After 4 months of development I can truthfully say that 1st & 10 Football is officially under development. It’s not a passing hobby any longer, or a mere whim of my often flaky interest. I have been thinking about this game since I was a teenager and the only thing that took me so long to start on it was the bullshit excuses I would tell myself; no time, not smart enough, too much to do.
It’s going to be a long road. I’m only focused on one step at a time right now. Keep my focus on small things, don’t get overwhelmed and just keep moving down the tracks no matter how slow I go.
In only 4 months, with a rewrite worked in there after I moved from monogame to Unity for the engine, I am feeling very good about how far I have come. I didn’t know Unity at all 2 months ago and now I feel very comfortable in it. I have a good architecture in place for the formations and plays. Right now work has begun on the AI of the players themselves. My short term goal is to have one play, an I Formation ISO play with a Base 4-3 defense, running to the level that I’m happy with it. Then I will continue to add more plays.
The artwork right now is meant to be placeholder at best. Something so I can visually tell what is going on in the game but certainly not release ready by any stretch of the imagination. I expect to iterate over the artwork multiple times before the day of release arrives.
At this moment I am focused on gameplay only. I’m not going to fall in the trap so many indie dev’s do, of trying to release a million features. If I can’t get the gameplay right it won’t matter what else is in the game. The game on the field has to be fun and accurate. That’s the first mission.
I decided to blog about the development of 1st & 10 Football for 3 reasons:
- To build up interest in the game and hopefully a community.
- Studies show that the more you tell people about your goals the more likely you are to realize them. I feel like once I know more people are interested in this it will be just that much more motivation to push through the times I have self doubt about being able to accomplish this goal.
- I hope to one day come back and laugh at how bad the game once looked, or how excited I was about implementing something in the game for the first time.
Lastly, if you bothered to read my rambles down to this point, thank you for visiting and your interest. I hope you will click the Follow link over to the right and stick around.