Full-Time Stencyler Journey (Original Post Not Updated)

WitlessWonderer

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I had posted, but then I read what I posted the next day, and was thoroughly embarrassed by it. I just loved the genuine-ness of your "Senpai noticed me" moment.

ceosol

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I had posted, but then I read what I posted the next day, and was thoroughly embarrassed by it. I just loved the genuine-ness of your "Senpai noticed me" moment.

I always have moments where I wonder if I made the right decision to quit being a professor. I know that I am not a great developer. I know that I am not a businessman. I know I am not an artist, musician, designer, etc., etc., etc. Having someone I admire say that I am on the right track is pretty awesome :)

WitlessWonderer

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Oh, I completely understand the sentiment.  I hope you didn't think that I was trying to make fun.  I know that there are some key people that I look up to that I would be thrilled to get a couple of affirmative words from.  That being said, I'm not taking as big steps as you are so I completely understand. 
What I thought was funny was the fact that I kind of think of you the same way you think of him, so to see someone I admire say that about someone he admires was fun.  That's all.

ceosol

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I admire anybody trying to be an indie developer. For instance, your wife inspires me since she wants to be an independent software developer/coder. Even though we disagree a lot, Colburt and thechaosengine are also my inspiration. Hearing about Bhoopalan's and Kramer's experiences helps me keep things in perspective.

Nobody's journey as an indie will be the same. The best you can do is gather as much information as you can and decide which path is right for you. Thank you for saying that you admire me, I will keep pushing myself to live up to the expectations :)

poehyrulian

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I really appreciate your progress report here ceosol its very inspirational. I have spent many years writing storylines and ideas for games as well as playing music. I always wanted to apply these ideas and musical talent in the world of game development but never really had the resources to do so. now im hoping that will all change haha. so thank you very much for the inspiration as well as the shared mechanics reference.

ceosol

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Poe, thank you for the comment. Since I am not very good at developing or artwork (as it has been pointed out ad nauseam), I struggle with unique challenges as an indie developer. My biggest talent is creating opportunities out of nothing. Some day I may be good at this and be able to relax, but I am not at that point right now. I wish you the best of luck in your endeavor to be an indie. Hopefully your concept writing and musical talents will push you further than me :)

Sorry for the late post - I did a game jam over the weekend.

August Financial Report
$100 Update of a previous game
$200 Dodging/Avoidance game
$100 From prototyping a large game idea
$150 Racing game
$135 Silly game
$250 Infinite runner
$250 Infinite flyer (infinite runner going down the screen instead of across???)
$25 Helping out on another project
($100) Outsourced Artwork

$1110 total for August
$7099 total for 2016

ceosol

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I was lazy and just put Aug on my blog. Matthew responded again. (Once again giddy) :D

Bhoopalan

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Isn't it hightime you update the thread title?
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ceosol

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I haven't updated the original post, so no :)

Innes

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I haven't updated the original post, so no :)
... And in six months it'll be right again!
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ceosol

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Sorry for not updating in a while. I was traveling for three weeks between Sept/Oct. Also, my website/blog got hacked bad right before the massive hacking on twitter, amazon, etc. I'll just merge the two months together :)

$912 Kickstarter
$250  Payment for infinite flyer
$50 Sale on Fiverr
$50 Helping out on another project
$500 Payment for arcade platformer
$50 Payment for infinite runner
$280 Payment on tap/upgrade game
$30 Tutoring Stencyl

$2122 total for Sept/Oct
$9221 total for 2016

detted

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So awesome to hear from you now and then :)
Composer • Sound designer • Producer
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ceosol

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Sorry I haven't kept up on this post. Things got very busy with holidays and closing out the year. Here is my breakdown on 2016 totals. My goal was $1,000/month. Unfortunately I fooled around in January and had to travel for 4 weeks out of Sept/Oct/Nov or I could have done better.

The list in no particular order:

Arcade shooter 1: $1177
Arcade game 2: $500
Arcade game 3: $400
Boardgame: $100
Card Game: $500
Clicker: $300
Music Game: $750
Platformer 1: $850
Platformer 2: $1000
Platformer 3: $700
Platformer 4: $300
Racing: $650
Sports Game: $525
Helping out on various project: $165
Other random game projects: $1667

Productivity Apps: $650

Tutoring $670

Fiverr: $75
Kickstarter: $912

My own game revenue: $205

Total for 2016: $12096

I was actually under up until the last two days of the year where two paypal transfers came in. :)

detted

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That is some great and inspiring numbers! I hope 2017 will be equally good or better :) How's the progress on Jacbil?
Composer • Sound designer • Producer
www.tedwennerstrom.com
@TedWennerstrm

ceosol

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That is some great and inspiring numbers! I hope 2017 will be equally good or better :) How's the progress on Jacbil?

I have been dedicating a few hours each week to my own projects. I haven't really been taking on new contracts unless it is someone contacting me through Stencyl (I'm always up for helping out the community :) ). Things are going well. We've been getting a lot of compliments on the new art style and feel of the game.