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Actor / EntertainerI'm Abubakar Salim/Bayek from Assassins Creed: Origins (oranges) COME AT ME!

Feb 6th 2018 by AbzyBabzySalim • 19 Questions • 385 Points

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For years, my family have been torn apart by the repercussions of domestic violence. For the past few months, I've been struggling to accept the reality of our situation. It's 11 years on, and I often feel like a failure because I still feel no closure after everything that has happened.When I was at school, teachers that were aware of what was going on would tell me that one day I would end up writing a book or doing something positive with my own experience. As the years have progressed, this has become harder and harder to motivate myself towards. I have had numerous conversations with social work regarding my concerns, written a lot of letters and even started a petition at one point. Each time, I have been pushed back or made to feel like a crazy and traumatised child. I am an adult now, but after being silenced and ignored so many times, it has become harder and harder to fight back and I have questioned my own sanity over the years.

1,031,120 - is the number of domestic violence incidents reported in England and Wales during 2016. Just ONE year. I’m always uncomfortable sharing personal things, but when there’s a chance to make a difference and bring about change by telling a story I think that’s more important than my own fears. Some of you might remember a petition I created years ago, I must have only been about 14/15 at the time. My brother, sister and I were placed into the care of my grandmother after living in a home of domestic violence for several years. I started a petition because social work wanted to send my brother and sister back to live with my mother and her partner as they said they had no evidence the violence was still ongoing. The reason they had no evidence it was still ongoing is because my mum was under his control and would cover up what was really happening and I had hoped they would listen to my concerns and acknowledge the risk in sending my extremely young brother and sister back to live in this home. I was thrilled when my petition gained 1495 signatures and a lot of support from the public and messages from people opening up to me with similar experiences.

Sadly, social work ignored my petition and I was told that I could be in trouble with the police for my petition if I didn’t take it down and shortly afterwards social work went through with their decision to send them back to live with my mother and my violent step-dad. As a young teenager it took a lot of courage to speak out and I think having my concerns ignored by professionals for years and years has made me more fearful of speaking out as an adult and eventually I lost faith in social work’s ability to protect children.

Sadly, earlier on this year it was revealed that the violence has in fact continued on for years. However, my mum finally made the choice to leave my step-dad and charge him for everything he has done. The police have had the polar opposite approach of social work. Now there is a chance he may go to prison for the things he has done.I think it speaks volumes about the system that the police can hear about the horrible things this man has done and think there is a chance he could be locked up because he is a dangerous man whereas the social work department seen a suitable home for children.

Their decision to send them back allowed this violence to continue on in the presence of my younger brother and sister for years. It’s time the social work department stop playing happy families and putting their targets/budget before the well-being of the children they are supposed to protect.The whole system is a disgrace and it has taken a lot of courage to share this story but I hope if enough people speak out then it will bring about change and encourage people who have been in similar circumstances to speak out and get angry until it can’t be ignored. If you see/hear something that makes you worry about somebody’s wellbeing then don’t ignore it - report it to somebody.

Things can’t go on like this.I am hoping by starting this blog and sharing my own concerns and experiences over the years, I may not only raise awareness and help someone else but may find some closure through writing about it.

EDIT: Grabbing a cup of tea and then I'll work through all the questions and make sure I answer everything. I'm not feeling well so will be spending the night in bed with my laptop so keep the questions coming, I'll be here all night to get through them. :)

EDIT 2: I am so overwhelmed by this response, I was not expecting this kind of feedback and all of you have made my evening and made me feel even more confident that I'm doing the right thing by starting this website. Like I mentioned in a lot of my comments, I am very new to all this and still getting used to things but I hope you'll all keep up to date with my posts and remember, if there is anything you would like to share then you can get in touch. Also, if anybody has any tips for building up a regular readership, that would be great.

Q:

Would you 100% say yes if you ever get contacted to re-voice Bayek in one of his sequels (if he ever gets one fingers crossed) or as any other character in the future of Assassin's Creed?

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He left office in 1993 and is still spending.

Holy fucking shit! Was his campaign account THAT massive? Are they allowed to invest those funds and use the capital gains or income from investing?

Thank you Chris and the rest of the team for all of your work on uncovering and reporting on this!


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Me and my husband were the 2017 giftees! It's super fun. Since this has to have a question, have you done a bachelor party yet?

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Hi, pal!! Do you have any pets? And if so, what are their names?


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I'd love to learn how to program, especially graphical programming like OpenGL and DirectX or equivalents, and after talking to some family friends who do it for a living, apparently I have the right coding philosophy for getting the job done well, but I just have no idea where to start. I have extremely basic Java and C++ skills, and can do small script prototypes in Python. Where would you recommend I start developing my skills and what are some good projects to start with that teach you a lot?

A:

This is really weird to see because my family is from that same Pueblo! I haven’t been back there in awhile but i do love dropping by. Have fun!

How many people still live in the Pueblo? And if you known anybody from the Cata family, tell them Sonny’s grandkid says, hi!


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Thank you for your response, it definitely gave me a better understanding of her perspective

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Absolutely. Gimme gimme gimme.


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He left with around $400k in his account. Through some wise investments, he grew that to over $1 million while still spending lavishing on himself.

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YOU GUYS WERE THE BEST!

Honestly that was so much fun!

I have done a bachelor party! It was Adventure no. 10. The Quest.

Each member of the part was intercepted throughout the week leading up to the big day with a hand delivered envelope with instructions and a riddle. They all arrived and there was a chest with 10 locks on it! Each member had a riddle for one of the locks. Once they got it open, It took them all throughout the town!


Q:

I HAVE A GARY ITS NAME IS GARY

WAIT HONESTLY I PROBABLY SHOULD NOT SAY THAT CAN YOU DELETE

DOES THAT DELETE

IS IT DELETED

I HAD A FISH BUT HE DIED

YEAH I THINK THATS WAY BETTER

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I think it depends on what you're really going for. I think I'd probably recommend strengthening your Java/C++ skills a little bit for OpenGL/DirectX usage since that can get really complex and upsetting really quickly in my experience. The one that everyone recommends is Tic-Tac-Toe in text in a terminal, but if you're looking for a more graphical task then try making Pong in OpenGL or something like that. From there you can modify it slightly, make powerups, random events, choose a different scoring mechanism(score based on how much you move your paddle?), etc. The program is yours!

Hope I could help!


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I am a Cata lol, thjere are about 2,000 enrolled members

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That's the hardest thing about it. Don't blame yourself for seeing the signs. I lived with it for 3 years, would visit my grandmother every single weekend and she has always been the closest person to me, even before she took me in but she even had no idea. The control aspect makes it so hard to spot, it's literally like brainwashing. I even wrote a letter to social workers telling them my step dad was like a dad to me and proclaimed how much I loved him. I had been forced to do it obviously, but that's what makes it so hard to spot. I wrote an article on the warning signs etc. You might find it a helpful read, but don't beat yourself up. I'm so sorry to hear the story but you should be so thankful that your sister is out, there are a lot of people that never escape. Have a read here. https://writeforadifference.com/2018/01/02/why-you-may-be-in-an-abusive-relationship-without-knowing/


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"Sleep? I never sleep. I just wait. In the shadows. And I will kill you all. Everyone who sniffed the air that day in Siwa." and the rest of that scene was definitely one of the best intros to a videogame protagonist ever in my honest opinion and one the best in Origins.

What about you Mr. Bayek? what was your favorite scene in Origins, especifically the one you had the most pleasure of voicing?

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What do you think should be done with all that money?


Q:

That's.... Fucking brilliant! Man, how many hours went into that design?

A:

What do you think of wolves?


Q:

I don’t really have a question, just wanted to say that it is awesome you are so focused and driven at that age! Hope you are successful.

Mmh, I guess I will ask- when do you find the time to dedicate to this with school and any suggestions on getting kids into coding?

Edit: spelling ugh

A:

Holy crap this keeps getting weirder. Small world. Good luck to everyone and hopefully ill stop in within the next year or so. Take care!


Q:

How many people’s stories do you get that involve alcoholism? My dad is currently in a turbulent relationship where my mom drinks like a fish and abuses him. Edit: I forgot to mention I love and respect what you are doing. Edit 2: Oh man, this blew up. I didn’t expect a comment like this to blow up. Thank you to u/writeforadifference1 for the answer.

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That intro scene was definitely a lot of fun...as was the whole Medunamun sequence and also The Lion.

And playing opposite Tristan as Taharqa. DAMN can that man act.


Q:

The FEC says you're allowed to do 3 things with the leftover money in your campaign account after you leave office/lose an election: refund it to donors, donate it to charity, or donate it to another political committee.

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it definitely took some time to attach the hasps to the chest and then choose the right locks and then set the passwords and then write out riddles!

but oh oh oh so much fun


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GOD WOLVES MAKE ME SO MAD

THEY ARE SO POWERFUL AND STRONG AND THEY MAKE ME QUESTION THE HIERARCHY OF OUR NATURAL CYCLE

UGH I GET SO FRUSTRATED THINKING ABOUT HOW THEIR POPULATIONS ARE DWINDLING

OR HOW DESPITE NEAR EXTINCTION IN CERTAIN AREAS THEY CONTINUE TO REGAIN THEIR STRENGTH

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Thank you!! :)

Basically any time I have when I'm not in school I put towards either playing a game or working on a game. I should really be putting more effort towards my schoolwork which has fallen by the way-side especially in the months leading up to the release of Mass O' Kyzt, but now that it's done I think I can spend a little more time and energy on schoolwork.

As for getting kids into coding, I think that the kids have to have a significant appreciation for computer first. I think that once they realize just how powerful, fast and versatile a computer is and once they realize that coding is literally the means by which they can manipulate humanity's greatest accomplishment, they'll want to learn about coding. I think the best learning experience is when a kid would take a template of a program, maybe they'd copy it out or something, and then they can add bits to it to make the program slightly different but ever so slightly personalized.

I don't really have much experience with that stuff so maybe I'm just talking nonsense but I hope that gave you something to think about?


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Feel free to message me!

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I’m so sorry to hear that. That’s actually one of the things I’m in the process of writing about and researching at the moment is domestic violence with female perpetrators, because I think a lot of people have the misinformed opinion that it’s not as common or it’s not as bad or damaging. There are 2.2 million male victims of domestic abuse yet in the UK there are only enough spaces in refuge for just over 100 males. Also, 52% men in relationships like this are too scared to leave because they feel embarrassed. It’s a massive issue. Alcohol is a poison and can completely change someone, I know a lot of similar stories. Alcoholism is a demon and I’m so sorry to hear that your mum is struggling. If you feel like writing about it could get things off your chest you’re more than welcome to. You can stay anonymous too.


Q:

What does Ashraf Ismail smell like?

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I apologize for not reading the article first, but I think this might be a common question.

Is it possible that the dead congressman charges were for previous services that just took a while to be paid out because of his death, paperwork, etc?


Q:

Hey we need an update or we will all bring forth pitchforks

EDIT: UPDATE! https://www.reddit.com/r/iama/comments/7vwil5/_/dtw1edy

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Is a hot dog a sandwich?


Q:

Just wanted to say keep focusing on being a computer whiz and building things that actually interest people. You’ll be far more successful, and happier, than following a standard academic focus.

A:

Are there any books or movies that you think have accurate/informative portrayed of native culture?


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Hey, not to attack you but I am honestly curious. Why do you support the reintroduction of gun rights for abusers after only a "cooling off" period, rather than the loss of those rights? There are a lot of stats saying that having a gun in the household leads to more deaths, and we know from the texas shooting last year that some of those perpetrators come back later and do shoot their victims/family.

To me, it seems very obvious that unless the cooling off period is long and comes with counseling to change the mindset of the abuser, you are removing the danger to law enforcement only for the time immediately surrounding the conviction. But many victims go back, and even if they don't, many perpetrators reoffend. It won't protect the victim or the next victim, or the police who show up at the next incident.

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Like the Old Kingdom.


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It's certainly possible, but definitely not true in any of the cases we identified. We didn't consider any campaigns that ended in debt when the politician lost election/retired.

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The update has been there all along, it's buried at the bottom of this thread


Q:

WOAH WAIT WHAT IS A HOT DOG

A:

Thank you!! :) That's the idea. For a while I was kind of disenfranchised with getting into gamedev and thought that I'd just spend my life working a 9-5 as a software developer in some random company, but at some point I just... decided not to? Now I've got my heart set on getting a career in gamedev, or becoming homeless trying.


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To be honest i haven't watched a ton of native american movies (i know its ironic cause i mentioned i do film, and am native) but I just never ended up watching a lot of those movies. However, i do reccomend anything with Wes Studi, he's a fantastic actor and portrays things in a very accurate way.

A:

Thank you for sharing :)


Q:
  1. What precautions do you take to keep your voice healthy when acting such a high intensity character as Bayek?

  2. Roughly how many times have you said "I am Bayek of Siwa"?

A:

so instead of zombie voters we got zombie candidates? in the case of dead candidates, who authorizes the funds transfer and can they be held liable and be prosecuted? also, these accounts, how do they stay open for so long and how come there is no oversight?


Q:

Wait did that post really just lead to a job offer?

A:

Bathing suit season is just around the corner, do you have any tips for keeping a trim figure?


Q:

As an ex game developer at EA, Criterion and a few others, I just want to say that what you've done getting a game together to releasable quality is amazing but beware that working in games for someone else is a completely different experience.

I had a website business on the side through school and Uni (this is back in 98) I was hand coding DHTML and javascript to make Web pages come to life with with dynamic animations and little games. I loved games not websites though and wanted to work on triple A games. So I joined a games company without thinking I was giving anything up and I was suddenly faced with the realities of working for someone.

It's just implementing other people's ideas for the most part. I was given the choice to either design or code (not many get the choice), I chose code and its like in that moment my ideas were worth less than some first year intern just because they had a job title. If you're really passionate about making good games, having to implement other people's bad ideas can be quite soul wrenching. I earned less working every day of the week and weekends, than I did when I worked 2 nights a week doing websites. I had Christmas booked 6 month in advance to go see my parents, the game hadn't shipped yet. I offered to work remotely. I made sure my handover was up to scratch, etc. but I was kicked out of the team when I came back. I had one boss take credit for all my work and leave me with no reward after working my ass off.

If you've got a chance to make your own games company, do it. Don't go working for someone else if you can help it at all. Hire an experienced game developer as soon as you can. So you can learn from them. Always hire people that know more than you about something important.

