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GamingWe've released The Darkside Detective, our game jam title that we've designed while travelling the world, AMA!

Aug 8th 2017 by SpookyDoorway • 59 Questions • 2729 Points

Hey everyone! I'm John a 25 year old over the Road Truck Driver! Been doing this for as long as has been a legal for me to do so (close to five years now!) I live and breath my work, I have no home to speak of except of course the road! Ever had a question for a trucker? Wanna know what we are thinking while you blow our doors off going down the highway? Well give it a whirl here :)

My Proof: https://imgur.com/gallery/kLVIt

I'm back and will be answering questions as they come in :) I've got nothing better to do so fire away I'll answer so long as there is one asked! This has been a blast thanks so much for those who have participated so far!

Q:

What valuable lessons have you learned from making DD that you will carry forward into future games?

A:

Fascinating AMA. I'm much older than you, but when I was little we'd gesture to truck drivers to honk their horn. And much to our delight, they always did! I don't see that anymore. Is it just too dangerous? I mean it's a pretty loud horn probably for emergencies only? Thanks for this AMA! Edited.


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Don't ;)

In reality, plan early for save systems, steam integration and other non-gameplay specific systems. Games take longer to make than you'll think and make less money. Make a game that survives streaming.

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Kids are so plugged into their screens these days no one pumps anymore... When I see it I honk. :)


Q:

What do you mean "survives streaming"?

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Fellow trucker here. It's DOT regulation that if a child pump gestures for the air horn, we have to do it


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By surviving streaming we mean that a linear narrative / puzzle game like The Darkside Detective can be consumed by looking at a YouTuber playing the game, resulting in the viewer not needing to (and not wanting to) purchase the game for themselves. So future games we design will have to have a possibility space left for players to want to pick it up and explore the game for themselves.

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Absolutely!


Q:

More funny pixel games!

A:

My girls scared the shit outta me the other day. Got a trucker to honk. v proud! No idea where they learned it


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A game about funny pixels?

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Probably school


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Yes. If that isn't vague enough, then I don't know what to do

A:

You fist pump with two hands?


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A pixel, being vaguely funny. Like a low-res stand-up show.

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Depends on my mood... Using the left feels like it's a stranger...... Ohhhhh my bad


Q:

"I just flew in from MS Paint and boy are my vertices tired"

You can have that one on the house.

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Is driving a truck as free as it seems, where you can stop whenever something interesting catches your eye, or are you expected to drive for much longer than 8 hours a day to meet difficult schedules?


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That's 1/4 of my work done. Thank you.

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Was actually not expecting a response so thanks for taking the time to ask :)

It really depends on the load/dispatch schedule, time is super crucial in the type of freight I haul, so I can't always 'just stop'. Also the matter of fitting a 75' vehicle in some spots can be tough!

As for hours of driving, truckers (in the US) are governed by specific Federal Regulations (called the FMCSR). We can drive up to 11 hours within a 14 hour period following a full 10 hour break. We cannot drive more than 70 hours in an 8 day period. There are some other rules governing Hours of Service but they can be a bit confusing.


Q:

A portal to a parallel world on an island where you meet this guy who wants to become a pirate and... this sounds strangely familiar...

But serious, I would love some dlc cases for DD as well as an longer DD2.

A:

Did you switch over to the e logs yet?


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Us too!

A:

Been on ELogs my whole career


Q:

Elder Scrolls 6!

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Have you ever had any close calls with the inconsiderate drivers who want to cut you off?

How nerve-wrecking is it to drive in bad weather and bad traffic?


Q:

Half Life 3, amirite?

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I have had lots of close calls but I have over 650,000 miles accident free :) and plan to continue on that course, I drive very cautiously and try to always leave myself an 'out'

As for bad weather, respect the road, respect the weather. Drive speeds appropriate for conditions. And you should not have too many problems


Q:

Twin Peaks and X-Files are clear influences, but was anything else? There are little references to things, but anything generally?

