Build a game in one crazy weekend and survive to tell the tale!
- Enthusiastic and light-hearted, glimpse the excitement and frantic creativity of game jams.
- Motivating, encouraging and infectious, it is sure to help you reach the finish line.
- Follow this handbook from brainstorming an idea, over bitter obstacles and on to the sweet finish line: a complete, playable, fun game.
- Each stage of game jams is described with task lists and anecdotes relating common experiences, the trials and the tribulations of past game jam champions and losers.
- Packed with interviews, tips, tricks and wise words from Ludum Dare and Global Game Jam organisers among other well-known game jammers.
Game jams are fun. They are a creative, exciting, social experience. The goal of a game jam is to design a video game, either alone or in teams, as fast as is humanly possible; usually in a single weekend.
The Game Jam Survival Guide, written to help you have more fun and achieve greater results at your next game jam by building a successful game without burning out, leads readers through each 12-hour phase of a 48-hour weekend game jam.
Weekend warriors: dominate your next game jam! If you follow the system shared in this book, you will be able to build an amazing game that you're proud of and will entertain players, all in just one crazy 48-hour game jam weekend … and survive to tell the tale!
Embrace the best practices and techniques of past game jam winners and avoid common pitfalls along the way to the finish line. You too can survive a 48-hour game development marathon with your mind intact and an amazing game to show off to friends and family!
With The Game Jam Survival Guide you will learn the secret techniques that master game jammers use to create winning entries. It starts by showing you great ways to brainstorm and design a game based on a theme. It then moves on to highlight the best tools and techniques to finish a game in a weekend of coding. Anecdotes and advice from past winners and losers combined with humorous words of encouragement are sure to help you on your way. The author presents a list of game jams around the world, online communities worth checking out, fantastic game engines, and art resources. Finally, learn how to monetize your game by gaining sponsorship from big gaming websites. It's the fun way to make your own video game in one weekend!
Table of contents
The Game Jam Survival Guide
- Table of Contents
- The Game Jam Survival Guide
- About the Author
- About the Contributors
- About the Reviewer
1. Before the Jam:Prepare Yourself for Success!
- Finding freedom in constraints
- What the experts say: Eric McQuiggan
- Game Jam survey stats
- What the experts say: Jason P. Kaplan
- Go with what you know
- Preparing your base code
- What the experts say: Mike Kasprzak
- Preparing your art tools
- Practice makes perfect
- Things to avoid
- What the experts say: Mike Hommel
- Maintaining relationships
- What the experts say: Ian Schreiber
2. Hours 1-12:Your Quest Begins!
- Learn from others' mistakes
- Dealing with the Game Jam "theme"
- What the experts say: Chevy Ray Johnston
- Coming up with a plan
- What the experts say: Dr. Mike Reddy
- 3. Hours 13-24:Deeper into the Jungle!
4. Hours 25-36:Breaking Through The Wall!
- Keep It Simple, Stupid!
- "War Story": Diary of a failed Game Jam
- Common mistakes
- Reducing production time
- What the experts say: Christopher Nilssen
5. Hours 37-48:Getting to the Finish Line!
- "Captain's log"—diary of a winning entry
- Avoiding headaches
- What the experts say: Pekka Kujansuu
- What to do when you think you might not finish
- Common features of winning Game Jam games
- Packaging your game
- Submitting your game
- What the experts say: Foaad Khosmood
- 6. After the Jam:Fame and Fortune!
- A. Game Jams
- B. Game Engines
- C. Helpful Tools
- D. The Community
- Title: The Game Jam Survival Guide
- Release date: April 2012
- Publisher(s): Packt Publishing
- ISBN: 9781849692502
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