I am from Calgary, Alberta Canada. I'm a graphic/web designer but am currently building a website for myself as a client. I am not overly experienced and usually do small sites for local companies using css/xhtml and occasionally joomla or wordpress.
I want to build a website for a simulated horse game and require some custom php and database work. I have been playing games online like this since 1998 and enjoy them immensely.
I have a small budget so I am trying to find quotes. Let me describe the project a bit and I appoligize if this is lengthy.
A sim horse game allows its members to register, breed, train, and show imaginary horses. These horses exist only in an online registry (need #1). This registry assigns an ID number and stores vital statistics like name, breed, age, colour, parents, and type of sport/discipline the horse is trained in. Horses are either "created" fresh or bred from two existing registrations.
Members transfer money between eachother using 'cheques' (all money is fake) and so need #2 is a banking script. Super simple, no security needed as it is just pure fun-money. Members need to be able to see a running balance of their accounts and send and receive cheques easily.
Horses compete in completely randomized horse shows. Need #3 is a way to generate random results for these shows and store them in a database to be called on when looking up a horse's competition record. All shows have preset classlists, a member hosting a show would simply input the horses who were slated to compete in it and ideally hit a button to make the results. Then there would need to be a call funciton to type a horse's name or id number and pull up a full record of all shows they competed in and their results/points for each one. Horses earn achievement titles based on points, points are earned for show placings of 1st through 10th place.
Horses are boarded at imaginary stables owned by members. Not all members will own stables, so they must pay to board them at a livery of another member if neccessary. I need (need #4) to track these stables somehow so that no registered horse is ever listed as 'unboarded'.
Need #5 and #6 is to track veterinary and farrier work for each horse and is best accomplished within the main horse registry. Members who have 'applied' to become veterinarians or farriers within the game (by attending fake university courses and passing) would need access to the database to record any appointments and records they complete for a horse.
The rest of the game is just general community involvement and friendship building. I already have an event calendar to schedule horse shows/races, built a university with courses, have a simulated tack shop to sell supplies for the horses, and a message forum and auction house. The game is already built in Joomla, so it would be great to have these features built in to joomla HOWEVER I can easily adjust the site to a simple xhtml/css site and nix the joomla entirely.
If this sounds at all like something you could help me out with, please let me know. I can pay, but until the game gets going and earns revenue I can't pay a lot. Membership fees and ad revenue, along with frequent member donations- these games are quite loved and popular and members are happy to pay for the privledge of a good game. I intend to offer free accounts and premium accounts (premium accounts allow the user to own a simulated stable instead of boarding at one).
When it comes to costs, I may need to do the development in stages- start with the registry and bank and open the game from there to further features.
My starting budget is $300.00 with additional funds planned to be added to the project in the fall (hopefully another $300 investment) and likely ongoing thereafter for game improvements.
Anyways, thanks for reading this rediculously long email, if you've come this far.
Let me know!
Some additional information:
This is the site. I started it last summer- hired a programmer and he disappeared. The show results generator seemed to be the biggest hurdle and I guess he gave up.
Read through the About, Mission Statement and Rule Book if you like, it will give you a better understanding of what I'm up to. Especially the FAQ section which has a lot of information about horse shows, horse disciplines. Once we get to the Show Results stage, I have already prepared sample class lists for different types of horse shows.
I mentioned it is already built in Joomla, which I would prefer to keep- However, I can still wrap regular xhtml/css sections into it with ease, so I would be able to whip up a secondary design as well for any external database features. It wouldn't be the end of the world to run all these scripts outside of joomla (wrapping them into the design) and use joomla just for member management and other features. I realize it may mean users have to login to another area even after they login to the main joomla area.
Joomla allows me to use the events calendar, user points system (activities earn points which earn creation credits), messaging system, user profile pages, and article management. I have a vision of members writing and contributing their own articles and earning activity points. I also have a donations script in there and a message forum already setup.
My game isn't an MMO persay but its a similar concept. One thing about this sim game is that the horses themselves will not have random stats- no dice rolling to determine strength, agility, etc. Show results are completely random. A horse may win one class and lose the next. I have never been able to come up with a good way for statistical probability to effectively work without getting out of hand. (ie. no one breeds to stallion A because stallion B has been showing longer and earned higher skill to pass on to their foal). What would be cool (and totally a random thought) is if they earned skills over time based on the random results of the shows they enter. Again- I have never fully though this concept thru and it isn't a big need for me.
Additional Sites for Resources:
This site I found has links to many sim games and also some very useful randomizers that use the same or similar concept to what I am after for my game. Mine however needs to store and call the results generated.
This site is owned by me and is still in progress. It will be a directory and resource site as well as home of the Inter-Sim University that I am working on. The university is where members of my game can take courses to earn privledges and certifications for careers and such. It will be open to other games to use as well, which is cool.
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Dear Sir, We are very interested to work in your project as your requirements matched with our experiences and expertises. Please see details in the PMB. Best Regards,