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is it at all possible to live a healthy lifestyle on the road and not gain weight and if so how would one do it? do truck stops sell enough vegetables/protein snacks meals etc for it to be viable and could you get enough exercise each day in your routine?


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Blackadder, An unhealthy interest in the occult, Twilight Zone, Tales From The Crypt, growing up in a haunted house, American Gothic, the 80s and 90s, The Outer Limits, the X-Files episode where they take not-Frankenstein to see not-Cher.

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It is possible, but super hard, I haven't always been successful, I have finally started to get my weight undercontrol and down, I've lost 30 pounds so far, but we live such sedentary lives behind the wheel. The truck stops are full of garbage, I wish they would carry produce, but I have a refrigerator and shop at a Walmart once a week. I've got some cooking supplies and try to cook for myself as much as possible.


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growing up in a haunted house

Got any good ghost stories?

A:

How do you keep your food from flying around.

Also how much square footage do you have in your living quarters and could you describe what's in it and the layout?


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Plenty. The Miscellaneous Men, the Time Twins, The Princess, The Garden Man, the things that scratched future dates on walls, Bloodhook Joe, the Other Folk from out back, Rosie, the Headless Truckman, the Insider, and the Stone Dog to name but a few.

A:

Everything in the truck is packed away in boxes and cabinets that lock shut.

As far as the layout I have in the front of the truck there's two chairs obviously my driver's seat and the passenger seat which I use as a filing drawer and my refrigerator goes in front of it in the footwell. in the back there is a lower bunk which I sleep on it's a twin and then there's an upper bunk which is empty and I use as an additional storage Shelf which prevents things from flying off because it's shaped like a well the hold the mattress.

There's a pull-out drawer which also serves as a desk in the back and all of my appliances run on 12 volt power like old cigarette lighters.

The truck is about 9 ft wide and 9 and 1/2 ft deep 13 and a half feet tall. It's not much but it's home.


Q:

I've been following the game for a while now, and I never knew it was being developed while travelling the world. Can you tell us more about that?

A:

Do you get "cabin fever" or claustrophobia being in your rig all day?

Thanks for doing this AMA


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Ireland was really expensive at the time and still is. It was near impossible to try and make indie games without working a full-time job so Tracey & Dave having wanted to go travelling for a while looked up the cheapest place they could go with a beach and a decent internet connection and ended up in Indonesia. They moved around for two years while the game was being developed and came back to Ireland for the last few months of development. Disorient Express was built over some sleepless nights in a windowless room in China Town in Kuala Lumper, Tome Alone was built in a converted tin barn in Chiang Mai, Don Of the Dead was designed in a medieval Tavern in Tomar, Police Farce was built between chugging German beer and eating Doner Kebabs in Hamburg.

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Sometimes but not usually I try and get out and do stuff on weekends when I'm not running or shut down and if he gets to be too crowded I'll stop at a hotel that will let me park the truck and stay the night in the hotel but that's not common it's a treat


Q:

Hi guys! Love your game, I laughed out loud way more than I expected to! What was the writing process like when dealing with such a high density of jokes? Also, do you have any other funny game recommendations?

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thanks. my guess would be to try and restrict yourself to as low carb a diet as possible ie nothing but protein and vegetables and maybe try and do pushups and run around your truck for 20min or so a day if you have time? good luck


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We'd do a first pass on the conversations that were needed to complete a case, then iterate on those. Once the story worked, Dave would go back through the case and add in the other conversations. Again, those would be iterated on until we were happy with them. Then we'd playtest with the public, and edit over time. Essentially, he'd write something not funny, then rewrite it over and over until it was.

As for games, Tracey says Book of Unwritten Tales. Paul says Super Time Force. Ben suggests Dr. Langeskov, The Tiger, and The Terribly Cursed Emerald: A Whirlwind Heist. Chris suggests Avairy Atourney.

