We had a great (though short) run at the end of COVID and I’ve decided to fire this thing back up again to start building new games!
For those who don’t know about Hobby Huddle, it’s just a small hobbyist group with the goal of building 1 game in 30 days. We are not professionals – we just want to learn to build games, start to finish. Last run we launched 2 games to beta which you can view here:
- Monochrome Project: https://hobblo.itch.io/monochrome-project
- Goblins Versus: https://hobblo.itch.io/goblins-vs-mechs
One of the challenges before was that there was usually on average just 2 of us so while we finished each project on time and hit our goal, we could have done so much more with more hobbyists chipping in! Sometimes people can be afraid to fail or to commit to a project but we have proven to be a very friendly club so don’t be afraid to give game development a try.
This time around I think I want to carry some lessons learned over to new projects. Our goals are SUPER simple:
- New game every other month.
- Finish every game.
Every game we start building has to be finished and released to public before making a new one. We want to learn and improve so finishing is key.
I’m on US West coast time zone and I prefer hobbyists in that range, though last time we had collaborators from all over and it worked out pretty OK. Its just a bit harder to coordinate across 23 time zones :)
The first official project will start in January 2024. In the meantime, I’m looking at some late year game jams that we can use to build skills and rapport to prepare!
You can find Hobby Huddle on Discord and message me there to join! I usually respond to messages within 24-48 hours so please be patient! This is my hobby after all, I’m a programmer by day :)
Feel free to ask questions! It was a blast meeting so many new enthusiasts last time so I’m looking forward to it again!