I own an AI company now after many years to course correct and I couldn't be happier but really be careful what you choose. I did learn so much from working with great people, so make sure you get some of them around you either way. Good luck!

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Wes Studi is amazing. The last of the Mohicans was the first "serious" movie I remember watching as a kid and even then I was blown away by him.


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domestic violence with female perpetrators, because I think a lot of people have the misinformed opinion that it’s not as common or it’s not as bad or damaging. There are 2.2 million male victims of domestic abuse yet in the UK there are only enough spaces in refuge for just over 100 males. Also, 52% men in relationships like this are too scared to leave because they feel embarrassed.

As a former male victim of DV, it really means a lot to me that you are highlighting this issue. A lot of DV advocates only focus on the “wife beater” narrative and all but ignore male victims and female perpetrators (just look at the last DV advocate we had do an AMA. She said there wasn’t enough research to comment on female perps and her organization actually supports the obscenely sexist Duluth Model).

Most people don’t realize that men make up roughly half of all DV victims and when it comes to unreciprocated violence (meaning only one person is being violent), women are actually the aggressors and men the victims in 70% of those cases.

So again, thank you! I really appreciate someone like you that wants to address both sides of the issue instead of focusing only on female victims. Our support structures for male victims are extremely poor and it feels like our governments aren’t interested in doing anything about it.

Take for instance, the Violence Against Women Act. Most people aren’t aware there was already a gender neutral version of this Act that covered both male and female victims. Unfortunately, the National Organization for Women, and its associated legal foundations, successfully lobbied to replace the gender neutral federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act of 1984 with the obscenely gendered Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The passing of that law cut male victims out of support services and legal assistance in more than 60 passages, just because they were male.

EDIT: Incase people want to see exactly how bad our support structures for men are, here are some statistics.

Men who are abused and seek help from shelters and hotlines- --were told that the service was only for women (49.9% shelter / 63.9% hotline / 42.9% online) --were accused of being the abuser (40.2% shelter / 32.2% hotline / 18.9% online) --given a phone number for a men's service which turned out to be a program for abusers (25.2% hotline / 27.1% online) --were actively mocked (16.4% shelter / 15.2% hotline)

Men who contacted police --were arrested 33.4% of the time --their abuser was arrested 26.5% of the time --were placed in jail 29% of the time --their abuser was placed in jail 20% of the time --faced criminal charges 22% of the time --their abuser faced criminal charges 13% of the time

Men who sought help from a mental health professional --were taken seriously 68% of the time --were given information on resources 30.1% of the time

Men who sought help from a medical professional --were given information on resources 14% of the time

Our support structures are so bad that men who sought help from any of the above experienced a higher rate of PTSD than men who didn't.

The positive experience rate for men seeking support is only 25%, with a negative experience rate of 67%. Women committing the same study had a positive rate of 95% and negative rate unmeasurable.

Compared to men who didn't seek help, men who did and had a positive experience displayed a 40% reduction in self harm, drug and alcohol abuse, and incidence of PTSD... But a 37% increase per negative experience... but remember, the negative experiences outweighed the positive 67% to 25%.

Meaning that, on average, the support men are offered is so bad, men are better off with their abusers.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3175099/#!po=56.7961

A:
  1. Honey, tea and lemon. Not going to noisy venues and shouting a lot. And sleep...LOTS of sleep. The more I did the voice, the more I got used to it.

  2. Every night before I sleep and first thing in the morning.


Q:

As Saxby Chambliss told us, they stay open "because there's money in it". There's no oversight because there legislators don't want there to be. They've killed bills in the past that proposed ways to close the loophole we identified.

A:

I do hire people for each adventure, but with u/Bonfire0fTheManatees I think he/she would be better served building a customized San Diego Adventure and getting paid every time someone does it.

I would loooooove to chat


Q:

FEAST ON THE BONES OF ANYONE WHO CRITICIZES YOUR FIGURE

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Don't go working for someone else if you can help it at all.

That's pretty much been the plan. I really value my independence and creative freedom as it is, and I really can't see myself ever working at a AAA company. Maybe at a small-scale indie company, but that's a big maybe and I think I would have to be afforded a large amount of input to not get restless.

Thank you for the advice, I've been trying to get into contact with some very talented developers in my area. There's this organization called Games Wales which organizes meetups and other events once a month for Welsh game developers to attend, but most of the places they go are 18+ and well, that's a problem for a few more months.^^

I'll definitely keep everything you said in mind. :)


Q:

Watch Hostiles! Great movie that just came out and he stars in it

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It is such a massive issue, and one that I care about very deeply. It angers me the naivety that exists when it comes to male victims, and it only makes it harder for them to come out with their stories and escape abuse. The amount of female perpetrators has increased seven fold since 2004 and if we don't solve the attitude of only "wife beaters" existing then that number is just going to keep growing. I'd love to share a story like yours on my blog, because I think it could really be eye opening and give strength to a lot of men also going through DV. Would you be willing to write something for my blog? I could help if you needed it, and you could stay anonymous if you like.


Q:

Fantastic job with Bayek, Abubakar! Now...

What's your favorite character in Assassin's Creed Origins (besides Bayek, of course)?

And... How Diocles is faring?

A:

How much of your reporting comes from open records? Couldn't software help automate a lot of the investigative work?


Q:

Hi! These sound great! Were you able to quit your "day job" and do this as a full time living?

A:

How do you feel about the Samuel Johnson quote "(H)e who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man"?


Q:

The more I read this thread, the more I can identify to you.

I'm 15 years old, started high-school this year. Game development is my dream. Games carried me through all the crap I went through as a weak, weird introverted kid. Without them, I don't think I would have carried on very long. Art is the way we learn the things we can't learn in a school or that we can't all figure out just by experiencing them. That's what I want to try doing for the world.

But in the last couple years, I almost lost my hope of ever reaching that goal, because I couldn't get myself to do much to work towards it. Seeing that you think the same way as I do and that you've made it at such an age gives me some hope again. Plus, thanks to this post, I just found out about Godot ! Since GameMaker stopped being free, that's gonna be of use.

Thank you and good luck.

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What’s up bro? Fellow Puebloan here from Isleta lol, never thought I’d see a Native on here doing an AMA!


Q:

Yeah, I’ll definitely consider it. I’m at work atm but can I PM you later on? (I know, I know... get off reddit while I work. :p)

A:

I think there is a lot of Mileage in Khaliset...She's just like Bayek, but went the opposite way.

Diocles head is hanging from my wall right now. Don't ask about him.


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Yes, it all comes from the FEC API. In fact, I wrote a lot of software to do this reporting. 2 versions of a scraper, 3 versions of a disbursement tagging app, and the interactive database we published online with the story.

A:

Short answer: Yes. I quit back in october.

Long answer: It's still Dicey. I made a calculated risk. I knew I would dip into savings as I built this. I've also CONSIDERABLY downsized my life/spending. Luckily there isn't very much overhead for the business.

I'm by no means making a killing, but I'm a the cusp of financial sustainability and it's super exciting.


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HE WHO MAKES A MAN OF HIMSELF GETS TO STAY INSIDE AND EAT MELTED CHEESE

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Wow, thank you so much! It feels really good to know that I somehow inspired someone by making a weird lil game and then doing a reddit post about it.

Best of luck to you on your gamedev endeavors! :)


Q:

How's it going man? I felt it was necessary as people have a lot of different outlooks on us to this day. Let me know if theres any discrepancies on my part

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Brilliant :)


Q:

Hey Abu! Great work on the VA, you really nailed a really emotional performance that makes Bayek stand out from previous Assassins in the series.

I want to ask, can you shed some more insight into Bayek's personality? Perhaps a more darker side to him that his interactions with people didn't portray? I feel like he has more to him than what the game really showed due to the weight he carried during his quest for revenge.

A:

You sound like one of the most awesome people ever. Like some sort of nerd vigilante/superhero.


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How did that conversation go with your co-workers, that you were leaving to be a professional scavenger hunt designer?

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What is your favorite cut of steak and how do you like it done?


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Yep, CTO here. Can confirm. It’s huge that you don’t just KNOW things, but you’ve actually DONE stuff. Impressive stuff too. 10/10 would hire :)

A:

Do you feel pressured to marry someone with equal or higher blood quantum if you want your children to participate in your traditions?


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How do you feel about reformed abusers sharing their journey?

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Bayek is a man whose journey, I feel, is incredibly selfish. His motives to help people are all to help that certain someone pass with ease. He knows his actions are wrong to a certain extent, but there is a deep lust for the revenge that he actually can't help himself. There is a lot more going on in that final scene between him and The Lion when he says "I can't do it." SO THOSE SIDE QUESTS are simply to help balance his (AND THAT CERTAIN SOMEONES) Ka at the end of it all.

I don't wanna go too much into spoiler territory...but look at it this way:

Bayek is a Medjay to nobody, so who is he now Medjay too? He's helping so many people, yet killing so many as well...who is this guy serving? It's not Cleo, cause Cleo is just a way in.

It's himself and that certain someone.


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lol you're too kind :)

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They were all super supportive. I've been doing this as a side hustle for a while so everyone was aware. Most people tend to be pretty intrigued by the whole thing.

And who doesn't love cheering for someone who is desperately escaping from a soul crushing phone job to follow a dream?


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WHOLE COW RARE

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Haha, thank you!!! :) That means a lot.


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I'd love to marry a native woman, and of course I want my kids to participate but if I do fall in love with someone that isnt native, it wont be the biggest deal

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I’m totally open to it, I want people to learn and grow from reading my website and the way to do that is by sharing information from all perspectives, and I think it’s rare to find a reformed abuser willing to share their journey so I think it would be really valuable and a good insight from the other side


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Will Siwa never know peace?

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Would it be that difficult for someone like our current POTUS? He can transfer his campaign funds to his charity and throw some events at his golf clubs/hotels/restaurants serving Trump wine and Trump bottled water. I would imagine for someone with enough varied businesses it could be easy.


Q:

I remember reading the reddit santa write-up, very impressive work. I truly hope you become a huge success. Also happy birthday! Have you had a major screw-up yet that ruined the whole thing?

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Why are horses so shifty? They always look like they’re planning to destroy something


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Yup that's a fine suggestion, one I can relate to. Years ago, I made a Java music player similar to Winamp. I tried cramming in as many features of the original as I could, and it turned into a very satisfying learning experience. One silly customization I did was adding a message box that said 'Fuck you, I don't do that!' when dragging and dropping a non-music file into the program... Not the most mature thing to do, in retrospect. :D

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I haven't seen anything in the AMA about the dance itself yet. What can you tell us about the native dance styles and how they vary between the tribes?

Hoop dance is the area that interests me most - I make LED hoops for performers and some of the multi-hoop moves are very much influenced by native hoop dance traditions.

There are very few modern hoop dance performers who do that sort of off-body work with more than about 5 hoops, though, and I've been told that 28 is traditional in native dance.

Obviously LED hoops are not a part of the native traditions, but it'd be fun to see what a skilled practitioner of the traditional dances could do with modern hoops and lighting design chosen to reflect their artistic heritage.


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Thank you for sharing. I lost a dear friend to domestic violence 2 years ago. She tried to leave. Changed the locks, got a restraining order. He came to the house when he knew she would be alone. He shot and killed her then shot and killed himself. Thankfully, he did no harm to her children. So my question is, how do you safely leave an abuser? We thought she did everything right. And she still lost her life.

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NOT UNTIL ALL THOSE THAT SNIFFED THE AIR THAT DAY IN SI- i don't know man.


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No, it would not be difficult for him or any politician to do exactly that.

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Hey there!

Thank you so much! I've only had two that didn't go exactly how I was intending:

Adventure no. 11: The Elite. This was a corporate team offsite where halfway through, the party was split into 2 teams and it turned into a race. It was also the first time I'd incorporate a stop at a bar early on. My mistake was it was a little too complex + I threw them a big curveball halfway through + they were drinking. It wasn't disastrous. They all had a great time but I pride myself on days being perfect.

The other one was Adventure no 17: Margarita Madness (Can you see a recurring theme here?) Players moved from Bar to Bar, adding a new addition along the way. Even though everyone knew it would involve a lot of bars, a bunch of them forgot to bring their state IDs and only brought their military IDs. Half the bars didn't let them in. I had to change the course of the entire adventure as it was running. There was a lot of fast rewriting of clues, calling of bars, and wax sealing envelopes in my car.

Long story short, there are always variables, but I've done this long enough to where I can adapt and change things along the way. Knock on wood, no adventure has ever completely derailed.


Q:

I AM SO GLAD SOMEONE FINALLY ADDRESSED THE HORSE MENACE

WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART TO DEFEND HUMANITY

HORSES ARE TOO BIG AND ANYTHING THAT CAN KICK YOU TO DEATH SHOULD NOT EXIST

LOOKING AT YOU, CASSOWARY

A:

Haha, that's great! :)


Q:

The dance starts at sunrise, we come down from a mountain/hill thats nearby ( about a 1/4-1/2 mile away) and proceed to dance our way into the Pueblo. We dance til around 8 am or so, then we take an intermission from 8-9:15. Then we dance until 4 with 1 more intermission in between noon and 4 pm or so.

At 4 pm we do the runaway song, where we dance our final song and a clown/apache shoots a blank gun into the air after the final verse and we run before a woman can catch us. The whole point is to get caught by a girl, where she takes you back to her house after and feeds you after a long day of the dance.

Here's a video of the the dance we perform in from 9-2:30/3:00ish https://youtu.be/9LMGONSg2_0

I could not find the ending however

A:

I'm so sorry to hear that. That is so awful. To be honest, I don't want to lie here. I'm not a professional in this matter, I'm just here to share my own perspective on things and encourage other survivors to feel strong and share their stories, but every situation is individual. Leaving an abuser is such a complex subject and I don't want to pretend that I'm equipped to answer it.


Q:

From /u/blanks56

Would you take up Cleopatra’s offer for a night with her, only to be executed in the morning? It’s the toughest decision in the game.

A:

Where do the ideas for investigations come from? I feel like this whole thing is something that obviously goes pretty unnoticed, wondering who thought to start looking.

I had a feeling when I picked up this Sunday's paper from my driveway that this story might end up blowing up. Nice job guys, one of the rare times I read start to finish without skipping to the comics.


