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      Download the Game Design and Indie Game Marketing Freebook   07/19/17

      GameDev.net and CRC Press have teamed up to bring a free ebook of content curated from top titles published by CRC Press. The freebook, Practices of Game Design & Indie Game Marketing, includes chapters from The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, and An Architectural Approach to Level Design. The GameDev.net FreeBook is relevant to game designers, developers, and those interested in learning more about the challenges in game development. We know game development can be a tough discipline and business, so we picked several chapters from CRC Press titles that we thought would be of interest to you, the GameDev.net audience, in your journey to design, develop, and market your next game. The free ebook is available through CRC Press by clicking here. The Curated Books The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, Second Edition, by Jesse Schell Presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, anthropology, and more. Written by one of the world's top game designers, this book describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design, demonstrating how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in video games. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again. View it here. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing, by Joel Dreskin Marketing is an essential but too frequently overlooked or minimized component of the release plan for indie games. A Practical Guide to Indie Game Marketing provides you with the tools needed to build visibility and sell your indie games. With special focus on those developers with small budgets and limited staff and resources, this book is packed with tangible recommendations and techniques that you can put to use immediately. As a seasoned professional of the indie game arena, author Joel Dreskin gives you insight into practical, real-world experiences of marketing numerous successful games and also provides stories of the failures. View it here. An Architectural Approach to Level Design This is one of the first books to integrate architectural and spatial design theory with the field of level design. The book presents architectural techniques and theories for level designers to use in their own work. It connects architecture and level design in different ways that address the practical elements of how designers construct space and the experiential elements of how and why humans interact with this space. Throughout the text, readers learn skills for spatial layout, evoking emotion through gamespaces, and creating better levels through architectural theory. View it here. Learn more and download the ebook by clicking here. Did you know? GameDev.net and CRC Press also recently teamed up to bring GDNet+ Members up to a 20% discount on all CRC Press books. Learn more about this and other benefits here.
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CoffeeMug

Programming away...

I'm currently experimenting with various methods of software development (templates, exceptions, unit testing, smart pointers). Developing cross platform is fun but it is often relatively hard to come up with a consistent API for Linux and Win32 because some things are done very differently.
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Slowly progressing...

Had problems with DSL for the past week. They're corrected now, and I'm happily working on two computers with the KVM switch I purchased from NewEgg. At the moment I'm installing Gentoo. Hopefully I'll be able to start development very soon. Still no word from gamedev staff whether subversion server is planned for GDNet+ users, so I have no hope to get it before I start developmnet. I'll have to set up my own :(

I'm pretty terrified about the situation in Beslan. If anyone wants to donate and help the victims visit Moscow Help. I truly hope victim's families find peace.
CoffeeMug
I'm currently in the process of setting up a gentoo box so I can move on with cross platform engine development. I'm looking for a good (and prefferably cheap) KVM switch that can support USB as well as Logitech wireless mouse (I heard this mouse has problems with most switches). Another requirement is a switch that supports digital display output (even though I have analog now, I plan to buy an LCD soon enough). If anyone has any suggestions, they're more than welcome.

I'm also slowly progressing through Modern C++ Design and learning something new every day. Not sure how this book will affect my development habbits buy I'm sure I'll pick up a few tricks I'll be able to use on daily bases. My next book is going to be Understanding the Linux Kernel. Even though it's outdated, it'll certainly open up a brave new world for me as I've never gone beyond being a simple Linux user.

Going to sleep soon. Work tomorrow.
CoffeeMug

New machine...

Recently purchased parts for a new machine that I'll use as my main development workstation. I'm currently going through installing and customizing all necessary software and it's taking forever. Once I set this system up and running I plan on using my old machine for a Gentoo Linux installation. Once I purchase a KVM switch I'll be able to use both machines for cross platform development. Until then, I have to force myself to complete the installation...
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