Quest Complete: Work my way up the game designer chain

I was promoted to Senior Game Designer at Monolith Productions!  I’ve been working in the industry for roughly a decade now, and it still doesn’t even feel real.  It’s hard to believe that I go to work everyday to work on games that are much bigger than what I played as a kid.  Life’s strange sometimes 🙂  Next step: Ship a title with a 90+ Metacritic review score!

Open Ocean Postmortem

In case you didn’t know, I’m part of a podcast called 37% Unplayed.  37% Unplayed episodes talk about video games and game design in a similar format to book clubs.  Our latest episode was a postmortem on the indie game I made, Open Ocean.  Check it out!

http://37percent-unplayed.blubrry.net/2019/07/01/open-ocean-postmortem/

Open Ocean

For the past six months, I’ve been working on an indie game in GameMaker Studio 2. In two weeks, on Tuesday, June 11, Open Ocean will release on Steam! This is my first indie game, so I decided to make a small game with a big message, and while it’s not the most fun game in the world, I’m extremely proud of it! Here’s a link to the Steam page: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1071640/Open_Ocean/

EDIT: The game is now available on itch.io as well!
https://allyproductions.itch.io/open-ocean

37% Unplayed Podcast

Some fellow game developer friends and I created a podcast called 37% Unplayed!  We’re a bunch of nerds that talk about video games and game design – If you’re interested in either of those topics, you should give us a listen!

The First Ever Article Written About Content I Created

I’ve always been a firm believer that games, or even small parts of games, are made by teams, not individuals, but it sure feels nice when someone writes a stunning article about content that you were in charge of.  The first of many 🙂  When I started working on this mission, I remember thinking, “I’m getting paid to make a haunted house.  I love my job!”  Being a game designer is pretty great.

http://www.gamesradar.com/middle-earth-shadow-of-war-isnt-just-a-stunning-siege-simulator-its-also-a-damn-creepy-quietly-terrifying-horror-game/

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

That AWESOME moment when the game you’ve poured your heart into for the past few years finally gets announced! I’m responsible for designing several of the main and side missions, among other things.