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Today we’re (virtually) opening the doors of the studio and inviting you in to see what working at Auroch is like now we've adapted to COVID-19. Ever wondered what a Studio Director’s Day looks like? Or how to manage your own community as a Games Studio? We discuss this and more with our colleagues at Auroch Digital, and explain why we are now a largely remote-working studio. Show Notes Did Brewmaster pique your interest? You can Wishlist it on Steam now Check out our porting work on Megaquarium and The Colonists too, and the mentorship scheme Hannah and Ladell both took part in prior to joining Auroch: Limit Break Curious to see more of our guests? You can check out their personal socials here: Peter Willington Oliwia Janczewska Hannah Corcoran Ladell Smith  📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles:  🚀 Mars Horizon  and 🍻 Brewmaster 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find our previous Seasons here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!    
Season 7 of How To Make A Video Game with Auroch Digital is back! This teaser trailer runs through the epic line-up we have in store for you this season, so tune in and get ready for all that 2022 has to offer. Show Notes 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles:  🚀 Mars Horizon  and 🍻 Brewmaster 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find our previous Seasons here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!  
Marketing and community manager Jemima Crow is joined by Peter and Matt to talk about animal simulation in games. They start by looking at how breeding and caring for animals translates to game design. They then focus on how animal behaviour affects player interaction and the future of animal simulation. Please rate the podcast and spread the word! Show notes Video games are creating smarter animals Survival Game About Genetics Is Cute But Cruel Planet Zoo will feature “the most realistic animals in any game” Video games offer clues to help curb animal disease outbreaks Ecosystem on Steam 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
In the beginning there was a monitor. A monitor with a black screen. Then, someone made some specs of light and behold - a starfield. From there Space games have gone from strength to strength. In this episode Producer and QA manager Mike Daw takes Matt and Jem on a tour of some of the most important Space games that have been made - including suggestions from the Auroch Digital Discord! Show notes SpaceWar (play online) Space Invaders – 30th Anniversary Developer Interview 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
Producer and QA manager Mike Daw joins Jem and Matt with an update for Auroch Digital's current game in development Mars Horizon! Find out how the game has changed following the alpha and get some teasers about all the awesome stuff that's coming up. This was recorded before we announced our publisher and the beta. The beta is live right now and you can join in by signing up here: Mars Horizon beta Sign ups close May 1st 4pm BST, and the beta ends May 4th 9am GMT. Show notes Make sure to wishlist Mars horizon! Mars Horizon: BLAST OFF! find out more about the game and grab yourself a copy! Hear more about what it's like working for a Space agency in this podcast episode with special guest Andrew Kuh of the UK Space Agency 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
Using the live-action Ghostbusters movies as leverage, Jem and Matt are joined by Creative Producer Peter Willington to chat and tour through the many Ghostbusters video games that have graced gaming systems since 1984 - from first game, to VR, to 2019’s ‘remaster’ of the 2009 AAA release. All in the runup to 2020’s ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’. Show notes Ghostbusters 2020 teaser Ghostbusters: Afterlife trailer 1 Ghostheads Kickstarter Documentary Ghostbusters: The Video Game Ghostbusters in Ad campaigns - QuickBooks - Halifax Interdimensional Crossrip IDW Comics Series’ 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
What is a typical day at a game development studio like? It's busy, hectic, but lots of fun. In this weeks episode you can find out what a day in the life of Auroch Digital is like as we work together to make games. Please note, this episode was recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic. Our daily lives are currently very different from this, but we are still working hard to make great games. The Auroch Digital team is all staying home to save lives but we hope we can get back to this one day❤️ Show notes Want to get into the games industry? Check out our blog post with tips and advice to help you. Check out our store, we currently have some items on sale!  If this is of interest, also check out past episodes; ‘What is it like working for an independent developer?’ (S1 E3) and ‘Setting up a company and a history lesson’ (S1 E1) 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
Auroch Digital CEO Tomas Rawlings joins Jem and Matt to talk about some of the games that Games Workshop made that were not Warhammer titles and how we came to turn some of those into video games. Show notes Get Chainsaw Warrrior t-shirt Grab our non-Warhammer titles in The Totally Radical Auroch Digital 80s Gaming Bundle Tomas's letter from Games Workshop (in 1989) Grognard Files Talisman 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
In this magical episode Marketing and community manager Jemima Crow leads the way, joined by Pete and Matt, to chat about video game adaptations featuring the world of Harry Potter. They look at how the many Harry Potter games both do justice to and fail their source material.  Show notes Minecraft School of Witchcraft and Wizardry - Gameplay Trailer  Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ Is The Best Live-Action Video Game Adaptation Ever Harry Potter open-world RPG leak  Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7 interview: ‘We made dark films fun’  PS1 Hagrid  📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
