My name is Courtney Osborn. Yes, that’s right, I am a guy named Courtney and my last name is a variation of Ozzy Osbourne’s last name. No, we’re not related, and yes, I like my first name.
I graduated from The University of Kansas in May 2015 with a degree in History. Before attending KU, I graduated from Independence Community College where I briefly flirted with the idea of majoring in Computer Science before switching to general studies.
Since graduating from KU, I started working at a local supercomputer company. We build and sell servers and supercomputers based on x86 architecture. It’s really complicated stuff, and can be fun from time to time.
While attending KU, I started the website Middle of Nowhere Gaming in 2013 as a local KU gaming podcast. I quickly became ambitious and decided to make it into a full-blown games media outlet. Over the next two years I spent ALL of my free time dedicated to growing the website into a fun and respectable site. In May 2015, right around graduation from KU, I realized that I had lost my passion for running a games media site and decided to leave. Middle of Nowhere Gaming is still a fully functioning site with a talented writing staff, and I enjoy reading what they have to say to this day.
What kind of game are you making?
The plan is to start with a traditional RPG/JRPG. Random and player-triggered turn based battles, a cool story, and lots of customization for weapons/armor/magic. That’s the idea right now at least. This is all open for change in the future since I am still at the beginning of this project.
That being said, I am not limiting myself to only making RPGs in the future. It will depend on how this project goes, what comes up in the meantime and/or after the project.
Before I get to working on my first actual game, I am going to be teaching myself how to make them by taking online classes, watching tutorial videos, making small practice games, etc.
Why are you making a game?
Long story short: I am bored.
I’ve enjoyed playing games my entire life. I’ve also enjoyed creating things my entire life. I started a few funny video “companies” with friends back in high school, I started Middle of Nowhere Gaming in college, and I’ve done a lot of other design work in other fields as well. The job I am currently working at is not what I want to do for the rest of my life, and I’d like to see if I could make designing/making games a career.
What are you making it with?
As of right now, I am using RPG Maker MV. I weighed my options by posing questions to other indie developers on Reddit and Twitter, and decided it was best I start with RPG Maker MV over other game engines because of its accessibility.
The long-term goal is to learn to code C# and/or other languages so I can use engines like Unity, CryEngine, Unreal Engine, etc. But being as I don’t know those languages right now, or ANYTHING about game development, I wanted to start on an easier tier.
So for now, I will be working with RPG Maker MV, while still actively learning about other languages and programs so that I can eventually use those too.