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Also super strict portion control, when I park in the evening I get out and walk the parking lot, most places have it measured and I try to do about a mile and a half. Which I know isn't much but I got super unhealthy and have to start somewhere.


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"Normal" point and click adventures have a bit more options (since they're in "3D") for puzzles, etc. - Did you experience lots of difficulties coming up with good puzzles for a 2D environment?

A:

Is the 'truck stop hooker' a reality or just a legend? If real, are they as scary as they are on TV and movies?


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Because it's very 2D, we sometimes had issues making the environments feel laid out properly. We did a lot of work to try to avoid too much back and forth in cases, especially later in the game.

We don't feel it affected the puzzles, however, but it does give the player fewer areas to search for items.

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We call them Lot Lizards, they are real, not as common as they used to be but are fairly predominant in the southwest. And for the most part yes they are terrifying. They can also be super young, I volunteer with an organization called Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) which works to report underage sex trafficking and bring those involved to safety and those responsible to justice.


Q:

Why won't Tracy comply with the beards-only workplace policy? Is Chris even trying?

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Q:

Tracey is Dave's beard.

Chris says he shaved it off. But we all know better.

A:

My brain did a dyslexic thing... I fixed it :)


Q:

Will Officer Kal have his own spin off case?

A:

You ever play the 18 wheeler arcade game?


Q:

The Barkside Detective.

A:

What do you think was my inspiration?


Q:

Will Officer Kal have his own spin off case?

A:

I'm not sure where all you drive but based on where you've been in the US, what are the top places one shouldn't miss in their lifetime (go vacation / drive there)?


Q:

Chris is actually drinking Irn Bru right now.

A:

Moab Utah, The Vale Colorado, and the South Texas Gulf Coast. All stunning.


Q:

Barry's or Lyons?

Viscount or Toffeepops?

King or Tayto?

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South Texas Gulf Coast

As a Houstonian, wut?


Q:

Barrys 0-3 Lyons (1 abstain) Viscount 1-3 Toffeepops King 1-3 Tatyo

Ben was too American for this poll.

A:

The southern gulf coast in Texas... Corpus Christi, some amazing charter fishing.


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3/3 top tier.

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Corpus Christi is amazing.


Q:

top tea-er?

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Truly a great trip


Q:

Really liked DD. Which engine did you use? Unity, GM, etc.?

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Coloradoan here. Its just "Vail", Colorado, aka "where all the rich people ski." Its is a beautiful place, summer or winter!


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Unity

A:

I will keep that in mind thanks for the correction


Q:

I have to admit, the graphics of Darkness Detective feel quite minimal in some regards. Was this a conscious decision or was this due to any platform constraints?

A:

No problem, I saw your answer twice and actually looked up "the vale" to see if I'd missed a great place in my own state!


Q:

The minimal style came from the game jam. Paul used a lower resolution to make the art quickly in the time available, and added the HD lighting to give it a bit of a modern touch. We considered doing something more high definition and even did a few tests, but the low-rez style had a certain charm we liked. It got a lot of complements when we launched the demo, too, so decided to keep the minimal style. It was also quite handy for quickly creating art for having fun on social media.

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Being that you've seen it though I think you'll agree, scenery wise, it's one of America's jewels.


Q:

@ Dave: Would you like to see The Dark Detective in other languages? Are you worried that translators might "betray" your literary work, with all those jokes and puns?

A:

What is your opinion on regular drivers flashing to say it is clear to get over? How did you come up with your thank you light show?


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For sure, we'd love to do it. But if you do fan translations you have the concern of a quality issue and if you do professional translations, you have a cost versus copies sold conundrum. We're investigating it at the moment and hope to find a good solution soon.

A:

Please please please do it and do it often and more. Yes thank you it is SOOOO HELPFUL. My thank you light show is Morse Code for TY - -.--


Q:

Were there any shows/movies/games that came out while you were in production that made you think you were on to a winner with the occult theme?