Q:

This is so cool! How long does it take you to plan a scavenger hunt? Do you have to do a lot of research beforehand?

A:

What is your favorite banana bread recipe? This is an important source of conflict among many humans. I will need to make yours to be sure you are, indeed, not a wolf.


Q:

That makes sense I think with getting them to make something more personalized to start. My daughter is 2yrs so I have time, however, I have cousins that are 11yrs and I am very close with them.

A:

People talk about cultural appropriation these days. What ar your thoughts on non tribal people liking and wanting to wear clothing inspired by your culture?


Q:

How do we overcome this stereotype: if a person stays in the abusive relationship after recognizing they are being abused then they either deserve what they get, must somehow enjoy the drama, or must not want help?

I am currently dealing with a close friend whose spouse is abusive: she knows it's wrong and she keeps talking about leaving but doesn't. I am also a survivor of domestic violence and understand the excuses one makes for an abuser and the twisted rationales for staying and yet, when I tell her her life is more important than her marriage and she doesn't leave, I find myself falling back on the old stereotypes about women who don't leave. This frustrates me greatly.

A:

Aya offers more. Like...waaaaaay more.


Q:

Credit goes to Noah for turning us onto this story. He'd been pestering Mark Foley and George LeMieux about their campaign spending for years. Last year, at a conference, we got to talking about how this was a national story and how we could use the FEC's own data to report on it.

A:

I prefer to have AT LEAST 2-3 weeks lead time. Sometimes more (depending on if I need to book something super far in advance.

I like to space out my adventures 2 weeks a part so I can put 14 solid days of focus on to each one. Each day is completely mapped out on a spreadsheet so all my agents are clear on the timing and their roles.

If they have a dinner reservation at 6:00 pm. They'll be there +/- 15 minutes


Q:

HAHA YEAH I KNOW WHAT BANANAS ARE AND AM DEFINITELY NOT GOOGLING THEM RIGHT NOW

A:

Good luck!! 2 years might be a tad young, but yeah- 11 years sounds like a good time to get at least some kind of programmatic foundation in their thought process. Good luck!!


Q:

It's understandable to a certain extent but I see a lot of people just wearing the native clothing because its cool or trendy but generally (from my experience) the same people are never really interested in diving into the actual culture (the good and the bad) but just do it because its the type of fashion we wear in the SW

A:

I totally understand what you mean here. I struggle with my relationship with my mum because of this. I know she is a victim and has been through hell, but at the same time it's hard to look past the fact that she abandoned me for my step-dad and ignored every time I begged for her to take us away from him when we were staying there and I was a child. It's so complicated, it frustrates me too. I'm sorry I don't really have a solid answer to your question, but know that I feel your frustration about this too.


Q:

Greetings Neb, what did you do to develop your accent for Bayek? Or was it just something you could instantly do?

A:

Do you think that sort of funding model has a future in journalism on a larger scale, or is there another adjustment that needs to be made?


Q:

I would like to apply for Ray’s job.

A:

Hi, you're my favorite twitter account to follow. Thanks for keeping the world informed on your v important non wolf activities. <3

• What is your opinion on three wolf moon shirts?

• Do you like watermelon?

• Did you catch the super blue blood moon last night?


Q:

How did you learn how to do graphic design for the game? How long have you spent making the game?

A:

Sengithamu!

I'm from Nanbe (currently in Atlanta) and I'm wondering about your views on the decolonization policies that some pueblos are undertaking- e.g. Changing the Spanish names back to original Tewa (Tiwa/Towa), not saying "pueblo Indian" but rather Tewa, etc. What do you think?

Kuu da


Q:

I live in the US, but I've sent my story in via your blog's share a story feature.

A:

When I entered the audition, I based the accent off my father and Adewale. When it came to working on the actual project, Ubisoft had a team on it as well as a dialect coach.


Q:

Honestly, probably not. I think we are in a pretty unique situation being owned by a non-profit and I don't think that's feasible everywhere. I also don't think it is a requirement to do good reporting – tons of great articles are published every year by all kinds of news outlets.

A:

Ray crushed it. He also got paid to drink beer and play arcade games to blend in at the arcade bar while he waited


Q:

HEY IF YOU CAN GET YOUR ARMS THROUGH SHIRT SLEEVES I SAY YOU CAN PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT ON THE SHIRT ITSELF

I AM A HUGE FAN OF WATERMELON, ITS LIKE IF APPLES WERE BLOOD

I DID NOT SEE THAT MOON BECAUSE IT WAS CLOUDY BUT THAT MAKES SENSE BECAUSE I FELT WAY STRONGER THAN USUAL LAST NIGHT

A:

I've spent about 9 months making this game, all in all.

As for the graphics, I've spent the past 2 years or so creating placeholder graphics that I never thought would stick. Eventually, these placeholder graphics became high enough quality to where I just... kept them. I really never meant to learn pixel art on purpose, but it happened and I guess I'm going to keep developing my pixel art skills!


Q:

My best friend is from Nambe! Do you know the Kaskallas? I love the fact that we went from San Juan Pueblo to Ohkay Owingeh really was a big deal for us because I felt we were now makjing progress and embracing a new era of native american greatness/pride

A:

Thank you so much! Can I ask if you would like to be named or if you would like to keep it anonymous?


Q:

What's your favorite playstyle in Assassin's Creed Origins? How do you like to play Bayek, what does your Bayek do to approach his objectives? :D

Additionally, how do you feel about the Present Day and Isu narrative layers in Assassin's Creed? You've been a huge fan of the franchise for a while, so surely you have an opinion on this! :D

A:

What legally constitutes a 'campaign'? Can a single candidate and a few friends 10 years after the fact still legally be a campaign, or do you need to meet a threshold like non-profits do?


Q:

Do you create different themes or just generic hunts?

Wildest stories of hunts gone bad?

Thanks, and sounds like an awesome service!

A:

Do you think wolves should be reintroduced to Scotland?


Q:

what did you use to make the graphics?

A:

Ha yeah the Kaskallas are my second cousins. Im from the Romero/Howkumi branch.


Q:

Anonymous preferred as I don't like the idea of people getting so much personal information with a simple google search, but I included my name in the submission form itself. You could list me as just "Jeremy" though, to more humanize my story rather than "anonymous."

A:

Warrior through and through. Headshot the fodder and slash the brutes with my Blades of Thoth. With pleasure.


Q:

To be a campaign, all you need to do is file with the FEC. The loophole is that there is nothing in federal election rules that requires you to close down your account after the campaigning ends. These campaigns that are still legally "campaigning" according to the FEC whilst not actually campaigning for an office are what we called zombie campaigns.

A:

Great question!

  1. Everything is completely customized to the person/people on the adventure (as well as the city they're in). That being said, I do have certain plays/gambits I'll recycle because they're just too much fun.

  2. For Adventure no 17: Margarita Madness, Players moved from Bar to Bar, adding a new addition along the way. Even though everyone knew it would involve a lot of bars, a bunch of them forgot to bring their state IDs and only brought their military IDs. Half the bars didn't let them in. I had to change the course of the entire adventure as it was running. There was a lot of fast rewriting of clues, calling of bars, and wax sealing envelopes in my car.


Q:

ABSOLUTELY I THINK THAT WOLVES SHOULD BE INTRODUCED TO A LOT OF PLACES

-SCOTLAND

-SENATE

-THAT GAP OUTLET THAT I AM NO LONGER ALLOWED INTO

-SERIOUSLY WHY CANT YOU BRING HAM TO THE GAP

A:

I used Aseprite and a whole lot of trial-and-error.


Q:

Small world am I right haha

A:

Okay :)


Q:

What is your favorite line from Bayek? My personal favorite is when he is on fire and goes: "Go out damn you!"

A:

Do you think that this loophole is intentionally present for this use, or was it a byproduct of poor forward thinking?


Q:

You should start each adventure telling the group you have only lost 6 or 7 people, during adventures. moment of silence

A:

Do you think you'll get married and settled down sometime?


Q:

thank you! do you have in mind if you are going to learn blender, maya or any other similar tool? you can get autodesk programs for free once you start attending college.

A:

Do you tend to avoid any vices that have typically hurt native americans like alcohol? Also did your diet growing up include a lot of traditional pueblo dishes and do you continue to make them for yourself?


Q:

Firstly let me say i completely agree with you about male victims and the sick lack of empathy our society has towards them. That's why, although I hate to say this, but I feel I should warn you that you are venturing into dangerous territory when you openly advocate for male victims in your program like you are doing.

I'm sure you've noticed you are already getting pushback from feminists in this post like:

u/legalalien420

"This makes me very uncomfortable, it feeds into the male victim MRA bullshit, and nothing drives abuse like 'entitled victim' mentality. The fact is, serious violence in relationships is almost always male perpetrated and women abusers very rarely kill their partners. This isn't nit picking, it's about protecting the vulnerable against abuse"

These people despise any effort to raise awareness or help male victims of anything. Especially if it means treating male victims equally to female victims which they interpret as taking attention away from female victims...somehow. I'm warning you about this because all it will take is one of these toxic feminists to right an article on huffpo or xojane to start a huge campaign against you and your efforts. Smearing you day and night and making your life hell.

If you don't believe me just take a look at what they did to Cassie Jaye

Take steps to prepare yourself

Good Luck my friend

A:

I think I've already answered this but I have to say, the voice director at the time was like "Make noises as if you are on fire." and made me go on for about 15 minutes...

I'd say the last 30 seconds of that 15 minutes were used because I began talking to the fire xD


Q:

I think it's intentional. There are bills that have been filed to address this that were killed right away.


Q:

EVERY TIME I GO OUT WITH A HUMAN THEY’RE ALL

HEY TAKE OFF YOUR TRENCH COAT

AND

WOW IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE SOME SORT OF HORRIBLE SECRET

SO I FEEL LIKE I JUST NEED TO FOCUS ON ME RIGHT NOW

A:

If I learn a 3D modelling program, it's probably going to be Blender due to the fact it's open source and I've had a little practice with it. I can't do much, but I know vaguely what the UI looks like^^


Q:

Alcohol is still prominent in the community, and I would like to be able to help my community find other outlets that are positive instead of drinking and gambling. I find it kinda sad that on my reservation, the casino and the liquor store are practically right next to eachother, and are open all week,, whereas the recreational centers never have a set time that they're open. And yes my grandmother made traditional dishes while I was growing up and she still does to this day. My favorite dish is Red Chile stew (potaoes and meat with red chile) and posole mixed together! it's so good!!!

A:

Thank you for warning me, but I am very strong in my views and I will be sharing them regardless of what people may think. I am a strong feminist, but to me feminism is equality and male victims of DV being ignored and not taken seriously is not equality. Abuse is abuse, it is inexcusable from both males and females.


Q:

Are you often active in AC subreddit? What do you think about it?

A:

What are the tax implications of having a "campaign" account? Do campaigns pay taxes on their contributions/expenses?


Q:

Wow- why aren’t military IDs accepted for bars in some states? You would figure they have picture ID, birthdate and full name just as any other ID. Is it because they don’t have some of the same security features?

A:

What is the best way to eat a freshly killed cotton tail rabbit?


Q:

Why did you choose godot instead of unreal or other physics engines? What language did you use?

A:

I’m Laguna Pueblo and whenever I get homesick I make red chile stew! Made it last week, lol. My husband loves it when I’m homesick because I finally cook.


Q:

I'm a bit confused on the "share your story" tab. Should we write out our story in the comment area, or just explain why we want to share our story? Thanks! I love seeing things like this.

A:

It's ritual for me now, every morning, to look at the AC subreddit and read it like the paper over breakfast xD


Q:

Generally, no I don't think they pay taxes. Some candidates incorporate their committees in which case they are subject to paying taxes on the funds.

A:

It was just certain bars in Pacific Beach. I understand both sides. The party told me that they'd never had this issue. I think it's just when PB gets busy, some bars get strict.


Q:

I RECENTLY CAME INTO OWNERSHIP OF A SLOW COOKER AND FRANKLY I HATE IT AND I DO NOT KNOW WHY I AM SURPRISED BECAUSE ALL THE STUFF I DO NOT LIKE ABOUT IT IS RIGHT THERE IN THE NAME. A FRESHLY KILLED RABBIT SHOULD BE EATEN FRESH, JUST DIVE RIGHT IN. IF YOU WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT RAW MEAT IT WOULD MAKE YOU SICK OR SOMETHING

OH IT MAKES THEM SICK? LIKE INCREDIBLY?

OKAY I’M GOING TO TAKE ANOTHER RUN AT THAT ONE

HEY PAL, I JUST GOT A SLOW COOKER AND I LOVE IT!

A:

I tried Unreal and Unity, but Unreal confused me and Unity was a bit buggy and difficult to use on Linux. Godot was super intuitive and worked perfectly and fluidly, so I just stuck with that one. Good thing, too, because I also tried Game Maker, LWJGL, PyGame, Pyglet, C++ and OpenGL and Batch Script when I was super young.


Q:

I have family in Laguna as well! what are your favorite dishes?

A:

Sorry, still getting the hang of things with the website so thanks for the feedback. I’ll make it clearer for people on the site. You can write your story straight away if you like but I know there’s a lot of people that aren’t confident with writing so even just drop a message saying “hi, I have something I’d like to share” and I can email back and help you put it together and discuss things. Whatever you prefer!


Q:

Absolutely love your work in AC Origins- you brought a lot of depth to Bayek’s character. Thanks for doing this!

While recording, were there ever any lines that looked good on paper, but just came across as awkward or anachronistic when you read them out loud? Did this ever cause any lines to be cut or changed?

A:

What is the best way to contract/shrink the size of campaigns? Would that eliminate the amounts of money at every stage of the process, including this one after the fact?


Q:

Yeah, I managed a bar at a big ten school. During big times like rush week and homecoming we got way more strict on what we allowed. Also, no 21st birthdays on half off nights.

A:

What is your favorite kind of bird?


Q:

How long did it take you to reach the level of coding that was needed to create this? How long did finding all the bugs take? (my java code for courses still has infinite bugs and I can’t imagine ever posting to steam so props for putting yourself out there :) )

Edit: wow my set of upvotes >100 thanks for all the advice on using an engine - i might look into it once I reach the end of the job search - glad you’re doing so much with your life already at 17 - it really is much harder to learn something well that you’re passionate about once you’re trying to accumulate job worthy skills so congrats on being ahead

A:

Do you speak a native American language?


