Anyways, I figure I'd keep my progress so I (and maybe others?) can learn from my mistakes and struggles. I have little to no programming experience - I started as a computer science major, took 2 classes (I did well!!) but chickened out after seeing people years ahead of me sleeping in the underground lab. Despite this, I want to make a multiplayer game, using smartfoxserver.
I actually already "made" a game with my friend (who did the programming portion, I handled design and all the other little details) which fell flat on its face as soon as he lost interest. You can check it out at almasytactics.com, but it's pretty much dead now. So, I had 2 choices - try to learn to cakePHP and continue the game, or learn from its gameplay mistakes (there were plenty) and try to rebuild it from scratch.
Anyways... I'm going to try to commit at least 1-3 hours each weekday to my game (which may be hard since finals are coming up, but whatever), so 5-15 hours/week.
Today, I read through some of the documentation of smartfox. I'm extremely confused, as I don't know what shit goes where. I got the battlefarm example working, I guess that's a start. My goal for now is to try to get a working prototype up so I can test if the gameplay is actually interesting.