(The popularity of Stranger Things springs to mind)

A:

What's your pay? I'm curious if you have money in savings due to no housing cost or buy things associated with houses.


Q:

When Twin Peaks, X-Files and Ghostbusters came back we knew we were onto something. Stranger Things and Thimbleweed Park's appearance were good for letting us know a new IP would work in that vein.

A:

I make about 55,000 a year currently I'm due for a raise that will bump me to about 59,0000 with the way my miles have been running. I have a nice little nest egg, diverse investments, and Plenty of money set aside for my travels. I don't use credit cards, and have poor credit to start with I'm planning on trying to build that a bit in the future. But as I'm single and have no home I can be fairly liberal with my money... But I'm not.


Q:

Any plans to make the Darkside Detective an ios/android game?

A:

Nothing wrong with a credit card if you use it right. A lot of them offer good rewards that might come in handy if you travel a lot. If you are paying everything now in cash you can certainly pay off a CC every month. Check out /r/personalfinance, I have learned a lot over there!


Q:

We hope to port to mobile in time.

A:

I am subbed I'm looking at options currently


Q:

how did you decide on the name of the game?

A:

Why are there always cops parked at weigh stations? Is it just a convenient place to park or are you truck drivers up to something?


Q:

The game was originally called 'Darkside', but that wasn't catchy. Then we realised that he was a detective and added that to the end.

Clocked off work early that day.

A:

MANY reasons, it's a good place to stop, if that weighstation is opened they could be chase card for any trucks that might try and pass the scale. Also the scale house is operated by the cops, so how else did they get out there?


Q:

I enjoyed playing The Darkside Detective! It was short, fun and the music was really really good!

My question is, do you guys have any plans to make a detective game with a more serious tone? Something like Gabriel Knight or Cognition?

A:

What's your ideal or dream rig, are you actually trying to save for it? Do you realistically see yourself ever owning the dream rig?


Q:

Right now we're not planning any serious detective games. We do have some serious game ideas, but in different genres.

A:

I think every trucker dreams of a stretched out long nose Pete. But for me I'd be happy if the US went back to o the 70's or to European style and brought the cab over to predominance here. I love the manuverability. They ugly as fuck. But they're sweet to park. I have no desire to own my own rig, too much overhead.


Q:

What do you think about people who make money on YouTube with your game?

A:

How is your health? Do you worry about things like blood clots?


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Streamers / YouTubers are a part of modern gaming, it's how lots of people find out about games now, so they can be a way to advertise your game. If the YouTuber makes some money from your game in that regard, that's ok. We can't really complain.

But for a linear narrative, like The Darkside Detective, it can be the way some people consume the game, by literally watching someone else play it. We'd never know if those viewers would have ever been customers or not, but they get to enjoy the game for free in a way, and someone else profits.

I suppose you could say it's a double edged sword.

A:

I'm overweight but other than that fairly healthy. They are of course a concern I've started exercising more and have lost 30 pounds! Only about 100 to go :)


Q:

I've never heard of you guys but that's a good thing!

What makes your game stand out? I'm sure you're very proud of it, but should I buy it?

A:

Congrats! That's really great. I am trying to start exercising myself. I don't need to lose weight, but I am weak and have no stamina. :)


Q:

We don't know. We can't make all your life choices for you. What to wear, what to eat, which patch of darkness to stare into contemplating your existence. It'd be exhausting.

We're too biased to answer you honestly, but the game has 96% on steam from 156 reviews and 4.5 on gog. It's reviewed well. Don't trust us, trust the others.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/368390/The_Darkside_Detective/

A:

Just stay off the second floor I hear the Dragon Pox are very catchy


Q:

That's a fantastic review guys, well done!
I'll definitely grab it, although I admit, I am a little disappointed I'm not getting fashion advice today.

A:

Shout out to you. You are probably one of the first to reference my username.


Q:

Avoid orange, match your socks, accessorize.

