This, to be perfectly honest, isn’t something I ever expected to see.
It certainly does make it real. I was hoping to put together something like a panel discussion to take some of the pressure off, but that turned out to be more complicated than I thought. So there it is, and here I am, all jittery and uneasy two months in advance and hoping that I can come up with enough interesting material to justify this trust I’ve been given.
The AGDC Game Writers Summit web page has been updated with most of the sessions, so I have been able to glance at some of the company I have been placed in. Looks like there are some big designers and writers from Valve, [More...] Read the rest
So apparently the powers that be at the Austin GDC were curious enough about modern interactive fiction to give it the floor (part of it anyway), for a few minutes at least. I received notice the other day that my proposal for a talk on “game design innovations in IF” was accepted for presentation during the Game Writers Summit. I’m pretty happy about that, especially considering that last year I found the Game Writers Summit to be the most interesting part of AGDC. I’m curious to see how many people are intrigued enough by the topic to attend. I’m hoping it’s more than four.
Of course, the e-mail notice was soon followed by one of those “Oh shit” moments. I suppose this means I actually [More...] Read the rest
It’s blog post number 100, so time to catch my breath. Crazy string of weeks there from April through mid-May, trying to make deadlines, having those deadlines pushed back, trying to make the deadlines again, and so forth. Some successes, some failures, but you can’t argue with the fact that deadlines are great for getting shit done, even if you don’t get it all done.
It’s a little weird because my day job is filled with deadlines. Basically, it’s like a slow march from one deadline to the next, and every so often I get caught up in it and spend massive amounts of time working like crazy to finish under the wire. But that’s work. This was a deadline for a hobby. None [More...] Read the rest
January was a very busy month for the game, and I feel like we’ve made some great progress on a number of fronts. I think part of the reason is that we had set a goal for ourselves: try as hard as we could to get most of the work for Act I finished by January 29th, the date of the first Utah Indie Gamers night of 2009, so we could show it off in public. Setting goals can be useful for getting people focused on particular tasks, and it’s probably a good way to work even when those goals aren’t met.
Which is a good thing, because we didn’t meet that goal.
Which itself is probably a good thing, because I wouldn’t have been [More...] Read the rest
Also posted in 3D/if, Vespers
Without question, some of the best advice I’ve been given on the business of indie game development has come from Tom Buscaglia, the Game Attorney — probably one of the best attorneys representing game developers. Much of this advice comes from his Game Dev Kit, a set of information and forms for start-up game developers, which in my opinion is an excellent resource for any small start-up indie. Above all, the best advice is:
“Quite simply, you can not sell what you do not own.”
So basically, any and all assets put into a game must be owned by the legal entity (company or individual) that owns the game, or they must have an appropriate license from the actual owner of the asset. Once [More...] Read the rest