I am looking for a website or service that allows the creating of teams
of people to work together on projects they are interested in. Right
now, I have an idea for a MMORPG but I want to create a team of
designers/programmers/etc. to being working on it. I was wondering if
anyone knew of a website that helps out to do just that?
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No. First of all, people looking for teams generally have zero capital
and are basically asking for donated labor that will be payed back when
the proposed games sells oodles of subscriptions. Most experienced
people have heard that pitch a million times and know what comes of it.
The failure rate for MMO’s is over 90 percent. There aren’t very many
games sites around. There’s this and Gamedev, and someone comes by
trying to get a team together ever couple weeks.
There is a site called Kickstarter that tries to get money for games
lined up, but that would be after you found your team. Generally, an MMO
for a first project is a very bad idea because they are one of the most
complicated types of games to make and require the most resources. There
are getting to be more engines specifically developed for MMO’s that are
reasonable, such as Hero Cloud, although I don’t think it’s out yet.
Anyway, from my experience, teams sort of happen and start smaller.
People that know design, etc, find people that program and do art and do
projects together and it gradually grows sometimes. One of the big
problems for designers is that people that can do other things usually
have their own ideas for design. Programmers and artists generally
aren’t looking for a designer even though they are important if they are
creative. Personally, I would either learn art or programming so I had a
little more to contribute, and I would try to come up with ideas for a
small game that you can test the waters with before committing to an
MMO. If you can’t come up with ideas for a small game, you are probably
not designer material. Small games can be posted on Kongregate, or sold
on XBLIG, or Steam, or you can make games for iPhone. Also, hanging
around engine sites, art sites, will introduce you to more people who
are capable and probably design games for a hobby or wouldn’t mind
trying. It does pay to be a little forward if you find someone kind of
talented. Send them a PM and ask them if they would like to do a project
you have in mind. The worst they can do is say no.