Tuesday, 8 March 2022

How I did my market research on Steam

Late last year, my associate Alexis and I started working on our next commercial game. Our goal being not only to make games, but also to build a company and make it financially sustainable, we did market research very early in the process. Today I want to walk you through how we did that specific market research.

My goals with this article are, of course, to share my current knowledge with others, but also, hopefully, to learn from people who know better than I do. You see, this was my very first market research, and I've used what tools and knowledge I have to make it as solid as I could. But I'm just a beginner in this field, and I'm sure there are tons of things I've missed.

So, fellow junior game developer: here's how you can get started doing your market research. And dear senior developer: please share your tips and criticisms about my method! :)

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Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Phytomancer's trailer is live!

I am very proud to present the trailer for our first commercial game! Phytomancer will be released on October 6, 2021 on itch.io, for 3€. It's a small strategy game about restoring the balance between nature and humanity. Plant magical seeds on an automatically moving board, remove pollution, surround human factories and bring back harmony!

Thursday, 16 September 2021

Four Months of Horizontal Game Production

About 6 months ago, I posted a call on this blog to find folks who would be interested in building a game in a non-hierarchical organization [fr]. This led to the assembly of a team of 7 people, and to the creation of the game Phytomancer, soon to be released. This is a post-mortem of our production period, looking back on all the mistakes we made and rejoicing about the few things we did correctly!

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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

Le Phytomancien a besoin de vous !

Bonne nouvelle : la création de mon studio de jeux vidéo en coopérative va bon train ! Après de multiples péripéties que je raconterais peut-être ici, j'ai constitué un tout petit groupe de trois personnes : James, Mathieu et moi-même. Nous avons commencé par nous échauffer en créant un petit jeu sur deux jours — Q, l'As du volant — et nous passons maintenant à l'étape supérieure. Nous allons créer un jeu, commercialisation comprise, en trois mois.

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021

Lessons learned working on my card game

[This is part 5 of my Study of Digital Card Games series.]

As I mentioned at the beginning of this series, I have been working on a digital CCG for several years now. As a lover of the genre — I've been playing Magic for about 20 years, and I tried as many other CCGs as I could — I want to create a game that is truly special, and different from its competition. Time will tell if I can succeed at that! Until then, here are some lessons that I've learned working on my game.

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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

The design of CCGs

[This is part 4 of my Study of Digital Card Games series.]

Now that we have a good grasp of what the major games of the digital CCG genre are, it's time for me to do my best analyzing it. In this article I'm going to look at the common points, what defines CCGs nowadays, then the differences, where CCGs tried to innovate, and finally I'll give a shot at guessing where the next innovations can be.

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Tuesday, 9 February 2021

History of a genre, part 2: 2017 - 2020

[This is part 3 of my Study of Digital Card Games series.]

Last time we explored the rise of the digital CCG genre. Let's now go over the end of its golden years, to get a good picture of all the major card games as of today.

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Tuesday, 2 February 2021

History of a genre, part 1: 2002 - 2016

[This is part 2 of my Study of Digital Card Games series.]

The first notable CCG that made it to the digital space was, guess who, Magic! There have been several software allowing to play the game on a computer, but the first to embrace online play was Magic: The Gathering Online, shortened as MTGO and released in 2002. The pitch is simple: it is exactly the same game, but playable on a computer with folks from all around the globe. It is still active today.

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