A:

Hard core Potterhead


Q:

You're all smiling in the photos except for Chris. Is he able to smile, or have the years spent teaching left him completely incapable of feeling joy?

For Dave - How do you iterate on comedic writing for a project like this? Is there a lot of throwing out jokes to find what ones stick with testers?

A:

We were just driving at 3:30am two nights ago and saw about a dozen trucks lined up on the shoulders of the highway. Lights were off. This is the first time I've ever seen this. Was this a makeshift truck stop and common practice?


Q:

Chris generally just hates having his photo taken... but yes... also the teaching thing.

RE writing. Sort of. Some of it is what worked for the team, some is what worked for testers. Most of it, however, are the jokes that worked for me after seeing them a thousand times and still made me laugh. Those that didn't, got reworked.

A:

Parking is one of the largest problems in the United States. There is just not enough of it. When your hours run out, then you gotta stop, regardless of where. It's fairly common, but not recommended.


Q:

To all of you: If you were a spooky monster, what spooky monster would you be?

A:

I'm probably heading to bed

Sorry for complete ignorance but how do you sleep?


Q:

Tracey wants to be zombie Tina Belcher.

Chris wants to be the not-Frankenstein who gets to visit not-Cher

Paul wants to be The Wire (the face-stealing Doctor Who monster)

Dave would like to be something that can swim and see underwater. Some kind of big shark?

Charlie wants to be a reverse vampire

A:

I have a bed in the back of the truck :)


Q:

I see the game is on Steam and GOG. How long before I see it on the Switch? or even just a very big iPad?

A:

Autopilot?


Q:

We're investigating The Switch at the moment. Mobile ports planned too, but timeline unsure right now.

A:

Only in my brain


Q:

If you were given an unlimited budget and time to make game 2, what would you make? Would you stick with point and click adventure or do a AAA game/big open world type thing, or something else? And would it be in the same world or something new?

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AAA+++ OP

Some quick fire questions, no need for detailed responses, one word responses will suffice but feel free to expand with anything interesting:

Last time your truck hit an animal?

Last time you saw a dead body?

Describe the unhealthiest truckie you've ever seen?

Ever gotten a free blowjob from a Hitchhiker?

What common illicit drug is widespread amongst truckies?

Will you die an old man still a truckie?

Who would win a bunch or truckies or bikies?

Ever feel like swerving into oncoming traffic?

Is Trump doing good for truckies or bad?

Coolest vacation in another country you've had?

AAA+++ AMA Thanks


Q:

We certainly want to expand the world of Darkside, so maybe something else there. We don't know if it would remain as a point and click, though.

That said, we have a load of ideas not set in the Darkside world. We're building a thunderdome so we can battle over the next project soon.

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Last time your truck hit an animal?last live animal was a deer two October's past damn near totalled my truck, jumped out, nothing I could do to stop it, I think I ran over a dead possum earlier today.

Last time you saw a dead body? Three weeks ago fatal accident shut the freeway down two casualties.

Describe the unhealthiest truckie you've ever seen? Man must of weighed 400 if he was a pound, had a disgusting club left foot. Like his right leg was normal his left was just terrifying to look at .

Ever gotten a free blowjob from a Hitchhiker?Yes What common illicit drug is widespread amongst truckies?honestly? Probably pills of some kind, I'm not sure I don't do drugs I'm a recovering addict 6years clean

Will you die an old man still a truckie?I will die a trucker doubt I'll be old though

Who would win a bunch or truckies or bikies?hmmm tough as I'm technically both, but the bikers would probably take it.

Ever feel like swerving into oncoming traffic?Jesus yes

Is Trump doing good for truckies or bad?bad like awful, the fucking worst. Worst thing that's happened to this country too. People are too gulible.

Coolest vacation in another country you've had? Last year I went to Thailand and visited Angkor Wat


Q:

Can you Tell us about all the chicks you hooked up with around the world ?

A:

What's the strangest load you've ever hauled? If you're allowed to talk about it, that is.


