Thursday, March 20, 2003

Awhile back, I decided I wanted to make a web-based game that just about anyone would enjoy, even people who don’t play computer games.

So, one of my ongoing projects is a web-based game called (for the time being) Contract Tycoon. I’ve been designing and developing it with the help of some friends.

In the game, you run a contracting company. You hire employees, bid on contracts, and struggle to finish them.

As I envision it, this could be a whole lot of fun. Everyone complains about stupid managers and bad business practices; this is your chance to show off how you’d run a company.

Best of all, you’re playing with a whole bunch of other people, with whom you can collaborate. If you’re running behind on a contract, you can ask other contractors for help.

I just finished developing prototype 2 of Contract Tycoon, which has the following features:

  • You can view available contracts and bid on them. If you’re the lowest bidder, you win.
  • You can hire people who are looking for a job.
  • You can assign your employees to work on different milestones of a contract.

So, the next stage of the development process is to show this prototype to a few people and get their feedback, all within the next week or so. I’m hoping to get feedback from half a dozen (very different) people. That’ll drive the features for the next prototype.

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