funds will go towards making the project happen instead of going straight to the government. 

#5274664 Crowdfunding Tax Ideas

Posted by on 06 February 2016 - 10:51 AM

Good morning, I am planning a crowdfunding campaign and trying to understand the tax implications around it. 


First of all I understand that I should not do anything without seeking professional legal and tax advice. I just like to ask questions here first in case anyone has had a similar situation or can help me ask the question more intelligently. 



This is what I believe I know so far (living in California). 


*If I run a crowdfunding campaign as an individual, I have to pay between 25-33% tax on any money received as it counts as income.


*If I run a crowdfunding campaign as Sole Proprietor Business, I have to pay between 25-33% tax on any money received as it counts as income.


*If I run a crowdfunding campaign as an LLC Business, I do not have to pay any tax on money received as it does not count as income (unless of course I move the money from a business account to a personal account afterwards). 



So my questions is, as it costs rather a lot of money to set up an LLC, could I reasonably run the crowdfunding campaign as a Sole Proprietor company, but then transform it into an LLC before claiming the money, thereby avoiding paying income tax on the money?

#5273315 New Studio Name, Thoughts?

Posted by on 29 January 2016 - 11:19 PM

Good points. 


I thought that by having the image of a bishop chess piece in the logo it would have less of the religious connotation. But I guess if I were to just say the name out loud it would just sound like a vanity name or religious name. 

#5273310 New Studio Name, Thoughts?

Posted by on 29 January 2016 - 10:26 PM

Hello so I am forming a new studio that will dabble in game development, but also a few other creative areas like comic books, prose, physical games and so on. 


My last name is Bishop, so I'd like to name the studio something to do with the bishop chess piece (to make the game connection). There are a few chess terms related to chess that might be a good fit. For example-



Good Bishop Studios


Bad Bishop Studios


King's Bishop Studios


Queen's Bishop Studios


Indian Bishop Studios


Bishop Pair Studios




Do any of these stand out as being a little more buzzing than the others? Or do you have any other suggestions?


Thank you. 

#5271921 Resolving Creative Differences

Posted by on 19 January 2016 - 06:38 PM

Thank you guys, you gave given me a lot to consider.

I understand that this small design issue (demons or no demons) is insignificant, what I am finding challenging is standing up for my vision or opinion, without smothering or disparaging the vision or opinion of another. Essentially, the communication element.

I should qualify that this is a hobby project, so no ones financial security depends on this, so it is marginally more important that I create a game I want to create, as opposed to making it as profitable as possible, which is why I am a little more attached to my opinion than I might otherwise be if this were a professional endeavor.

Furthermore I have made large alterations to the game and features based on my friend's input, advice and opinions which have made it better, so I hope I am not mischaracterizing our relationship.

It would be fair to say that 80% of the time I go with his opinion, opposing it only because of feature creep (him wanting to add too many features too early in development) or if I feel it would significantly alter the theme, narrative or experience of the game in a way that I might feel is a bridge too far.

#5256586 How to give away copies of my priced game on iOS?

Posted by on 10 October 2015 - 04:18 PM

One final idea is to have a demo of the game downloadable for free, and after some point players have to pay for the full version of the game to continue, unless you are a backer and then you can enter a code I send you instead...
So far I think that's the best option.

#5256400 Budget Areas Advice

Posted by on 09 October 2015 - 11:48 AM

Excellent thank you!


Fortunately very few of these apply to me as there are no employees or business location, I am completing it as a hobby. The information did however help me understand the overheads required to run a "proper" business.



I guess the component I am most in the dark about it the publishing and ratings systems. I need to do more research on the cost of publishing on different platforms and different regions. I just became an approved Nintendo developer (yay!) so there is the possibility of releasing on Wii-U, but I know the costs of doing that will be pretty high. 


Overall even if it ends up not being profitable to release on the Wii-U I might do it anyway, just to say I have done it, as a pride thing. I am lucky enough to have a day job and not need this business or project to be profitable enough for me to live on. 

