I’m opening this thread as a showcase of the work of the indie dev community at large. Whether you are a newcomer just starting off on a new project looking for tips, a veteran looking to showcase your latest update, an enthusiast wanting to share the latest news about a specific engine, or an onlooker wanting to check out how games are made, you’re all welcome!
The aim of this thread will be for devs to post about their work, discuss each other’s progress, techniques and ideas, and generally be an inclusive and positive place to read about all things indiedev. Updates can come in the form of screenshots, animated gifs, webm, videos, and more as we experiment and find what works and what doesn’t.
We’ll set ground rules as we go and the community develops, but due to prior experience, here’s one to start with: please engage with the community more than simply posting about your just-released game for a quick bit of self-promo. We want to hear more about your work than the promotional material available on your presskit!
I’ll also update this post with previously available material on other sites, as they are recovered, discovered, and simply brought to my attention. If you have something you feel this opening post would benefit from, feel free to PM me.
And with that, let the game (making) begin!
EDIT: Here’s a list of resources, links and topics, courtesy of Popstar!
I don’t even know how to evaluate which engine to use, I just want to make something, help!
PICO-8 has tools for editing code, music, sound, sprites, maps built right into the console. Create a whole game or program in one sitting without needing to leave the cosy development environment!
The harsh limitations of PICO-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with, encourage small but expressive designs and hopefully to give PICO-8 cartridges their own particular look and feel.
Is there anything domain specific that’s friendly to non-coders?
PuzzleScript - make sokoban style puzzle games
Twine - make Interactive Fiction / Visual Novels
Adventure Game Studio - make point and clicks
Bitsy - explore small, 2D spaces
#YOLO, I wanna put together my own framework/engine
DirectXTK - Microsoft’s D3DX replacement
SoLoud - portable c/c++ audio engine for games
Single-file public-domain/open source libraries with minimal dependencies
For your debug/GUI needs: Dear Imgui (looks like this)
Game From Scratch - http://www.gamefromscratch.com
News, reviews and tutorials of engines and tools for game development. Also has a YouTube channel.
Gamasutra - http://www.gamasutra.com
Originally the website for Game Developer magazine but long since its own thing. Useful news, blogs and GDC content. Highly recommended to subscribe to their RSS feed.
OpenGameArt.org - https://opengameart.org
Blend Swap - https://www.blendswap.com
GoodTextures - http://www.goodtextures.com
freesound - http://www.freesound.org
GameSounds.xyz - https://gamesounds.xyz
Musopen - https://musopen.org
Google Fonts - http://www.freesound.org
Font Squirrel - icon indicates fonts free for app embedding - https://www.fontsquirrel.com
Font Library - https://fontlibrary.org/en
Unity - most assets may be used in non-Unity projects - https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/
Unreal Engine Marketplace - assets are governed by Unreal Engine license and require UE royalty even when used outside of UE - https://www.unrealengine.com/marketplace
Itch.io - https://itch.io/game-assets
FontSpring - check individual fonts for app license - https://www.fontspring.com
textures.com - limited free access - https://www.textures.com/
Graphics Gale (Windows) - free! - https://graphicsgale.com/us/
Pro Motion NG (Windows) - paid, has free version - http://www.cosmigo.com
Aseprite (Windows, macOS, Linux) - paid - https://www.aseprite.org
Blender - open source - https://www.blender.org
Maya LT - paid subscription - https://www.autodesk.com/products/maya-lt/
3D-Coat - paid - https://3dcoat.com/
MagicaVoxel - free - https://ephtracy.github.io
Tilemancer - https://led.itch.io/tilemancer - free procedural pixelart tile generator
Spacescape - http://alexcpeterson.com/spacescape/ - free procedural space skybox generator (HDR enabled)
Texture Generato Online - http://cpetry.github.io/TextureGenerator-Online/ - free procedural texture generator
OBS Studio (Windows, macOS, Linux) - open source - https://obsproject.com
VClip (Windows) - free - http://blog.bahraniapps.com/vclip/
Quicktime Player (macOS) - pre-installed (File -> New Screen Recording)
GifCam (Windows) - free - http://blog.bahraniapps.com/gifcam/
ScreenToGif (Windows) - open source - http://www.screentogif.com
LICEcap (Windows, macOS) - open source - http://www.cockos.com/licecap/
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