This is where the magic happens
So summer is here, which means no school for Jonny and Ty, and since I quit my job and moved back in with my parents, and since Ty got FIRED from his job as head waiter
, and since we have money from Avatar Showdown
, that means we're all working full-time on games...dream come true, right? Well, not quite, because, you see, we hate making games and we hate playing games and we hate gamers and OK YES IT'S A DREAM COME TRUE THIS IS AWESOME! ...I've actually never been happier in my entire life (of course I'll be a lot more happy once I get away from the parents, but hey, beats delivering pizza).
Anyway, the image above shows our new workplace, TokBox
. It's the best site I could find that allows free webcamming for more than 2 users (we each live about 45 minutes away from each other now and we're definitely not ready to get actual office space yet). So we're treating this like a real job, every weekday we log-in to the site at 9 and work til 4 or so. That gives us each at least 30-35 hours a week, which really isn't enough, but we here at JForce Games are lazy folk, you know. Naw I kid, we'll work more than that, those are just the required "together hours." Now we're also using 14dayz
to track our time, TightVNC
for screen-sharing, XP-Dev
for source control, box.net
for file sharing, and then Google Docs for real-time doc editing and to-do lists. I strongly recommend a system like this for any geographically-challenged indie teams out there, especially if you lack self-discipline. Obviously it's great for communication, but it also really helps with accountability.
So what are we up to, you ask? Heh, we're actually working on like 5 different games. Crazy right? Actually forget I said that. Just know this:
-Ty's been learning programming. Seeing how he's really good at everything
, I have no doubt he'll become a very competent programmer, and in short time too. He's also spending time on all my required reading material over marketing and business and stuff.
-I'm working on design stuff for Unstoppable (plus doing some 3d animation for a secret game or two)
-Jonny is working on the Unstoppable level editor & PC version (and a secret game)
-Jordan is back, working on level graphics for our new Unstoppable art direction (more on that later).
-Jesse is keepin it gangster...and actually he'll be helping out with reference footage later this week.
-Egoraptor's hard at work on cutscenes
, says this is his best work yet. He showed us a rough draft for the first scene awhile ago, and yes...awesome
. He even said that if he was making a demo reel then this would be the only thing he'd include on it. Awesome overload
. Can't wait to see it finished!
Also can't wait to play the new Zelda! And the new Donkey Kong Country! And the new Metroid!