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      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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Hormel Hog in "Volcano Rescue" 3D Epic for Android & WebGL

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Introducing “Hormel Hog in Volcano Rescue” the only epic 3D multi-media adventure playable in Web Browser with WebGL, or Android 2.2 or above. Watch or play Hormel Hog traverse the waves, dodge lava, tsunami and fires to rescue his pals from certain destruction.
Its an action packed 3D Theme “Park” experience with animated movie, 3d person game and lush tropical paradise world ripe for exploration - in your hand!
Nearly all made from scratch using consumer grade 3D tools, the project evolved over several months from a final end scene to an existing game, in development: Hormels Hill. Volcano Rescue scene became an "optimism" challenge as it was targeted towards the Android platform. It works better on faster tablets. Multiple versions of each are going up on the site for scaling performance. 
Just published the release candidate of Volcano Rescue mobile on WebGL and Android at FarmPeeps.com (http://FarmPeeps.com). Also being published is all the 3D resources (figures, props, skyboxes) needed to make this game.
A step by step a walk-through tutorial is underway to help beginners make their own game. 
Finally I have about a dozen animated environments (animated skyboxes) that will be uploaded over the next week. These skyboxes are a mix of expansive scenes and intimate natural settings with rich flora and captivating lighting. One is demo'd on the front page of the site now.
The hosting site http://FarmPeeps.com is my hobby game site focused farm theme game development. Its toon goofy and "dot.com" dated so please excuse my taste in site's design.
Oh and of course... its a freebie.

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