One adventure leads to another

One adventure leads to another

Programming was now underway and as it turns out, multiple projects were happening in parallel now: four to be exact.

Miroslav in Serbia was coding GalaCollider, I was continuing to program a side scrolling platform game in Corona SDK with Lua and sprite/levelhelper that I started a year or two prior (but still hadn’t finished), a card game of mine: The Black Rose was about to be run on kickstarter, and a friend / co-designer of mine named Jeremy White here in Santa Barbara (Author of games like: Enemy Coast Ahead) was co-designing with me a new abstract-strategy civil war game to present at the upcoming GMT West event in Hanford, California.

On the road to GMT

gmt-logo_pdcsqsTwo cars full of game designers went on the road from Santa Barbara to Hanford for a weekend of fun and to show off our various prototypes. Every Saturday morning at GMT West Gene makes a speech in which he gives an update on various products, market trends and the future goals of GMT. Gene gave the floor to a man named Robert Masson who did a general shout-out to all present to see if anyone would be available to help with an iOS project being done in Lua.

I approached Rob and mentioned I might be able to help with the creation or editing of the visual assets and programming in Lua. We had a good conversation, he rode his motorbike back to LA and when I got back home in Santa Barbara we followed up with several calls over a few weeks and discussed his various prospects. It turned out that I didn’t end up coming aboard these prospects, due to reasons related to financial viability.

I threw out a fishing rod and mentioned to Rob that I was working on two digital games and that I was ultimately looking for the opportunity to transition into starting my own game design agency. Would Rob be interested in partnering with me to start a company? Could Rob be GalaCollider’s ticket to take this game from a “bedroom project” to the big-time?

Partnership discussions

eSports is quite a serious affair.

Rob looked like a great person to partner with, he was focused and interested in the business / marketing side of things and could help to take care of things like: contracts, lawyers, incorporating, accounting etc. but also had a great network on the marketing side of things. Rob mentioned on several occasions his connections to people working for Disney, the Apple App Store, eSports and potential investors.

This seemed like a great match for me, Rob was interested in dealing with all the aspects of running an agency that I found to be less interesting (the accounting, paper work, legal stuff etc.), which meant that I could potentially focus more on the creative, coordination and direction aspects instead.

We had several conversations that spanned several weeks. We looked at the current progress we had achieved on GalaCollider and my solo-Lua project, and also reviewed some of my other digital game concepts (that were still just pen-and-paper ideas). Rob brought an early investor to meet with me in Santa Barbara, who was awesome enough to immediately sign-up to make perpetual financial contributions towards building capital for our projects.

Ultimately we decided to focus on GalaCollider first, even though it was probably the most ambitious project of the final three we considered. Rob and I did our gentleman’s handshake, and new business venture had begun!

…Why we decided to develop GalaCollider first, will have to be the subject of another post.