Q:

Thank you so much for sharing and opening up! I've been really struggling with that and am just recently getting comfortable sharing and realizing that I can possibly turn my story into something that can hopefully help other victims.

I was in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship during college and still have not shared that information with my parents or many friends. I still hold on to guilt and am afraid that they will always see me as the girl who didn't have the guts to just leave and be embarrassed that their daughter didn't stand up for herself or blame themselves. Do you come across guilt as a common issue for those have been victims of abuse?

A:

I hated "Shit giving is my Job" for ages. I remember going up to Alain, the writer, and being like "Bro. This line. Why?" but funnily enough, it's now one of my weirdly favourite lines xD

There was a lot of lines that were chopped and changed just for clarity of delivery :)


Q:

As far as shrinking the amount of money in campaigns goes, that's not really something we covered in our reporting so I'm not sure I can give you a good answer for the best way to do that.

But congress could put an end to these zombie campaigns by writing legislation that requires a candidate to close down their accounts after the election ends or they retire (with some reasonable time limit to close down) and require that the remaining funds are donated to charities or other political committees.


Q:

ANY FALCON

I HAVE NOTHING BUT RESPECT FOR FALCONS

A:

I've been programming since I was like 8 years old so the programming side of things just came from a lot of experience. I have spent the last two years or so getting really into game development so that's when I've really been concentrating on improving my skills- it's slow, but I think it's paid off.

Haha, I'd recommend using a full-on engine rather than just Java and whatever framework(LWJGL, etc) if you're trying to make a game as an indie. There's really no shame in it- it saves a lot of time and pain that could be spent on the higher-level elements of your game. Performance isn't really that relevant unless you're doing something really unconventional that other engines just don't facilitate properly, but concepts like that are few and far between.

As for finding all the bugs...

I just pushed an update to fix like 3 of them after getting a few messages about them.>.> It's the price to pay for no real QA testing, I suppose.


Q:

Not fluently, but I will get there, I have a great support system that has been helping me out an I will learn it, just need some time.

A:

Yes, guilt is such a common thing. I felt guilt myself, wondering what I could have done differently. That is what relationships like that do though, they make you doubt yourself and take away your self-esteem. The fact you have left is amazing. So many people don't get out of those relationships and you should be so proud of yourself, and if you tell anybody about your experience and they aren't proud of you too then that is just because they don't understand. You are very strong for escaping and very inspiring. So thank you for sharing too! Stories like yours are empowering.


Q:

Did you have to get yourself into a certain mindset when playing Bayek? I know some actors take their roles seriously, such as Mark Hamill when he performs Joker, he will walk around and stand up recording his lines, doing various hand motions and an evil smile, did you do anything to this extent, or was it fairly straightforward?

A:

Were you surprised politicians are shady?


Q:

I see you are taking the business model from the movie The Game. Please end an adventure with. A 70 story drop. :)

A:

Which is better, head scratches or belly rubs?


Q:

I agree with this. If you want to make a game, use an engine. The only reason you should make your own engine is if your game is really simple, or you just want to learn how to make an engine. Most engines let you supplement the engine with your own binary code, so even if you need something really unconventional, you can usually add it to the engine.

A:

Are you into Native literature? If so who are your favorite? I a huge fan of Leslie Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexei, and Louise Erdrich.


Q:

Writing is a great way to express inner emotions. I had trouble reading this though -- was there a formatting issue?

A:

If the world saw my prep for Bayek, I think I would be sectioned...Music is my way in. I listened to a lot of Sarahs (Sarah Schachner) stuff to get into character. I would also hum a tune my father used to sing me as a child to go REALLY DEEP.


Q:

No, it does not surprise me that congress writes massive loopholes into campaign finance laws and underfunds the commission responsible for oversight of campaign spending.


Q:

THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE QUESTIONS BECAUSE ON ONE HAND BELLY RUBS ARE MORE SATISFYING OVERALL BUT THEY LEAVE YOU INCREDIBLY VULNERABLE TO ATTACK SO I WOULD HAVE TO SAY HEAD SCRATCHES BECAUSE YOU GET ALL THE SATISFACTION WITH NONE OF THE STRESS

A:

Agreed! The Godot Engine allows for C++ modules to be added at compilation, which is what I had to do in order to integrate the Steam API.

Godot 3.0 has this thing called GDNative which allows for C++ module integration without having to re-compile the engine which I am looking forward to a lot, considering Godot uses MinGW conventions and Steam uses MSVC- not exactly the nicest thing to compile on a MinGW compiler which throws a tantrum at the sight of certain MSVC types.


Q:

I love Sherman Alexie

A:

Yes there was, didn’t realise the paragraphs didn’t work. Better now?


Q:

From /u/ACreedComment

What does he think about Bayek and his relationship with Aya ? Through his voice, the player tried to know what Bayek felt. What was the most difficult scenes/ cutscenes to act, according to you?

A:

What was the most random thing you found purchased? Most concerning?


Q:

This is really cool!

Here is a scavenger hunt I made for my local subreddit a few years ago.

What do you think?

Scavenger Hunt https://imgur.com/a/3Oasn

A:

Who's a good boy?


Q:

I don't know too much about Godot, but my cousin is making a game with it, and he told me about the new features in 3.0, it seems pretty exciting.

He also uses Godot at work at Google to make basic UIs, because it's easier than making it in python

A:

I've listened to Alexie read his own writing, and he vocalizes the "excited" response (ie "oh, wow!") tone EXACTLY as I remember it in Espanola, and San Juan... now Ohkay Owingah... as a kid.

You are a Cata... we're cousins. I don't recognize your picture, but I think it's awesome you're doing an AMA.

My mom and brother will be going down to the pueblo for the dances later this month. I've heard the pueblo has some pretty cool things going on recently. Are you a part of any of it (beyond the traditional)?


Q:

Why does your site have so many ads? Hosting a wp site doesn't cost a fortune...

A:

I think Bayek loves Aya with all his being because 1. She's brilliant and 2. She gave him something which he would turn the world inside out for: Khemu

I think he learns the hard way that his relationship with Aya becomes Toxic, but that doesn't stop him. I think he enjoys that.

The hardest scene was the flashback. Jesus...


Q:

lol this wasn't in our story because his campaign ended in debt so we didn't scrutinize him but Lyndon LaRouche spent tens of thousands dollars from his campaign account publishing the book "Children of Satan III: The Sexual Congress for Cultural Fascism"

A:

dude.....

This is SO FREAKING COOL. I absolutely loved the way to progressed the participants through the hunt. One of the toughest things I have to work around is how to leave something in a public place without having some rando mess with it. Leaving the telephone pole sign was brilliant


Q:

WHAT MAKES A GOOD BOY? IS A GOOD BOY BORN OR MADE? DO WE NOT ALL CONTAIN THE RAW MATERIALS NECESSARY TO BE A GOOD BOY OR, GOD FORBID, A DIRTY DOG? IS THERE NOT A DARK PORTION WITHIN ALL OUR HEARTS?

ANYWAY I AM, I BELIEVE IT IS ME WHO IS THE GOOD BOY

A:

Oh wow, that's super cool, though I suppose it makes sense. I think one of Godot's greatest strengths is its ability for rapid prototyping, so I suppose that's a pretty smart use-case for it.


Q:

I recently recieved the first scholarship from this company called anew. They focus on bringing in necessities like furniture, fridges, washers and dryers etc to the community to help out the people that cannot necessarily afford them. I would like to use my platform at Anew to do something bigger in terms of giving back to the community

A:

Like I’ve said, I’m clueless about with all this stuff. I’ve picked a theme and I write the posts and that’s about it! I’ve only been doing it for a month :)


Q:

Can you please confirm that Alix Wilton Regan is the best actor and the most wonderful human you have ever worked with and that you feel very VERY lucky to know her?

A:

Have there been any eye-catching purchases with these funds? Or any amount spent on something you weren't expecting?


Q:

That sounds fantastic.

A:

Do you want a treat / ball?


Q:

What do you like most about the workflow of the Godot engine and what do you hate most about it?

A:

What do you like the most about being a Native American and what do you like least about being a Native American?


Q:

Just to lighten the mood (but in no way undermine and disrespect the trauma you suffered) do you like fish and chips?

A:

Alix deserves the world. The universe, stars and all existence. My life, being and every breath I take is for each step she takes in this world.


Q:

I posted this in reply to another question but the most random/surprising to me was Lyndon LaRouche who spend tens of thousands of campaign dollars publishing "Children of Satan III: The Sexual Congress for Cultural Fascism".

A:

you're fantastic!


Q:

I WILL NOT BE DISTRACTED BY THE PRESENCE OF SOME SORT OF BALL AND I WILL ABSOLUTELY NEVER CHASE AFTER IT BECAUSE SOMETIMES THE BALL HAS ACTUALLY NOT BEEN THROWN AND FRANKLY THAT VIOLATION OF TRUST IS WHAT PROVES THAT THE HEART OF MAN IS CORRUPT AND DISGUSTING

SOME BACON WOULD BE NICE THOUGH YES I WILL ACCEPT THAT

A:

I really like how prominent and easy-to-use the Node system is. I know that other engines have similar hierarchy things, but in Godot it feels really integral to the engine. Everything is based on Nodes and it gives everything a really nice, modular feel.

The worst is probably the audio system. I know that it's entirely different and a lot nicer in Godot 3.0 now, but as of 2.1.4 it crashes constantly and it's really awkward to use.


Q:

I've always loved being native american, but when I moved out of state for the first time I truly fell in love with my culture because I then got to see how blessed I am to be apart of the indigenous community. I guess I finally got to see how unique it was and the pride I have will never go away.

What I hate is that people will ask the dumbest and most thoughtless questions, like when I'm at work serving tables I always get a guest or two that ask me if I did a rain dance or they ask me if they can be apart of the Pueblo's dances because they just recently found out they are like 1/16th Native American etc.

A:

I LOVE FISH AND CHIPS. With chippy sauce. mmmm.


Q:

So hello good man. How are you? :)

A:

What happens next? Now that the issue has been brought to light, what can your average citizen do about it?


Q:

Lol man.. I get how this is a cool and unique idea, and people with a ton of spare money will probably want to do this.. But that price point pretty much eliminates middle class customers.

A:

Should schools stop teaching "Little Red Ridinghood" and other lit that teaches children to hate people who have more than two legs? Hate literature in schools is a very big problem in our area.


Q:

Congratulations. I wish you much success. Which Linux distro is your favorite? Thanks.

A:

...because they just recently found out they are like 1/16th Native American

There's a reason why the Generokee tribe is the fastest growing Native American tribe in all of North America.


Q:

Reporting this stuff to the police doesn't really help unless kids are involved. What can we do when kids aren't involved? As far as the law is concerned consenting adults and all that jazz.

A:

Terrible. I am terrible. Excited for whats to come :D


Q:

Honestly, this has to be fixed at the legislative level. There are giant loopholes in the rules and the FEC doesn't have to resources to properly vet the more than 20 million transactions they are tasked with a year. So the buck stops at congress who write the rules and also underfund the commission tasked with enforcing the rules. The best way to get change is to tell your congressmen that reform is needed and that they should pay attention to this issue.

A:

Very true. It's something I've grappled with big time.

(between you and me and literally everyone reading this) If i find a player who just absolutely deserves something like this, I make it happen.

You tell me your budget, and I make it work.

Some people truly, honestly absolutely deserve a day they'll never forget


Q:

I THINK ITS PRETTY MESSED UP TO BE SUSPICIOUS OF A GRANDMA JUST BECAUSE SHE HAS HUGE AWESOME TEETH SO YEAH LETS GET THAT BOOK OFF THE SHELVES

A:

Thank you!! :) I've been happy with Debian for the past several years. It's super solid, easily editable and has a huge community. I've tried Mint which is also solid and Ubuntu which I always run into driver errors on. I once tried Arch. That's really all I'll say about it. I like large packages of compatible software that some would consider "bloat".


Q:

Generokee haha. Thats the best thing I have heard in awhile

A:

Like I've said previously, it totally depends on the country you are in what resources are available. Russia is very backwards when it comes to this stuff and it is extremely different to get help. Whereas there are a large number of charities that operate in the UK and USA to offer support for DV.


Q:

you got me there haha xD. nice to hear that! i'm also really excited :). what do you think about the german voice actor for bayek? :)

A:

How did you all get in the track of this story? Was it a specific case you were alerted to?


Q:

Found this on the website:

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST? 

After a free phone/email consultation we send the client a written proposal which breaks down the entire budget and details. We keep pricing very simple.

We have a flat rate and an adventure budget. The flat rate covers the fun. It pays for the weeks leading up as we build the adventure, the long hours spent hand writing or encoding clues, working with business owners, and polishing the adventure. 

The adventure budget covers how embellished you want the details to be. Do you want this thing to be on a train? a cruise? a remote vacation spot? Do you want actors involved or would you like it simple?

If you want your target to stop at a shop or restaurant and be greeted at the door and ushered in to shop or eat, we cover the amount beforehand and charge you what was spent at cost. The client pays a deposit to reserve the date and the balance is due after the adventure is over. 

We never go over budget and the client is always aware of the total cost. 

I feel like if you aren't up front with cost, you aren't going to do very well in the long run. How much is the flat rate? Explanation. The client is aware of total cost? Only if you call us.

A:

Why are you yelling?


Q:

How did you start programming at 8 years old? Were you nudged in that direction by a friend or family member?

A:

You have to renew your ID card every two year?!


Q:

How can interested fellow survivors share our stories?

A:

Never heard him yet. I will now.


Q:

Noah found a few FL pols who were doing exactly this. They kept dodging him and his questions for years. Last year, around this time, we met up at a conference and started talking about his story idea and how we could pursue it on a national level using the FECs own data.

A:

Hey there!

The problem I've run into is when someone emails me saying "I'd like to buy an adventure, but I don't want to talk until I know the cost"

I give them the cost (usually recommend $3,000 if I am traveling to you) and then I never hear from them again.

But if i have a conversation where i tell you that I'm going to use your best friend's tattoos as the cipher to decode a message that sends you to a mirror maze where you're intercepted and handed another clue all while being tracked via a GPS thats been placed on you to ensure perfection, you might begin to understand why it costs so much.

TL;DR - never lead with your price. Lead with an explanation of what you do.


