I started a public Facebook group yesterday, Breaking Games Backstage. It’s been a fun time setting it up, and we’re off to a great start with lots of chat. I got the idea from Luke Laurie, who helps run the Manhattan Project Games Facebook group with James Mathe.
I love this industry because ideas are shared freely and advice, collaboration, and inspiration – particularly in designer circles – is the default.
On the Breaking Games Facebook group, I asked our designers to share about their projects, and Jeff Johnston (designer of MoonQuake Escape!) told a story about one of my favorite parts of the game making process – when someone finds your game and really enjoys it, and appreciates you for sharing it with them. Jeff wrote:
Jeff said, and I agree, “just a small moment, but exactly why I’m in this hobby and I love it so much.”
Now I am inspired. Not just by Jeff, and moments like this, but by also by these Sneaky Cards (awesome idea Gamewright!). So from a forum to a designer to a blog post, here is my idea for today, for all of us:
Gamemaker Play it Forward: Gamemakers!
Let’s hear a story about who inspired you in the game industry
Tell us how someone helped you with a design, illustration, development or publishing question.
Comment if you have a story to share about a game maker who made you a better game maker!
We’ll make it a new Play it Forward Sneaky Card variant in the red category, connect.
After you share your awesome story about a mentor or friend in this process, let’s tell them about it, shouting it out here and on social media. Perhaps they will also mention a gamemaker inspiration here on the blog, and we’ll see other connections beyond our own!
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