I am not a game designer, but I want to be one. It isn’t about making money, mostly due to the fact that a lot of people say you cannot make money in the industry as it is. Maybe you can, maybe you can’t, that isn’t really the point. The point is to do something that allows me to be creative. I try to write, but I have the same problems with that, and it just isn’t as much fun.
Me and a few friends decided we were going to make our own game. This actually came about around four years ago or so on the way back a Ren faire. A lot of goofy things can happen on a two hour drive in the rain, and this one came from the idea of a script for a horror movie where people were killed playing a rpg. J I know. But decided we wanted to make a game for the movie and sat down and started coming up with ideas. The funny part of this was that we had been playing 2nd edition Dungeons and Dragons for a while and began to burn out of it (mostly I was). So we thought, hey let’s make a game we would want to play! The result? Our game Perdition (a work on progress)
This probably isn’t that original of a story (except the horror movie/ren faire part), but everything has to start somewhere, right?
There have been a few problems.
Problem 1. Lack of discipline. It is something I am working on, but overall we aren’t great at it. Too much time between us actually working on the game.
Problem 2. Trying to come up with something original. There are so many people out there making games right now. It is both great (from a gaming point of view), and annoying (from a designing point of view).
Problem 3. Being on the same page. When you are making a game with someone else, you have to try to find a way to come to a common voice for the game. Not always easy.
We have actually put a lot of work into it, but not so much in the last few years. I have had life issues for a while (and still do), so gaming in general has taken a back seat. Yeah there are all kinds of excuses, and I know I have made my own share. So, here I am trying to get my mind set in doing this again.
I miss the feeling of creation that came with making our game. I miss feeling that it was important at one time and that we could not wait to get back to talking about it. Also the camaraderie that came with it all.
I am still trying to figure other things out, but I definitely want to get back into the game. I want to see this through, and that is something I have always struggled with. But it will require me (well, us) to have to do the work to get this finished. I know I am excited at the prospect of getting back to it.
So, I am trying to pump myself up for this. I see so many people that are successful at making their own games and I cannot deny, I love the idea of seeing my name on a gaming book at some point. J