Q:

WHY ARENT YOU

A:

My dad was super into computers and helped get me into computer games from a very young age, so I was always fascinated by all sorts of computer games. I tried several times to create (massively over-ambitious) text adventures in Windows Batch script from YouTube tutorials which I could literally just copy out exactly and just change the flavour text.

From there, I learned maybe one or two commands in ActionScript which basically just made buttons work. I didn't really understand how to do anything else, I understood key-frames and the basics of how sprites worked, but yeah- that's how I made and uploaded the award-winning "Catch-A-Button" to Kongregate.


Q:

every 4 years

A:

drop me an email at [email protected] or submit a message here :) if you need any help writing too I am happy to assist. https://writeforadifference.com/contact/


Q:

Hey Abu, it's me Dylan!

Aya and Bayek mention the Creed a lot in Origins, but its never clear what the Creed is, and why the now believe in it, what is the Creed to them, and why is it their new creed?

One of the best performances in all of games! thanks man!

A:

Is this practice illegal or is it simply unethical? If it is illegal, which agency is supposed to audit these campaigns and have you reported them?


Q:

Do you love the movie The Game?

A:

Why are your favorite techniques of dealing with the totally normal stresses of being a typical human man in a not at all confusing modern world?


Q:

Will you get rich from this? What’s your next project?

A:

How much emphasis is put on becoming financially successful?


Q:

Is your twitter handle in reference to Nirvana's song?

A:

DYLAN YOU SON OF A GUN! I'm gonna get back to this.

EDIT:

Bayek and Aya's "Creed" is to defend those who can not defend themselves from powers more powerful than them that abuse their power. Thats the short of it. But why do they believe in it now? Because it's the perfect excuse to continue their "blood poetry". I think both Aya and Bayek are incredibly blood thirsty because of the trauma they have experienced...and whats the best way of exercising that lust than disguising it as a cause.

Yes, they do want peace and good in the world...but their "Creed" doesn't really say peacefully does it xD


Q:

It's a grey area, for sure. The FEC is responsible for auditing these accounts but they have just 34 analysts who had to check 20+ million transaction last year. Some ethics advocacy groups have started filing petitions to the FEC to clarify what is and is not legal spending.

A:

soooooo fun fact...

...

I've never seen it...

I've had people threaten physical harm to me for never seeing it. I'll see it eventually!


Q:

GREAT QUESTION PAL BECAUSE BEING ALIVE IS INCREDIBLY STRESSFUL

I TEND TO GET MY PEACE OF MIND THROUGH SWEET SWEET EXERCISE BECAUSE IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT CAN YOU EVEN REMEMBER THE LAST TIME YOU RAN AS FAST AS YOU POSSIBLY COULD? I CAN. IT WAS NOT THIS MORNING IN PURSUIT OF PREY, I JUST ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO HIT THE TRACK AT MY LOCAL COLLEGE CAMPUS

ALSO I HAVE BEEN PLAYING A TON OF STARDEW VALLEY LATELY THAT GAME IS INCREDIBLY CALMING

A:

Will you get rich from this?

Honestly I have no idea where to put my expectations. My first instinct is to assume my game will do terribly, but the median number of sales in a game's first month on Steam is ~100 so I'm thinking that maybe I'll make my Steam Direct fee back which would be nice.

What's your next project?

I'm not entirely sure. Maybe something to do with whales. Or mushrooms. Maybe both? Probably just one. I expect that it'll be quite different from Mass O' Kyzt, though!


Q:

Not emphasis on being successful financially, but to be wealthy in terms of knowledge and wisdom is what is preached.

A:

YES! I love Nirvana.


Q:

Hi Abu! What's your favourite kind of dessert?

A:

How many post death accounts were still spending? Versus post death that stopped?


Q:

What do you do when things go wrong? Not that I'm doubting you're abilities, but do you ever have to change something mid-adventure?

A:

how do you feel about cats?


Q:

Maybe an RTS with three factions consisting of the whales, Japanese whalers, and Sea Shepard.

A:

Where do you stand on the ‘Washington Redskins’ debate? Do you find it offensive and a slur? Have you or anyone you know been called this term in a derogatory way? Thanks for your insight.


Q:

Dark Chocolate and Strawberries.

A:

We found 8 still spending. There's no doubt in my mind that there are more, we just didn't have the man power to go through every single one of the 18,000 registered campaign committees filed with the FEC.


Q:

Love this

I carry an "oh shit!" box for every adventure. Inside this box i include things like:

Extra envelopes with the Player's initial written on it Extra Wax A lighter String tape double sided tape hydrophobic spray ruler exacto knife assortment of pens Blue flare lots of paper scissors key locks password locks

Plenty of other things! very rarely, I'll have to call an audible mid day and scrap a location to replace it with another. Most of the time these things just help make the experience more magical (I.e. one of the players mentions he would love rocky road Ice cream. At the next location, there's a cup of ice cream with a wax sealed envelope containing a note that says

"I got chu" -The Architect

Those moments make incredible memories

A:

AS FAR AS HOUSEPETS GO THEY ARE SMALL AND NOT AT ALL DESCENDED FROM MIGHTY FOREST CREATURES AND THEY SHOULD PROBABLY STAY INSIDE BECAUSE HONESTLY THEY HAVE A VERY SNACK LIKE VIBE ABOUT THEM

OBVIOUSLY I DONT THINK THAT

IF I WANT A SNACK I DO SOMETHING LOW IN CALORIES LIKE PIRATES BOOTY

BECAUSE A HUGE PART OF BEING HUMAN IS BEING ABLE TO EAT LIKE 60 OF SOMETHING AND NOT FEEL BAD

ANYWAY I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT HAPPENED TO MY NEIGHBORS CAT IT WAS PROBABLY SOME SORT OF INCREDIBLE BIRDS FAULT


Q:

Yes.

A:

I don't find it offensive. It's funny me and my buddy were talking the other day how white liberals are generally the only people offended by it. Me personally, I think that there are bigger things to worry about in the native american community instead of an NFL or MLB teams mascot. I'd like to see alcoholism go away and many other things prioritized first before any if that other stuff


Q:

What was it like using the mocap suits compared to actually acting on a set in a tv series, and do plan on expanding into other video game franchises as a VA? I love the character of Bayek and you truly brought him to life!

A:

What do you think will come of this? Are you getting information to the right people (or are you hoping the public will take this information and wise up?)?


Q:

You sounds like a very fun guy hahah

A:

What is the best sandwich?


Q:

Put a narwhal in there.

A game can't live without a narwhal.

A:

You're not the only one. I've seen many Native people in New Mexico who aren't offended at all and think the fight is ridiculous.

Personally, as a Laguna/Isleta woman, I do think it's time for the racist mascots to go. They're dated and it's crazy that they've lasted this long.


Q:

Thanks Bud :D

Mocap suits are hilarious. They leave nothing for the imagination, are uncomfortable and even though it's Lycra, you do not feel like a superhero AT ALL. Having said that though, It was incredibly liberating because I solely had to rely on my imagination which made the element of play so much more fun than it would have been for TV and Film.

Other video games...bring it.

A:

The buck stops at congress. Congress writes the loopholes into law and underfunds the agency tasked with enforcement.

Through our reporting we've been in contact with various groups such as CREW, IssueOne, and CLC who are filing petitions with the FEC to better clarify the rules on what is and is not allowed. Ultimately, though, the only way to get change is for voters to make it known that they want reform from their reps and sens.


Q:

it's a gift!

A:

ITS ALL ABOUT WHAT MOOD YOURE IN

A DRUNK GRILLED CHEESE IS BASICALLY A SEXUAL EXPERIENCE

A GOOD STEAK SANDWICH WILL MAKE YOU SO FULL YOU GET TIRED AND THAT RULES

BUT REMEMBER THAT TECHNICALLY ANYTHING BETWEEN BREAD IS A SANDWICH SO GRAB SOME BREAD AND GET CREATIVE

WHERES GARY


Q:

...Thanks for the suggestion. :)

A:

Again I respect your opinion, everyone is certainly entitled to their own, but growing up that's all people have asked me is if i feel offended about Tribal Mascots when there are huger issues that need to be confronted


Q:

From /u/neurotoxiny

What was his favorite moment from behind the scenes while working on the game? In other words, what is his most cherished memory from working on the game?

A:

Based on my rough accounting of the people listed in your Zombie Campaigns Database, and not looking at their individual behaviors or the amounts spent, it looks like democrats are more likely to do this than republicans.

This observation seems more partisan than I'd like it to be. I don't want this to turn into another Reddit "us" vs. "them" thread, but I found this interesting.

  1. Is that a fair assessment?
  2. Do you feel that one side or the other spent more this way?
  3. Was there a difference in how this money was spent by party?

Edit: Below /u/EliMurray says

there are more than 18,000 campaign committees filed with the FEC so we didn't get to look exhaustively at all of them

This is an important point that invalidates my "analysis" above. Counting the number of Ds or Rs on the list isn't worthwhile, because the list isn't exhaustive.


Q:

as someone who also has an "oh shit box" for my line of work, i've taken to calling it the "oh shit kit."

A:

What's your favourite item of clothing to wear on a night out?


Q:

You have to pay a fee to publish on steam? I figured they just took a percentage of sales.

A:

Is there one specific part of your culture you wish more people knew about ?


Q:

Meeting the people who make the video games. Bloody hell....the love and passion. Changed my life.

A:

I think it's a nonpartisan issue that both parties should want to address. Our database only shows the 102 worst offenders that we found but there are more than 18,000 campaign committees filed with the FEC so we didn't get to look exhaustively at all of them and I'm sure there are many more out there that we haven't reported on yet.


A:

GOD THERE ARE SO MANY TO CHOOSE FROM, I AM CONSTANTLY USING THE MONEY I EARN AT MY CORPORATE JOB TO BUY CLOTHES TO WEAR IN MY FREE TIME. RECENTLY I BOUGHT A SWEATER AND THE OTHER DAY I BOUGHT A VEST BUT IF YOU SEE ME OUT ON A FRIDAY NIGHT I WILL LIKELY BE WEARING SOMETHING THAT RESEMBLES A SUIT I RETRIEVED OFF A DEAD MAN AT THE BEACH AND I WILL ALSO PROBABLY BE PRETTY SURPRISED TO SEE YOU BECAUSE USUALLY AT NIGHT I KIND OF HAVE THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE


Q:

They do both. You have to pay a $100/£70 fee per title to put your game on Steam, and then they take some percentage of sales on top of that. At this point, they can afford to since they're the biggest digital games retailer in the world! ^^

A:

There's a lot of things I wish people knew about, I can't think of one specifically but there's a reason why I am a film major, I want to be able to show the world what goes on in our daily lives and how we operate on a daily basis. A lot of people think that Pueblo ppl live in Tipi's, etc but that couldnt be further from the truth


Q:

What personality trait do you think that you and Bayek have in common?

Also, you have a wicked voice that fit very well for Bayek!

A:

Have you created a hunt for Ron Swanson yet?


Q:

What's the hardest part about being a wol perfectly normal human?

A:

Haha I love this answer to what your next project will be


Q:

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A:

Stubborness. Both incredibly stubborn xD


Q:

If I was to create an adventure for Ron, it would be out in the wilderness for 3 days, it would be solitary (He wouldn't want to have leslie tag along) and it would be extremely challenging.

A:

LISTEN BASICALLY THE WHOLE HUMAN EXPERIENCE IS SUPER DIFFICULT AND THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS I DONT UNDERSTAND BUT I THINK THE HARDEST PART IS PRETENDING THAT I “GET” TWIN PEAKS I AM SO SORRY I JUST DO NOT UNDERSTAND MAYBE THERE IS SOMETHING I AM MISSING HERE PLEASE JUST DO NOT HURT ME I HAVE COME SO FAR


Q:

AlexHoratio: #1 AMA-er

A:

Christmas!


Q:

Will Siwa never know peace?

A:

Did you know that it's also my birthday? We share the date with Sir Thomas Moore, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. It's a good day.

EDIT: Gold?! Honestly, it was a bit of a rough start to the day, but this is turning it around. Thanks, Architect! I hope you get lots of tasty cake today.


Q:

Where did you grow up?

A:

I bought the game. Will play it tomorrow. Any tips?

Thanks for the 15% discount by the way!


Q:

[deleted]

A:

Not until all those that sniffed the air that day meet my blades.


Q:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! We literally have the best birthday ever. It's just far enough from the holidays, It's after the superb owl (usually) and just before valentines day!

A:

IN SUBURBAN CHICAGO THERE IS A MALL

IN THAT MALL IS AN ABANDONED SAM GOODY

BUT BEFORE IT WAS A SAM GOODY IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL FOREST WHERE ONE COULD LEARN NOT JUST THE CONCEPT OF RIGHT AND WRONG BUT APPRECIATION FOR NATURE AND THE BALANCE IT PROVIDES

BUT OBVIOUSLY I NEVER WENT THERE, I JUST USED TO HANG OUT AT THAT SAM GOODY A LOT, BUMMED IT WENT OUT OF BUSINESS


Q:

Woo, thank you!! :) Biggest tip would probably be to upgrade toughness last>.> things get very hard very fast when the Kyztlings take a lot of hits to kill.

A:

Posole for sure!


Q:

How does it feel to voice act the greatest assassin ever?

A:

What's the price range for one of your scavenger hunts? I'm sure it varies based on the individual, but is there a ballpark estimate?


Q:

What about your human teen years?

A:

Its amazing how you are so composed and focused on your work for your age. I was so busy trying to get rid of my virginity at that age. Ugh.

Anyway now that i have a kid of my own, how would a completely clueless adult like me introduce a kid to the world of computers and coding that could lead his appreciation in considering this field as work? Just thinking ahead. He is only in preschool actually.


Q:

I noticed in another comment that you are film major (same here!):

  1. Any Native American-centered films or directors you recommend? I'm admittedly quite ignorant on this subject.

  2. Do you have a favorite director/film?

A:

I mean...thank you. A blessing and honour. Thank you.


Q:

Yep! without getting too into the weeds, i usually recommend $3,000 budget but it's worth noting that everything is suuuuuuper flexible. If you have a smaller budget, I can use public places (san diego is chock full: Balboa park, Coronado Island, Beaches everywhere

That being said, if you want a hot air balloon ride or a dinner stop at a 5 star restaurant, I'd recommend having a higher budget!

hope that gives you a good idea!

