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Recipe for game development success: I’m a tax accountant, it’s busy season, and my wife is 5.5 months pregnant with our first child. Oh, and I’m studying. Wait, did I say ‘success’?

A little about me and game development: Apart from a few simple games in BASIC or C++, most of my decade of experience has been as a contributor, reviewer and/or administrator of Ancient Anguish, a text-based MUD. There were a number of very helpful and patient people who taught me how to code, and a number of brilliant programmers whose work I learned from.

Unfortunately, the lack of graphics in Ancient Anguish made it really hard to explain to friends and family what I spent all my time on, despite my assurances that a lot of players enjoyed my work. Also, graphics should present more of an intellectual challenge, and I like intellectual challenges.

So, I’m working on my first 3D-graphics game. The goal is to launch a game properly, get it on Steam and have at least a few hundred players.

Progress so far: After actually doing some work on the game I created BensBucketGames.com, tied it to Facebook and Twitter, and started a developer blog on GameDev.net. I’ll talk about the game more in my next post and include some screenshots.

There is lots left to do on the website. But! It’s important to actually Get Things Done, so I’m going to balance ‘studio stuff’ with actual work on the game.

Wish me luck!

Aug 11 2013 12:29 PM

Good luck!   I have two kids myself so I know how much time they take up.   Work your butt off now cuz once the baby comes you won't have the time or energy to do it for a few months.

Aug 13 2013 10:04 AM

Agreed with Michael.  I'm an older father (all children now in double-digit ages) and a baby will wreck any schedule you try to set up.  Just accept that as truth.  Keep the faith and work through those first few months until baby is sleeping though the night and everything will settle down again.  Don't neglect your family for games, though.  People will understand.  There will be time for both later...

Aug 14 2013 01:16 AM

Also a recent father -- my first daughter is just about 9 months old now -- and I would also agree with the above.  The experience of raising a child is an absolutely amazing one that I wouldn't give up for the world, but it really is an absolutely huge time-sink.  I'm just starting to get back into the groove of things properly now, and still have far less time than previously.


Looking forward to seeing what you can come up with for your first 3d game!

Aug 16 2013 09:20 PM

Thanks for the comments!


I probably should have made it clear that the idea is to finish the game in the next month or two. When the baby comes, I don't want to miss a thing!

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