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Stop creating branching paths, start using cyclic dungeon generation. Your levels will feel so much more hand crafted.
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Sunday Protototyping Meetup!

Google completely changed G+ and seems to have removed events, so let me know if this works.

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Sunday, 10AM

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University Zoka
2901 NE Blakeley St. Seattle WA, 98105
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I'll be there at the non-event!
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Hola! I'm having a small gathering for my upcoming birthday.  Would be delighted if you could attend! We'll be in the back room of Liberty Bar on Capital Hill. 

It starts at 7pm, Saturday (Jan 9th). Sounds like they serve drinks and some sushi. Super casual; just hanging out and chatting.

RSVP to danc@lostgarden.com so I can get a rough headcount. Happy New Year! 
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This was a discussion on procedural movement that was mentioned ages ago, but I couldn't find the link. Love the predictive aspects. 
Lightfield[wt] - 2d platform game about movement, energy and artistic expression
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Minimum Sustainable Success
(Initial Draft: Feedback welcome, revisions likely)  Let’s dream for a moment about sustainable game development. Game development is inherently unstable. Technology, markets, profit margins and teams shift regularly. Any of these can quickly destroy a prev...
(Initial Draft: Feedback welcome, revisions likely) Let's dream for a moment about sustainable game development. Game development is inherently unstable. Technology, markets, profit margins and teams shift regularly. Any of these can quickly destroy a previously comfortable business.
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+Tom B I'm not talking about just the mobile market. That seems to be a common reaction. Traditional success ratios for PC publishers was 1 in 5 going back to the 90s. There's evidence this ratio has gone up as supply increases and demand has not grown accordingly. Some individual studios are more successful than this, but they are A) outliers and B) tend to fall back to the mean over the long term (say 10 years). Successful indie studios with 3 or more game (of which we are one) are extraordinarily rare. 

In the end, this is a model. If you have better numbers from better sources that fit your personal situation, you should use those. The logic stands. 
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Another round of "Does anyone know who the heck these people are?" If you can vouch for them, I'll let 'em in. If not, they will be sacrificed to my sieve-like memory. 

Mike Davenport
Rachibe Liegise
Summer Carson
Jose Cazalon
Ryan Menges
Tim Denney
Luis Cruz
Jeux Flash
Amanda Drewniak
Park Kyoung Min
Brendan Wilson
Vijay Varadan
Christopher Carroll
Chris Smith
Steven Porter
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Christian Stone
Larry James
Jesse Tucker
Joel Medina Amengual
Michael Wineburg
Jesse Vasquez
Kaka Winner
Ha Luong Quang
David Godefroy
Nguyen Viet
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Thanks! I wanted to make the last meeting but was out of town.
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Anyone interested in making a game in a month? 

I find myself a bachelor for the next month since my wife is off taking a course. Seems like it might be fun to fill the time by building a quick game. And then release it online. 

I can provide art and config wrangling but would need a programmer.

 Here's one idea that should be scaleable: 
https://docs.google.com/document/d/19bf8rGKyJQHa_pxNgkOM_ynirmZnGHJYnrXN4IgI5jo/edit?usp=sharing

Anyone interested?
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Villager SimVillager Simulator An massively multiplayer idle game in a time loop You have 1 minute from sunrise to sunset to determine your work schedule in a lovely village surrounded by dangerous monsters. Once you set your schedule up, you can leave the game running and you’ll repeat your day over and ov...
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I'm interested!
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Starting up the Steambirds.com Friends and Family alpha.  If you are interested, let me know and I'll add you to the the mailing list. 
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I'm in!
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Question: PAX threw our meeting schedule off a week. Do folks want to meet up on the 6th? (this weekend) or hold off until the 13th? I'm up for either. 

Big thanks, btw to everyone that stopped by the Spry Fox booth and played Steambirds. Really appreciated it. 
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I mystically sense a quorum! 
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So I'm really, really horrible with names. I get people applying to this group, but I have no idea if they are spammer or game developers. 

Does anyone recognize any of these names? Have they been to a meetup? My goal is to keep this group relatively small, manageable and local. 

Rachibe Liegise
Sungjin Im
Pete Hufnagel
bf lee
Summer Carson
Sirius Élixir
Amanda Drewniak
Larry James
Christopher Carroll
Michael Wineburg
Jesse Vasquez
Thomas Scholes
Ha Luong Quang

If you recognize them, give me a yell. 
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Added Pete and Thomas. Appreciated!
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The GDC marathon runs all next week so I've no idea what shape I'll be in for the following Sunday. Usually I enter my coffin Saturday and don't emerge till the healing vigors have done their restful work. 

Folks are welcome to meet or we can push the next meeting till the week after GDC completes. 
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I showed up anyway, just to see of anyone was around. Nope. :D

See you all in two weeks, when I will have between one and three paper prototypes for you to try.
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GDC Business Matchmaking is your catalyst for business at GDC. This online tool allows qualified attendees the ability to schedule in-person, onsite meetings for GDC in advance of the conference. Use GDC Business Matchmaking to directly connect with key contacts, facilitate business deals, ...
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Ah thanks!  I'll definitely ping him.
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I've been a game designer, pixel artist, toolmaker, physicist and MBA. My first job in college was on a game called Tyrian at a tiny company called Epic Megagames. These days, I'm the Chief Creative Officer at Spry Fox.
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