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Howard Tsao's Blog   Expert Blogs


I'm Howard, and I lead an indie game studio in NYC called Muse Games.  We are the team behind Guns of Icarus, a multiplayer airship combat game in a Steampunk post-apocalyptic world on Steam.  We're current working on Guns of Icarus Alliance and Hamsterdam.  We develop our games using the Unity game engine.  My posts will focus on my experiences as an indie dev as well as business and market related topics.


Expert Blogs

The process and challenges of taking Guns of Icarus from PC and Steam to PS4 and making seamless cross-platform play with voice chat a reality.

Posted by Howard Tsao on Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:50:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Serious, Indie
A look at the state and growth of the Taiwanese indie scene and how it came to be.

Posted by Howard Tsao on Thu, 24 Mar 2016 01:45:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Serious, Indie, Social/Online
From having no clue about how to manage and server our players to sustaining an online indie community for the last 3 years, this post is about the lessons we learned along the way.

Posted by Howard Tsao on Mon, 01 Feb 2016 01:13:00 EST in Audio, Production, Console/PC, Indie
A Journey from Conception to Live Instrumentation - Guns of Icarus Main Theme 2 Years in the Making

Posted by Howard Tsao on Mon, 22 Sep 2014 05:36:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Production, Console/PC, Indie
Chronicling an alternative team game jam format we tried that helped us be better focused and brought us closer together.

Posted by Howard Tsao on Thu, 26 Jun 2014 06:36:00 EDT in Business/Marketing, Console/PC, Serious, Indie
Response to Call for Blogs on youtube - about how youtube, Steam, and our players have helped gotten Guns of Icarus Online to this point.

Howard Tsao's Comments

Comment In: [News - 04/13/2016 - 04:02]

Thanks for the post Alex ...

Thanks for the post Alex Yeah growing and sustain a multiplayer game is definitely not easy, and it 's pretty incredible that you would compare us to the other games you listed. It 's an honor to be ranked with games of that size, especially as an indie developer. Our ...

Comment In: [Blog - 03/24/2016 - 01:45]

Thanks a lot Steven. Yeah ...

Thanks a lot Steven. Yeah definitely :

Comment In: [Blog - 06/26/2014 - 06:36]

Hi Anders thanks you so ...

Hi Anders thanks you so much And congrats Working with youtubers have been a blessing for us. And we love to work with anyone really. Sometimes people ask us for keys or to get on stream with them, and we basically always oblige :D Whether someone has 3 views or ...

Comment In: [Blog - 05/30/2014 - 03:16]

Thanks a lot Amir ...

Thanks a lot Amir

Comment In: [Blog - 05/14/2014 - 07:00]

Hi Greg, thanks so much ...

Hi Greg, thanks so much I 'll just give you a key for the game :D That 's the beauty of Steam, free keys :

Comment In: [Blog - 05/15/2014 - 01:13]

Great post ...

Great post