Pathfinder: Legend of the Red Dragon
What the heck is this site?
One of the best things about the internet is the ability to interact with various people from all over the world, at the same time! Remote chess games were great but things have changed drastically and now games which support hundreds or even thousands of players are possible. Until recently however, large games and social sites have been dominated by large corporations who are stifled by their sheer size and enormous budgets. If only individuals could have some of this power...
There is already a huge group of people who develop projects for the good of humanity. They are called open-source developers and many have created games! After I completed an extensive evaluation of dozens of these games, I had a short list of those which had the functionality I would like to include in a game I'd like to play. I decided to choose one and contribute to the effort by creating professional graphics and modern front-end html code.
Legend of the Green Dragon
I ultimately decided that LotGD would be a good place to start. For the most part, it has run the full course of product evolution and in doing so has developed an immense (and possibly fanatical) following of users and developers. In addition it was in desperate need of a cosmetic overhaul. As I started tearing into the code and updating the interface I kept finding things that I thought could be a little better. So although this game is basically Green Dragon (on steroids), it has been modified to such an extent that it is not really compatible with the original game.
Where does the money go?
So far, there hasn't been any money but the game is structured in such a way to allow for a little potential income. I've heard of people making a reasonable income just off hosting a popular web-based game, so initially I thought this might be a good way to help pay off my student loans. Now however, I'd just like to be able to continue working on the project. Any income generated by this project will go directly to its continued development.
When will the new game be released?
I would like everybody to be able to run a copy of this game if they want to, and I'd like it to happen as soon as possible. However, since I won't be able to offer any type of support, I'd like to make sure that the bugs and issues have been flushed out and the key functionality is working as designed. This is going to take some time, so please be patient. If you want to help make things move along faster, please donate some cash or spend some time playing the beta version and reporting problems or making suggestions. Also, be sure to refer your friends. Your group can form a clan and dominate this instance of the game.
What if I want the game code right now?
All of the source code is available from DragonPrime.net.