99 Coins - Episode 08 - Anyone can make a game!
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We’re joined by George Buckenham this episode, to walk us through his article "How to make your first videogame".

From Flash to Stencyl (by way of Microsoft 3D Movie Maker) George is convinced that anyone can set out to make a game, and so inspirational were his words that Ben set out to build one.

Also dicussed this episode - EA’s indie bundle, Day Z and more.


Guests:
George Buckenham - @v21

99 Coins Team:
Ben Milsom – Host - @benmilsom
Max Engel – Host - @8bitkid
Cara Ellison - Producer/Reporter - @carachan1
Mark Shaw – Producer/Editor - @marky


Games & Links:

Proteus
HyperCard
Day Z

Oh No! 99 Coins!

So inspirational were George Buckenham’s words in Episode 8 “Anyone can make a game!” that Ben set out to build his own.

Play Ben’s epic 3D character action RPG “Oh No! 99 Coins!” below.


(please note: the game is in beta, so some features may not work as intended).

99 Coins - Episode 07 - Molyjam, GDC, Tim Rogers, why indie?
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This episode of 99 Coins we’re joined by Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek, Strongman Games’ Erlend Grefsrud and freelance writer Cara Ellison (who we’re very glad to have joining the podcast team)

The beginning of the year sees the Games Developer Conference, Indie Games Festival and PAX East take place. It’s a busy time for the games industry and indie games continue to steal the spotlight. Cara was brave enough to take the Travel Mic over to San Francisco for GDC, and this week we’ll hear her interview with Tim Rogers as he talks about his move from writing about games to making them.

Patrick tells us about the accidental beginnings of the MolyJam, a game jam based on the tweets of the Peter Molyneux parody twitter account @molydeux, and Erlend weighs in on the hows and whys of developing games.

We would love to hear your thoughts on Patrick’s closing question - how do you feel about the term ‘indie’. Does it lower expectations, is it disingenuous and too broad a term? Is there another term we should be using?

Let us know via @99 Coins or email 99Coins@bbc.com and we’ll read through your responses in the next episode.


Guests:
Patrick Klepek - Senior News Editor, Giant Bomb - @patrickklepek
Erlend Grefsrud - Co-Founder, