GAME DEV’S QUEST e13: THE BERG (post mortem)

Anyone following on Twitter remembers when Taylor and Rett finished their challenge as part of the Climate Change Game Jam. This episode is the post mortem of their game jam. They discuss their brainstorming, and how the divided the work and tackled their first game jam challenge.

The Iceberg is available on itch.io, follow the link below. It’s the only game meant not to be played. Watch what happens when mindless energy consumption runs unchecked.

The Iceberg

Rett is challenged to do one #pixeldailies and post it online. That’s Here.
Taylor is challenged to create an instagram account, which is Here.

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e12.3: SPIRIT OF THE GAME JAM

In this final part of a three part episode, Taylor and Rett plan for their very first game jam. They touch on inspiring friends to code and learn game dev. They also talk about creating a community and being more active on social media. 

Rett challenged Taylor to immerse himself in Japanese culture and Taylor challenged Rett to download the Calm app and begin meditating.

This week’s resources:
Climate Game Jam
200 Word RPG Challenge

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e12.2: PURE PAZAAK

In the second installment of three, Taylor and Rett talk about their last weekend playing games at Taylor’s house and prepping for International Table Top Day when they play, Shogun. Rett gets pulled over for speeding (a lot).

Then they get back into gear and talk about progress on their console game and implementing a black jack mini game. From their Rett shows off his Star Wars knowledge and schools Taylor on the difference between Sabacc and Pazaak. Rett doesn’t stop talking about Star Wars.

This week’s resources:
Castles of Burgundy

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e12.1: MEDITATION NATION

In this first part of a three part episode, Taylor and Rett analyze a reddit post regarding anxiety in game development. Thanks to /u/braytendo for the great post. Additionally they discuss the benefits of meditation and their progress with the Unity Tutorials.

Shoutout to /u/hashtagdubstate for the nice feedback.

This week’s resources:
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
Headspace Meditation App
Calm Meditation App
Ryan Holiday Reading List

 

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e11: KIDDY CODE

Taylor and Rett discuss the free Unity tutorials on Unity3d.com. They also discuss procedural generation, and machine learning. Rett discovers Games by Angelina, an AI who creates it’s own playable games from scratch. Taylor shares some good advice. And the guys discuss the ease of learning for children and adults. 

 

This week’s resources:

Unity 3d Tutorials
The Inquisitor (game)
Ultima Ratio Regum (game)
Games By Angelina AI 

Good Advice 

Goals for next week:
Rett- Finish Roll A Ball
Taylor – Make some Music

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e10: RISK OF PAIN

Taylor and Rett played a lot of Risk of Rain this week, made by a small crew based out of the PNW! They share stories of cat ownership and then jump into to progress they made on their console game! They fleshed out the entire intro, the user interface, the battle screen, and all the bugs they’ve encountered along the way.

Rett explores the different methods of procedural generation. He watched the Game Developers Conference where game devs manipulated the rules of the Game of Life to generate organic maps and levels for games.

This Week’s Resources:
itch.io
Magica Voxel
Voxitron
Risk of Rain
Achebit Pixel Art
Game of Life
GDC on Level Design
Drawing Guides

Here is our Latest Code and our updated Game Design Document.

Check out our Art Repository.

 

Goals for next week:
Taylor – Everyday enjoy some video games.
Rett – Do something active every day. Look up other kinds of procedural generation

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e09: HISTORICALLY HARDCORE

Rett is back from Reno, and he listened to a lot of Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast. Taylor and Rett share how their passion of history formed and how it informs their drive for more knowledge. Taylor shares more about catlike coding, and art tutorials from @achebit.

Pivoting from talking history, they talk about Chris Avellone and his impact on storytelling in the industry. Rett shares his love of writing. And the Oregon Ducks made it to the final four (spoilers: they didn’t get much further).

This Week’s Resources:
Chris Avellone interview
Achebit’s pixel art tutorials

Here is our Latest Code and updated Game Design Document.

And check out our Art Repository

Goals for next week:
Create developer log when programming
Taylor – 15 minutes of free writing / journaling – artprompts.org
Rett – Create a pixel art character (and animate if possible)

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e08: AUTODIDACTICISM (and more dirty words)

Spring break was fast upon us when this episode was recorded. Rett is gearing up for vacation and been working on his writing, standup comedy, and his bigfoot musical. And Taylor is hammering away at pixel art, sketching, and coding.

They discuss Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, Stephen King’s Dark Tower, building communities, staying productive, and the value of self education, or autodidacticism if you wondered why the hell someone would call an episode that, over a traditional education.

Not too much code talk in this episode, but we hope you enjoy none the less. But we invite you to check out our art too see that ANYONE can do it!

The boys challenge themselves to engage more on twitter, and spend more time coding or sketching.

This week’s resources:
Windowsill
Dungeons of Dredmor
Game Dev Unchained podcast
Art Board
Game Dev Subreddit

Coding Resources:
fiddle.io
dotnetfiddle.net

Here is our game’s Latest Code and updated Game Design Document.

And check out our Art Repository for inspiration on where to start pixel art.

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e07: BLAST OFF

This was recorded the same week that Game Dev’s Quest launched! (to give a peak behind the curtains.) Taylor and Rett talk about launching the show, and podcasting in general. And they bought tickets to fly to Japan.
Rett binged on Writing Excuses, a podcast dedicated to helping people learn the craft of writing. And Taylors spends some time with Monument Valley.

As far as coding goes they focus on putting the finishing touches on the intro into their console RPG, and add some color to the recently added ASCII art.

Rett challenges Taylor to stay away from the news.

 

This week’s resources:
Unity Live Training
Unity Tutorials
Writing Excuses Podcast

Updated Game Design Document

Our game’s Latest Code

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e06: PRODUCTIVE MOTHER EFFING WEEK

Taylor and Rett celebrate RB Whitaker’s C# tutorial and book, the C# Players Guide. They finished their podcast music! (Which you’ve enjoyed since day one). And they talk about the work they did on their console game, including rehashing their player’s beginning stat allocation, ASCII art, and the creation of their “slow typer” function.

Our Resources of the Week:
Game Devs Like You/Gamkedo:
Interview with CE Hayes
and Chris DeLeon live at LA indie dev club
RB Whitaker Tutorial 
Dwarf Fortress

Here’s our Game Design Document.

And our Latest Code.

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