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GDC: Day One

I return!  A quick break from GDC conferencing to do some OMing and to report back on some of the things I've found.  For example : what's inside those fancy black convention bags?  A lot of flyers!

(Also, a bundle of extra life granting Jelly Bellies and gum.)

The Cap'n's first talk was in Moscone North, where he gave a presentation at the Independent Games Summit.

He talked about how when Puzzle Pirates was being developed, that it was a team of only 6 guys- him, the CTO Mike Bayne, two artists (Bluebeard and Nemo), and two programmers (Peghead and Red).  To develop a game you have to have a team that kicks booty (warning for our sensitive readers: slide in picture contains unfiltered version of the word) and will go the lengths to make a quality product and push to get it done.

Then he also talked about lubbing one's players, and about his belief that new content will always be more fun for people if it is pushed out a bit earlier rather than having them wait forever while we polish every last bit.

Around the end before taking questions, he started talking about hiring good players (warning! this is a 17 megabyte file!) which I will admit is a particular soft spot for me. :)  Hooray!

I caught some pictures after of our captain handing out business cards, and chatting with other independent game developers.  That was about all I had time for before I headed back to the office to log in and answer the Midnight-Cobalt-Viridian queue, so I'll end with mentioning how very disturbingly bright the Conference Associate t-shirts are.  I caught it glowing in the dark of my room last night.  If ol' Hypnos becomes an insomniac muttering in the middle of the night, you'll know why.


Posted by Kraggard

Awww, how can he have a slide about "hiring the best players" without having you in there Hypnos? :(

Is there any way to get a transcript of what he said there, the audio was horribly muddled and incoherent. Unless the 'ol capt. was into the rum before his speech...

March 06, 2007 at 12:51 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Hypnos

Heh, I believe the transcripts are going to be sold (or at least audio tracks will) but may be property of the GDC.

The gist of what he said was that when the time comes to support your game, you will find that you have a small percentage of players that know your game very well, are very enthusiastic to help you, and would probably work for you for free-but don't do that, because it's both fishy and he believes folks behave better when they have accountability.

March 06, 2007 at 01:11 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Hypnos

By the way, the photo color of the shirts is really, really muted. It looks very normal in comparison to how they are in real life. If I drew on my body with a highlighter, you'd get a better idea of the color of these shirts.

March 06, 2007 at 04:33 AM PST | permalink

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Hypnos, you have exceptionaly good eyebrows.

March 06, 2007 at 02:10 PM PST | permalink

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Hypnos' eyebrows make me want to "Just do it"

March 06, 2007 at 09:50 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Pyralis

I'm wondering what Cleaver's business card says....Piratical Overlord? Swashbuckling CEO? or do all the ringers' cards simply say God?..... :P

March 06, 2007 at 11:01 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Yummyyumm

I think they should just say "Heaven, brought to you by me." And then have "www.puzzlepirates.com" right at the bottom right corner.

March 07, 2007 at 12:00 AM PST | permalink

Posted by Joneth

I work for Animazement and we had those shirts for the staff last year. They're great for visibility which is why we got them. We had safety orange the year before.

March 07, 2007 at 06:17 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Iamdaking on the Viridian Ocean

by the way, where exactly was that conference? (wat country and city)

March 07, 2007 at 06:46 PM PST | permalink

Posted by IVdripper

I believe the conference is being held in San Francisco. :)

March 08, 2007 at 03:02 PM PST | permalink

Posted by Hypnos

Wow, we have safety orange last year, too. Obviously all cons must order from the same distributor.

The GDC is held in San Francisco, which is in the United States.

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