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Monthly Reflection #13 – My First GDC & Year As An Indie

Written by Zainab Al-Ansari on . Posted in Reflections

Every last working day of the current month I publish a report reflecting on the previous month. These reflections exist to demonstrate my progress, share my experiences and help transfer what I learn to others.

The Past Month

Finishing my first year as a full-time indie, participating in Train Jam 2019, attending my first GDC, connecting with other community organizers from around the world and starting a new project.

My First Game Developers Conference

GDC was huge, I never seen so many game developers in one place before! It was both exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time.

The trip was very exhausting, especially coming in from across the world (20hrs going, 25hrs coming back x.x) but was very much worth it.

I don’t see the value of going every year even if I could afford to, but I would certainly benefit from attending at least every 2-3 years.

While there, I took the Storytelling Fundamentals in A Day workshop by ex-telltale narrative designer Evan Skolnick which left me feeling confident in writing stories for my own games.

I’m obviously no expert, but the level of knowledge presented in this 1-day workshop is so far above anything we have access to here in Bahrain I decided to “redo” the workshop for my local community.

I won’t be as good as the real deal but it would still be better than what we currently have (which is close to nothing).

Storytelling Fundamentals workshop @GDC19

Other than talks and workshops, I’ve attended the Community Organizers roundtable and met other organizers that would like to learn from and share with each other tips and tricks into managing our local communities.

I’ve also met a few indies that would like to collaborate in the future.

So, from the list of 5 things I wished to accomplish in GDC19, I managed to achieve 3 of them, not too shabby but not all I hoped for either.

However, I can get in contact with publishers online and I have a person in mind that would be awesome as a mentor, I’ll get in touch with him and hopefully will take me in.

What’s Next: ?

There’s quite a bit I wish to do and currently in the process of reevaluating my plan of action, so I don’t have a “next step” just yet.

This ends this month’s report, hope you enjoyed and if you have any feedback please comment below 🙂 .

Monthly Reflection #12 – Getting Ready!

Written by Zainab Al-Ansari on . Posted in Reflections

Every last working day of the current month I publish a report reflecting on the previous month. These reflections exist to demonstrate my progress, share my experiences and help transfer what I learn to others.

The Past Month

Scheduling GDC & setting up meetings, redefining my brand and dealing with a health issue.

Against Sahara – Current Status

I’ve postponed further work on Against Sahara this month as I get ready for GDC.

Planning My First GDC

What I wish to accomplish during this trip is:

  1. Network with other indies and start dialog for collaboration between Bahraini indies and indies from other nations.
  2. Determine publisher interests in our region and establish connections with indie-friendly publishers.
  3. Level up my game dev skills through hands-on workshops at GDC.
  4. (Potentially) find a mentor that can help me grow faster and steer me in the right direction.
  5. Network with other community organizers, especially from emerging markets that share our struggles, to start collaborating and sharing knowledge on what works and what doesn’t to help each other build our local game industries.

I have been in contact with several people to meet up there, and also planning to attend a couple of round tables to meet indies from developing countries.

Focusing Z’s Laboratories Brand

Chose sky blue and dark grey as the main brand colors, with orange as an accent color. These colors meant to give the image of freedom, trust, practicality and creativity. Along with the recoloring, I redesigned my business cards to better represent what I do.

Something that people seem to do at GDC is write notes on people’s business card about who they were and what they talked about to remember them (since they’ll be meeting hundreds there!) which drove me to make a simple back without clutter and the sky blue color instead of dark grey so they can write on it.

Taking Care of my Health

I haven’t been able to do much the past month while going back and forth to the doctor’s with a problem in my left ear, but thank God it’s healing and is due course to (hopefully) be cured before my trip.

What’s Next: Train Jamming & GDC!

Next week is my trip-of-a-lifetime and will be my whole focus to take advantage of it as much as possible.

I will document the events with as much detail as possible to help those who couldn’t go to benefit as well. Follow me on Instagram @ZsLaboratories to watch my stories of the events!.

This ends this month’s report, hope you enjoyed and if you have any feedback please comment below 🙂 .

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