Trading Cards

As Disco Dodgeball nears launch, I’ll be adding Steam trading cards to the game and to make things interesting I’ve reached out to a wide variety of fantastic artists from around the world and will have them each create a trading card in their own personal style and interpretation. In the works are things like a pixel art de-make, a Dyscourse crossover, and an illustration of the ‘Early Years’ of the dodgeball robots.

Panel: Getting Started with Freelance Game Development

David Evans (Hybrid Mind Studios) and Michael Carriere (Zapdot) were part of a four-person panel on freelance game development that took place at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge, MA. David worked with Rohit Crasta (of Playcrafting Boston) to put the panel together.

Topics of discussion included:

- How to find contract work
– How to keep/manage contract work
– Basic business tips (negotiation, pricing, etc.)
– Basic legal tips (have a contract! where you can get basic contracts, how to avoid bad NDAs or NCAs, etc.)
– Possible types of contract work (advergames, serious games, education games, commercial games, etc.)
– Possible types of work terms (fixed price, hourly payment, revenue share, etc)
– How to recognize bad contract jobs/clients and fire them/move on.
– Negative side of being freelancer (no insurance, work from home/coworking space, different distraction like tax preparation, no stability, working on weekends) and how to minimize them.
– How to stay true to your indie dreams while contracting (ie, making time for your own projects)

The panel also included Boston locals Nina Klymenko (a 2D artist freelancer) and Caleb Garner (founder of Part 12 Studios.)

Thankful for Teachers Giveaway

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and we have a lot to be thankful for here at Little Worlds Interactive. We’re thankful that the iOS launch of The Counting Kingdom has gone wonderfully, and we’re thankful for our amazing and supportive community.  We’re especially thankful for the teachers who work incredibly hard every day to help students be the best math wizards they can be!

To show our thanks to teachers we’d like to give back: between now and Friday Dec. 5th we’re giving away 5 free copies of The Counting Kingdom (on PC/Mac) to every teacher who emails us!

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Here’s how to redeem your 5 free copies:

1) Email us at hello@littleworldsinteractive.com with the subject line “Thankful for Teachers Giveaway”.  Please make sure you email us from your school account.

2) Verify that you are a teacher in your email.  You could link to your school’s faculty directory or email us a scan of your faculty ID card.

(PS – If you’re not in the US make sure you let us know what country you’re from! We’ll need this info to send you the correct copies of the game.)

Thank you to all of the amazing teachers out there, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

<3, The Little Worlds Team

The Counting Kingdom, Where “Learning is Fun”

It’s been only a few weeks since The Counting Kingdom launched on the App Store and the response has been amazing!  The game has been featured by Apple in the Educational and Kids categories, and is listed as a “Best New App”.  It has also earned a 5-star ranking from players, with over a dozen reviews from happy parents and teachers.  Please don’t forget to rate and review the game on the App Store – the monsters would be so grateful!

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Reviews have also been pouring in from all over the web – here are a few of our favorites:

“A delightful blend of tower defense, basic math concepts and cute graphics that should be a hit with any young gamer.” – Gamezebo

“Learning is so much more effective when it’s fun. It’s also better because it’s, you know, fun. That’s what works so well for The Counting Kingdom, a game that teaches kids all about the importance of addition – plus it’s actually a good game in its own right.” – 148Apps

Don’t have The Counting Kingdom yet?  This award-winning game would make a great present for any kid, parent or teacher!

Streams / YouTube

Disco Dodgeball just hit 3 million views on YouTube! 90% of those views can be attributed to the top 10 videos, many of which are made by people with millions of subscribers. But the game is also popular with a ton of smaller channels – there are hundreds of individual videos and it’s awesome to see that people are excited enough about the game that they want to share.

In order to make this happen, I just started by sending over keys to some smaller channels. They’re generally very receptive to playing new games, and a lot of YouTubers watch other channels to see what kind of content is popular so it basically just spread to larger channels from there. I was also able to get a few very large videos simply by sending an email to the channel’s business address. Fortunately it’s the kind of game that is easy to get into, is visually exciting, and also great fodder for doing cross-channel collaborations, so that’s probably a good part of the reason it’s gotten good traction with that community.

 

Three IGC titles featured in Humble Bundles

The IGC is well-represented this week in the Humble Bundle, with three games across two of the current bundles!  Pay what you want while supporting charities like the Maker Education Initiative, Worldreader, the Mozilla Foundation and CodeNow.

The Humble Mozilla Bundle includes nine big name indie titles that can be played right in the browser.  This bundle includes two IGC titles:

AaaaaAAaaaAAAaaAAAAaAAAAA!!! for the Awesome

Aaaaa! took place in an alternate 2011, where BASE jumpers leapt from the skies and executed stunts around the floating buildings of Upper Boston. This semi-sequel picks up six years later — the sport’s been outlawed, and you’re jumping as a form of protest. High in Earth’s stratosphere, you’ll thread a path through the rotating blades of enormous wind turbines. Elsewhere in the solar system, you’ll dodge asteroids above seas of lava, spray graffiti onto lunar government offices, and flip off Ganymede colonists — all in the name of peaceful protest.

Jack Lumber

A tree killed his granny and now he is out for revenge. Meet Jack Lumber, the supernatural lumberjack who hates trees, loves animals, and hates trees. Did we say that twice? The guy really hates trees, and boy does he have an axe to grind.

Use the supernatural powers of Jack Lumber to massacre the forest in this time-warping, line-drawing, log-slicing, pun-filled lumberjacking mashup! Bust out your flannel to muster the strength and burliness to solve the skill and logic puzzles (flannel not actually required).

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The “Get Your Learn On” Humble Weekly Bundle is all about the power of knowledge and features seven fun educational games.  This bundle includes one IGC title:

The Counting Kingdom

Get ready for magic, monsters, and math with The Counting Kingdom!

From writing simple spells to brewing bubbly potions, yesterday was just another day in your life as the Wizard’s Apprentice. Today, a horde of angry monsters is attacking The Counting Kingdom, and only you can defend the castle towers! Using your spells, potions, and the mighty power of mathematics, you must banish the monsters and save the kingdom!

Take up your tome of spells and save the castle in this tactical puzzler, featuring strategic tower defense gameplay across an expansive world map.

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