This is a list of independent game developer resources. Stuff that an indie game developer can use to help complete a game. This includes all aspects, from content to business and legal, and beyond. The goal is to list things that everyone can use. If you know of a local attorney or accountant that you really like, post it in the comments below. I’m mostly interested free resources, or people willing to work on an indie budget.
Note that none of these sites or products are personally endorsed by me unless I say otherwise. These are just links I happen to have, and based off of suggestions.
Also, don’t be offended if you aren’t on here. I just pulled out some easy links based on my faulty memory. If you do have any suggestions, post them in this thread, or send me an email using the contact information to the side.
Forums to read news and discuss issues with other indies.
- GameDev.net: Discussions about game development.
- GarageGames forums: The creators of the Torque engines.
- DevMaster.net: News site about game development.
- Indiegamer Forums: Another community for indie developers.
- TIGSource Forums: Another forum dedicated to indie game development.
- Reddit’s /r/gamedev: also has some useful links to other resources on the sidebar.
- Pixel Prospector: A terrific site, this is a link to their articles talking about resources.
Business & Legal
- Paychex: They offer great service for smaller businesses, something you might not find at other payroll firms.
- IRS Forms and Instructions: All the U.S. Tax forms youneed for your business, most in PDF format.
- FileYourTaxes.com: Easy filing of most Federal and California tax forms, some forms are free.
- Tom Buscaglia: the Game Attorney.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Learn the basics here. (Consult your lawyer!)
- U.S. Copyright Office: Learn about copyrights. These you can probably file yourself.
- LinkedIn: A professional networking site used by many other developers.
- IGDA: The game industry professional organization.
- DevMaster.net Engines List: good research if you’re looking for something specific.
- Torque 2D: A MIT licensed (completely free) 2D sprite engine.
- Torque 3D: A MIT licensed (completely free) 3D engine, older brother of the 2D engine.
- Ogre3D: A popular open source graphics engine.
- PyGame: A nice set of game-focused libraries for the Python language.
- Twisted Server: A Python-based, flexible internet connection server.
Communities: places to find artists and buy assets.
- Turbo Squid: A place to buy models, skins, etc.
- cgtrader: a community with a marketplace to buy art.
- Pixel Joint: A pixel art community site.
- DeviantArt: The site for artists to show off their stuff. Not strictly game-related.
- Reiner’s Tilesets: Mostly 2D isometric bitmaps.
- Lost Garden: Danc’s free 2D art he posts on his blog: space shooter futuristic RTS SNES-style RPG
- Open Game Art, a community featuring game art under various open source/public domain type licenses.
- Heavy Melody Music + Sound Design: Very cool musicians with a passion for games.
- Yale Music: Some cool guys I met at GDC a while ago.
- Need recommendations.