Q:

I hooked up with Tracey in Indonesia and then Tracey in Malaysia. Then there was this girl called Tracey in Vietnam and, well, you get the picture...

A:

I ran one flatbed run of Humvees for the Marines about two years ago, that was wicked cool. But other than that? MOPAR racing equipment.


Q:

Can you Tell us about all the chicks you hooked up with around the world ?

A:

Do you have a favorite state to drive through? Do you have family at who's house you ever crash?


Q:

Food update from Tracey:

*Banh Mi in Vietnam

*Nasi Goreng in Indonesia

*Every piece of street food in Thailand

*Hokkien Mee in Malaysia

*Kottu roti in Sri Lanka

*Pasteis de nata in Portugal

*Fried Artichoke in Rome

*Satay in Singapore

*Doner Kebabs in Germany

*Super Duper burger in the US

A:

I love driving in Utah, especially the southern part by Canyonlands and Moab, although the prettiest stretch of highway in the US is i70 east leaving Utah going through the Colorado Vale

My license lists my parents address I pop in and say hi every now and then but for the most part it's just me and my rig.


Q:

Has the dark side detective ever been in love? Would he date a ghost? Would you date a ghost? If so, what's the most attractive kind of ghost?

A:

My pops is OTR, too. The guy loves his job. Always gone, of course.

Where's the real money in trucking? To clarify, is it in fueling, many years of doing it, etc?


Q:

Both Dooley and McQueen have been in love. One of them currently is. They have never dated ghosts, but they've lots of time to try. Maybe they'll get the chance some day.

I would date a ghost. Ghost attractiveness is subjective.

A:

When I find it I'll let you know :P i do alright but I'm not rolling in the dough. From what I hear Over size and Heavy Haul is where it's at.


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Flatbed teams. Dying breed. We pay out the wazoo. But yeah, double drops and od loads pull money. Radioactive flatbed or Conestoga loads as well.


Q:

Physical releases cost a lot upfront to make, so it's hard for an indie like myself to make it happen. Not ruling out doing a small kickstarter for a Color Sky vinyl though!

A:

I tried teams for about a month, I just couldn't get used to putting my life in the hands of another driver.


Q:

What type of computers / OS did you use for development? Are there any particular dev tools or software you found super helpful during your travels?

A:

Do you ever pick up hitch hikers? If so is it out if boredom, company or the randomness?


Q:

We worked on a range of laptops and desktops, a seperate Mac and a bashed up old laptop running various versions of Linux. The most helpful dev tools to the project overall were Trello and Slack as they helped us manage the workload and communicate despite not all being on location.

A:

I do but only rarely, and usually out of boredom/loneliness


Q:

The business side of this stuff fascinates me most, so

What was the development budget for the game?

How was it funded?
How long did it take?
What are your sales goal?

A:

Have you ever crashed a gate doing ninety-eight since you didn't have a doggone dime?


Q:

The development budget was a few refundable bottles we found in a cupboard and some pocket lint. We developed over a two and a half year period, from the original Jam to release, mostly on a part time and funded ourselves while working other full-time jobs. Overall we'd like to complete sales wise with other similar titles.

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No thank goodness for EZPass! Also I'm in a truck governed to 65 mph.... 98 just isn't an option, though it sounds terrifying


Q:

Are you willing to get specific with numbers?

A:

So for this I have a question, due to a long distance relationship I make the drive from Phoenix to Tucson and all of I-10 is 75 mph for the speed limit and if you have it governed at 65 can you not do the speed limit?


Q:

Sure.

We had zero budget to start with. We got €12,000 from Enterprise Ireland near the end of development, which paid some of our debts from GDC, accountants, and marketing.

The game took about 2.5 years, though it was in our spare time and had gaps as we needed to see family and so on.

