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Unity Game Development Blueprints Released!

Posted at Nov 11, 2014 | Posted in  Game Design | By John P. Doran | No comments
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My fifth title, and first Unity title, is now out! In this book I took feedback from my previous books and added a lot more emphasis to the coding aspect of game development, and tried to give readers a good foundation in game development using Unity. I even have a chapter on using Untiy’s newRead more


Video Series UDK Game Development Released!

Posted at May 06, 2014 | Posted in  Game Design | By John P. Doran | No comments
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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


Benefits and drawbacks of using Kismet

Posted at Dec 17, 2013 | Posted in  Unreal | By John P. Doran | No comments
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As with any job it is important to use the tool that is appropriate for it. UDK provides three ways of giving interactivity to the game world: Kismet, Matinee, and UnrealScript. At this point, you should be familiar with the previous two options. All the three have specific advantages and disadvantages to them, but KismetRead more


Types of Collision in UDK

Posted at Nov 20, 2013 | Posted in  Game Design | By John P. Doran | No comments
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As you may know, a lot of the interactivity from games comes from the ability to have objects interact with each other. One of the simplest things you can do to give players agency in your world is by allowing them to interact with it, like losing health if they hit a trap. This isRead more


Guest appearance on CrunchCast

Posted at Aug 19, 2013 | Posted in  Game Design | By John P. Doran | No comments
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Recently I had the privilege to talk to Chris Holden on CrunchCast about myself, my books, and Unreal in general. If you’re interested in taking a look, feel free to check it out!


Getting Started with UDK – UnrealScript

Posted at Aug 18, 2013 | Posted in  Game Design | By John P. Doran | No comments
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This post will be the most useful for those who have already read or are currently reading my latest book, Getting Started with UDK. In the book I go through how to create a Tower Defense game from scratch in UDK using Kismet and Scaleform to create custom GUI elements. I actually wrote a basisRead more


Flash 101: An Introduction

Posted at Jun 08, 2013 | Posted in  Game Design, Tutorials | By John P. Doran | No comments
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As you begin your project, there may be many new panels and areas that are yours to use.   Stage The largest area in the top left section is called the Stage. This is where all of the action within our menus will take place. Users will only see the white box area of theRead more


Setting up Flash CS6 to use Scaleform with UDK

Posted at Jun 08, 2013 | Posted in  Game Design, Tutorials | By John P. Doran | No comments
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Currently, I am in the middle of writing my third book with Packt Publishing, this book on creating a single project over a longer period of time and while we do have 120 pages for the book, there was so much more that I wanted to put in, such as UnrealScript. So here is the first in aRead more


Win Free Copies of my new book, Mastering UDK Game Development!

Posted at Apr 18, 2013 | Posted in  Game Design | By John P. Doran | No comments
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Hey guys, I’ve recently gotten the opportunity to organize a giveaway of my latest book (pictured below) from the wonderful guys at Packt Publishing! Five lucky readers will get a chance to win print copies of the latest book I wrote, Mastering UDK Game Development (see my post about the book here). Keep reading to find out howRead more


Article Published on YinPress

Posted at Mar 27, 2013 | Posted in  WordPress, Writing | By John P. Doran | No comments
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YinPress has recently published this article about how to backup your WordPress site. Over the course of the article I go over a bunch of different options that you have in terms of backing up and then go over my favorite, WordPress Backup 2 Dropbox and step-by-step how to use it. If you’re interested in learning more, I’dRead more