- brainstorming, code mockups
- feature triage
- design specs
I've been iterating on the first 3 steps for a year, my specification is pretty well nailed down, and now I'm laying down plans for a compiler. Turns out I'm closer than I thought. In 2010 I was experimenting with a Lisp-APL hybrid, then I had some doubts about Lisp so I set it aside unfinished. But the main parser/compiler functions were working, and that's all I need for a gamedev language without Lispy stuff like closures and GC. However, for games I'll need the ability to write game code that links with C/C++ libraries, and to that end I dug up some old ELF loader/linker code from my 2003 osdev projects. Still works, just needs some 64-bit support. So I'll do a few experiments with that, let the design stew for a few months, then try to bang out a working prototype in a week whenever I'm able to clear the decks.
Gotta say gamedev has been incredibly liberating. Compilers are easy compared to games and game engines. Text files in, machine code out, no big deal!