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Lead Programmer on Indie Zombie Survival Simulator Project Zomboid and co-founder/MD of The Indie Stone. Interested in emergent narratives, sandbox game development and AI simulation.


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Posted by Chris Simpson on Mon, 08 Jun 2015 06:05:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
As the dev negativity about Steam offering refunds continues, with lots of developers worried or angry about the effect this could have, I thought I'd put forward a few of the many advantages to devs of the refund system.

Posted by Chris Simpson on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:35:00 EDT in Programming, Console/PC, Indie
An introduction to Behavior Trees, with examples and in-depth descriptions, as well as some tips on creating powerful expressive trees.

Posted by Chris Simpson on Fri, 02 May 2014 02:47:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
I've been spending a lot of time thinking about the whole potential discoverability issue now Steam is beginning to open its doors ever wider. The key I feel is something to rival the Top Sellers list.

Posted by Chris Simpson on Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:35:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Indie
Over the past few years we've learned a few things about the process of alpha-funding, sometimes on purpose - sometimes not. We thought it could prove useful to fellow indies, so here we go...

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Comment In: [Blog - 06/08/2015 - 06:05]

Not that I disagree with ...

Not that I disagree with you, but this raises an interesting point, that actually if you looked into consumer law and followed it to the letter, something tells me that you could probably buy a newspaper, read it, then return it. In principle. The actual newsagent would either tell you ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/17/2014 - 09:35]

In our case, the number ...

In our case, the number of demo downloads in comparison to sales means it likely makes little difference either way. I can 't say for certain this doesn 't differ for either much bigger games than ours or much smaller, but apart from perhaps saving a few angry forum posts ...

Comment In: [Blog - 07/15/2013 - 11:35]

1 I can only really ...

1 I can only really speak of our experiences, but we started taking payments before it was out. This never amounted to much in the grand scheme of things, but it was enough to pay the rent that first month. We ran into issues with paypal with this though down ...