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My name is Andy Moore, Captain of the indie game development studio Radial Games.  I have created a bunch of "big" games in the past - things like Monster Loves You! and the SteamBirds franchise. Between larger projects, I make dozens of little prototypes - things like Burger Dare! and IceBurgers.  

My studio has just embarked on a brand-new game project, which makes this the perfect time to start a video series documenting the process, from conception through to completion.  But I wanted to spice it up a bit, too, and be tons of help to other would-be-indies!  The videos will run roughly once per week, and cover such topics as:

  • Tutorials on more functional things, such as how to use the IDE in Unity3D and developing in Haxe/OpenFL
  • How to quickly develop prototypes to vet game ideas, knowing when and how to kill ideas
  • How to "find the fun" in a game and iterating on mechanics
  • Tips and examples on how to properly play-test your games
  • The critical stages of polishing then marketing a game for release
  • Post-release support and development
  • How to run a studio in general; hiring practices, finding office space, etc.
  • Contracts and negotiations with contractors, employees, publishers, and hardware manufacturers
  • The financial side of things: Financing the studio and keeping it afloat, accounting, taxes, grants, and fundraising.

All of these videos are created in the context of what Radial Games is currently doing as a studio, and what I (Andy!) am learning and doing to keep the studio in business.  Call it a working example!

My goal is to create a video series that is ultimately educational, that will give potential new indie developers a realistic, achievable view of what it's like to operate a small studio on a shoestring budget. I hope you'll find it ultimately entertaining, too, and enjoy the voyeuristic view into my corner of the world.

Thanks everyone! You're the best!

Andy

P.S.: All the patronage tiers listed below get this as a standard package in addition to my everlasting gratitude:

  • See all videos 30 days before public release
  • Bonus patron-only videos that will not be made public (think typical NDA-covered stuff)
  • Access to source code and example projects exclusive just to patrons)
  • Exclusive patrons-only prototype releases, playable demos, and other fun toys
  • Access to blooper reels and other silly side-effects of this whole process
  • Take part by interacting with us on the Patron-page - help influence future videos!
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You have my eternal gratitude! Thanks for believing in this educational project.
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Goodness me, this is fantastic! I'll draw you a unique comic-strip and email you a photo of it!
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Wow. Not only will I draw you a unique comic-strip, but I'll snail-mail you the original, autographed and everything!
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My name is Andy Moore, Captain of the indie game development studio Radial Games.  I have created a bunch of "big" games in the past - things like Monster Loves You! and the SteamBirds franchise. Between larger projects, I make dozens of little prototypes - things like Burger Dare! and IceBurgers.  

My studio has just embarked on a brand-new game project, which makes this the perfect time to start a video series documenting the process, from conception through to completion.  But I wanted to spice it up a bit, too, and be tons of help to other would-be-indies!  The videos will run roughly once per week, and cover such topics as:

  • Tutorials on more functional things, such as how to use the IDE in Unity3D and developing in Haxe/OpenFL
  • How to quickly develop prototypes to vet game ideas, knowing when and how to kill ideas
  • How to "find the fun" in a game and iterating on mechanics
  • Tips and examples on how to properly play-test your games
  • The critical stages of polishing then marketing a game for release
  • Post-release support and development
  • How to run a studio in general; hiring practices, finding office space, etc.
  • Contracts and negotiations with contractors, employees, publishers, and hardware manufacturers
  • The financial side of things: Financing the studio and keeping it afloat, accounting, taxes, grants, and fundraising.

All of these videos are created in the context of what Radial Games is currently doing as a studio, and what I (Andy!) am learning and doing to keep the studio in business.  Call it a working example!

My goal is to create a video series that is ultimately educational, that will give potential new indie developers a realistic, achievable view of what it's like to operate a small studio on a shoestring budget. I hope you'll find it ultimately entertaining, too, and enjoy the voyeuristic view into my corner of the world.

Thanks everyone! You're the best!

Andy

P.S.: All the patronage tiers listed below get this as a standard package in addition to my everlasting gratitude:

  • See all videos 30 days before public release
  • Bonus patron-only videos that will not be made public (think typical NDA-covered stuff)
  • Access to source code and example projects exclusive just to patrons)
  • Exclusive patrons-only prototype releases, playable demos, and other fun toys
  • Access to blooper reels and other silly side-effects of this whole process
  • Take part by interacting with us on the Patron-page - help influence future videos!

Recent posts by Andy Moore

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Pledge $1 or more per video
1 patron
You have my eternal gratitude! Thanks for believing in this educational project.
Pledge $3 or more per video
0 patrons
Goodness me, this is fantastic! I'll draw you a unique comic-strip and email you a photo of it!
Pledge $5 or more per video
0 patrons
Wow. Not only will I draw you a unique comic-strip, but I'll snail-mail you the original, autographed and everything!
Pledge $10 or more per video
0 patrons
You (or your likeness) make a heroic cameo appearance in a future prototype game!
Pledge $30 or more per video
0 of 3 patrons
An image of your choice (a sponsorship logo? your face? disparaging remarks?) will appear in the end credits of each video!
Pledge $100 or more per video
0 of 1 patrons
An image of your choice (a sponsor logo? your face? disparaging remarks?) will appear in the pre-roll of each video!