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SOOPOO
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February 17th, 2021 at 6:22:20 AM permalink
Hocus.... if I missed this info.... sorry for repeating....
How old are you? What level of schooling have you completed? What job do you have now? Where in the country are you located? Can you afford tens of thousands of dollars, or at a minimum, thousands of dollars to invest with a realistic possibility of no return?

My guess is that after hearing the answers the advice will be this....
Go for your dream! But do it AFTER WORK! There are a bunch on here who have done so. BeachBumBabs. Buzzard. DJTeddyBear. Others.

As far as you asking for a ‘mentor’, these people I mentioned, and others as well, will be most happy to offer advice. Just ask virtually any question you want and you will likely get great answers here.
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HokusPokus
February 17th, 2021 at 6:44:02 AM permalink
Quote: SOOPOO



As far as you asking for a ‘mentor’, these people I mentioned, and others as well, will be most happy to offer advice. Just ask virtually any question you want and you will likely get great answers here.



SOOPOO hit it on the head. This website has people that have been involved in about every aspect of Casino Gaming. Just keep asking questions and most of the advice you get here will help positively guide you.
Living longer does not always infer +EV
HokusPokus
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February 17th, 2021 at 6:42:05 PM permalink
I like what Charlie said. I think he is right that I need to find a mentor that can evaluate my skills before I spend years trying to get any success in this industry. Thank you for being so honest about your skills. But honestly, I'm not sure I want to build a reputation or market my games. Should I just quit now or is there another way? Sounds like building a reputation is a lifelong achievement & marketing games to casinos sounds like a nightmare. None of that sounds appealing to me at all.
HokusPokus
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February 17th, 2021 at 7:02:37 PM permalink
Quote: SOOPOO

Hocus.... if I missed this info.... sorry for repeating....
How old are you? What level of schooling have you completed? What job do you have now? Where in the country are you located? Can you afford tens of thousands of dollars, or at a minimum, thousands of dollars to invest with a realistic possibility of no return?

My guess is that after hearing the answers the advice will be this....
Go for your dream! But do it AFTER WORK! There are a bunch on here who have done so. BeachBumBabs. Buzzard. DJTeddyBear. Others.

As far as you asking for a ‘mentor’, these people I mentioned, and others as well, will be most happy to offer advice. Just ask virtually any question you want and you will likely get great answers here.



Thank you for evaluating my skills. I'm 26, I have a bachelors in physiology & I am a registered as an associate clinical social worker at the department of human assistance. I live in California & I can afford tens of thousands of dollars if I save up log enough. I was planning on spending a few years learning the skills to succeed so I could have a few years of savings. You say to do this after work but that makes no sense to me because then I would have to wait years after I've retired to make casino games. Maybe my brain isn't as sharp then or maybe I just don't have the drive then. I have free time at work, plus I don't know how long I can keep doing my job before it starts to take a toll on me.
DRich
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February 17th, 2021 at 7:27:10 PM permalink
Quote: HokusPokus

Thank you for evaluating my skills. I'm 26, I have a bachelors in physiology & I am a registered as an associate clinical social worker at the department of human assistance. I live in California & I can afford tens of thousands of dollars if I save up log enough. I was planning on spending a few years learning the skills to succeed so I could have a few years of savings. You say to do this after work but that makes no sense to me because then I would have to wait years after I've retired to make casino games. Maybe my brain isn't as sharp then or maybe I just don't have the drive then. I have free time at work, plus I don't know how long I can keep doing my job before it starts to take a toll on me.



I think he was implying not to quit your day job to pursue this. Spend the time after working hours to pursue it. Think of it as a second job until you are successful.
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HokusPokus
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February 17th, 2021 at 9:41:46 PM permalink
Quote: DRich

I think he was implying not to quit your day job to pursue this. Spend the time after working hours to pursue it. Think of it as a second job until you are successful.



Yes, that is what I was planning on doing. I can afford to quit my job but I also would like to make some extra money.
SOOPOO
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February 18th, 2021 at 7:18:40 AM permalink
Quote: HokusPokus

Thank you for evaluating my skills. I'm 26, I have a bachelors in physiology & I am a registered as an associate clinical social worker at the department of human assistance. I live in California & I can afford tens of thousands of dollars if I save up log enough. I was planning on spending a few years learning the skills to succeed so I could have a few years of savings. You say to do this after work but that makes no sense to me because then I would have to wait years after I've retired to make casino games. Maybe my brain isn't as sharp then or maybe I just don't have the drive then. I have free time at work, plus I don't know how long I can keep doing my job before it starts to take a toll on me.



You seem like you have a reasonable plan. I did mean 'don't give up your job' as opposed to waiting until your present career was over! I believe people on this forum use the phrase 'side gig'.

One of the problems with asking for help here, if it becomes even a little specific, is the need to have your idea patented before putting it out in a public forum. And that costs money.

The one worrisome part is "how long I can keep doing my job before it starts to take a toll on me". I'm an old guy, 60. My job 'took a toll on me' for 35 years. But I NEVER worried about not being able to 'keep doing my job'. I've never been a game designer, but have followed the trials and tribulations of those on here who have. IT IS NOT EASY! If you are having trouble coping with a regular 9-5 job, I think an independent game design attempt will be FAR harder.

Perhaps you just need a different 'regular' job?
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February 18th, 2021 at 7:23:33 AM permalink
Quote: DJTeddyBear

Wiz -

Do you mean the Game Inventor's Corner here on WoV? This thread IS in that area, so I'm thinking you mean something else.



I mean the corner at Wizard of Odds.

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On that note, do you still have your website from your days as a math / game inventor consultant? Even if you're not doing that anymore, there was a lot of good info there.

I would hope that it still exists, even as a side directory on WoV or WoO.

I can't find it anywhere...



I moved my consulting site to www.lollipopguild.org/.
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February 18th, 2021 at 11:06:34 AM permalink
i wish i could climb that many peaks im jelly
HokusPokus
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February 18th, 2021 at 6:45:04 PM permalink
Quote: SOOPOO

You seem like you have a reasonable plan. I did mean 'don't give up your job' as opposed to waiting until your present career was over! I believe people on this forum use the phrase 'side gig'.

One of the problems with asking for help here, if it becomes even a little specific, is the need to have your idea patented before putting it out in a public forum. And that costs money.

The one worrisome part is "how long I can keep doing my job before it starts to take a toll on me". I'm an old guy, 60. My job 'took a toll on me' for 35 years. But I NEVER worried about not being able to 'keep doing my job'. I've never been a game designer, but have followed the trials and tribulations of those on here who have. IT IS NOT EASY! If you are having trouble coping with a regular 9-5 job, I think an independent game design attempt will be FAR harder.

Perhaps you just need a different 'regular' job?



You might be right but what jobs did you work? I need a rewarding experience at work to get me by, it's why I choose to be a social worker because I want to make a difference. I have been thinking about going back to school and getting my LCSW or a master's degree so I could become a therapist. I don't feel like my job is currently rewarding at all. I was looking at becoming a game designer as if it was something I could learn on the side while working, something like night school only I don't want to go into debt over a career change.

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