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Rapid, Iterative Prototyping
What we’re gonna cover ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Who Am I? ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
What does prototyping get you? ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Starting out
Starting out PLAYER INVENTORY 2 Programmers/Designers 1 Designer/Business  Small Office $40,000 +2 Wireless Router of  Internet, 50% bonus  against Orcs
Starting out ,[object Object]
Scope it right! NO Too Big Perfect Size (Awesome Game, btw)
Start Prototyping Four Days, Three Prototypes Test on the fifth day, and  listen  to testers Mon Brainstorm  Ideas Tues Prototype  ideas 1  and 2 Wed Prototype  ideas 2  and 3 Thurs Prototype  idea 3,  polish all Friday Test  all Day
Just get it done Art assets?  Code base?
1 st  Week Demos
1 st  Round Prototypes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Analyze Testing Results > Take feedback with a grain of salt. Is it viable as a full game?
Start fixing deficiencies Hire artist Begin looking for  more $$$
Use Tools, Keeping Records Start With:  Graduate To:
Deadlines are your friend Test every week, no matter what! Always have a playable build Mon Work on  Game Tues Work on  Game Wed Read  Comics Thurs Work on  Game Friday TEST! TEST! TEST!
Incremental Improvements = Big Progress Neil Armstrong: “One small step for man,  one giant leap for mankind”
Find Creative Solutions Make friends and ask for help + advice!
Do it now, get it right later ,[object Object],[object Object]
Experiment! Try out different modes (single vs. multiplayer), big features (AI, physics, networking)
1 st  and 3 rd  Month Demos
2 nd  Round Prototypes ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Build the Vertical Slice
Switch to Real Controls ,[object Object]
(Finally) Start Real Code Base ,[object Object]
Make Tools ,[object Object]
Identify + kill bad ideas
Start Polishing
Make it Sellable! Most exciting part of the game, make some marketing materials if you actually have to sell it
Lessons from Vertical Slice ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
When To Stop Prototyping When you've finished the vertical slice, and it is GOOD, it's time to make the full game!
Prototyping Pitfalls ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
What does prototyping get you? ,[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object]
Closing Thoughts Please don't sue  us Ryan North!
Questions? [email_address] www.firehosegames.com www.slamboltscrappers.com FB, Twitter: Fire Hose Games

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