Resources

Resources

I keep an ongoing list of links to useful or fun game design and production topics. This is not exhaustive by any means – just some interesting links. A lot of these are links saved from posts on Reddit’s r/gamedev subreddit.

Disclaimer: I haven’t used a lot of the tools or followed all of the tutorials. Most of this was saved “in case I need it later,” so I can’t vouch specifically for anything. If you think any of these are bad resources, please let me know!

 

Design

Reversing the Design: Final Fantasy 6

Ask A Game Developer – Useful tumblr/blog

Videon on Combat Design

Video: Color theory for game designers

How to use Unity tilemaps for hexagonal grids

Reddit discussion: Books for game development

Reddit discussion: RPG design

GameMaker Studio 2: The Complete Guide

Postmortem: Three years building a point and click adventure game in Unity

Horror Game Design: Lessons from “Clever” and “Cheap” Horror Titles

Ten Books That Aren’t About Game Design… that every game designer should read

Awesome Game Design Videos – Curated by Black Shell Media

How Not To Suck At Game Design: Essays by Anjin Anhut

Art

Unity tutorial: Lighting and post-processing a low-poly scene

Pixel art tutorial collection

Pixel art how-to: Starting Small

Game Developer Resources (includes articles and links too, but most useful for art)

Free Images For App Development

Mixamo: Animated 3D Characters (from Adobe)

Paletton: Color palette creator

Sound

Tons of high quality free sounds

The Largest Drum Machine Collection on the internet (not specifically for games but hey)

Fun infographic about how to properly do sound volume sliders in games

Freesound.org

Super Audio Cart – A Komplete sample set of video game samples (paid)

Community

TIGSource – A community of independent game developers and players

Production / PR / Marketing

How to Consistently Make Profitable Indie Games

The BIG List of Video Game PR Agencies and Freelancers

Game trailer mistakes

Making a successful low-budget Kickstarter video (Not video games but useful anyway)

Common marketing mistakes that game developers make

Postmortem on a bad Steam release of a game

AMA: My first game sold 50k in 2 weeks

Reddit discussion: How to hire freelance artists

A Quick Guide to Making Indie Game Trailers

Awesome Game Development Articles – Curated by Black Shell Media (spreadsheet)

Some important notes about game trademarks and Kickstarter campaigns

Collection of well-designed itch.io pages for inspiration

Marketing Your Indie Game: The Single Most Important Thing to Learn

How to Use Tile Bitmasking to Auto-Tile Your Level Layouts (I can vouch for this one!)

Programming

A Twitter thread about procedural generation

Lessons Learned on Prototyping from 7500 hours of solo game development

Server-authoritative networking code starter kit for Unity

Shader repositories and other stuff

NPR Contour Shader in the Unity asset store

Reddit thread about a really cool particle shader

Creating destructible terrain in a 2D game

Hexagonal grids: Basically everything you need to know

Math for Game Developers: Trigonometry

Reddit Thread: Better game programming tutorials

Reddit thread: Free software for game development

Game backend-as-service alternatives

Shooter tutorial: Building a shooter from scratch in UE4

Reddit thread: 2D game engine structure

Maze: Building your own randomized place (Unity tutorial)

Combining Perspective and Orthographic Camera for Parallax Effect in 2D Game

Video (Unity): Writing High-Performance C# Scripts

How to Use a Shader to Dynamically Swap a Sprite’s Colors

quill18creates – Unity Tutorials (supported by Patreon)

Tools

Doodle Studio 95: A Unity plugin for in-engine doodling, including animation

Nifty modeling tool for Unity (Reddit thread)

RPG Map Editor (Unity) – Looks like a good way to kickstart a top-down project