Hello, I have loved video games sense I was 7 or 8 years old. I've played all kinds, really into strategy. Now 32, mother complains I'm on games too much. I have always considered video game design or programmer, and this post caught my attention. However, I don't have any education with programming, or coding. I do create custom maps for many games in the past, currently playing Civilization V, trying to design a Mod of the Pacific Theatre of WWII, with west coast of N.America (including Mex, US, and CAN) on the for Eastern side of map, HI, Guam, Iwo Jima, Midway Isl, all scattered in middle, fairly close to where they would be on a real scaled map. And all of the Japanese Isl, including every twisting river, and awkward peaking mountain across the island almost to detail as I can get it. I'm only half way done with it, working on it regularly, with the objective of making a 2 player scenario spanding a large map for Civ V, with only Domination as a victory option, almost definitely needing a Powerful navy for either side to conquer; in theory will duplicate the WWII Pacific scenario, and when finished, I intend to publish in the Steam community for Civ V for all to share. Asside from that, I've spent hours and hours writing 20-30 pages worth of ideas, of which I think would be awesome ideas to improve the game of Civ V, if the developers would ever read it. None the less, I think to myself all of the time, "If I could only work as a Game Developer/programmer", what I could do for the industry, bringing out my ideas for so many games.
Than, I come across this forum. So I ask again, with little experience, but an ENDLESS LOVE for video games, and unimaginable creativity, is there anything that Ironclad or even Stardock, can offer me to start off?? Where I could work PT learning some at the basic level, while returning to school for an education in the Game/Software developer/programmer world, to improve my services with the company?
Thanks for any input, or comments,
BTW, I live in AZ. Although I hate the heat and endless summer days, and would love to move somewhere with nicer weather; I have kids here, with an Ex wife, who will not allow me to leave, and moving could be difficult. Although with the right attorney, and good opportunity, I could probably make it work. Please, Let me know what I need to do!