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Several people had expressed interest in my process for creating the Dungeon Hunt game package, so I thought I'd put this pseudo-documentary together.

 

We all know this part - the caffeine fueled programming marathon. Complete with people telling you that either you're doing it wrong, or that "this" should be "there" - and most most commonly that you're late for dinner.
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Of course, too much of a good thing is not always a good thing

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Once the program itself is complete, the packaging process begins. First the boxes need to be assembled. Fortunately they are simple two piece popup affairs the require little concentration. The thing that no one has noticed yet is that these are actually chocolate boxes - I kid you not! Once the boxes are assembled, then the labels are printed - the front label is a 8.5" x 11" single piece label, while the back is one of 5.5" x 8" labels (two per sheet).

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The most difficult part is the label that covers the front and sides of the box. More swearing, cursing and temper-tantrums go into this part of the process than anything else. I really hate this part of the job!

 

First the corners are clipped to allow the label to fold properly. (child labour is a large component of this process)

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Then the damn label is carefully attached, bubbles smoothed out and corners folded in and too often flung into the corner because the rotten thing is totally messed up.

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Feelies need to be ordered, and in some cases assembled.

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Then the hint package needs to be assembled. (and yes the hints themselves have been carefully obscured in these pictures!)

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Manuals need to be collated and stapled - and signed of course! More child labour!

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Finally the packages are assembled (this is everyone's favourite part)

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The next steps will include cartridge preparation, packaging and shipping - I will post part two then I have them in hand.

 

 

 

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Several people had expressed interest in my process for creating the Dungeon Hunt game package, so I thought I'd put this pseudo-documentary together.

You Sir are a genius!

 

Love your monitor setup, coffee induced work routine, child labor (that's a brilliant idea! ;) ), paper craftsmanship .... Just awesome!

 

Thanks for showing us this and good luck with this and other projects!

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That is a wild monitor setup - makes my triple display look like a single! What the heck are you running in the middle - a 28" 16:9?

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You Sir are a genius!

 

Love your monitor setup, coffee induced work routine, child labor (that's a brilliant idea! ;) ), paper craftsmanship .... Just awesome!

 

Thanks for showing us this and good luck with this and other projects!

Thanks very much! - the assembly process was far more than I had anticipated - I'll think twice before doing another similar release.

 

I hope to be announcing the newest project in the next few weeks...

 

 

That is a wild monitor setup - makes my triple display look like a single! What the heck are you running in the middle - a 28" 16:9?

The middle one is a 40" 4K display (from LG), the sides are 24" 1080p (rotated) displays. Finally I have enough space on the desktop!

 

Here's a better picture - the window shown is a remote desktop connection to a 1080p display.

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Very nice..

 

Btw, you appear to have a gangly armed alien on the back of your head (1st pic) :)

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Hold on, is that your kid consulting on coding and your kids sweat-shop assembling boxes? *high five* just make sure the first time they mention never getting compensation mention the last thing you bought them haha ;P

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And make sure they work from the crack of dawn till sunset...

 

Sometimes show them some food but tell them they can't have it until its all finished..

 

Kids, its payback time for running us ragged and costing us a small fortune :)

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Methinks the documentary misrepresents the relative amounts of time put into coding and production...

 

Thanks for sharing and truly a great monitor setup. A display than can make look a 24" look like a rear view mirror must be quite enormous. Don't you get neck cramps from looking at all that?

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The middle one is a 40" 4K display (from LG), the sides are 24" 1080p (rotated) displays. Finally I have enough space on the desktop!

 

Here's a better picture - the window shown is a remote desktop connection to a 1080p display.

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I have a Dell 24'' as my main (and only) monitor. You are a freak! :)

Honestly though, sometimes a 2nd screen would be helpful, but then it would be another 24'' (rotated) I think. Not such a beast :)

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Ok, I have to ask. Why the hell is the Pepsi can upside down?

Because the scene was staged (no surprise) and I didn't want to have all the cans appear unopened (would affect my programmer cred no doubt). I forgot to take into account the mass of incredibly detailed oriented people that hang out here ...

 

 

I have a Dell 24'' as my main (and only) monitor. You are a freak! :)

Honestly though, sometimes a 2nd screen would be helpful, but then it would be another 24'' (rotated) I think. Not such a beast :)

I found years ago that three was the perfect number when it came to monitors. One main, one email, and one basically scratch for temporary windows.

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Now just persuade them into Atari 8-bit coding, nothing too strenuous say 1 new game each year... each!

 

Nice work team :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Looking forward to your next game :)

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As promised, here is part Part 2 of the process

 

The cartridges have arrived! thank you Steve!

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Now to place the correct cartridge with the correct order. I was really concerned about messing up this part - either I did a good job, or no one complained. (I''m leaning towards #2)

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This was a little awkward when the kids asked "Dad, um what are those cartridges doing?"

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Each cartridge is lovingly hand tested! Plenty of volunteers for this part!

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(Hard-core cartridge collectors please note the red prototype cart on the 800xl - the only one of it's kind! ... Eat your hearts out! :-)

 

Once the cartridge passes QA, the box is numbered, final assembly and component check

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On to packaging - first the box protectors are cut out of large sheets of cardboard. The scored to allow folding.

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The local Staples as attacked for supplies...

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And then the box is carefully wrapped up for shipping and labeled.

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And finally off to the Post Office to send them on their way!

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