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  1. Being an Investor - Paying Programmers/Artists

    I think it is a dangerous path. Mainly for the "naive" reason: you have no idea what you are getting into and what budgets are required. So, in the best case, you'll end up working with a decent developer and artist, and sell a [i]few [/i]copies of your app. In the worst case, you'll delegate an over ambitious project to a cheap developer (in both senses) and burn through your bucks without completing it or end up with some crap. Therefore, I basically have two advices: - think small, try it first with a [i]simple[/i] game (...and this would help you to check you found the right people!) - ask the most ...knowledgeable... developer friend you know to interview developer candidates Despite I would be reluctant, I think everything is possible ...provided some effort, luck and care. It's a bit of gambling though, and I would say the odds are not on your side.
  2. New to this need some help

    Tip 1: always prefer interfaces to inheritance An interface defines what functionalities an object should provide Inheritance is a "is a" relationship, and a way of reusing code among similar objects. As for the rest, in what classes you should put what method, the best is to follow your intuition where it fits the best. There is no golden rule for that, it is too case specific. In the process of doing it, you'll certainly acquire a better feeling of what to place where. Tip 2: Refactoring and improving the code as you go is always a good idea. The time it costs now will be saved several times in the future.
  3. Turn Based Games - Initiative

    I personnally prefer a "per-unit" initiative, it makes the game feel more interactive. My 2 cents.
  4. Where to find a writer?

    Hi, I recently made a small game prototype here: (the game is also at its inception, therefore it's a but clunky and evolving) ...however, what it lacks the most is a good writer. As such, the obvious question is: where could I find a good writer who might be interested in this? Help is greatly appreciated.
  5. New to this need some help

    1) Intuitively, I think I would divide it into following classes: [CODE] class Player { Weapon weapon; // ... } interface Weapon { Bullet shoot(...); // ... } abstract class Bullet { Vector2f position; int direction; // ... } class MachineGun implements Weapon { /*...*/ } class MachineGunBullet extends Bullet { /*...*/ } class RocketLauncher implements Weapon { /*...*/ } class RocketLauncherBullet extends Bullet { /*...*/ } [/CODE] 2) Ideally, your: [CODE] setState(GameEntity.State.idle); [/CODE] Should be triggered by a "mouse up" event to avoid any confusion / synchronisation problems. The following seems also to make more sense to me: [CODE] if (input.isMouseButtonDown(Input.MOUSE_LEFT_BUTTON) && getState() != GameEntity.State.overheated){ if(getFire() == 0){ System.out.println("Fire!"); setFire(getFireRate()); increaseHeat(getWeaponHeatRate()); setState(GameEntity.State.shooting); } }else{ setState(GameEntity.State.idle); System.out.println("no fire"); setFire(getFire() - 1); } [/CODE]
  6. Text RPG - feedback wanted!

    [quote name='StrangeTurtle' timestamp='1347859591' post='4980784'] ...perhaps visually showing all the nodes and the choices that connect them kind of like a road map... [/quote] Yeah, I thought about it, to have a graph of all pathes in the story generated automatically. However, I have no idea how I could do that. And making it "navigable/editable" is probably also a lot work. Instead, to give a broad structure to the adventure, I though of splitting the "book" in chapters or in areas ...or both. The chapters are like cutting the global storyline/plot in rough chunks. The other is more like a spatial division where a map could additionally be used. By having an outline/synopsis/summary for the chapter and a single entry point, it would act as a check point to ensure all the pathes come back together at some point.
  7. Help Wanted Classifieds

    Yeah, the old "help wanted" forum had a nice touch and was more alive, more interactive. That's true. ...but, as you said, there were a lot of low quality threads. I think that with the classifieds, they attempt to encourage better planned projects ...however, this comes at the cost of less traffic/interest in this section.
  8. Dreamhost VPS vs Amazon EC2 for hosting node.js based game?

    I also used rackspace several times: [url=""][/url] It's the simplified version of EC2, which I found quite complex. It's "could computing", which means you rent a machine with desired resources (CPU/ram) on a pay per hour basis. You can run it for half a day, for testing things, then shut it down again for the rest of the week. If you are in your testing phase, it can be quite handy and cheaper. You have root access, can install whatever you want, configure how you want it, etc. In the end, you can also save an image of your system which can be used to start a cloned server or restore the one after shutting it down. As for VPS, I also found which made a very good impression on me, although I didn't tried them out yet: [url=""][/url] If I wanted long-term running machines, I would probably pick them. They look like very solid to me. Unlike Rackspace, it's a classic pay per month basis. Good luck, Arnaud
  9. Text RPG - feedback wanted!

    Well, I don't want to do everything alone. Moreover, I think a native english speaker (erm ...writer) would do a much better job than I would. It's the same for illustrations, an artist would do better than I. I think everybody kind of have their roles and it boils down to combine the different talents ...and find them, and maintain a good spirit.
  10. Text RPG - feedback wanted!

    well, I have no idea about the story myself. It's really like a lab experiment actually ;) ...what I would also be interested in is where I could find someone interested in writing such a story.
  11. Text RPG - feedback wanted!

    It's also kind of lame if I disable the editing or make it too difficult to contribute (registration, finishing the game, reviewed by a moderator), because it would kind of destroy its purpose. this point, I could as well do a "read only" adventure ...i still prefer let people troll around at this moment ...even if it means restoring a backup regularly.
  12. Text RPG - feedback wanted!

    Wow, you were really quick to notice! I just uploaded it a few minutes ago! ;) (actually it's still "in-progress" as I have to make e-mail activation, but I leave it open for now, it's still kind of a prototype) By the way, what do you think of the "classes", do you think it makes sense?