Just interviewed indie game developer Chris Warnke aka CDub from Canada for the Scoreoid Featured Developers Series. Chris developed Bots n’ Things a great tower defense game and one of the finalist for the Windows Phone 7 in the Dream Build Play 2012 contest!.
Chris Warnke aka CDub
Where are you located?
Edmonton Alberta, Canada (Home or local Coffee shops)
What can you tell us about the game developers community in Edmonton Alberta, Canada?
I actually can’t tell you much about the game developers community is Edmonton, I currently don’t know any other game developers but I am in the process of looking into game developer talks/sessions in and around my area.
What type of game developer are you?
Indie Game Developer
What types of games do you develop?
Right now I have just done one Strategy game but have started developing a casual action game.
What platforms are you developing for?
I am currently catering to the iPhone and Windows Phones mainly because I have a Windows Phone. I also work as a full time web developer and use C#.Net extensively and thought not having to change languages would be an easy transition into game development.
What tools do you use?
For anything to do with graphics I use Inkscape and Gimp. For the actual development I use Visual Studios 2010 (Windows Phone Version) and MonoDevelop. I have chosen these tools because I am fairly new to game development and would like to minimize my costs as I am not in this for money but just for good experience and the fact that I love playing/making games.
Your game is both on iOS and Windows Phone, what can you tell other game developers about Windows Phone development
Personally I have found developing for Windows Phone a treat compared to iPhone. The submission times are half of what I have experienced with apple. Also my app is more searchable than it is in the app store. As far as making money I haven’t seen much difference but I have very few submitted apps and cannot draw any immediate conclusions.
I am currently in the process of porting Bots n’ Things to Windows 8, but is still going to take some time before It gets there. Dealing with screen sizes has been by far my biggest challenge.
In brief I think technology is awesome in that it allows me to connect with distant friends instantly and save plenty of time on odd job tasks.
As a game developer where do you get your inspiration?
I get my inspiration from any well polished game.
Whenever i hear that someone that enjoys playing a game I have made It makes me want to add more features so they can have some more enjoyment Scoreoid has been one of those features and I love to see the competition it has brought to my game.
How are you making money from game development?
In short I haven’t really made any money making games. I am still trying to find out how to do that by trying different advertising techniques to some how get my game out there and get some feedback, but haven’t had a huge amount of success.
Who do you follow?
I have been following Andrew Russell for a little while now and he has posted some excellent stuff it’s definitely worth a look. He is also the creator of EXEN which worked wonders in porting Bots n’ Things to iPhone.
A little self promotion is always good
What’s your favorite game that you developed?
Right now I have only developed one fully finished game, Bots n’ Things. Bots n’ Things is a maze building tower defense game where the towers are different types of robots that put various buffs on the “things” (enemies).
I really like this game because of all the different types of robots you can build and the numerous ways there is to play the game. I particularly like lots of different towers than more upgrades which is what my game focuses on (There is 10 different bots to choose from!). The more feedback I get really wants to make me keep adding to it.
Is there a game you would like to promote?
Bots n’ Things of course.
Whats you website or blog?
Tell eveyone about Scoreoid!
How did you feel about adding Scoreoid to your game?
As soon as I found scoreoid I downloaded some games that were already using it. From what I saw I knew I wanted to get started right away. It was super easy to integrate into my game and has saved me hours of development time. Right now Scoreoid is doing exactly what I want it to do and has brought the value to my game I was looking for.
Whats your favorite part about Scoreoid?
My favorite part about using Scoreoid is how easy it was to start using. It took me one night to start getting scores uploaded!
What was your favorite feature?
I really like that scoreoid is open to any language I want to use and the fact I can maintain the theme of my game for all my leaderboards; I don’t have to jump out of my application to show scores.
Lets wrap it up, Have the final say.
Scoreoid has been great for me and I have plans to use it in my future projects.