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26 August, 2015

Building a game: prototype and setting
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:12 AM

Blaugust, Day 26

So, I’ve got most of our fundamentals almost out of the way, and now I’m ready to get my hands dirty with details. For today’s post I’ll focus on one development task, a prototype, and one design task, choosing a setting.
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25 August, 2015

Building a game: your company and your market
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:04 AM

Blaugust, day 25

Yesterday, we looked at the fundamental questions to determine what kind of game you should build. Today, we’ll look at how those answers look in the context of the company you’re building the game with and how that impacts what market you might want to go after.

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24 August, 2015

Building a game: the fundamentals
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:40 AM

Blaugust, day 24

For the game project today, I have a blank canvas. Time to ask some fundamental questions about what type of game I want to make. What are the fundamental decisions I want to make, and how will I make the best ones I can?
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23 August, 2015

This week: How I would start a game project
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 1:56 PM

Blaugust, day 23

The theme for this week is how I would make a game. I’m going to do a high level view of what it would take to start a game project. It’ll be a blend of business, design, development, and leadership issues.

Read on for a few more ground rules for what I will be posting this week.
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22 August, 2015

Ask me almost anything!

Blaugust, day 22

Let’s get this party started, shall we? I’ll be monitoring the comments most of the day to day, and I’ll answer what I can.

Again, the one major ground rule is no questions about Camelot Unchained. Sorry, I’m not authorized to give out any information. I recommend you visit the main site, as there is a ton of information on there about the game.

For today’s post, I’ll answer a question already posed yesterday.
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20 August, 2015

The essence of leadership
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:24 AM

Blaugust, day 20

I find the concept of leadership to be fascinating. It’s a lot like the concept of “game design”, where it’s incredibly important but it can be hard to really pin down and describe. A lot of how you learn either skill is through a series of best practices and direct observation.

We usually focus on the single leader, but there are obviously other structures of leadership. For example, it’s often more common to have a group of leaders who lead a larger group. A group can be self-organizing and share leadership duties just like any other duties. The guiding force could even be a thought or philosophy instead of a single person. But, our culture tends to focus a lot on the individual leader.

Today, let me share some of my observations.
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18 August, 2015

In business, it’s all about the growth
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 5:46 AM

Blaugust, day 18

Today, I’ll write about one of the topics I’m most interested in: business. Specifically, how business impacts the development of games. I could sum it up in one word, “Growth”, but where is the fun in that?
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10 August, 2015

Social Media: what gets promoted?
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:29 AM

Blaugust, Day 10

When I post here on my blog, I’m arguably promoting myself when I write here; the ads you see on my site generate very little income. These words belong to me as I pay the hosting, I write the words, I use software with a reasonable license.

But when I post a message on social media, how do my words get used? Arguably, I still own the words (depending on the EULA), but I’m at least letting someone else rent them out and profit from them. And, how they profit from those words influences how they treat me, my words, and topics that are important to me.
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4 August, 2015

Extra special post for today: Project Gorgon
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:39 AM

Awesome indie developers Eric Heimburg and Sandra Powers are still hard at work on Project Gorgon. They launched their third Kickstarter attempt, and it’s already successfully funded.

If you like MMOs and cherish indies, then you really should go support them: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/projectgorgon/project-gorgon-pc-mmo

3 August, 2015

The games I play and their business models
Filed under: — Psychochild @ 6:03 AM

Blaugust, day 3

Let’s get the big topic out of the way first: let’s talk about MMO business models. Specifically the models that FFXIV and DDO use and how they impact me as a player.
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