A:

AS A TEEN I OFTEN SPENT MY TIME LISTENING TO CONTEMPORARY MUSICS AND YELLING AT ONE OR BOTH OF MY PARENTS. I WOULD ALSO OFTEN THINK ABOUT HOW WOLVES DONT REALLY HAVE THE CONCEPT OF TEEN YEARS AND HOW ONE DAY THEY ARE BORN BLIND AND THEN THE NEXT THEY ARE EXPECTED TO JUST KILL STUFF AND BATHE IN BLOOD AND ALWAYS WORSHIP THE HUNT AND MAYBE SOME OF US WANTED TO LISTEN TO THE MOUNTAIN GOATS TOO BUT WE NEVER GOT THAT CHANCE BECAUSE WE LIVED IN THE GODDAMN WOODS AND HAD TO INSTEAD MURDER ACTUAL GOATS NEAR AN ACTUAL MOUNTAIN


Q:

Thank you! :)

Hmm, I'd suggest to get him into the practice of thinking programmatically/logically first of all(though that's hard if he's in pre-school!) Alternatively, get him some computer games. I think that there's really no sure-fire way. I got into programming because every time I saw something cool, I just wanted to make that thing. I got a lot of games when I was a child and so I just kept trying to make different types of video games- little text adventures(which I never completed), etc.

I really don't have much experience with kids so I don't know if anything I said was helpful, but I hope you got something out of that!^^

A:

I love the revenant, anything with Wes Studi, and I love Tarantino. We should collab on a project someday!


Q:

So one time I had you do a leap of faith but there was nothing there to land on so you died.

That really sucked why did you let me do that?

A:

That's completely fair. I was impressed at how much you built into the cost such as the tickets or dinner. The clues look pretty solid too. You clearly have a talent.


Q:

Did you find Wolves of Wall Street misleading?

A:

What engine/framework/language did you create the game in? Well the answer to that was in the title...

Did you make the art yourself? I enjoy coding small game projects now and then but always work with free placeholder assets, I don't feel like I could dedicate the time to also learning how to make art, as I have a lot of things going on and also value leisure activities outside of sitting behind a computer, and it doesn't really interest me that much either.


Q:

Do older members of your community still hold grudges against whites for what they have done to Native Americans?

A:

Because Gerreh told me to.


Q:

I really appreciate that! The goal is to have people finish an adventure and think "This was MORE than worth the money spent."

Everyone has been happy so far!

A:

ABSOLUTELY, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MORE OF A CONDEMNATION OF BELFORTS DESPICABLE BEHAVIOR BUT THEN HE MAKES A CAMEO AT THE END AND YOURE ALL LIKE “WHAAAA DOES SCORSESE ACTUALLY LIKE THIS MONSTER?” AND IT KIND OF SOURED THE WHOLE THING FOR ME BUT MAN ISNT THAT JUST CLASSIC CAPITALISM


Q:

Yup! I made the art myself.

It's actually quite a funny story about how I came to make the graphics for this game. I made so many placeholder graphics for previous games that my skills just improved without really noticing. Art is a lot more analytical than you'd think- being able to make the shading consistent and correct is really like most of it. Apart from that, I'd recommend to just keep the sprites lo-res and relatively small so that the human mind fills in the details by itself^^

If you can't deal with art, get a 3rd party on to help you with the art. I've never done this before, so I can't give much advice on that!!

A:

Not really, if you respect our dances and ceremonies and don't ask stupid non educated questions then we are all good, but you would be surprised how many people try to become part of the culture, etc. Life is all about respect and even though we never fully received it, we are taught to be a bigger person, mentally and emotionally.


Q:

Hi Abubakar!
While recording your lines for Assassin's Creed Origins, were there any lines that were particularly difficult to perform? What was your favourite part about playing Bayek? And, do you think Bayek will return in a future game?

P.S. What is your favourite AC community project?

A:

Have you done an adventure for someone who obviously didn't want to do it? How did that go?

I am assuming that since a considerable amount of money is involved, the person purchasing it would talk to the receiving party ahead of time. I am picturing a desperate proposal, the kind we see in the movies but without the movie ending.


Q:

 

 

 

 

                    How do I convince people that white space is important in drawing attention?

 

 

 

 

A:

What was the hardest obstacle you had to get through in this whole journey?


Q:

What does your tribe do to hand down ancestral knowledge, spiritual beliefs, tribal history, etc? Can you share anything that might be meaningful to people?

Thanks for doing the AMA! I grew up in NM and miss the beautiful landscapes.

A:

The hardest line was telling Aya she "Smells like the Sea." simply because everytime I said it, Alix Wilton Regan and Zora Bishop would burst out laughing...so I really struggled with that line for...reasons.

I loved every part of playing Bayek. It was so much fun.

I have no idea :D


Q:

Yep!

I did an adventure early on for someone's birthday where it became pretty clear that his friends who were acting as agents where WAY more excited about it than he was.

I've done enough to learn that most people would like some kind of special day, but it's important to make sure they get the day they want. I ask a ton of questions early on. some people would rather have a quiet solitary experience exploring their city. Others want to be thrust into a ridiculous world where their friends are all the villains in a battle between good and evil!

regarding the second part, yes. It's a balancing act to ensure that the player in the game isn't completely blindsided by the day but still has the element of surprise. Usually I'll do a teaser envelope dropped off days in advance to get them excited

A:

USE A TON OF WHITE SPACE AND GET THEIR ATTENTION


Q:

The fact that I didn't really plan it properly for the first 6 months, honestly. I came up with the idea that you would "upgrade your enemies", meandered and played around with it for a while and it just wasn't going anywhere. I must have gone through several iterations of it before landing on the final version and that's a lot of time that I wasted because I wouldn't just sit down and think about it what I really wanted out of my game for an hour or so.

A:

Sadly I could get in trouble if I were to tell you that so I will have to decline. But I will let you know that everything is passed down verbally so you wont find any information youre looking for online or in any books


Q:

First of all I think you did a really fantastic job and I think Bayek deserves at least one more reprisal as protagonist. Thanks for doing the AMA! Now on to the questions

1)AC Origins has some pretty memorable moments in terms of story. With many twists both in the main story and side quests. spoiler Were you ever surprised at the route they took in writing?

2)Assassin’s Creed undoubtedly has thought and care put into writing of the characters. When did you realize that the project you were working on was huge and mainstream, and due to the story and protagonists being so beloved by the fan base, that you were a central part of it?

3)How was it working with Ashraf Ismail and how directly did you work with him?

4)How aware of the Assassin’s Creed franchise were you before you got this role? Do you play video games?

5)Do you feel that it’s a little easier to do your job because of the good writing?

A:
  1. When did you decide that this could turn into a business or a full time job (if it is one)?

  2. What steps did you have to take to turn it into a business and was it difficult?

Thanks! And great story. Love it when people provide others with a memorable experience.


Q:

What is some recommended reading you might have? Also where do you get your existentialist wolf-like philosophy from?

A:

Coming from a 35 year old who started a web agency at 17 years old, which has evolved into a product company with 50 employees today: It's not always the case that you will find the best solution (or even idea) on the first day (or first hour). That's kind of like publishing a book at first draft.

When working on product ideas, it is very useful to build quick prototypes in the beginning, testing it on friends and improving the idea with a few iterations to set the features properly. Then start on the full implementation. By the way, even if you do what I just outlined, you will find golden nuggets along the way. It is impossible to cover all corners of a product when planning.

It's impressive that you've published a game on Steam at 17 - keep going, and remember to have fun with other parts of life while doing it!


Q:

Are there any big misconceptions about Native American history and culture that were created by Hollywood?

A:

THANKS! Bayek is a creation of the writers, designers, and animators so they all deserve the praise!

1) Yeah, the writing wasn't what I was expecting from an Assassins game. It was daring, crazy and took risks. I loved this. From the creation of the creed to even the ritual of the ring finger. I loved it.

2) Second round of my audition. It took my breath away when they revealed that it was AC, simply because I love the series and know how inspirational a main character in a video game can be.

3) Ash is a blessing. A force and a beautiful man. I would work with him again in a HEARTBEAT

4) I played from the first Assassins Creed so VERY aware

5) Honestly, film, theatre, TV...any medium is heavily down to it's writing. If it's good, it works. If it sucks....well.


Q:

Howdy!

I'll start with 2 because it leads into 1.

  1. in short, I got super lucky, I had decided build the first adventure for my reddit giftee because he happened to live 21 minutes away from me. While i was working on it, i got excited and told anyone who would listen. I recruited a bunch of friends to help along the way. One of my friends agreed to wake up early and hand deliver the century old suitcase to my giftee. He tagged along through the next location too. Once my giftee and his girlfriend got to the zoo, I knew I had a few hours before their next stop.

I took my friend out to breakfast to thank him. He said. "this is awesome. You're going to make a business out of this. Give me a name, I'll build you a website."

At that moment, I came up with Constructed Adventures. When I met my giftee at the end, I told him about it. When he posted to reddit, he linked the website and everything blew up overnight! As far as the business side. I have business savvy friends who held my and the whole way through the LLC and bank accounts and stuff. Now on to part 1.

  1. I did this as a side hustle for about 2 years while I worked a phone job full time. Basically I would go to work, come home, build an adventure, scout locations one weekend, and run it the next.

rinse and repeat.

Anyway, I moved to San Diego for a new phone job and was MISERABLE. I finally hit a breaking point where I realized I'd rather be poor and doing this than rich talking on the phone all day.

one week before I quit, I got featured at the tail end of the Teach for America Episode of How I built this.

If there is any takeaway from this, it's find something you love, do it as a side hustle, save your money, and take the leap once its big enough.

A:

UNFORTUNATELY I FIND THAT BOOKS MAKE ME INCREDIBLY ANGRY FOR SOME REASON MAYBE ITS THE TINY WORDS OR THE PAGES IN CONSTANT NEED OF TURNING BUT EVERY TIME I GET CLOSE TO ONE OF THOSE LITTLE GUYS NEXT THING I KNOW ITS JUST ALL SHREDDED UP

AS FAR AS THE ORIGINS OF MY PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY I WOULD ATTRIBUTE MY OUTLOOK ON LIFE TO SUCH GREAT WORKS AS “SURVIVING THE WINTER” AND “LIVING WITHIN A CRUCIBLE OF LIFE AND DEATH ITSELF”


Q:

Thank you! :) I appreciate the advice, and I will!

A:

A lot of people think we still live in tipis and dont follow current trends, but you'd be surprised to see how many people on the rez have wifi, iphones and HDTV haha. I always show people this clip, because it makes me laugh so much, and it's surprisingly accurate

https://youtu.be/0XLUrW_4ZMs


Q:

Hello Abubakar, First of all, I want to thank you again for your astonishing performance !!! You've embodied Bayek with perfection !!! A little question, could you please tell us what has been the most moving moment of all the process ?

A:

I've always wanted to have something set up for my marriage that involves a scavenger hunt! Have you had any couples ask you for this kind of request, maybe at the end there's a ring or it's a birthday party with birthday gifts all throughout the day!!!?


Q:

What are your favorite hair care products? Any tips on applying them for the most stylish results?

A:

Why should I play this?

That is to say, there are so many excellent indie games on steam, what do you think makes yours stand out, and what differentiates it from all the others.


Q:

How do you feel about the usage of Indian vs Native vs Native American? Is there something else that's preferable?

A:

The most moving process was actually behind the scenes and working with the Ubisoft team in Montreal. Beautiful people full of love and passion.

Also Hi Claudio. You're awesome.


Q:

My favorite Adventure I've ever done was Adventure no. 9: The Proposal.

TBH. If i could just do marriage proposals, I would. I also help coach soon to be proposers to make sure they haven't forgotten anything!

A:

LISTEN SOME PEOPLE WOULD SAY THAT MY HAIR IS MORE OF A SELF REGULATING COAT OF FUR THAT HELPS STABILIZE MY BODY TEMPERATURE BUT HONESTLY I LOVE USING IT FOR FASHION REASONS. JUST GET A HUMAN PALM FULL OF SOME SORT OF CREAM OR GOOP AND SMOOSH IT ALL AROUND AND EVENTUALLY BOOM YOU JUST SPENT 30 DOLLARS TO MAKE YOUR HEAD LOOK DIFFERENT AND WHATS MORE HUMAN THAN THAT


Q:

I'm not going to try to sell you this game as the best indie game because it's really not, but I think that mine stands mostly due to the interesting premise of upgrading your enemies and the (well, in my eyes) cute lil alien designs.

I'm really happy with how the combat feels. It's as tight as I want it to be, the game feels fast-paced enough to be exciting and there are enough extrinsic incentives(unlockables, achievements, etc) to keep the game interesting and satisfying to play.

I hope I helped you understand something about the game, at least!

A:

I prefer native american but sometimes people say it without realizing it, so I have no problem when it comes to that unless you say it in a derogatory way.


Q:

I know this may be a ubiquitous question but...thoughts on Brexit?

A:

I came for a Blacklist comment, and you sir did not disappoint.


Q:

How would you suggest catching some sheep? Asking for a friend.

A:

What’s your favorite kind of cheese 🧀?


Q:

How do you feel about efforts to preserve native languages? Do you think there's a point where it's not worth it to try?

A:

Oh man. Brexit... To be honest, I see it as an abuse of power and the campaign was full of lies and false promises.

My opinion, we are all better playing on the SAME TEAM. Why divide? For money? Power? Pride? Fuck off.

The wolves weapon is not their teeth or claws, it's them being in a pack.


A:

WELL AS MY MOTHER USED TO SAY

EACH AND EVERY DAY YOU MUST JUSTIFY YOUR EXISTENCE TO THE CRUEL AND UNYIELDING HAND OF NATURE

WAIT SORRY

YOU CATCH MORE SHEEP WITH KINDNESS THAN WITH 300 PSI OF JAW STRENGTH

WAIT

BE NICE TO SHEEP AND MAYBE THEY WILL HANG OUT WITH YOU OR WHATEVER


Q:

Probably cheddar, honestly. I'm boring.

A:

one of my main goals in life is to use my platform to preserve the languages of tewa and keres for the nearby pueblos. If i can do that it would be my greatest accomplishment.

It is incredibly important to preserve these languages, as most of our stories are passed down verbally and not written in books or posted online


Q:

Do you like Reeda and the actor who played as him?

