[MUD-Dev] A quick business question...

Geoffrey A. MacDougall geoffrey at poptronik.com
Mon Jan 10 16:11:40 New Zealand Daylight Time 2000


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Greetings,

I have a quick business question to pose to a few of the more seasoned Game
Developers on this list.

I have a meeting coming up with a new title who wants to enlist my services.
The game has already been conceptualized, so my involvement would not be as
a full designer.  I'd be the secondary author/editor of the pre-development
document, and an associate designer helping them out with the in-game
economy, and the problems of making a "persistent" world (logic abuses,
etc.).  There's no money attached to the project yet, so I'd be taking a
percentage based on risk instead of a salary.

As for my experience - I have written 1 pre-development document that
successfully solicited CDN$205K of development capital (as well as other
successful grant proposals outside the industry), and I am half-way through
the resulting design document, which has attracted interest from a few major
publishers...

What kind of deal should I be looking for?  The lead designer has already
done 75% of the design work, so I'm not looking to ask for anything
unreasonable or aggressive.

Any advice would be greatly and kindly appreciated... :)

Cheers,

Geoffrey MacDougall

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<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Greetings,</FONT>
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<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>I have a quick business question to pose to a few of =
the more seasoned Game Developers on this list.</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>I have a meeting coming up with a new title who wants =
to enlist my services.&nbsp; The game has already been conceptualized, =
so my involvement would not be as a full designer.&nbsp; I'd be the =
secondary author/editor of the pre-development document, and an =
associate designer helping them out with the in-game economy, and the =
problems of making a &quot;persistent&quot; world (logic abuses, =
etc.).&nbsp; There's no money attached to the project yet, so I'd be =
taking a percentage based on risk instead of a salary.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>As for my experience - I have written 1 =
pre-development document that successfully solicited CDN$205K of =
development capital (as well as other successful grant proposals =
outside the industry), and I am half-way through the resulting design =
document, which has attracted interest from a few major =
publishers...</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>What kind of deal should I be looking for?&nbsp; The =
lead designer has already done 75% of the design work, so I'm not =
looking to ask for anything unreasonable or aggressive.</FONT></P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Any advice would be greatly and kindly appreciated... =
:)</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Cheers,</FONT>
</P>

<P><FONT SIZE=3D2>Geoffrey MacDougall</FONT>
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