Being posted in this Works in Progress forum will bring a lot of attention to your game. Many people will spend time discussing your game and helping you to create it. If you don't eventually release a game, much of that time will have been wasted. Because of that, we have the requirement that to be posted in this forum, you show that your game is under production.
This isn't difficult - being able to show screenshots or production quality assets like art and writing, is enough to pass this bar. We just want to make sure your game is more than just a setting and a list of characters.
If you haven't been working on a game for a least a week, and the release is far off, it may be more appropriate to post in the Ideas
forum. If you're not sure if your game is ready to be posted, please send a PM to the Admin team, and we will help you decide.
Your first post can be structured however you want, but you should respect the following guidelines:The subject of your thread should include the name of your game, and tags hinting at the content.
It's better to have a descriptive title, so people can more easily find projects they are interested in. A subject like "My New Game" doesn't help anyone to know what your project is about. An example title might be might be:
Moonlight Walks [BxG][Paranormal]
If you don't have a title yet, a working title is fine - or just use "Username's Game
" as the title.You should start by describing what the game is about.
We're interested in the plot and theme of the game as much as the setting and characters. Giving a short description of each of these helps us to get excited about your project.You should include screenshots and/or examples of game assets.
This helps to show us that you've put some time in, and that your game has moved beyond the idea phase. It also helps to make the game more concrete, something we can talk about in specifics. You should mention what you hope to get out of the thread.
Are you simply reporting progress? Do you have issues you'd like us to help with? Would you like reasoned comments and respectful critique to help you improve your game? There are a lot of reasons why someone would post in the Works in Progress forum. Please let us know what you're interested in getting out of your posting, in the long term.
Note that posts in this forum should remain developer centric. If you want comments from players, or to begin building a fanbase, you should make a second post in the Player Chat
forum, and link to it from here.You should start the conversation.
Finally, you should do something specific to start the conversation - come up with some specific question you'd like answered, or a point you would like reasoned comment and respectful criticism on. This gives us something to begin discussing.
While many of these points are optional, we hope you include them, as we hope that they will keep your games topic, and the Works in Progress forum in general, interesting and productive.