Auroch Digital CEO Tomas Rawlings and Creative producer Peter Willington join Jem and Matt to chat about democracy in gaming - both as a topic games are made about and as a thing within a game system itself. Vote with your ears and have a listen! Show notes Get our card game, Elections, on sale! & Vote Cthulhu!  Democracy 3 Greek Debt Crisis  Brenda Romero’s 2013 talk at Games for Change Tomas’s talk at TEDx Houses of Parliament, 2013 on games and democracy. 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
It's our last episode of season 7, and what an episode to finish on! We welcome guest David Rock, AKA granitepenguin, to a conversation between Matt, Tomas and Jess about his journey with Steve Jackson Games' Ogre. David details how he started as a dear fan of the TTRPG and our digital adaptation for PC, and tells us of his experience as being a Line Editor at Steve Jackson Games. Tomas and David talk deep-strategy, and Jess and Matt remark on how incredible a journey it is to be a community member who ends up working on the very game you love. Show Notes Did Ogre pique your interest? You can purchase it on Steam now Be sure to look through Steve Jackson Games' expansive games catalogue too, for anything else you may be interested in playing! 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles:  🚀 Mars Horizon  and 🍻 Brewmaster 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find our previous Seasons here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
For this episode we bring to you a fascinating 1-1 session between our Studio Director, Tomas Rawlings, and Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games. They talk about the origins of Ogre, the wargame centred on immensely powerful giant cybernetic tanks, and Steve Jackson remarks on the journey of bringing Ogre to the LastGameboard, a digital platform that transcends the realm between digital and physical boardgames.  Show Notes Did Ogre pique your interest? You can purchase it on Steam now Check out the Last Gameboard too, where we have brought Ogre and our other title, Mars Horizon: Blast Off! to a hybrid digital space. Be sure to look through Steve Jackson Games' expansive games catalogue too, for anything else you may be interested in playing! 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles:  🚀 Mars Horizon  and 🍻 Brewmaster 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find our previous Seasons here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!    
Join hosts Tomas, Matt and Jess in this episode that focuses on Climate Change in Games Development. With guests Dr Benjamin Abraham and Steven Webb, we explore why it is the Games Industry is a key component in the movement against climate change. We ask what a sustainable future for the industry looks like with Ben, discuss games like our own Dark Future: Blood Red States and how they’re used as a storytelling tool to host the conversation around climate change, and talk to Steven about Sumo Group’s Carbon Neutral by 2025 pledge. Our colours may be orange, but our heart is very much green here at Auroch Digital.  Show Notes Find out more about each of the people, programmes, and resources mentioned in the show: The British Peatland Restoration Programme  Playing for the Planet Ark2030  Dr Benjamin Abraham and a link to his upcoming book 'Digital Games After Climate Change'  Sumo group Environmental, Social and Governance ESG | Sumo (sumogroupplc.com)  UKIE Green Games Guide  Joshua Aslan (2020) Climate change implications of gaming products and services, DOI: 10.15126/thesis.00853729    For the games discussed in the episode, why not check out Coconut Sunshine and Dark Future: Blood Red States?   📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles:  🚀 Mars Horizon  and 🍻 Brewmaster 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find our previous Seasons here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
Let us take you back to the dawn of Games Workshop's infamous Warhammer 40,000. In this episode we are joined by Studio Director Dr Tomas Rawlings, who takes us through in immeasurable detail the 1st edition of 40K and his continuing journey as a passionate player of a franchise that has spanned over 30 years going from strength to strength. We ask what is it about 40K's design that makes it both so effective as a product, and enjoyable as player. Recommended (but not essential): your own miniatures to paint as you listen in.   Show Notes Please do check out Games Workshop's official site to check out the latest products, including starter kits if you're looking to get into 40K!   📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles:  🚀 Mars Horizon  and 🍻 Brewmaster 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find our previous Seasons here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!  
Grab your best headphones and settle in, because we'd like you to join us in taking a look back at Auroch Digital's musical catalogue. We break down three of the tracks from the Mars Horizon soundtrack, really unpacking what music can make us think and feel, and how that plays such a vital part in video game design. We also discuss what the audio development pipeline is like in the studio, and Matt offers some excellent tips on how to get into video game audio and sound design - this episode really is music to our ears! Show Notes For the soundtracks discussed in today's episode: Mars Horizon Soundtrack Dark Future: Blood Red States Soundtrack  Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics Soundtrack  For the other excellent videos and features to check out on today's content: When Matt met Tom, Red Wasp appear on VGM Awesome Dark Future Audio Design Explainer  Dark Future OST featured in ‘Warhammer for Your Ears’  🎼 If you'd like, you can follow more of Matt's compositional work on Spotify ----more---- 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles:  🚀 Mars Horizon  and 🍻 Brewmaster 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find our previous Seasons here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!  
