Awesome! Book Club e02 – Sapiens Part 1

We discuss Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. This book brings us from the beginning of our species, Homo Sapiens, all the way to what the future may look like for humankind. It is a fantastic analysis of the human race with many surprises. Join us and listen as we dissect this deep and enlightening book.

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Awesome! Book Club e01 – Intro

For this very first episode of the Awesome! Book Club podcast, we introduce ourselves, talk a little bit about who we are, what kind of books we are interested in, and the goal of the podcast. We welcome you to participate in this journey with us to explore ourselves and learn to be better people by reading texts that will inform and challenge our beliefs.

 

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e44: OBLIQUE STRATEGY

Taylor and Rett lay out plans for the next One Mechanic Game Jam. Then talk about how to overcome obstacles using Oblique Solutions. Taylor shares about his current work on One Game a Month.

Rett shares one of his current favorite podcasts, then talks about doing versus talking, and putting impostor syndrome to bed.

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Oblique Strategies
Beep Box

Taylor Challenge: Make a jingle/tune everyday. Capture moods, make it for 1GAM
Rett Challenge: 30 days of yoga with Adrienne

 

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e43: YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

Happy new years friend! In the first episode recorded in the new year Taylor and Rett discuss the importance of passion projects and how the daily grind reminds you of what’s important. And how One Game a Month has really solidified his skills and drive. Then taylor shares his experience working on Krassjam this month.

Rett talks about the importance of putting your money where your mouth is and financing the hobbies that you can’t live without. And then they set a date for the 3rd One Mechanic Game Jam: The weekend of February 9th, 10th, and 11th. Mark your calendars and come join us for a fun weekend!

Rett’s Challenge: Be more active on discord.
Taylor’s Challenge: Read the first section of Between the World and Me.

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e42: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy new year all! Taylor and Rett invite their friend Kurt to studio to discuss making new years goals! They share their personal methods of tracking progress throughout the year and how to stay motivated.

After Kurt says his farewells, Taylor and Rett discuss how to navigate the holidays with difficult family, how to share your passions projects with people who may not understand them. They share their high points from 2017 and share their hopes for the future!

visit www.hugtherhino.com to follow along with Kurt’s work.

Team Challenge: Finalize OMGJam 3

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e41: POLITICAL NIHILISM

This week Rett and Taylor discuss a wide range of topics including WWE wrestling, dreams, drumming, game development, and a deep dive into politics. Come join us on our round about, often distracted, journey to learn game development!

Shoutout to mattyk1ns and Joshua Rankin for being our buds!

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e40: GAMEDEV = HARD

This week Rett gets back to working his Christmas musical special and was faced with a bloody problem. Taylor finished his game for One Game a Month November and streamed the entire process on Twitch. Then, Rett and Taylor discuss how awesome and supportive the gamedev community is, and Taylor spends some time day dreaming about making gamedev his full time job. This and more on Game Dev’s Quest!

Shoutout to Jayben, MattyK1ns, Lillybyte, ApothicTV, DoctorArgus,  Djego, and MikeyTShirt for hanging on Taylor’s stream so much.

Rett’s Challenge: Watch 3 videos from the Unity Course
Taylor’s Challenge: Use Dream Whale to track dreams
Team Challenge: Plan OMGJam3

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e39: NET NEUTRALITY

Taylor and Rett are back after a three week break from recording. Taylor bought Pico-8 and used it for Krassenstein’s Krassjam, and learned using Mboffin’s tutorial zine.

Then they discuss their new book club podcast. And Rett wraps up NaNoWriMo by sharing his progress. Which leads to a discussion about the discovery of mathematical concepts

Then they read a great letter from a listener. And pitch saving Net Neutrality.

Make sure to check out –
Game Design Zen A great game dev podcast!

Mboffin’s Itch page

And Pico-8, Krassjam, Ludum Dare, and PIGSquad!

And if you value this free podcast, and the many others like it, and equal and unimpeded access to the great educational resources that make indie game development an attainable goal for everyone, make sure to have your voice heard in the battle to save Net Neutrality. Even if you don’t think it will affect you, it absolutely will. Visit https://www.govtrack.us/ to learn how to contact your representatives.

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e38: HAT JACK

Music is on the minds of Taylor and Rett. They reminisce about their old band, and share the similarities between podcasting and being in a band. They talk about some upcoming projects, including a brand new podcast currently in the works.

Taylor’s been working on One Game a Month (1GAM) and started on November’s theme (whoah magic, it’s December now!) Then he talk about a new mic, and getting a gift for our friend back in Japan!

Today’s Quick Tip:
Read a book, like Blood, Sweat, and Pixels!

The video we discuss is here on YouTube, the song is called Hat Jack
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSB3a8OUkYk

Rett’s Challenge: Do three videos from the Udemy course.
Taylor Challenge: Hop on Steam and install clickteam fusion, do the first tutorial.
Team Challenge: come up with quick tips

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GAMES DEV’S QUEST e37: CHEERFUL GHOST

Taylor and Rett are joined by special guest host, Jon Dodson, the creator and caretaker of cheerfulghost.com, which published the indie title, Starship Rubicon. We discuss what it meant to publish a game, his role in the development, and the lessons he learned along the way.

Jon schools us on the game dev and indie game scene in Portland, Oregon. Tells us about running Cheerful Ghost. And then they enter lifehacks territory and fall down the rabbit hole of the philosophy of gaming.

Try STARSHIP RUBICON now!

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Portland Indie Game Squad
Portland Retro Gaming Expo

Today’s Quick Tip: Try another pixel art editor.
http://pyxeledit.com/
https://graphicsgale.com/

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