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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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So this is kinda weird really. But also frickin' cool.

For as long as I can remember I've been doing game dev and game dev related stuff in my spare time. Mostly as a hobby, but also to help out people on this very site. I've done all sorts of stuff for GameDev.net - moderator, author, interviewer, news editor, etc - all in the name of me caring about games and the people who make them.

About 18 months ago, I decided to focus the majority of my effort into my career as a database professional - I wanted to become the best damn database guy I could, so focussed a lot of time on that. I studied for the MCP exams, went to conferences, immersed myself in blogs and technical books - and loved every moment. Combined with a 10 month crunch time at work meant that I had to let the game side slip for a while, in many ways I'd considered leaving it as something I loved, but couldn't focus on seriously.

Then recently I accidentally found a posting for a job which looked perfect for me - it combined my love of technology with my love for games and game dev. After interviewing a couple of times and meeting the people I'd be potentially working with, I KNEW it was perfect. I wanted this job more than any other. I felt like I'd found what I've been after for years, I found a bunch of people that I felt an instant connection with - easy, natural and passionate about their craft.

This story ends with a happy ending.

In July I start what I see as my dream job, working at Lionhead Studios. I'm giving up everything of my current world - job, house, friends, etc and moving 200 miles away to start a new life.

And I really can't wait.

Turns out if you dare to dream, sometimes they come true.

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