Where do i start for creating a bitcoin altcoin? Like for changing block times, names, coin max, etc? I know what i want to change but I don't know where to change the code for the basic things mentioned above.
This post on bitcointalk is a good starting point.
The basic idea is to:
- fork an existing coin
- Customize some values (block reward, block time, hash algorithm, etc.)
- Boot strap the coin by mining then encoding some checkpoints.
If you're not necessarily too technical and depending on your goal, you may want to look for a service that can run your altcoin for you and provide higher level APIs with it. For example: http://www.blockcypher.com.