$57.00 pledged of $100 goal
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$57.00 pledged of $100 goal
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About

Teaching Programming Through Game Development

Our website: www.gamerdevguild.com

This project is to raise money to teach people about programming through game design with accessible e Learning lessons and live classes. Our campaign is designed to appeal to those who want to design their own video games at home without spending a ton of money. 

We've helped many adults and young people begin their journey into game development and programming with our previous successful Kickstarter campaign and classes held at libraries. Now you can get in on the fun and excitement of building your own games at home! 

Students receive courses that contain video demonstrations, text explanations with images of important points and quizzes to test comprehension. In addition to the lessons students receive a file with all of the game art and sounds they need to get started and a finished game code file that they can use as a reference when building their own game. 

The lessons we are creating are based on lessons with real students in a real computer lab live in 2-hour sessions. We've been lucky enough to lead the instruction of many classes with groups of students ages 9-18 teaching programming through the creation of simple scrolling action games. Our students were enthusiastic and helpful in showing what works and what doesn't in the way the material is taught and presented. 

We will pass on the benefits of our experiences to future groups of students and create the best possible content available. Our content is specifically designed and priced to be a low-cost solution to teaching programming to those with little to no programming experience and a small budget. 

Game design can be a daunting task for beginners. There are tons of game engines and programming languages to consider and not many objective resources to rank these options. Students need a mentor to get started in the right way. We want to be everyone's helpful game dev mentor. 

My proposition is this: I've been programming games in multiple languages and various engines for over a decade and I have taught others how to start from scratch. These students have taken that knowledge and understand it well enough to start building, tweaking and customizing their own games. You can do the exact same thing if you trust that I've dug through all the options and am now presenting you with the right tools and techniques to get started. 

You don't need a $40,000 degree, a $2000 game dev summer camp or even $100 courses that try to teach you actual high-level languages (C++, JAVA) through game design (you should consider free editors and free YouTube videos and much simpler programs first to see if that kind of script coding is for you). 

If you want to one day be able to rapidly prototype ideas, make demo levels and throw together content that you can present as a live proof-of-concept without paying someone a million bucks or spending months (years) learning coding then we have the solution for you. 

If you want to then turn that skill into making full-blown games and apps for a wide variety of platforms then you should be even more interested! Programming is one of the most in-demand skills right now, and especially for those who will enter the work force one day (almost all of us). Understanding the basic concepts of programming while showing a portfolio of projects will definitely leave an impression and give our students an edge. 

Let's take a look at the rewards for the campaign and how they help you get closer to designing your own games!

$1 - Game Design Theory e-book PDF

Game Design Theory e-Book PDF describing basic tenets of video game design theory using vibrant imagery and real-world game development techniques to help organize an idea into a game design document.

$5 - Basic Asset Pack   

Basic Game Asset Pack including 15 2D space ships and 4 background images for a 2D space shooter game featuring stars and stellar clouds. Also included are two spinning planet packs. Game Design Theory Level 1 online course included.

$12 - Deluxe Asset Pack  

Deluxe Game Asset Pack including 30 2D space ships (some animated) and 10 total background images for a 2D space shooter game featuring stars, stellar clouds and spinning planets as well as platformer backgrounds like desert, forest and snow. Platformer Hacknight character and hazard pack included. Halloween background pack included.

$20 - Game Dev Theory Level 1-4  

This tier includes our most popular reward from our first campaign - the game design theory courses. You will have access to a guide to teach you how to plan and execute a game development document using real-world techniques that the pros use! These courses each contain about 3-4 hours of content with quizzes and vibrant game-related imagery. You also get the Deluxe game asset pack included with this tier as well.

$25 - 2D Game Programming Courses  

This tier includes our newest initiative and current project - the video game programming courses. You will get three courses (Level 1) that will show you how to build a 2 player Pong replica game and the basic structure of a space shooter game. You also get the Deluxe game asset pack included with this tier as well. All resources you need to start programming the games are included. These courses will never be this cheap again! Here is a preview of the tutorial format:

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$25 - Live Online Lesson 

  

This tier includes a very unique opportunity to join the guild leader and creator in a virtual classroom with up to 4 others for a 2-hour session of live video game programming instruction. Use a game engine to build a simple 2-player game in about 2 hours! TeamViewer online meeting software (free) required.

