19 May, 2010
As my current contract comes to a close, I’m starting to consider what I want to work on. I have an idea, and I think I’d like to have someone chip in.
This may not exactly be a “ZOMG break into games!” opportunity, but it is a good chance to work with someone who might say nice things about you to other game developers. :)
Let me be up front here: this is a bootstrapped project, so there’s no pay currently. You’ll get paid when I get paid on the project. Read on for a bit more information and qualifications I’m looking for.
Basically, I’m interested in running a site related to the game theme. The goal is to build a community around the game’s setting genre. This won’t be a simple marketing exercise, so don’t think you’ll just be writing, “Play game A, hurray!” The goal is to build up a community that is genuinely interested in the setting and build that in parallel to the game.
- The ability to stick with the project for at least a year.
- The ability to communicate effectively in English.
- Basic web (HTML) skills.
- Patience in dealing with a community.
- The ability to not be a raging prick. (That’s my job.)
- A keen interest in near-future science fiction literature.
- Advanced web coding skills, such as PHP.
- The ability to use image editing programs like Photoshop.
- Experience managing a web-based community.
- The ability to read and write additional languages beyond English.
- A keen interest in games.
I expect this will initially be very low-impact, perhaps 2 hours every other day. I can’t really expect a rigid schedule for a volunteer, but I would like some measure of dedication. At the very least, communicating with me if there is a problem.
This won’t exactly be a game design position, but you will be working closely with the team. You will likely be doing traditional community manager roles, such as collecting feedback to present to the team.
If you are interested, send me a brief email to email@example.com stating your qualifications (samples encouraged) and why you’d like to participate. Don’t post your interest in the comments; we’ll see if you can follow directions. ;) I’ll share more information about the project with qualified people who contact me.
The project is an attempt at a bootstrapped indie MMO, something very modest in scale, definitely not a WoW killer. I’m not going to say too much more about the project in public for now. I hate to be a tease, but I don’t want to build up unrealistic expectations this early when it’s still just an interesting concept. Don’t worry, I’ll start talking a lot more about it once I get things a bit more established. Getting someone to fill this position would go a long way to getting things settled on my end.
On a related note, any experienced AS3 or Python programmers with lots of free time can also contact me, but there’s a less pressing need right this minute.