It’s been a while since I did an interview! Thought I’d do something a little different so I’m interviewing the dev on an online RPG, in which you can also earn or spend Crytpocurrency (HYPER, GoldPieces, HTML5 coin, Flappycoin, Coin2 and Einsteinum are supported). The game is called Dragon Knights of Valeria and the dev goes by the screen name of Anarchist.
1/ Was there any particular inspiration behind you developing "Dragon Knights of Valeria"?
I was looking for new ways to drive traffic to my database website, and since I love creating things I decided to do a remake of the game Dragon Knight. I had done another project in the past with Dragon Knight so I was familiar with the code and how it worked.
2/ How long has the game been in development now?
I started working on the game around the beginning of March 2015. The game officially went live on March 10, 2015 and has been in constant development for over 5 months now.
3/ What has been the most challenging aspect of making the game?
The most challenging aspect of making the game would be keeping on top of everything. Making sure inquiries are replied to in a timely manner, sending out payments from the game, and trying to spread information on the game while keeping new updates rolling in are the most time consuming.
4/ What are your goals for the game in the long-term?
My long term goals for the game are to attract as many people into gaming and crypto currency as I can, while trying to balance the game out to be self sustaining.
5/ How big a part of gaming do you think cryptocurrency will become in the near future?
Gaming is a huge industry in today’s world, with millions of players worldwide. I don't see crypto currencies playing a major role in gaming in the near future but in the long term I see it gaining momentum. Anything can happen though; all it takes is a little wind to catch a sail before it zooms off into the night.
6/ What aspect of DKV are you most proud of?
The aspects of DKV that I am proud of would have to be the players and the games sponsors. Players have been a major part in how the game has shaped up to be with their suggestions and feedback. The game’s sponsors have also been a huge help with providing funding for the players to earn as they play, as well as a couple of them going so far as to provide advertising and press articles relating to the game. It is great that there are people out there who see promise in something and are willing to invest their time and money into it.
7/ Is there anything about DKV that you really wish you could improve more than you have been able to?
The biggest thing with DKV that I would like to improve is how the game functions. Security is my biggest concern as the littlest of things can end up with bad results for me and the players. We are constantly changing and updating things to be more efficient but it is a long task as there is a lot of code involved.
8/ If you could give one piece of advice to someone wanting to develop an online RPG, what would it be?
The greatest advice that I can give to people looking to develop online RPGs is to find a good team to do it with. I did it for a long time by myself and it is hard to keep on top of things. Resolving bug reports, customer support, finances, and advertising are just a few of the things that are required; a team to manage these will go a long way in a games success.
Something that is just as important as the above would be to listen to the players. I have seen first-hand how big gaming companies with millions of players function behind the scenes and their main concern is money. They will ignore what the players want the majority of the time and will only go for what makes them more money. They fail to realize that without the players they have nothing but an empty game that they wasted their time and money in. I have seen what this mind-set does to games and it always leads to their demise, so I do my best to avoid their mistakes.
Many thanks to Anarchist both for this interview and creating a highly enjoyable game! If you would like to know more about Dragon Knights of Valeria check out the website or sign up for an account.