I would like to announce that I am open for coding commissions.
I haven't seen anyone do this in DA, so I hope I can be the first.
My goal is to help small-time sprite/pixel/model/animator artist to get their ideas and games to life, either partially or fully.
My rates are as based on how many screens the project will have, and on how many days it would take:
Prototype: 400 pts. 1 screen. 1 to 7 days.
Alpha: 2000 pts. 2 screens. 2 to 4 weeks.
Beta: No points. 3 screens. 1 to 3 months.
Demo or First level: No points. All screens. 5 to 6 months.
Full game: No points. All screens . 1 to ??? days.
I don't do commissions for either betas, Demos/First-Levels or full games. I only work as a partner in these projects.
Now, for my rules:
1- I am a programmer. I only do the coding and handle any software related issues. I expect you (and your team, if you are not alone) to handle the creation/supply of all the content (concept, sprite sheets, backgrounds, tile sheets, music, sound effects, story, dialogue, etc….) and to come up with a minimum amount of design for the game and game play.
2- I collect my payment after the job is done. I will never ask for any type of payment before that seeing that game projects have a higher rate of failing than actual art. So to avoid headaches, I'll take my payment at the end.
3- I keep the project and code in my possession till I received my payment. Till then you only get to see and test the executable (the exe file).
4- In case I can not finish the project (lack of time, life crisis, death(?), etc…), you will receive the uncompleted project and code for free.
5- I get to choose the technology (programming langue, libraries, engines, etc…) to be used to build the game. If you have a certain preference, please say so beforehand.
6- I get owner ship of the code, which means I get to use it for my own personal projects. I'm not talking about the game play or game mechanics code because most likely I won't be copying your ideas. I'm talking about any core coding created by me that involves physics calculation/simulations, graphical lighting and effects, A.I. and path-finding algorithms, content management and serialization/encryption, etc… If I spent weeks developing something new, I think I have the right to claim it.
7- I get to use any of the game content as long as its free and open for the public. Regardless if you own it or found it somewhere else.
8- I will be credited regardless of the type of the project. I have the original work so it's not that hard to prove it
9- You are free to downgrade/upgrade the project at any time. The payment will change depending on the new status of the project. Be warned that in case you downgrade your project (let's say from Beta to Alpha) I have the right to remove any code that was developed after the Alpha stage.
Licensing: The majority of the technology I use are usually free/open source. But (in very rare situations) if I have to use anything that requires some form of licensing (either by your request or mine), then we have the following:
1- If the project is either a prototype or alpha, then the license fee payment is the responsibility of the commissioner.
2- If the project is either a Beta, Demo/First-Level or a full project, then I will either pay half or the complete price of the license fee (agreed before the start of the project).
In case the license fee buys you more than one copy/use of the technology/software, the extra copies/uses are the property of the fee payer.
Platform: I currently only work with games compatible with the Windows operating system. I don't do flash or browser games. I also don't do app games (either Android or iOS) because I lack the hardware to fully test the game in these OSs. If you have any suggestions to solve this, please discuss it with me.
WARNING #1: NO TRADEMARKED, COPYRIGHTED OR STOLEN CONTENT. You are permitted to use any illegal content as a place holder just to see how the game will look before you add your own content. But the illegal content will be removed from the final deliverable product. You can also use any content from any other media (characters, stories, music, etc…) as long as it's not trademarked or copyrighted (either make it yourself or take it directly from the source).
WARNING #2: NO PIRETED SOFTWARE. Any content you create using any pirated software (Photoshop, Sai, etc…) will not be used (yes, I can tell ). Any content made using these are illegal, and so is the game that uses them, which means anyone who is involved in the game project (including little ol-me ;; ) will be considered a violator and a criminal. If you can not offered buying the software then use a free one. There are tons of software out there that are less powerful but can still do the job. PLEASE DON'T TAKE ME WITH YOU TO JAIL
That's it for now. For any clarifications please post a comment or send me a note. I'll be glad to answer ^^
LETS MAKE GAMES XD