Every year, gamedevs from all over New Zealand gather at NZGDC. On Friday 11th NZGDA held the annual conference and we were lucky to be part of it! Join the indie gamedev panel with Alexey Botkov, Peter Curry of Minimetro, Joe Chang of Phantasmal and legend Dean Hall of Rocketwerkz!
Here’s some footage from our first public playtest of an experimental sports mode in Swordy!
The footage is from the Auckland Game Developers meetup.
It’s been a full year since the last May meetup. We’ve come a long way since then. Swordy as well as frogshark as a studio and the community in general have grown.
We got together with Joe Chang from Eyemobi, Matthew Gatland, organizer of popup arcade and Farah Khalaf, a gamedev student at AUT to reflect on our first time ever GDC. We show some of the footage we took at the events, discuss our experiences and takeaways, what does it mean for NZ dev scene and where do we go from there.
Discussing nature of street games, design, play testing, managing games for adults and children.
This is the first time we’ve done something like this. We got together with Joe from Eyemobi (Phantasmal) to talk about our experience throughout the 2014 game development events and conventions, starting from NZGDC, Digitalnationz, Armageddon through to GCAP and PAX in Australia.
Awesome people playing Swordy at the Auckland Game Developers Monthly Meetup
It was a really good turnout. There seems to be more and more people every month. Not enough seats this time in the lecture theater.
Awesome to see people again, get some playtesting done on Swordy. Getting a lot of good feedback. So cool that we have a couple of regulars now who are there to see Swordy as it evolves – thanks guys!
This month we have new environment art – grass, dirt, trees, ocean, cliffs, finished punch fighting with triggers and improved control input, major refactor of code, continued sound tests aaaaaaaand made a start on kill streak rewards (flaming weapons gameplay integration).
People playing Swordy at the April Auckland Game Dev meetup! Featuring punching and awesomeness!
Photos stolen from bentuhoekenobi (thanks!)