#5253076 HP displays on enemies or visual indicators?

Posted by on 19 September 2015 - 11:57 AM

At this moment in my game (JRPG with turn based battles) I have a health bar for friendly characters, but not for enemy characters.


I do however have a number display for how much damage is done from both sides for each action. 


The reasoning behind this is to strike a balance between information and tension- the player knows which actions are effective and can therefore make informed strategic choices, but does not know how close they are to winning an encounter, and must gamble on if they should stay longer and fight or flee as their own health drops lower and lower. 


I hope this dynamic pays off. It is also a personal artistic choice to have as few numbers and indicators as practically possible so the focus is on immersion rather than math and number crunching. For example I always disliked in the Pokemon games how you could see the enemies' health bar and their level, which always made me feel more like I was "playing a game" instead of supporting my immersion by hiding elements I realistically shouldn't know. 

#5253075 Next Step: Proper NPC Design

Posted by on 19 September 2015 - 11:45 AM

Thank you guys for all the feedback. I have now implemented a day and night cycle. It's a bit clunky right now but it is there ready to be tweaked. No actual NPC behaviors tied to it yet but that will be fun to play with over the coming weeks. 


The next experiment will be to have the NPCs interact with each other. So on a random chance if they are next to each other they will trigger a little animation.



I think that having extra text boxes for the NPCs' little conversations with each other might clog up the screen too much (as I will be porting to mobile eventually), but occasional little emotion icons above their heads might be a nice way to flesh them out a little more. It will also save on time and cost if I decide to try to translate the game...


The initial plan is to have a very simple conversation system consisting of two or three choices which elicit different responses. I think the main reward for engaging in conversations will be to uncover different ways of completing a quest, and to a lesser extent getting to know the world and the lore better. 



Thank you for all the suggestions. I think it will all depend on how many different animations I can afford to commission which will dictate how much the NPCs interact with the world and how complex their AI will end up being, but you have given me a lot of great ideas, thank you. 

#5250898 Next Step: Proper NPC Design

Posted by on 06 September 2015 - 03:19 PM

That's great! I had taken that off the table a long time ago because I assumed I'd have to commission twice the number of assets (a day and night version of everything).

But now I'm better at game design I think I can accomplish it easier by having a black box cover the whole screen with a low opacity, and add some interesting lighting effects.

And then yeah like you say, certain events at night only and day only.

#5229759 How To Do RPG Interiors

Posted by on 18 May 2015 - 10:48 PM

Thank you for your advice all, I think I am going with the majority view here and keeping the invisible roofs unless it is a large important area. 


Nyaanyaa- I don't necessarily take advice from these forums if it conflicts with my vision. I mostly ask questions here to see if there has been some aspect I have totally neglected to consider due to my inexperience. For example, in this exchange I realized I had not considered the particular problem of space (with no transitions as Roots mentioned) that the buildings would have to have an exactly matching footprint for the interior and exterior, whereas with a transition to a different physical space the houses could be smaller on the outside. I hadn't factored that into my decision-making until this talk, so all little questions have value. 


Fortunately my game communities will suffer from quite a lot of poverty, so the homes will be small inside and outside, (not much of a middle class). 


I do like Servant of The Lord's blended design, but it would likely be just outside of my experience to implement elegantly at this point. Another reason I like asking questions here; I always get ideas that may not work for me now, but are worth holding onto for the future. 


The problem of basements and second floors will be a tough one though, I'll hit it head-on and be back when I find an obstacle! 

#5229346 How To Do RPG Interiors

Posted by on 16 May 2015 - 02:33 PM

Hello! I am deciding how to do my 2D RPG interiors.


Do you prefer when you touch a door in an RPG for the screen to go black, then fade back in to a different "zone" which is the interior of the house (like the Pokemon games)?




Or do you prefer when you touch the door for the screen to stay in the same location, but for the roof of the house become transparent so the interior is visible? I am leaning towards this option just because it would require less power, space and will be easier to edit.