Greetings and Salutations! My name is John Doran and I’m a technical game designer who has worked on all manners of educational, mod, and professional game projects. I graduated from DigiPen Institute of Technology in Redmond, WA with a Bachelor of Science in Game Design.

I previously worked at LucasArts in San Francisco, CA on Star Wars 1313 as an intern Level Designer. I’m also the author of three books having to do with the Unreal Engine. Currently, I am working at DigiPen’s campus in Singapore as the lead instructor of the DigiPen-Ubisoft Campus Game Programming Program, instructing graduate level students in an intensive, advanced level game programming curriculum. In addition to that  I am also tutoring and assisting students on various subjects while giving lectures on C++, Unreal, Flash, Unity, and more. I’m also very glad that you’re here.

Throughout a game’s life-cycle I play the role of the player’s advocate. My goal is to find the gem of fun to an audience and exploit it in every way that I can to make the most enjoyable experience possible for the game’s target audience.

If you’d like to get to know me personally send me an email just to say hi or visit the rest of my site and let me know what you think! Cheers!

My Design Philosophy:

Be the Player’s Advocate.

If something is worth doing, do it right.

Playtesting + Iteration = Polish


Latest blog posts


Packt’s 10th Anniversary – $10 for all of my eBooks and Videos for a Limited Time

As you may already know, I have had three books and one video series published in cooperation with Packt Publishing. It has been 10 years since Packt Publishing embarked on its mission to deliver effective learning and information services to IT professionals. To celebrate this huge milestone, Packt is offering all of its eBooks and VideosRead more


Win a Free Copy of my Video Series

The nice people at Packt Publishing have offered to run a contest to give 3 lucky winners a copy of my new video series!  For more details, check out the below: Video Give-away: Hold a chance to win a free copy of the UDK Game Development, just by sending an e-mail! For the contest weRead more


Video Series UDK Game Development Released!

My fourth title published by Packt is now out! Unlike previous entries this is a video series and delves into the creation of a third person platformer game using UDK. Taking in feedback is something that I always try to do, and in this series since I’m narrating all of the action as it happensRead more

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