Sales goals are a little murky as data is hard to find, but we started with the hope to sell 32,000 copies (being Steam's average), but soon realised that that figure was often bulked out from sales, so aiming for that goal was essentially meaningless as it doesn't give us projections for sustainability. Since then, our goals have become (a) sell enough copies to cover ports and localisation, (b) be able to pay ourselves to produce some DLC cases and (c) enable us to develop a prototype for a second game to either bring to funding bodies or crowd funding. As an aside from sales figures, we wanted to deliver a game people liked and to develop a community, as that helps us work on either a sequel a new IP.

We hope that helps.

A:

That is correct. I cannot do the limit. But it's the limit not the requirement. Minimal speed on the stretch is 55 I believe


Q:

Could you be any painfully more millennial with your game jams and travelling and quirky company name and beards and macs and zelda figurines and casual gameboys "accidentally" left in shot with clearly adult man?

A:

By law how often do you have to recite "Convoy" over the cb?


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yes

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Only when I need my ass kicked


Q:

I expected nothing less as a reply.

All the best.

A:

Are you worried your job will be taken by self driving trucks?


Q:

From Tracey : I feel incompetent every day and every time I write a line of code. The day you stop feeling incompetent is the day you stop learning and striving to be better so own it, work hard and make cool games! :)

Dave can't code (or do much of anything really), but Unity let him do some basic prototyping of cases.

Chris adds "make as many games as possible, the engine is a tool not the end product, don't get too hung up on the tech, focus on playability and enjoyment"

A:

I see them as a thing that will be but is not yet, I doubt that they will be fully autonomous anytime soon cars will be first trucks after, the trucks will need a lot more in depth infrastructure to be viable.


Q:

As an Irish teen interested in computers and video games, what advice would you give a potential future dev?

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Dear lord, I've heard so much complaining on the self-driving trucks and after flatbed, you need someone who can just deal with the load. The route I see things going for a few years is the one on the interstate, which is basically autopilot for airlines, and they still haven't gotten rid of the pilot.


Q:

Try to meet some other developers, in person or online. The IrishGameDev Facebook group is a good place to start. It's nice to have other people to bounce off and ask advice from. Find a local community or events you can take part in. There are game jams on around the country.

Regarding game dev skills, just start learning now! Learn to do the parts of game development you think you'll like; art, code, design, whatever. Learn more than one, learn all of them. Whatever you like, but just start. You can start learning any skill you want right now on the internet. Start early! :)

Best of luck getting your game dev skills going!

A:

That's about where I am with it.


Q:

Curious, what type of rig do you drive? Dry van, reefer, flatbed, etc? Do you run independent for bokers or with a company?

A:

I run for a mega carrier and have since day 1. Currently I'm in a '16 Freightliner Cascadia, I haul dry van, I'm dedicated to our automotive division, I haul mostly MOPAR parts. I have done reefer in the past


Q:

Would you rather be an O/O, or do you like driving for a carrier?

A:

Fuck being an O/O the miles are shaky, and there is way too much overhead. No thanks I'll stick with my carrier job. Money I'm making isn't half bad and I love comfortably, I'm not trying to be rich and I don't need much, most of what I make funds my international travel, I haven't got much else besides bills :)


Q:

Ever want to drive a truck in the UK? Got my artic license here, but always interested in having a go in an American truck haha

A:

YES all the time totally want to drive Europe looks so challenging


Q:

In the UK it's very busy on the roads, but we only have flat front cabs unlike you guys, do you have pictures of you living space in your lorry?

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I'll post some later today. I was sick all last week so my house keeping went a bit shit:) I don't mind the cab overs (you called them flat fronts) the extra manuverability would be amazing. The living space in a conventional tractor is a big bigger I think though. As for traffic, I've survived LA, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York, nothing scares me.


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Just wondering what I did to piss in your Cheerios? Its my house if I wanna jerk off I will!


Q:

Has your truck ever broke down? What is the procedure for getting such a large machine recovered and repaired?

