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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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I hope everyone had a very pleasant Christmas and New Year break. It's been a while since I last posted -- I've been very busy with work of late and as such have not had much to report on my own projects.

As you have no doubt noticed GameDev.net has undergone some fairly radical changes recently; most of these seem to be for the better, but as with any change there are some downsides. GameDev.net is a large and busy site and the sheer volume of forums can be a little overwhelming. One feature that was available with the old forum software that I have not been able to find in the new software is the ability to flag certain forums as your favourites and to have a short list of these at the top of the forum listing.


To restore this feature I have written a small userscript for Opera and Firefox (using Greasemonkey). Chrome apparently has some support for Greasemonkey-style userscripts so the Firefox version may work there -- I'm afraid I do not have it to hand to test.

You can add a forum to your Watched Forums list by clicking the Watch Forum button at the top of its page. I hope you find this as useful as I do!

star.png Update: I've modified the userscript to work with collapsed categories. If forums in collapsed categories are missing from your favourites please update your copy of the userscript using the download links above.

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Until we can provide better formatting for Watched Forums, there [i]is [/i]a Watch Forum button to mark a forum as a "favorite". It's right next to the "Start New Topic" button. Of course, the issue at the moment is that a watched forums are not presented in the same manner they were presented with the old forums, so we'll need to work on that.

In any case, watched forums will show up in a list on the right hand side under the "Watched Content" box. I think we just need to make that more visible. Also, with a watched forum you can configure notifications for new and updated content in that forum, which can be handy for keeping up-to-date with the forum without visiting it.

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[quote name='Kevin Hawkins' timestamp='1294677911']In any case, watched forums will show up in a list on the right hand side under the "Watched Content" box. I think we just need to make that more visible.[/quote]That's what I sought to achieve with the userscript as a temporary measure; it's reading the links from the Watched Content box and inserting them into a table at the top of the page, sorting alphabetically as per the previous version of GameDev.net.

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I'll have to check this script out. I actually just posted in the Lounge about this very topic.

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