Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

AdventureX game design talk

Friday, November 30th, 2018

Helen recently gave a talk on game design at AdventureX in London on Interweaving story and mechanics in Shadowhand.

It’s now available to watch on YouTube.

Here’s the outline: Using mechanics that don’t fit the world and story can frustrate players, or break their immersion. Mechanics and story must work in harmony. In this design session, Helen Carmichael (Grey Alien Games) shares how story fed into game mechanics in RPG card game Shadowhand, and how mechanics also sometimes inspired a better story.

AdventureX is the only convention dedicated to narrative-driven games. AdventureX 2018 was run in partnership with the British Library as part of International Games Week.

The Business of Indie Games conference

Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Grey Alien Games’ Jake Birkett has been interviewed for an upcoming online conference called The Business of Indie Games. You can sign up for free and watch the videos as they are broadcast from 24th-27th July, or pay for instant access.

The event features over 30 indie devs, indie publishers, investors and agents. It will cover all kinds of valuable topics, including spotting and making a hit game, pitching for finance, community building and marketing.

Jake will be speaking on “How to make money from small indie games: you don’t need a hit.” His segment will show you how to:
• Understand how to make the most of a back catalogue of games and continue to make games
• Calculate time spent versus income and breakdown by the hour
• Understand the basics behind running a small indie games business

You can find out more here.

Let’s play Shadowhand

Friday, April 27th, 2018

In recent weeks Jake has made a series of Let’s Play videos on YouTube featuring our strategic RPG card game, Shadowhand.

The first offers offers tips and tricks for Chapters 1-3:

The second offers detailed strategy for Chapter 4, Smuggler’s bay:

And as you’ll see, there are further videos, currently taking us up to Chapter 7.

If you are already playing the game and need hints, there is a guide, The Outlaw’s Almanack that you will find useful, too.

And of course if you haven’t got your copy yet: