Game Design consulting .
GAME DESIGN | DEVELOPMENT | PROGRAMMING
Game design at any level from design document to implementation. I have a solid foundation in sound game design principles, rapid prototyping, genre/platform market analysis and player psychology.
01 | game design
BREAKDOWN + 411.
WHAT IS IT />
Game design is the process of creating a realistic design and layout for games, whether they are video, mobile, or computer games. The entire process includes development of characters, settings, levels, storyline, and more.
Throughout all my tech years I have always been interested in game design. I began running, attending, and winning game jams for fun both locally and only for the primary gamification site, Gameful. I also started providing some gamification consulting for projects that wanted to use game design for positive change like weight loss and diabetes. Through these game jams and a local game dev meetup group I started co-running at HackerLab (a co-working space), I found an opportunity in teaching. I continued to teach Game Design to young kids, teen students, and adults. They all wanted to learn + improve their ideas and game design skill set.
At 5th Planet Games I found myself quickly climbing the ranks to becoming lead developer on an online collectible card game that I was very passionate about called Clash of the Dragons. Over the course of development, which took the form of weekly releases, I found myself training new designers on the project and developing a number of new economy design and monetization features. Eventually this led to me taking over as Lead Designer on the game and continuing to introduce radical improvements to the economy and design space.
02 | PROCESS >
We start with "what is the project?" call to determine the scope of services you will need. We'll determine where you are in the process (pitch slides, game design documents, prototype, beta, live but needs improvement.
*Paid Consult: Please see times and pricing below.
After our call we’ll establish what ongoing consulting you may need and I will prepare a contract that includes the scope of work with a timeline of all the specs and details for your project.
I deliver documentation, presentations, data spreadsheets, and other forms of information based delivery depending on the project and what the current task is.
I will perform research/design between calls to present and discuss and keep you up to date with how everything is progressing to ensure clarity and established results.
I assist companies at all levels whether you’re at pre-production stages (pitch deck, documentation or prototypes) or if it's a live game that needs some improvement.
With the pre-production, I’ll review the design and help you flesh things out by providing both ideas and "gotchas" to watch out for and design around.
With the live games I will go over the available material but also usually play the game as well to look for ways to improve it for monetization (ads, in app purchases, etc) to improve the games revenue.
After playing testing the game I will present ideas that you can pursue and then discuss next steps with what they want to go with. We can then follow-up with any areas I can help with like simulations or extra research/design.
*Note this is usually a multi-week/multi-month process after the 1:1 paid consultation.
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03 | consultations
PICK YOUR SERVICE.
HOW I CAN HELP
Providing the best in Game and Economy Design with an emphasis on sustainable and profitable economies. I provide design documentation, pro-production and live game analysis for strenghts and weaknesses in the design and monetization model. I also do economic modeling and simulation for balance and analysis.
THESE ARE PAID 1:1 CONSULTATIONS TO HELP BRING CLARITY TO YOUR PROJECT.
WHETHER IT'S 30 MIN, 1 HR, OR 3 HR SESSION TO PICK MY BRAIN, WE CAN BRAINSTORM HOW TO SOLVE YOUR DESIGN DILEMMA. IF YOU NEED ONGOING ASSISTANCE, I WILL PREPARE A CUSTOM CONTRACT FOR YOU TO MOVE FORWARD FROM THERE.
LET'S WORK TOGETHER
client | quotes
"I don't even know where to start... Devin is probably one of the most amazing game designers I have ever met! He is extremely passionate about making games, can learn anything insanely fast, great at teaching others how to make games, amazing at getting things done and just a huge pleasure to be around."
Software Engineer at Trifecta, Inc.