Posts Tagged ‘Jake Birkett’

The real life of an indie game developer

I am fascinated by anything which let’s me peek behind the curtain of indie game development, whether it’s to see the effort that goes into making games or it’s a look at the realities of being in business for yourself. The video below falls into the latter category. It’s a 2016 GDC talk, posted to YouTube last month, in which Grey Alien Games’ Jake Birkett talks about how he survived in game development for eleven years without a hit. If the name doesn’t sound familiar, he’s the developer of Regency Solitaire, which was one of our favourite games of 2015.

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Shadowhand: Dueling With Playing Cards In Georgian England

Remember how last year Adam and I got VERY into romance novel card game Regency Solitaire? Well, the developers, Grey Alien Games have been working on Shadowhand [official site] – a twist on the solitaire format which lets you duel enemies as an adventurous highwaywoman by playing cards.

I took the current demo build for a spin a month or two back but sat down for a proper chat with the studio’s owner Jake Birkett at GDC so we could talk about the game in more depth. Let’s start with the highwaywoman herself – who is the mysterious Shadowhand?

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