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This week's highlights include a report on the latest Pokemon Go Fest, the return of Sean Murray & No Man's Sky, and lots more besides.

In this post, I'd like to hypothesize that consistency, in terms of marketing, genre, and the game itself, is one of the best predictors for a game's success.

Posted by Thomas Bidaux on 07/19/18 11:36:00 am in Business/Marketing, Indie
Kickstarter and Tabletop Games: 2018 Mid-Year Update

Posted by Travis Hoffstetter on 07/19/18 11:17:00 am in Design
Creating a fun stealth encounter is difficult, with bad execution resulting in players giving up on stealth. The following breakdowns lessons learned from working on 3 stealth games to encourage stealth gameplay and keep it feeling fresh and exciting.

Posted by Helen Carmichael on 07/18/18 11:49:00 am in Business/Marketing, Indie
We recently did a detailed postmortem of our RPG card game, Shadowhand, to review what we got right, and, importantly, what we got wrong and how we could improve. We have distilled our findings into a checklist of ten points to share with you.

Posted by Morgan Jaffit on 07/17/18 10:47:00 am in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
Everybody wants to become the dominant player in the games subscription space - but who will be left once the dust settles, and what does that mean for developers?

Posted by MD McCallum on 07/22/18 09:43:00 pm in Production, Serious, Indie
The first part of a two-part tutorial from Reallusion that demonstrates how to export scenes and characters from iClone then import into Unity. FBX export & drop-down menus tailored for various game engines including Unreal simplifies the process.

Posted by Andrew Heikkila on 07/22/18 09:42:00 pm in Art, Social/Online
When I sit down to play video games, especially on the harder settings, I am pushing myself to do something Iíve yet to do. I am disputing the truth that I am who I think I am, and in accomplishing my feats, I walk away with the knowledge that Iím not.

Posted by Philip Piletic on 07/22/18 09:42:00 pm in Business/Marketing, Console/PC
In the years of old, PC was a go-to system if you were serious about video gaming. In the recent years, it's throne seems to be slipping away, as more and more platforms and gadgets fight for their piece of the pie.

Posted by Justin Reeve on 07/22/18 09:41:00 pm in Design, Console/PC
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild takes a Montessori-style approach to teaching players about its systems.

Posted by Hassan Dib on 07/22/18 09:41:00 pm in Production, Serious, Indie, Social/Online
Moving into the "Post Steam Greenlight" era where do solo indie developers go? Is this a dying breed destined to fade away into the ocean of games that Steam has become?

Posted by Nicholas Kinstler on 07/20/18 11:11:00 am in Design, Production
With a card game set featuring anywhere from 80 to 200+ cards, documentation and organization is incredibly important. In this article, Nick Kinstler explains what a card file is and provides an outline of the card game development process.