UPDATE: We did it! We raised enough to make the whole of issue 1! Head over to www.unlikelyjedi.com for details!
ORIGINAL: It is my SUPREME PLEASURE to finally be able to talk about this special project of mine! It’s a web comic/graphic novel based on the trilogy of Star Wars fan films I made before and during uni, and I’ve made a Indiegogo project to try and get it up and running. Please check it out at www.unlikelyjedi.com!
I’ve been working on something very close to my heart for the last few years, and finally things are coming together! It’s not quite time to talk about it yet, but it’s a very different venture than what I’ve done in the past, and I can’t wait to get it out there For hints, head on over to facebook.com/UnlikelyJedi
I recently spent a day with the Game Design students at Hull College. It was absolutely surreal being back in the same building where I spent so much of my time when I was at uni. I started off by doing the same presentation as I did at the Platform Expo in March, and followed up with a lengthy Q&A, which was really fun, and hopefully the students found it informative. There’s just so much about game development that you don’t start to learn until you get a job in the industry, and I for one would have loved to have had someone with studio experience to ask specific questions of when I was still studying. After the Q&A I spent some 1-on-1 time with each student, taking a look at their work and giving them some guidance, or answering any more questions they had. I hope at the very least I was able to help them consider their work from different perspectives, and if they only took one thing away from my visit I hope it’s the importance of always ensuring your game is fun.
They’re a talented bunch at Hull College. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with for the year 3 final projects!
Not too long ago I was contacted by an organisation called Brandon Hero, which is a project being trialed in my home town of Brandon aiming to raise the aspirations of young people in the area. Brandon is not a deprived community in a wider sense, but does have extremely high levels of young people that are not in education, employment or training. Studies/surveys at local schools suggest young people aren’t aware of the opportunities available to them and feel there is little in the local area, so Brandon Heroes hopes that it will challenge those perceptions and inspire them to reach their potential.
Obviously, I was honoured to take part, and put together a short video answering some questions they put forward for me. Here’s the video. I can only hope it helps to inspire any young people who watch it.