GAME DEV’S QUEST e18: ROCKZOM

This week Rockzom comes in to help the guys hold down the podcast as a special guest host! They share stories about how they all settled on their online handles, and talk about getting into game dev, music, comedy, performing, and challenging yourself to grow and learn.

It was an absolute pleasure to have Rockzom on! He’s led an interesting life, lived boldly, and is a very talented game dev. He’s made quite the community over on twitch, so make sure you check him out and tell him you heard him on Game Dev’s Quest!

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e17: SNESBERRY PIE

Rett and Taylor discuss using their raspberry pi’s and old school games using retro pie. They finally completed the Iceberg and it feels great. They also discuss 2D character control in Unity and share some really great resources.

Rett challenges Taylor to check out the StarFlight and the Buck Rodgers game he played on Sega Genesis, fantastic in depth sci-fi games. Must sees!

THING TO CHECK OUT!

The Iceberg

Retro Pie

Design Patterns Book 

Unity tutorial character controller

WWII Game Player Controller Script 

 

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e16.5: LIVE! FROM CAPITAL TAPROOM BAR-VR STUDIO!

Taylor and Rett record this episode from the field, live from Capital Taproom’s Bar-VR studio! In this rare treat, Taylor and Rett record face to face to play some VR games and talk with special guest host, Jeff Soleim, about VR gaming, the future of VR, and his own VR studio set up.

Bar-VR is every Friday night at 6pm in downtown Salem, Oregon, upstairs at Capital Taproom. Give Capital Taproom a like on Facebook to get updates about Bar-VR and special Taproom events. And follow them on Instagram or Twitter to see what beers they have on tap. Or just visit capitaltaproom.com for more information.

 

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GAME DEV’S QUEST e14: O.G. I.G.

This week Taylor and Rett talk about podcasting, creating a community, and spend some time going over their game jam some more. Then they go over business ownership, and taking courses.

Rett challenges them both to note ten game ideas a day.

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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 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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