Brian Upton is an old hand in the game biz, from design to dealmaking, and presented "30 things I hate about your pitch" at the Game Developers' Conference. Though it concerns the specific interests of independent and small-business game outfits trying to raise money, the lessons seem oddly universal to science fiction and fantasy in general. Number 1: "I don't give a crap about hearing ... 20 minutes of the political situation on some fantasy continent."
(If, on the other hand, you love just sitting there drooling over elaborate yet generic fantasy backstories, you might be interested in the procedurally-generated fantasy map-maker that Upton used to illustrate his point.
Elan Lee and Matthew "The Oatmeal" Inman have run some of the world's most successful game Kickstarters, but for their latest, You've Got Crabs, they're just selling it the traditional way.
Press P to pray, or T to do nothing in secular fashion. See how many thoughts and prayers you can rack up before all the children are slaughtered!
Bloomberg's American Mall [Bloomberg] is a retro browser game that invites you to simulate trying to revitalize a crumbling shopping mall, taking on the persona of one of four foolish investors who then has to decide whether to give breaks to your struggling retailers, bribe politicians by contributing to their re-election campaigns, chase out rats […]
Trains may not be the most popular means of conveyance nowadays, but chances are you grew up playing with toy trains or building a model set to wrap around the Christmas tree. In either case, it’s safe to say that locomotives have long carried a unique sense of awe and scale, especially when they’re hundreds […]
When it comes to redesigning or renovating a living space, envisioning changes before they occur can be tricky for most. Thankfully, the web is home to tools that can remove some of the guesswork, like Live Home 3D Pro for Mac. This app lets you create detailed and furnished floor plans for everything from sheds and […]
For many startups and fledgling businesses, web hosting — and the fees associated with it — can take a sizeable chunk out of the company budget and limit growth down the road. But, that’s not to say there aren’t hosts out there who can get your site online while staying within your budget. Arch Hosting is a […]