Back in 2012, when I created my first ever Roblox account, I really wanted to develop, in particular, build. Back then there was no such thing as the DevForum like we have now, there were limited tutorials and not many people to go to for any sort of help- the front page developers were respectively locked within themselves. My first builds were hilariously out of scale and blocky but I was proud and continued to explore what Roblox Studio has to offer (which wasn’t much back then.)
I mostly built for myself but the got sucked into the roleplay community within the platform, I personally messaged group owners, offering my services for free- mostly because I enjoyed being a part of their community but also I wanted to branch out and reach the god-like front-page (which was around 500-1k concurrent players to be the top game.) I worked for 4 continuous years like this, with the cliche knockdowns from other developers, working for free and having that dream of me being a part of a game on the front page.
In 2016, I was very lucky to be exploring Roblox’s features and come across the ‘Forum’ on the site which I never bothered to ever read. There was one post by nick_hz that he was looking for a builder, and I applied. I was trialled with a mini-game map, I made it but I also pushed more and got involved in nick’s game, Ball Tag. We worked on the game for around 1 month together, I was then honoured to be the co-owner of the game, Ball Tag. We were sponsored 75,000 robux and further have received a 100,000 robux investment; this was a major Kickstarter for my dream to the front-page. We were able to reach 2,000 concurrent players- which was beyond my mind.
Since then, for the next 3 years, I’ve been working countless hours trying to be a professional builder and start to make a living off this.
These are my tips from my own experiences for all of the new developers:
Build whenever you feel like building, don’t force it- if you never have that feeling of you just wanting to build; then you don’t have the passion for it.
Write. Writing is extraordinary and will make you explode will thoughts and ideas. When you look at a building or a piece of architecture- the first thing you would think to yourself in your mind is how it looks; if you are unable to describe it, you aren’t able to build it. This is because you have no thought of it in your mind.
Build from what you see, then build from your thoughts. The majority of my building experiences were building off blueprints or images- you must master the ability to translate an image into a Roblox build, if you are unable to do that yet then building from your mind and being creative will be extremely challenging.
Plugins. These Roblox Studio extensions are lifesavers when you get into more sophisticated builds.
My message to you, and any other new developers starting out is- take the huge advantages you have available to you, all of the youtube tutorials, the countless amount of other developers offering help. However, the most important tip for all of the new developers is to be passionate about what you do and enjoy it- experiment with it and you’ll find yourself creating extraordinary and awe-inspiring builds.