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Howdy! My name’s Jessica Nida. I'm the AAA game industry veteran artist & developer sharing what I've found works and what doesn't when it comes to making games. Whether you want to build a career in the industry or learn crowdfunding to get your own projects off the ground, here is where you'll find real tips and strategies to help you be a better game developer.

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How To Make a Video Game – ft. Kevin O’Gorman, Game Designer & Professor

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“How to Make Video Games?” is a question Kevin O’Gorman is very familiar with, whether it’s asked by his game design students, at industry talks he gives, or as a Director of the Dallas chapter of the International Game Developer’s Association (IGDA).

But while a lot of beginners want to know what software to use, which programming languages to learn, or even how to get their newly started game on Steam, Kevin knows there is a whole set of steps for a budding game designer to master before they even get that far. He makes sure that before you start learning the tools, first you will learn the technique of making a good game.

In this episode we talk about:

• How to Make Games
• Where to Start Making Your First Game
• How to Make Video Games
• Game Design Inspiration
• Indie Game Development
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Asana: Productivity Tools for Gamedev & Crowdfunding

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To-Do lists and calendars have never worked for me until I found Asana. It’s my favorite productivity tool for planning out my crowdfunding schedules, game development, cons & events, blog posts and video content for geekBOLD, and all the behind the scenes tasks that go into running an indie game studio. In today’s Gamedev Tools: Quick Look we scratch the surface of Asana. But don’t worry, the full tutorial is coming up next!

 

In this episode we talk about:

What is Asana?
Getting Starting With Asana
• How Much is Asana?
• PLUS A Quick Asana Overview

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HOW TO: Crowdfunding For Introverts [VIDEO]

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Challenge enough on it’s own crowdfunding, for introverts, can seem downright unbeatable. We’ll talk tactics & your hidden strengths you can use to beat the odds when launching your project.

Let’s be honest, it can be hard putting yourself out there. But that’s what crowdfunding is!

There’s a lot of things that can seem pretty scary if you’ve never done them before: there’s the video, all the self-promotion, asking people for money, contacting complete strangers, and just a general fears of being laughed at or feeling like a fraud.

I know I was terrified when I launched my crowdfunding project solo, so here’s a few trips to help you get your product out in front of all the people who really want to see it.

 

In this episode we talk about:

• How to Rock Your Crowdfunding Video
• How to Make Talking to People Easy
• Raise Support – Not Money
• How to Get Reviews
• 3 Quick Tips For The Crowdfunding Introvert
• 3 Hidden Superpowers of the Introvert
• Why You Should Crowdfund Your Project
• What is Imposter Syndrome?
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How To Make a Video Game – ft. Kevin O’Gorman, Game Designer & Professor
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  “How to Make Video Games?” is a question Kevin O’Gorman is very familiar with, whether it’s asked by his … Read More

Q&A: How To Help More Backers Find Your Kickstarter (Even If It Isn’t Live Yet!)
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  Trying to get more backers and players ready to support your game, but don’t have a crowdfunding campaign yet to send them … Read More

Asana How To: Crowdfunding & Gamedev Tools
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  After trying loads of productivity tools, calendars, and To-Do lists I finally stumbled across a method that works for … Read More

Asana: Productivity Tools for Gamedev & Crowdfunding
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  To-Do lists and calendars have never worked for me until I found Asana. It’s my favorite productivity tool for … Read More

Celebrating 100,000 Kickstarter Funding Successes! [VIDEO]
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  Last week Kickstarter announced that 100,000 projects have been successfully funded! It takes a lot of effort and even … Read More

HOW TO: Crowdfunding For Introverts [VIDEO]
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  Challenge enough on it’s own crowdfunding, for introverts, can seem downright unbeatable. We’ll talk tactics & your hidden strengths you can … Read More

Kickstarter Teams: Game Designer Role – ft Andrew Heard, Last Minute Games
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Crowdfunding on Kickstarter teams is certainly a lot easier than running one solo, but what is it like for the individual … Read More

What is Kickstarter? – ft Karsten Davis, Last Minute Games
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What is Kickstarter to a team of students figuring out where to go next with their game design? A way … Read More

USPS Shipping Price Increase & You [Video]
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On January 17th the USPS shipping prices & methods went through some big shifts that could translate into a big cut in your … Read More