I just signed up for this year's four elements game competition. I will use this journal to post my notes, thoughts, and progress reports as the year progresses.
Here is some info on the game I am building:
NAME: Shank's Pony
PLATFORM: PC/Mac, browser-based
TECHNOLOGIES: Adobe Flash 8, possibly some HTML/CSS as well.
TYPE: RPG/Trading simulation
GENRE: Historical fiction, with possibly very light fantasy elements
PLAY TIME: Open ended - following the story, perhaps 5 - 10 hours. Treating the world as a sandbox, potentially hundreds of hours.
More info as I continue to hash out exactly what I want to build.