$50 Ulimate Game Design Course Pack 

This tier includes our newest initiative and current project - the video game programming courses. You will get three courses (Level 1) that will show you how to build a 2 player Pong replica game and the basic structure of a space shooter game. All four game design theory courses are included. You also get the Deluxe game asset pack included with this tier as well. This package is an excellent value and will never be available for less again!  

$150 Your own game on Windows  

With this unique reward you get to star in your very own video game! We will build a simple space shooter or platformer level that stars you and features images, text and sound clips that you can help design. You can share the game and it will run on almost any Windows-based device. With this reward you will also receive the courses and deluxe asset pack. 

$250 Game Development PC Loaded with Lessons and Assets

You get a refurbished Dell OptiPlex Desktop Complete Computer Package with Windows Home 32-Bit - Keyboard, Mouse Microsoft is discontinuing offering Windows 7.  19" LCD Monitor included.

What is Inside: Intel Pentium D 2.6 GHz. DVD-ROM Optical Drive. Ready to use right out of the box. 2 GB of Memory and a 80 GB Hard Drive. 

The computer above will be loaded down with game development assets and lessons on design theory and 2D programming. You will have my favorite free game design programs and video/image editing software pre-loaded onto the machine. This package is a really great deal to get you going if you haven't got a dedicated design computer. It's not a $2000 monster rig, but the point is you don't need all that just to make your own games!

You don't have to worry about getting this reward: the computers are in my office! See the proof!

$300 Your own Android Mobile Game

With this unique reward you get to star in your very own mobile video game! We will build a simple space shooter or platformer level that stars you and features images, text and sound clips that you can help design. You can show you friends the app listing in the Google Play Store and have them download and play your game on their phones! With this reward you will also receive the courses and deluxe asset pack.

Here are some examples of games I've made and the kind of content and assets you can have in your custom game:

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Thank you for checking out our page and don't forget our first campaign was a success! Our original backers received asset packs, live lessons and e Learning courses in a variety of different reward tiers. 

All original backers have been registered for free for the first wave of our new game programming content and when we reach our goal we will do everything we can to give you even more than you asked for as well. Become a backer now and reap the benefits of new free content as we continue to grow! We back our backers! 

 

Risks and challenges

The hardest part about fulfilling these reward tiers and completing the project itself is going to be building out the game programming online courses and making them better than the standard tutorials available now. The graphic and video content is made, the curriculum is mapped out, the game assets are completed and the detailed text instructions with images for building the games has been finished as well.

What needs to be done is to put these elements into a Learning Management System compatible e-course format using Adobe Captivate. Captivate allows creators to make vivid and visually appealing content that is standardized to work on the largest variety of devices. The resulting content can fit most resolutions well and display interactive scenes, video and quizzes seamlessly for the most polished end product.

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    Tier 2 - Deluxe Game Asset Pack

    Deluxe Game Asset Pack including 30 2D space ships (some animated) and 14 background images for a 2D space shooter game featuring stars, stellar clouds and spinning planets as well as platformer backgrounds like desert, forest and snow.
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    Game Design Theory Levels 1-4

    This tier includes our most popular reward from our first campaign - the game design theory courses. You will have access to a guide to teach you how to plan and execute a game development document using real-world techniques that the pros use! These courses each contain about 3-4 hours of content with quizzes and vibrant game-related imagery. You also get the Deluxe game asset pack included with this tier as well.

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    2D Game Programming Courses

    This tier includes our newest initiative and current project - the video game programming courses. You will get three courses (Level 1) that will show you how to build a 2 player Pong replica game and the basic structure of a space shooter game. You also get the Deluxe game asset pack included with this tier as well. All resources you need to start programming the games are included. These courses will never be this cheap again!

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    Live Online Game Programming Lesson

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    Ultimate Game Design Course Pack

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    Your Own Game on Windows Platform

    With this unique reward you get to star in your very own video game! We will build a simple space shooter or platformer level that stars you and features images, text and sound clips that you can help design. You can share the game and it will run on almost any Windows-based device.

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    Fully Loaded Game Dev PC

    This reward is stacked with benefits because you get your own Dell PC with monitor, keyboard etc. and everything you need to start developing games now. My favorite free programs are all included and installed along with all the asset packs and lessons! Only $250!

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    Your Own Android Mobile Game

    With this unique reward you get to star in your very own mobile video game! We will build a simple space shooter or platformer level that stars you and features images, text and sound clips that you can help design. You can show you friends the app listing in the Google Play Store and have them download and play your game on their phones!

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