Mysteriously similar intention...
Similar intentions behind Unkown Worlds and SoharixHello forum users and forum staff (depending on who is reading this),
Before I begin I would like to start with a little bit about myself:
I am new to this forum, but not new to forums.
I am not nearly as old as anyone from Unknown Worlds - (I won't submit my age, but I will say I'm younger than 18)
I have been making games since I was 8 (no I'm not still 8, which would mean I've been making games for less than a year) and I did so for the next 4 years or so in the Games Factory (By Europress). This got me started on making games (obviously) and the concepts behind it, E.G. Media collection, Game design.
Then when I was err... possibley 12 or 13, I got the games creation program; Dark BASIC Professional.
I proceeded to play with this up until now and in that time I have gone from simple "Hello world"_type programs with nothing more than some text and maybe a picture entirely comprised of 2D drawing commands such as "circle" or "box", to full 3D adventure games (Latest release on that note being a (poorly named) game called Recre John (More on that note later.)
As well as this desire to make games I had the desire to have my own company. This turned into putting that into amature practice where everything I made, such as my old hobbie, small wooden toy/contraptions/objects, would have the current "company" logo or name imprinted on it. This quickly turned into putting them on all the Games Factory games I made then when I got to be able to make games that could potentially be sold, in Dark BASIC Professional (because you can't sell games made in the Games Factory) I started putting these logos and names all over my Dark BASIC Professional games too.
Around the same time as I was able to make more professional games I aquired from my dad the method (via Homestead Site builder) to make my own website, so I combined the 2 and made a website which intentionally and originally sold these games. For obvious reasons and the fact I was only about 13 years old at the time, not a lot of proffit was made. (Infact I think I only made 1 sale.) I quickly moved on and tried again with 3 more, each in progression, slightly better "companies" (I say companies because that's what I used to like to think they would become, but really they were nothing more than myself and the odd helper making some non-selling 2D games.) To finish the 3rd one, my computer decided to internally blow up, causing me to have to move my computing work downstairs onto my dads computer. But there was a problem - all the data used for my 3rd company (which incedently was called Sleekware (I say this in ease of reference)) was on my broken computer, upstairs. So I decided to start a new company, with new goals, new ambissions and a more mature, professional role and appearance, I called this Soharix.
The day I created Soharix, I programmed a kind of program which was only slightly similar to an EPOS system, in VBS in nothing more than notepad. This kept me busy for a while until I got back to my computer upstairs. The EPOS system was just something to make me feel like I wasn't wasting my time (I also tried to make a Spreadsheet program using the same methods, it didn't work too well.) As well as these few laim programs I made some VBS games, and a website (as usual) to go with it all. This was a very simple website, because I didn't want to seem (as we say in England) too big for my own boots.
Finally when I got back to my computer I decided to try making some games again for Soharix in Dark BASIC Professional. I seem to remember making 1 really bad but interesting game. But mainly my focus was on restoring a game I had made in my very first "company". This game was called John. Simply because it was about a guy called John. The thing which made me want to restore this game was because it was my only 3D game up to that point. I set to work at version 1.1 or something. This gradually turned through to versions 1.4 then 1.5, finally at 1.6 I decided to completely redo the game using a map maker I had made myself, making the whole thing a lot quicker and a lot easier. I also added some nice pretty graphics and eventually it got to John 1.7, where the game version rests at the moment. Soharix, with its staff of about 4, myself included. Then turned to a sequal for this already popular game (we had been advertising it by word of mouth at school, and a lot of people played it and really enjoyed it.) The sequal was set to work on pretty much the day after John 1.7 was released, this sequal was code named, Recre John, and would have been changed upon release. I got to level 4 of making this game and got demotivated and the project was dropped while I continued playing with other ideas, as I always have since I got Dark BASIC Professional (in so doing this I have about 2 gigabytes of failed and half finished projects.)
Later on that year, I decided to go back to Recre John because people were pestering me for its release because I had already garuanteed it before I gave up. So I then made the next 5 levels and released it. (Then fixed some bugs and released version 1.1, the version it currently stands at.)
So, now you know my life history -.-
I will get on with the post, I found Unknown Worlds through an Xfire advert regarding Game development and seeing its founder, Charlie Cleveland's, writeup. The more I looked around the site and studied it the more it seemed like just the kind of thing I'd always wanted; A study, money making, real company, with staff and a heavy comunity. I was almost amazed to realise that it could actually be achieved on the internet. I then set to work on this post with some main intentions, including asking, HOW??? - how was this all achieved? - its amazing and also, how can I get from having some free_to_download products, to actually selling them. Because my intention originally when I released Recre John was to sell it, but in the end it seemed like too much hassle and not that many people seemed interested, so I dropped it and made it a free game.
If anyone can elabourate on some insight into this amazing company here, please go ahead.