What I learned in Five
Years of Making Games

Creative Mornings Munich: Play
Hello, I’m Alex!

Game Designer, Entrepreneur
I Should Make Games!

It took me a while to figure that
out.
The Bit Barons

Creators of Astroslugs, San
Juan (iOS) & Tridek.
Find true fans.

Good is not good not enough.
Plan small, leave room.

As it turns out, planning
something new is really hard.
Prototyping

Answering your questions as
fast as possible
Running a Lean Startup

Prototyping on a company level
Game Jams

You can make a full game in a
day.
Be lazy. Cut corners.
Fake it.

Lesson learned
Prefer simple tools

Lesson learned
More Time ≠ More
Success

Lesson learned
10,000 hours & more

Lesson learned
Runway

Where can I buy time?
Work-for-Hire

A surefire way to spend time on
something else.
Getting Funding

Looking for it takes over
if you let it.
Cutting costs & running
lean

It’s possible. Even in Munich.
At least for me.
Find the fun parts in
your work.

Lesson learned
Find the right people.

I need my friends more than I
thought.
Thank you!

@dbltnk
alexander.zacherl@googlemail.com

open-pvp.de | munichindie.de
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What I learned in Five Years of Making Games

  1. 1. What I learned in Five Years of Making Games Creative Mornings Munich: Play
  2. 2. Hello, I’m Alex! Game Designer, Entrepreneur
  3. 3. I Should Make Games! It took me a while to figure that out.
  4. 4. The Bit Barons Creators of Astroslugs, San Juan (iOS) & Tridek.
  5. 5. Find true fans. Good is not good not enough.
  6. 6. Plan small, leave room. As it turns out, planning something new is really hard.
  7. 7. Prototyping Answering your questions as fast as possible
  8. 8. Running a Lean Startup Prototyping on a company level
  9. 9. Game Jams You can make a full game in a day.
  10. 10. Be lazy. Cut corners. Fake it. Lesson learned
  11. 11. Prefer simple tools Lesson learned
  12. 12. More Time ≠ More Success Lesson learned
  13. 13. 10,000 hours & more Lesson learned
  14. 14. Runway Where can I buy time?
  15. 15. Work-for-Hire A surefire way to spend time on something else.
  16. 16. Getting Funding Looking for it takes over if you let it.
  17. 17. Cutting costs & running lean It’s possible. Even in Munich. At least for me.
  18. 18. Find the fun parts in your work. Lesson learned
  19. 19. Find the right people. I need my friends more than I thought.
  20. 20. Thank you! @dbltnk alexander.zacherl@googlemail.com open-pvp.de | munichindie.de

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