A:

Do you Geocache? If so what’s your username?

It’s a similar “sport” or game that involves scavenger hunts. Have you at least heard of it?


Q:

Which bear is best?

A:

Hey man, just letting you know that you're off to a great start and you should keep going with your dreams.

Have there ever been any design issues or ideas that just didn't make the cut? Do you think you will implement anything new into the future?


Q:

How do you feel about a lot of facts of Native American history being taken out of/ changed in textbooks? Specifically Trail of Tears and changing the narrative to essentially say that Native Americans willfully gave up their land.

Thanks for doing the AMA!

A:

That son of a gun still owes me the Mummy outfit. I've been doing SO MANY ERRANDS FOR HIM.


Q:

Honestly I dont... I really should! I did go geocaching with Sunny from the PodCacher podcast. It was so much fun! I've been in talks with them about potentially creating an intricate series of caches around San Diego.

I love the idea of Geocaching. Mine is similar in many was and different in two:

  1. Geocaching is digital. using Gps where mine ends up being a little more wax sealed, cloak and daggars,

  2. every once in a while, you locate where a cache should be, and some jabroni has stolen or ruined it (or it wasn't kept up). With mine, when you're sent to a park to find a statue, there's a 100% chance that there will be an envelope in the hand of the statue because it was place there 30 seconds before you arrived and someone is nearby watching and waiting to ensure you grab it and no one else does!

A:

WILLIAM ‘REFRIGERATOR’ PERRY


Q:

Thank you!!! :)

Yeah, definitely. I wanted there to be multiple boss types, I wanted there to be a big final boss and a lot more unique upgrades which would be randomly offered to the player(choose between: enemies explode on death, vision reduced to a certain radius, your gun now overheats) but that really wasn't feasible for a single person to create. Because of that, I just had to cut it out and keep going.

I don't know how I'll treat the game in the future. Right now I'm still in the "cooling off" phase- I need a little bit of time to be able to take a step back and see how the game really is, rather than just seeing little sprites with bits of code attached running around the screen. I think that it's not unlikely I'll add a few more skins to the roster in the future, but I can't promise that.

A:

That's one of the things/stories I would like to be told from our point of view. A lot of our history has been edited and changed because some people may have realized what was done to us was/is not acceptable. If there were more prominent natives then we could let this be known to plenty of people but right now we need help identifying certain leaders amongst our community that are willing to sacrifice their time and travel to spread the word of our history. I would like to be one of those leaders someday


Q:

Hey Abubakar, great work! It's been a fun game to play.

How did you get started in VO, and MOCAP?

Also, because I've not googled you - where are you from? Can you tell us a bit about yourself (e.g. what do you love to do?, What is an important piece of routine in your life? etc)?

A:

Scavenger hunts? Treasure chests? Wax seals? Oh my god, can I be you when I grow up?

This is the most elaborate thing I've ever created. I'd be incredibly flattered to know your thoughts on a concept like this.

And if you ever need help on an adventure in Toronto, I'd love to volunteer!


Q:

What is your social life like?

A:

Yea, as asked before...what is your Linux distro of choice?


Q:

Where in NM and when is this event held? Is it open to the general public? Or is it a private tribal event?

A:

HEY!

I just fell into it to be honest with you. It was a medium of storytelling which I wanted to do and the Universe blessed me with that opportunity.

I'm from a working class family in Hertfordshire. My mother was a Carer and my father was a software engineer for Xerox before he was made redundant. I'm black and growing up was tough due to the racism from not only the area I lived in, but also from school.

My love for acting came by accident and was the one thing I felt that I didn't have the weight of my skin colour on me. The moment I realised I could do this as a career was after playing Satan in a physical theatre piece I did for my secondary school and someone said "You could do this professionally."

I've faced so many trials and obstacles and hardships: from losing my father at a young age, my brother....thinking that my love life was concrete to learn it was sick and brittle but now in a place where I feel in control.

Important routine at the moment is Muay Thai and friends.


Q:

ARE YOU SHITTING ME?

Thats the coolest thing I've ever seen! Please email me at [email protected] with the subject "city series"

I have a project that I'm working on and I would like to talk to you about it

A:

IT IS BOOMING

I HAVE TONS OF HUMAN FRIENDS WITH WHOM I CONSUME ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND BRUNCH MEALS AND SOMETIMES WE EVEN GET TOGETHER DURING THE WEEK TO COMPARE HOW TIRED WE ARE


Q:

Debian Sid, baby!

A:

It's in Ohkay Owingeh, NM on Feb 18th, you can stop by as it is open to the general public from 6 am- 4 pm


Q:

What’s your favorite thing to do in AC: Origins? Thanks for voicing Bayek and bringing such an amazing character to life. I love your work.

Edit:spelling

A:

I recently tried wax sealing some envelopes and completely failed. What’s your process?


Q:

Do you consider yourself an Alpha?

A:

What is the best method to teach yourself programing? I tried when I was a kid Game Maker and GBA rom hacking but I never wrapped my head around it.


Q:

Going into Siwa as a Level 45 Bayek and getting all the Guards in the temple to follow me, and just causing so much havoc.

A:

What type of wax did you use? I've tried a bunch of different kinds from amazon and craft stores. I usually go with the stuff they carry at Michaels because I like the consistency more and it drips evenly.

Depending on the size of the stamper, I'll usually make a quarter sized pool of wax, following the edges as it drips. Then I'll press firmly down the the stamp, hold for a few seconds and peel it away from left to right (I don't recommend pulling straight back up).

Also, I've been doing this a long time. The first time i waxed envelopes it was a bit dicey.


Q:

OH HELL YEAH MAN. I LOVE BEING AN ALPHA MALE. IF YOU GO TO THE BAR, GUESS WHO IS THERE RUINING IT SURPRISE IT IS ME THE ALPHA MALE. I WILL ABSOLUTELY BE TALKING TOO LOUD. I WILL DEFINITELY WAG MY MONEY AT THE BARTENDER LIKE IT IS NOT JUST A FIVE DOLLAR BILL. AND YOU BET THAT I WILL BE STARTING A FIGHT OUTSIDE BECAUSE SOME GUY ACCIDENTALLY CAME WITHIN 10 FEET OF MY GIRLFRIEND. I AM TERRIBLE.

A:

I think the best method is to:

  1. Make sure that you are programming something you're interested in

  2. Don't try to cram too much knowledge into your head at once. For instance, don't try to comprehend list comprehensions in Python if you've only just learned what a list even is.

  3. Don't feel bad about stealing code from random StackOverflow posts. As long as you have a basic understanding of what it does, you're pretty much good to go. I mean, don't out-right plagiarize but algorithms are free.

I also tried Game Maker 1.something and it never really clicked with me. I tried to make a fan-game of a book by some friend who wrote short stories several years ago, but it never really went anywhere. I would recommend the Godot Engine, since it's got a built-in scripting language which is similar to Python. Python is a fairly simple language to learn and definitely one I'd start with if you don't know what you're doing.

Hope I helped!

EDIT: Regarding #2: I meant that you don't necessarily need to be able to recreate it on command, as long as you see it and understand that it does a thing even if you can concede that you'd never have thought of it on your own. It came off a bit wrong, as MajorMoustache pointed out below.


Q:

Did you learn anything about Ancient Egypt while working on this game?

A:

How much planing do you do for prep work? Does it take days or months? When you customize your hunt per clientele, do you research city history to make it more entertaining?


Q:

What are your thoughts on furries?

A:

How much does being able to understand complex mathematics (algorithms, for example) factor into being a computer programmer and video game developer? Hope that's not a silly question!


Q:

That women had a lot more say than we think they did! Which is awesome!!

A:

Hey there!

There is a ton of prep work. i usually need 2-3 weeks! After the initial call I have the client fill out a 2 page survey about whoever the player is in the game.

After that I work with them to come up with something that the player would want! (some adventures are super challenging, some are more serendipitous)

I utilize the strengths of the players and also cool places in their city to create something spectacular.


Q:

KEEP DOING YOUR THING

A:

Not a silly question at all!

I think that you don't really need to understand much complex mathematics in order to program to a sufficient level. Things get a bit more complex in 3D (quaternions... yuck) but honestly as long as you've had enough practice thinking in a logical/programmatic way, you should be fine.

I think that some knowledge of vectors and matrices come in handy, things like dot products, cross products, and what it means to normalize a vector. Also, some physics helps if you're dealing with a physics engine, so differentiation, integration, getting comfy with parabolas all helps out a lot. I think you can get quite far without most of that, though.


Q:

How did you and the team at Ubisoft arrive at the accent used for Ancient Egyptian?

Also, just wanted to say I never wear outfits in the game with masks, because they muffle your voice, and I can't have that. You killed it. As Assassins tend to do.

A:

Happy birthday! Do you have any unrealized Hunts that you would just love for someone to hire you for? Also, have you ever seen The Game, and if so, do you think that's something you could see yourself possibly one day expanding into?

PS- You are my hero. I'm so happy this is a thing.


Q:

Is it just me, or does much of human folly leave you howling in the darkness for some sort of sense, and maybe a nice steak?

A:

CS graduate here, been in industry for quite a while now.

Much of what you learn in CS isn't directly applicable on a day to day basis for most graduates. (IE I'm not using the master method to solve recurrence relations day in / day out, etc...) In retrospect, getting the CS degree was still very important for several reasons:

  • Many of the classes, including the gen eds are all about the long term effect of training your brain to think in a certain way. Much like professional athletes make decisions instantaneously without conscious thought - due to training, that is what college/ the CS program is doing to you. Training your brain to think certain ways. You will approach problems in a very methodical way, you will see solutions in some cases effortlessly. There will be things that come naturally to you, almost without effort, that non-CS people will struggle with. This is nearly invaluable.
  • Related to the above, you will learn the theory behind how things work. You will lean how microprocessors work. You will learn how the stack / heap / registers / caches / ALUs work. You will learn some kind of assembly programming language which you will probably never use again. But it will instill deep understanding which in odd and unexpected ways give you insight into problems and how to solve them. People who never learned those fundamentals are not able to solve the problem, or it will take them orders of magnitude longer.
  • For all the above reasons, CS has some serious respect in the industry. Not having a CS degree will be a serious handicap and close many doors to you. On average, you can also expect a substantial pay cut compared to people with one. In my area it ranges $10-20k / year. I hear complaints all of the time from people in industry who don't have their CS degree. There are always exceptions, but this is the average norm.
  • Networking, getting to know your peers -> Can open tremendous opportunities for you down the road. CS is fucking hard. The hardest thing I've done in my life. After going through it, especially connecting with people from your alma mater, you have instant respect for one another. In that way, it's comparable to any other life experience where people went through a very difficult experience together and bonded because of that.

Q:

We had a dialect coach as well as a historian to help on accent basis. but because there was no recordings of ancient Egyptians, we had to be...creative ;)

A:

Hey there!

Absolutely! I have a Business Bucket List of sorts. It's not necessarily a full fledged day, more or less themes. Here's some of them:

-an adventure on a train with multiple stops -an adventure on a cruise -to be interviewed on Elle (a guy can dream) -An adventure that revolves around a mini tape recorder and finding tapes -and adventure that fully utilizes hydrophobic spray and stencils. I tested it out last adventure and it was super fun -An adventure in another country. - a legit buried treasure hunt in the wilderness. -a client with a massive budget

I'm sure there are more!


Q:

THE KEY TO HUMAN FOLLY IS UNDERSTANDING THAT JUST BENEATH THE SURFACE OF YOUR SKIN LURKS A SKELETON THAT IS ABSOLUTELY STOKED ABOUT ONE DAY BEING FREE

IF YOU GO TO THE BANK GUESS WHAT THE SKELETON IS AT THE BANK TOO

IF YOU TAKE A BATH YOU ARE TAKING A BATH WITH YOUR ONLY ETERNAL FRIEND: YOUR BONES

ONCE YOU ACCEPT THE WHOLE SKELETON THING, GOING TO THE BANK AND STUFF IS HONESTLY A LOT MORE FUN, ENJOY THE SKIN WHILE ITS THERE

A:

I'm not actually planning on going to university(the UK equivalent to college), since I don't think the monetary and time expenses of going to uni are going to out-weigh how much I can do by building my portfolio by actually working on games. It might not work, but I think it's worth trying. Worst case scenario, I can always go back to uni.. right?

Yeah, I currently take Computing as an A-level and it's really only tangentially related to anything that I could conceivably want to do in the future. A surprisingly small amount of it is actually programming and computer-related work- there's a lot of systems analysis and weird paperwork stuff that I don't like.

Thank you! :)


Q:

Hi Mr. Salim! I am a huge fan of your work, Your performance as Bayek completely blew me away, it was so good! May I ask, as an actor, what is the best thing a director can do for you on set? Thank you and congratuwelldone on your success!

:~)

A:

Have you ever considered combining a physical scavenger hunt with a digital one using something like ShareTwist.com? Seems like you could maybe expand your business to do scavenger hunts that could apply to huge digital audiences! Optionally, you could enforce location as well for certain clues.


Q:

Hi, Are you a Wolf?

A:

You want music for your next game?


Q:

The best thing a director can do for an actor is to be open, listen and also trust the team to deliver. Also to have confidence in themselves to deliver. HOWEVER, the team themselves have to trust that the director knows what they are doing and fully commit to what they envision. It's a group effort right? Work as a team and if you feel you can bring that little extra something, try it out!

A:

It's definitely something I've given thought to.

Right now I'm super happy doing my thing. I think a lot of people make the mistake to constantly grow. I don't need to make a ton of money. I just need to make experiences.

It will be fun to look into new ideas and possibilities, but at the moment I'm just building adventures.


Q:

SEE I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT YOU GUYS

I SIGNED UP FOR TWITTER, CLASSIC HUMAN BEHAVIOR

I MADE MY DISPLAY NAME NOT A WOLF SO THAT PEOPLE WOULD KNOW THAT I AM NOT A WOLF

I MADE MY USERNAME SICKOFWOLVES SO PEOPLE KNOW WHATS UP

AND I CONSTANTLY TALK ABOUT HOW I DO NOT LIKE WOLVES

AND YET PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS LIKE HEY DUDE ARE YOU SOME SORT OF SECRET WOLF BECAUSE THERES LITERALLY A RAW CHICKEN HANGING OUT OF YOUR BACKPACK

THE ANSWER IS NO NEXT QUESTION PLEASE

A:

I'm taking a break for a few months since I need to focus on schoolwork, but we'll see by the time my next project rolls around. :)


Q:

Hey man, great work on Bayek.
What, in your opinion, is the best outfit in any of the games?