Happiness comes in many forms, especially when it comes to video games. So what is it that video games do that can help you feel happy, and is there anything that connects the games that make us feel this way? We also take a look at non-violent video games, the rise of these through indie games and the sheer variety of gameplay mechanics you can have that are non-violent. James Batchelor, compiler of Non-Violent Game Of The Day and UK Editor of GamesIndustry.biz, joins Jem, Matt, and Peter for a joy-filled discussion about all of this and more. Show notes NVGOTD on tumblr NVGOTD on Twitter James Batchelor at GamesIndustry.biz James Batchelor on Twitter Check out our own non-violent games 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!  
Hosts Jemima and Matt are joined by another incredible guest in this weeks episode. Sword fighting expert Fran talks to us about weapons in video games. Which games do it well? Which games do it badly? What is most important to get right when showing the complexities and brutality of using weapons? We look at The Witcher, Mount & Blade, Nidhogg, Skyrim, For Honor, and more. Games discussed in this episode Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord - Medieval Combat Simulator & RPG Intro to the game - 0.00 - 0.30 Tournament fight - 3.00 - 4.21 Siege fight using spear, throwing weapons, and sword - 13.19 - 14.30 For Honor - Medieval Action Melee game  Intro to the game - 0.00 - 0.30 Two handed sword fight vs AI 1.53 - 2.12 Fight vs other player 0.50 - 1.25 Skyrim - Action RPG, wizards, dragons, classic Sword and shield combat 2 handed sword and then 2 handed axe combat  10.35 - 11.00 Nidhogg - side-scrolling two-player fighting video game, with fencing Fencing vs AI 0.42 -  1.08 Fencing player vs player  21.24 - 21.40 The Witcher 3 - Action RPG - The best one ever Sword fight vs NPCs - gorey watch out!  Mordhau - multiplayer medieval fighting PVP game Game intro -  0.00 - 0.30 Rapier fighting Fighting with hammer Show notes Want to know more? Fran's new podcast By the Sword looks at the modern study of the ancient art of swordplay Want to try your hand at sword play in real life? Find a Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) club near you For our UK listeners By the Sword.net is for HEMA events for women and NBs in the UK run by Fran The School of the Sword is Fran's HEMA school so you can learn along with our guest 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
It's the final episode of our 3 part Mars Horizon special with amazing guests from the UK Space Agency! Jem, Matt, and Tom are joined by Paul Smith, Robotic Exploration Programme Manager🤖 at the UK Space Agency. Hear about the Rosalind Franklin Mars Rover, featured in Mars Horizon, from someone who works on the mission and has even seen the rover up close! We also find out all about colonising Mars, and robots in space, and talk about how we explore this in our game. Show notes Watch our Mars Horizon livestream with Paul  Watch our 'Games about Mars' panel discussing Space Exploration and gaming Follow the UK Space Agency on Twitter Buy Mars Horizon 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
It's the second episode of our 3 part Mars Horizon special with amazing guests from the UK Space Agency! This week Jem, Matt, and Tom are joined by Dr Alice Bunn, International Director at at UK Space Agency. Dr. Bunn explains how space agencies co-operate and collaborate, why this is so important, and how space exploration affects our daily lives. We talk about how this collaboration will help us get to Mars. We also discuss how you can interact with other space agencies in Mars Horizon and how we show their collaborative, and sometimes competitive, relationships in our game. Show notes Watch Dr. Alice Bunns TED talk on diplomacy in space Global Space Congress: An Interview with Dr. Alice Bunn Follow the UK Space Agency on Twitter Pre-order and Wishlist Mars Horizon 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
It's the first episode of our 3 part Mars Horizon special with 3 amazing guests from the UK Space Agency! Jem, Matt, and Tom are joined this week by Libby Jackson, Human Exploration Programme Manager at UK Space Agency. We delve into the real jobs at space agencies that informed the making of Mars Horizon. Libby shares her experiences with us including shadowing a flight director at NASA Johnson Space Centre, talking about what its like working in Mission Control during a launch, and what its like working with Tim Peake! She also rates the accuracy of Mars Horizon, and shares her advice about a career in space🚀 Show notes Follow Libby Jackson on Twitter Libby Jackson's books Follow the UK Space Agency on Twitter Watch our Mars Horizon Livestream with Libby Jackson 📝Sign up to our Newsletter to stay up to date with Auroch Digital 💬 Want to talk to us? Join our Discord 🕹️ Check out our latest titles: 🐠 Megaquarium and 🚀 Mars Horizon 🙋 Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram 🎙️ Missed an Episode? Find all of the Season here ⭐Please do rate the podcast and spread the word!
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