I'm not a gambling man, or at least that's what I thought. I've been to the casino a couple of times and played around with $60 in total before realizing it wasn't terribly exciting. I've bought a few lottery tickets, but am obviously not rolling in cash so it's safe to say I didn't win. However, in a more true reflection of my personality, I'm horribly addicted to a specific kind of gambling: entrepreneurialism. And yes, that is totally a word, despite what the red squiggly spell check is saying right now.
I live for the thrill of looking out to a world full of potential opportunities, experimenting with a new venture in hopes of creating a profitable career which fits who I am and what I value in life, on my own terms. To continually challenge my creativity, intellect and interpersonal skills is what keeps me sane. Don't get me wrong, employment can be quite pleasurable and challenging, I'm not knocking it. The whole regular paycheque and clearly defined scope of work takes a huge load of stress off my shoulders. But if you know me well you'll know that I don't last very long in the typical 9-to-5 environment. When working under rigid conditions, doing the same thing every day, I'm like a kid with A.D.D. sitting in class; fidgeting and dying to go outside and play in the tree. The world is my tree, I must climb it!
Okay Grant, we get it, you write one of these posts like seriously every few months, what's the occasion this time? Fine! Geeze, relax a little, I was getting to that part!
Hextraction on Kickstarter, April 21st!
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I'm once again jumping back into the world of indie game development with my company ComboMash Entertainment Inc! Last time I jumped I spent a significant amount of time building up the company brand & identity while starting to put together some early game prototypes. Not to mention doing a lot of research into how to make the venture successful. However, my personal savings started to run out and I was missing a few key ingredients so it all got put on hold temporarily while rejoined the "unselfemployment" work-force, as my buddy Eric classified it today.
This jump though, this is the big one. I've recently partnered with my friend Neil and together we have been working on a solid business plan to move the company from non-existence to developing out a small library of games over the next few years. Our launch title Hextraction - a procedurally story driven strategy game about mercenary oil riggers going to alien planets and stripping it of resources - has been designed from the start to be of a relatively small scope such that two people can complete it along side a few key freelancers. We're pushing for a strong start and going straight to Kickstarter on April 21st, with the intent to deliver the game this calendar year.
I'll be sharing more specifics, teasers and details about the game and our progress at ComboMash on our social media pages (links below). Suffice to say that the ventures I've embarked on in the past haven't proven significantly fruitful, but I have a gut feeling that this time it will be different. I've fallen out of the tree enough times to know which branches to avoid and which have a sturdy foundation, allowing me to climb higher. This time, I'm going straight right to the top!