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Jeff Vogel founded tiny, adorable indie game company Spiderweb Software in 1994. Since then, he has written many fantasy RPGs, including the Exile, Geneforge, Avadon, and Avernum series and Nethergate: Resurrection. Has also done much writing, including the Grumpy Gamer series for Computer Games Magazine, the View From the Bottom series for IGN, and the book The Poo Bomb: True Tales of Parental Terror. He is currently a long-winded blowhard at the Bottom Feeder blog and a terse blowhard on Twitter.


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Posted by Jeff Vogel on Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:24:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Yet another post about the rapidly changing calculations of pricing a PC game. Things are in flux, the business is way more competitive, and nobody knows anything. Come on in and let's all despair together!

Posted by Jeff Vogel on Wed, 14 May 2014 04:49:00 EDT in Design, Console/PC, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
The war is over. Clash of Clans won. Let us wander the smoldering wasteland and find what we have learned. Or just play 9000 hours of Hearthstone. Either works for me.

Posted by Jeff Vogel on Mon, 24 Feb 2014 05:29:00 EST in Art
Someone might recently have talked your ear off about Twitch Plays Pokemon, the new Internet culture beloved of the cool kidz. Find out what the deal is before it vanishes forever, to be replaced by something even more strange and beautiful.

Posted by Jeff Vogel on Mon, 10 Feb 2014 09:13:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Design, Indie, Social/Online, Smartphone/Tablet
What we learned this week: Becoming a public figure does weird things to the human brain. Flappy Bird did absolutely nothing wrong, and a lot of the gaming press owe the author an apology. People troll because it works.

Posted by Jeff Vogel on Wed, 06 Nov 2013 01:13:00 EST in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Indie
Indie developers have earned a lot of money and fame over the last few years (often deserved), enough to forget that business cycles exist. There may be tough times ahead, luck matters, and there are many ways to do marketing. Also, DOOM! DOOOOM!!!!!

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Comment In: [Blog - 05/14/2014 - 04:49]

Thanks, I 'll look at ...

Thanks, I 'll look at that article. Also, disco has been unfairly maligned by history. A bunch of it was really good. Say what you want about Mobile F2P, but if anyone is going to malign my beloved 70s pop, they and I are going to have words :- r ...

Comment In: [Blog - 02/10/2014 - 09:13]

Here is what makes me ...

Here is what makes me crazy about this argument. r n r nSuppose the WORST possible thing happened. Nguyen directly ripped off a Nintendo asset. Which I really don 't think happened, but, in the end, it 'd be decided by a judge. It 's not a noble thing to ...