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Soft-Boiled Wonderland – A MAZE Special

In this episode we talk to Sagan Yee, guest speaker and Workshop host at A MAZE 2018. We cover niche corners of the internet, Vaporwave, 2D animation and to how to make weird things in Canada. Her Exploring Weird Unity for Beginners Workshop notes are also available if you missed her workshop.

Sagan is the director of the Hand Eye Society an organisation ‘dedicated to supporting and showcasing videogames made primarily as a form of creative expression.’


6:00 The last of the first Vaporwave Game Mall Quest
9:30 2D Animation start
14:00 Accidental Twine Wine
17:25 How to go from 2D to games
20:00 How to make weird game things in Canada

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Back after a break, Life and Dev welcomes Zöe Jellicoe @geneva__diva for a talk about writing about games and writing in games. Zöe reveals her favourite narrative game of all time and what she really spends her time doing in open world games.

We thank Berlin Game Scene and Nomi,  she created our new logo.


10:00 Cutting grass and driving games
14:40 Reviewing games
19:00 Talk and Play and a developing Scene
22:40 Critical of criticism
26:50 Narrative picks – Kentucky Route Zero
32:00 Choice in games – the Wolf Among us
37:45 Mosaic – the project with a branching narrative that is DEFINATELY NOT A GAME
45:40 NO

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Intro Music
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Very quick and very slow

The second A MAZE special with George Buckenham fresh from his talk Very Quick and Very Slow. We discuss making and hosting twitter bots, terrible ways to give away business cards, fostering communities and alternative game design ideas.

02:25 LAD004 Fakhra AlMansouri
10:00 Playing to enjoy
11:00 Q Dork
11:00 Fancyness of assets
12:30 Indie in London
19:00 Business cards are ridiculous
21:30 Set up your community, how not to Fyre Festival
26:00 When to call it quits
28:00 Projects:

37:00 Neko Atsumi
47:00 English Bubbles
52:00 Patreon

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Closer and Weirder

Fakhra AlMansouri joins Life and Dev as part of the A MAZE special. A hyper talk presenter and guest in Berlin, we discuss trying to start a games business when the government thinks you want to start a toys business, caramel, stranger things and site-seeing through games.

Hybrid Humans on Twitter
Hyper Talks

1:00 Games in the UAE
10:00 Challenges in starting a company
20:00 Stranger things and tourism through games
26:50 Biscuits and sweets from home
35:00 Community blues at customs
42:00 Being scared of games
46:00 Global Game Jam in UAE
48:40 Abu Dhabi Metro Jam and blinkers
57:00 1,2 Switch

A big thank you to Happy Tuesday for hosting us.