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Sure I've lost tires here and there, radiator hoses, fan belts, you figure I drive more in a year than the average person drives in about four. That's a lot of ware and tare on the truck. My company has a department dedicated to breakdowns. And it's similar to breaking down in a car... The equipment is just bigger.


Q:

I'm leaving for training with prime early September, I have a couple questions. Firstly: what are the options for internet service otr? I'm an avid gamer, and plan to bring my beloved pc along for the ride(after training of course.) Are these 4g jet packs at all good? Do truck stops have considerable WiFi? And secondly, how often do you find yourself with a day off that you can do with as you please?

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I love gaming. But internet OTR is expensive as balls, check out AT&T'S jet pack services. Be careful with that gaming out here though friend. When you're done for the night you should probably spend time exercising. Then going to bed to do it all again, I know it sounds awful, I love to game too, but it's just a word of advise.

As to down time. Some drivers have more some have less. My account keeps me pretty busy, but I generally burn my hours weekly so I have to shut down for a 34 Hr. Reset, which they will teach you about in training.

One more piece of advise. Learn what you need to in school pass the test get the license. Then throw everything you learned in school out the window. Cause it's got dick to do with actually truck driving. YOU KNOW NOTHING learn, pay attention. Seriously that licesne doesn't make you a truck driver. :) Once you go to train feel free to message me with any questions you may have.


Q:

Your username... Is it hard to not drive Fri night through Saturday night? The company accommodates this?

A:

My username is a movie reference not a reality for me personally


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I am homeless I live in my truck, there is no time when I'm not in my truck. I take two big "vacations" a year usually somewhere internation, I'm going on a cruise next.


Q:

Do you park the truck in the port when you get on the cruise? :)

A:

Nah, because of how long I'll be gone I'll have to clear my stuff out and let someone else take the truck. I'll get assigned a new one when I get back.


Q:

Does that take a long time to clear your stuff out? You mentioned having a pretty cool setup in the truck, with the refrigerator and all. Is that something most truckers have in their trucks?

A:

It will take about three hours to pack and move everything, but I've done it before so I have a system of doing it and unpacking it in the new truck so that if I have to move it's easy to repeat :). Yes lots of truckers have a fridge. If not at least an electric cooler


Q:

Best random place that you have stopped and it surprised you, not what you expected it to be good or bad?

A:

Loretta Lynn's Country Kitchen, thought it would be some second rate tourist trap dinner. Turned out to be an old school world class southern/soul food buffet. God it was good.


Q:

I've always wondered what is it like living in a truck? What do you do in your free time?

Also what model is the truck? :]

A:

Living in the truck is, well like living in any tiny home. I don't own a lot of stuff. In my free time I reddit, crochet, watch Netflix and travel :)

I'm in a 2016 Freightliner Cascadia evolution.


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I don't have a problem with Class A RVs idk about other drivers, I find it a bit concerning that you don't need any special license to drive those monsters. And there are definitely some people who shouldn't be driving them.


Q:

Got a few questions,

  1. How'd you get internet connection?

  2. How do you make money? (I'm not familiar with the trucker job)

  3. Where do you sleep & pooping/peeing ?

  4. Ever thought of buying a house and settle down?

  5. Lastly, do you ever do backflip with your truck?

A:
  1. I have a cell phone?
  2. I get paid per mile driven
  3. I sleep in the sleeper birth of my truck (there is a living area in the back of a semi tractor) I take care of my personal business at truck stops, for emergency pee on the road a wide mouthed bottle.
  4. I have incurable wander list I have no intention of stopping what I do, this is the only job I've ever loved.
  5. God no, the thought is horrifying.

Q:

what does your username mean?

A:

Have you ever seen a film called The Big Lebowski?


Q:

Big Lebowski reference

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The dude abides in this one


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This is a hard one, there are so many strange things out here, I once met a trucker who lived in a single truck with seven cats... Gross.

Creepy? Like ghost creepy? There's been a few strange nights in the New Mexico desert.