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I got 'Shiren the Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate' for my switch the other day! The Shiren the Wanderer games are one of the main inspiration for my own game project so it's pretty inspiring to play, but it also reminds me of how much I still have to do.
Just about everyone has a Stardew Valley living inside of them, very few people are meant to see it through alone.
The weight of indie deving as a solo endeavor is crushing. I feel it every day. The sheer size of it drawfs my very efforts because I'm not a game developer. I want to be, but I lack the proper avenues of approach and training. It kills me every day. But I refuse to quit.
I keep trying to find a "simple project" that will "Just give me some experience with completing a whole game." Sounds easy. Sounds doable. Until I get started, and remember that nothing I do story-wise will ever be simple. XD It happens without me even realizing it. It can go from an arcade cabinet with some Ace mini games, to a full blown Triple Triad RP with player properties/decorating, vehicles like bikes and cars, etc.
Anything I touch will mutate into something more than I found it.
It's rough, but don't give up. 20'ish years of RM tinkering has taught me the errors of these ways. The main thing that prevents steady progress for tinkerers who get seduced by the editor prior to having an actual game to make, is without having a script and plot outline to guide and inform the process, it becomes a case of butterfly chasing. Constantly jogging in place, developing fragmented aspects of the plot, world, characters, skills, concepts, etc. Making small breakthroughs in any given area from resources, to edits, scripts, animations, items, whatever it may be.
This kills projects, which is why I have grown so jaded toward the soloist approach to game development. Everyone wants to be the next Eric Barone now. And because Stardew Valley exists, they will never be able to see the fact that it is an enigma. Games like that are 1 in 10 trillion. "It's possible, you just need a good idea (oof!) and the
time(organizational skills and discipline)."
It's a tough road on our own. I suggest making something not featured on your bucket list, but still strong enough to showcase your merits and value as a developer, in the hopes that when you sit down and say publicly, "Okay, I'm working on one of my bucket list projects," people will come to you with their ducks in a row, asking where you could use some assistance, and if they can be of any to you. Depending o your leadership//directing skills, and given how much more difficult that becomes online, you could end up doing something great.
My game project isn't really a 'bucket list' game, it's much more of an experimental tech demo or prototype that I have gradually taken ever so slightly more seriously and has become more of an actual game as time has passed. And that honestly is probably more how games like Stardew Valley come about then them being planned and scripted. It's a fundamentally different way to develop a game, one that takes a long time and yes involves a ton of 'butterfly chasing' as you put it. But it can work... eventually. Problem is keeping motivated enough to see it through.
It's funny though, because you know what also kills projects? Having big elaborate plans you can't actually follow through with. It's actually tricky to know sometimes if you can or can't do a thing until you go to do it and often it's easy to get stuck up on a bad plan. Here's the rub: No matter what you do you are going to find out any good game is a 1 in 10 trillion game. Doesn't matter if it's something like Stardew Valley or something like Final Fantasy or SaGa. Doesn't matter if you are one single person or have a team of 100+ people backing you up (though if you can convince 100+ people to help you in the first place you probably are in a good spot). Most people's game ideas just aren't going to work.
In any case 99% of my problem is just my own laziness.
My main issues tend to be 'idea explosions' and lack of ability to implement them...
I've never, ever gotten to play/try Stardew Valley (Steam Wishlist), so I dunno. I dunno if the game will even run on this 2008 DELL PC. I know that some games that I thought that it could/should run do not, like some games I've recently tried...eh, whatever.
I know the story of Ramsey in my mind, since the source material is a short and very ambiguous (also NSFW) novella, which if I were to stick to the source material, would make a very short game, and it would be more or less, a click-through VN type of thing since there would be a lot I couldn't make interactive.