My name is Rory and I’ve been using game design tools as an indie developer for a long time. I’m not sure if I could be counted as “indie developer” because I’ve never had a release.
A little history of the software I’ve used:
Klik & Play
The Games Factory, replaced by Click & Create when I found out how many more options C&C had
What I usually do is RPG type of things, I enjoy building engines and have a very unique game I was working on in Construct 2, but since they’ve slowed development on C2 for C3, it’s been difficult to keep up with the latest techniques. I have learned a lot, but I’m still not good at my own graphics, which is where the community comes in. Basically, I develop the game but require help from other people to do graphics and sound and music. This would be done contractually with the payoff being a good selling game. This was always the plan, but the ever-changing environment of game design the last two decades have really changed that plan over time. However, I do feel we are finally stabilizing a platform, HTML5 Canvas, and feel comfortable with this being the ultimate platform for the type of classic RPG’s I enjoy designing.
Sure, I’ve played around with other engines: Game Maker, RPG Maker, Unreal, all those others that people just gush over. But I find the simplicity of Construct style development (C&C? K&P?) to be far better for this goal of a one-man development team.
The only thing that is preventing me from moving forward in this endeavor is the lack of a tilemap object. I hope GDevelop can incorporate this sooner than later. I’m currently working on a sci-fi book so I’m in no real hurry, but once that’s done I will want to dive back in and do my game, preferably in GDevelop.
I’m a Linux user these days (Ubuntu), which is why most other engines are out of the question. I know there are a few that are really good, but having to learn an entirely new way of doing things to get my one game out there is pretty lame if you ask me. So I hope over time, GDevelop gets to the point where I can use it as a professional tool to create the RPG of my dreams, one that combines the best elements of every RPG I’ve ever played.
To be fair, I have a GDevelop project saved with all the variables I’ll be needing, but without a tilemap, I’m stuck. Everything about RPG’s (well, everything about 2D video games) needs a tilemap object for the designer to use.
Thanks for your time and I hope to enjoy more of this software and get to know people in this community better over time!