A:

Not likely, they doesn't usualy invest in service, mostly it's product.

You can easily scale a product with a minimum investment and increase incredibly the profit margins that way. That's what Shark Tank does well. A service doesn't have that advantage, you can scale it with more staff, but usually you will lose quality because it depends on the individual (in this case it's OP) and they aren't all as good as him. You always lose efficiency too with more staff, which again are lost profit.

Shark Tank would be great for PR I guess but his clients clearly require deep pockets, which isn't the same public as Shark Tank.


Q:

If you were a wolf, what's the first thing that you would do?

A:

How many copies per day are you selling since release?


Q:

That bath towel. Fact.

A:

Bingo. Frankly, I've got a great thing going. i do plan on scaling, but very slowly. The magic in this comes from these spectacular days. I'm just not ready to have this be in someone else's hands.


Q:

IDK PROBABLY FIND THE HUNTER THAT KILLED MY BROTHER

A:

I can't tell you that, Steam might get annoyed at me. :)


Q:

Hello good sir. Due to your great work in Assassin's Creed Origins would you be interested in voicing Bayek in any other AC related things?

A:

First off, I am SO proud of you and I think this is a great idea!

My wife is on maternity leave and we have been wondering what we want to do when she is ready to get back to work. I have been pushing her to embrace her entrepreneurial side. She loves escape rooms/adventures/surprises and something like this is would be her dream.

We'll be following your blog and wanting to see how things go for you.

Questions: Can we reach out to you some time for help/advice/support/possible opportunities in Ontario?

Fave brand of Scotch?


Q:

What is your opinion on the moon? Additionally what is your favourite style of ham - honey baked? Maple glazed? Trench coat shaped?

A:

What's you're best piece of advice relating to game-dev and/or programming techniques?


Q:

GIMME

A:

Oh my GOD yes!

I want more people to do what I do! There's plenty of adventure to go around! I am more than happy to steer you in the right direction, coach you through some of these, and help you in any way.

Also, it might make me seem like a shill but I like the Highland park Viking Honour Whiskey. To be transparent, I do not have an evolved taste and the Minnesota vikings are my favorite football team. So I'm a bit biased


Q:

I WAS NOT TOO LONG AGO INFORMED THAT THE MOON IS NOT JUST A LIGHT SOURCE BUT IN FACT AN ENTIRE LOCATION AND HOLY HELL WAS THAT A GAME CHANGER BUT I DEFINITELY DID NOT THROW UP ON MY COUCH ABOUT IT SO PLEASE STOP INSINUATING THAT I DID

AS FOR HAM, I AM NOT SURE THERE IS A WRONG WAY TO DO IT PAL. RAW, BLOODY, STILL ACTUALLY JUST A PIG, ACTIVELY RUNNING AWAY FROM ME, FROM THE FLOOR OF THE BUS, WHATEVER STYLE ITS IN, I WILL ABSOLUTELY EAT IT

A:

As for gamedev in general, probably "fail fast". I know it's not strictly a game development saying, but I think when interpreted to mean that you need to prototype->evaluate as many times as possible in a project's life cycle it's super helpful. I went through like 4 different iterations of the main gameplay hook(upgrade your enemies) before settling on the current one, and if I didn't just bite the bullet and effectively delete tens of hours of work on the earlier iterations my game would have been a lot worse off for it.


Q:

What kind of writing that were from the old kingdom?

A:

What your personal favourite scavenger hunt you have created for someone?


Q:

Are you always not a wolf, or only when there isn't a full moon?

A:

May I ask how did you manage to have a 2D game require minimum of 2.4Ghz processor with recommended being 3.0Ghz? I hope you just didn't setup requirements correctly, because otherwise I can already tell that it was done in worst way possible as I don't see what would require so much power, from preview...

That's like what 3D games with tons of stuff in them require.


Q:

Ancient. Fucking Ancient.

A:

Adventure no. 8: The Treasure Hunter will always have a special place in my heart mostly because the Players were fantastic and hilarious.

I also absolutely loved doing Adventure no. 21: 50/50 split. It was this fun company retreat where they raced around coronado island


Q:

AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER I HAVE BEEN A HUMAN MAN

STRESSING OUT ABOUT MY COWORKERS OPINIONS OF ME

BRINGING UP BREAKING BAD ON FIRST DATES

THE WHOLE DEAL

A:

I'm going to be honest I just guessed based on 3 computers, two of which are pretty strong and the third is a laptop. I hope that nobody takes those too seriously^^


Q:

I love reading your tweets about your mother watching you play Origins. They're so funny!

Has she started her own save file yet?

A:

Can third parties use data from Atlas Obscura? Not the actual articles, but say, if I wanted a list of all the places you guys deemed interesting and put it on the web so you can search for places of interest on a map. What kind of permission/license would we need?


Q:

Hahaha YES!

She got as far as the bodyguard of Rudjek and threw my controller :/

A:

I DO NOT WORK FOR ATLAS OBSCURA THIS AMA IS ACTUALLY BEING HOSTED IN EXCHANGE FOR ME NO LONGER HANGING OUT NEAR THEIR DUMPSTER EVEN THOUGH I KEEP TELLING THEM I JUST GO THERE TO SMOKE TONS OF CIGARETTES AND I AM NOT AT ALL TRYING TO SEE IF THEY GOT ANYTHING GOOD CATERED FOR LUNCH TODAY, SOMEONE WILL REACH OUT TO YOU SOON


Q:

Hi Abubakar :D Thanks for giving us the opportunity to ask you questions here! I hope you will enjoy it as much as we will -^

Your acting as Bayek was amazing! I love every second which I spend with him in Assassin's Creed Origins. He is one of my favorites - maybe even my most favorite Assassin.

You said that you are a fan of the Franchise yourself. So, from a fan level - what you love to see Bayek in another game? Or do you think that his story is told (after the next DLC which will came out soon)?

And before this AMA I read a previous Q&A with The Ones Who Came Before - and I needed to laugh as you mentioned you brought your YuGiOh Cards with you to your vacation to Egypt as a Kid. Since YuGiOh is my other big Fandom next to Assassin's Creed and the show deepen my love for Ancient Egypt. So, personally I would like to ask: Do you still enjoy playing Cardgames - and is there a Easter Egg somewhere in the Game?! Since the beginning I'm searching for it and I won't rest until I found it!! (Kappa)

I hope you will have a pleasent evening and will receive friendly and good questions :)

A:

How do you tweet with paws?


Q:

Thank you VERY MUCH! He was a beauty to play.

I think when it comes to all stories of well fleshed out characters, there are so many to tell and yeah, maybe Bayek's story hasn't met it's end yet...but that's not up to me, thats up to editorial in France ;)

I LOVE CARD GAMES! I used to heavily play Yugioh and Duel Monsters. In fact, I still have them, and hope to teach my children someday how to play them!

A:

WHAT THE HELL I THOUGHT WE WERE SCREENING THESE


Q:

Hey Abu,

It's often said Bayek is the founder of the Brotherhood, but Aya does a lot of the heavy lifting?

Who is the founder in your eyes? Aya? Bayek? Both?

A:

Hey are you a wolf?


Q:

I think Aya really is the creator and founder. Bayek just helps her. She forms the Brotherhood.

A:

FOR REAL ARE WE NOT SCREENING THESE

I FEEL LIKE I GET THIS ONE A LOT DESPITE SPEAKING OFTEN AND AT LENGTH ABOUT MY DISLIKE FOR WOLVES


Q:

Where is "be my eyes Senu" line?

A:

In your soul. Can you feel it?


Q:

Hello! First of all thank you the opportunity for this AMA, if hope the week so far has treated you well!

I was wondering how the audition process went for you? I know from some interviews that Paul Amos had to basically jet around the world and do several auditions - was the auditioning a similar process for you or different?

A:

The audition process was all in London and done in a small studio in Soho. I had to do a chemistry test with Alix and Zora...and I remember so vividly that in one scene I had to kiss Alix, and all I could smell was coffee. It was great. Kissing the inquisitor ;)


Q:

Hi Abu, just wanted to ask, if I see you out on the street, can I run upto you and hug you? Can't wait to watch you on Jamestown, love you as Bayek! (And love you for who you are hehehe)

A:

Hug me and I will hug back.


Q:

What do you think about the sci-fi elements in the series? :D

A:

MORE. I WANT MORE. It's what makes AC so incredibly UNIQUE!


Q:

Is there any particular character that you would like to play in an adaptation? :~P

A:

Dante from Devil May Cry.


Q:

Are you aware that your voice is absolutely amazing? Bayek is one menacing motherfucker.

A:

Hahaha Merci, Merci.


Q:

What’s it like playing through the game?

A:

Surreal. Mainly because when filming and working on the game, I didn't really see the world that was being created by the developers in great detail. So yes, very surreal.


Q:

Hi, Abubakar. First off, I want to congratulate you on the success of the game and your performance as Bayek. I thought you gave one of the best performances in the series.

Secondly, can you give an insight into the connection between Bayek and Senu? This has been something that some fans have been wondering about.

A:

I think it's very similar to the way Mongolian hunters would use Eagles! I think they are both deeply connected to one another which makes them a dangerous pair.


Q:

I have a couple questions for you, if you don't mind!

-What's your favourite thing about Bayek?

-What was your most memorable moment while working on AC Origins?

Btw, thank you for taking your time to talk to us! I've just gotten a PS4 so I'll be able to play Origins very soon, but I've already seen your work. You did a fantastic job, and I'm very grateful for that! Thank you :)

A:

I enjoy Bayeks torment. As an actor, it's incredibly fun to play. My most memorable moments was doing talking to the Shaman after the main quest and explaining to him what happens in my dreams.

That break in my voice when I'm telling the story of my dreams to him was real. It was so weird. I had to take a break after cause it was just...pwoar.


Q:

Hey you did a awesome job at portraying Bayek. I have some questions regarding the story.

  1. The story feels rushed after the second act. Is there a lot of cut stuff that you know off? Were they short on time? If so can you share some details of what didn't make it into the game.

  2. The Isu and Modern Day parts are extremely minimal in Origins. Was this a deliberate choice to ease in newcomers? If so do you know what we hardcore fans missed out on. Or if it will be back in full force again.

  3. If they were to do a sequel I would love to see another game with Bayek and Aya. Would you return if they were to ask?

  4. Is it true that the last DLC is a animus glitch?

I know you probably can't answer most of my questions but I wanted to try anyway. Like I said amazing work on Bayek. He is one of the best together with Ezio and Edward :)

A:

Merci!

  1. Like all pieces of work, trimmings are made for story telling reasons. To be honest, I wouldn't be able to answer this because when I was filming, the scenes given were not chronological! I know what you mean as in it feels rushed, but I know Alain and the creative team, and they probably chose the story we all know now instead of giving the people absolute confusing droll xD

  2. A question for the writers. Again, as an AC fan, I completely get what you mean and have no idea on the choices made.

  3. Absolutley

  4. I don't knoooow...all I do know is that it's gonna be fucking incredible.


Q:

Hey, Abubakar. I just wanted to say that you did a fantastic job voicing Bayek of Siwa in Origins. Can you tell me anything about the voice acting sessions? Like, how long could one session approximately last, and did you do any motion capture for the game? You definitely could start an ASMR channel on YouTube, by the way! ;D

Have a good one, man!

A:

There was a time where I did for 3 weeks straight, every day, 6 hours in the voice booth.

The actual motion capture sessions were full days (9am - 6pm) 5 times a week :D


Q:

What was it like for you when you first started working on a huge TV show like 24?

A:

TERRIFYING.

I had trained at Drama school for 3 years, ready to take the world by storm....

I HAD 1 LIN,E AND I FORGOT HOW TO DELIVER IT IN AN AMERICAN ACCENT.

I had Kiefer Sutherland doing his thang, and there I am, screwing up my one moment.

Oh, the memories...


Q:

From /u/cappyfish

What was his process of creating Bayek as a character? Did he take inspiration from other characters/roles he had seen previously? What does he think is the most 'telling'

A:

To begin with, I based Bayek off three people: Adewale, My Father Ali and Myself.

As time developed, he began to become his own being. The most telling? I don't understand :3


Q:

Hi Abubakar! Will siwa ever know peace?

A:

NOT UNTIL ALL THOSE THAT SNIFFED THE AIR THAT DAY IN SIWA, MEET MY BLADES.


Q:

Great job on Bayek, truly one the most humane characters we've seen in the franchise. My question for you is how was working with Ashraf and the rest of the team? Any funny anecdotes you could share? :)

A:

That team have pure, unadulterated love for their work. It was THE best experience.

One anecdote: Alain convinced me that Bayek was gonna have a love scene with Hepzefa and I was so down for it!


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To start, I just have to say, Bayek is such a complex, amazing, full character and you give him so much life. Welcome to the AC family, sir. :)

I'm hoping you might be able to answer this question, but I have a feeling it's full of spoilers so perhaps not. If you know, what does Khemu whisper in Bayek's ear during his dream/hallucination after the fight with the giant snake while he walks in the Field of Reeds?

A:

I HAVE AN ANSWER FOR THIS!!

But I want to hear the peoples first :P


Q:

/u/abzybabzysalim how much would I have to beg to get an autograph in the mail? I’ve got a shelf of Assassins Creed stuff and I think that would compliment it nicely.

A:

PM me.


Q:

How does it feel to have delivered the best AC protagonist since the Ezio games? Great job, your performance was fantastic!

A:

Haha thank you. Humbled you think that bud.


Q:

Dude!! I'm a huge fan of your voice acting! How long were you working on Origins for and have new opportunities for game voice acting popped up for you since doing this?

A:

A year. A god damn YEAR. Not yet...I'm waiting on Guerrilla to call me and have me work with/marry Aloy.


Q:

How often do you browse the assassins creed subreddit?

A:

I know you qwert. I know all your shitposts. Don't think I don't know who you are.

I got your number.


Q:

High precision, Mr. Salim! Thanks to your amazing performance as Bayek, I've fallen in love with the series again.

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

A:

I don't do eggs. Vegan baby.


Q:

When did you start recording AC Dynasty?

Edit: Spelling

A:

October 2016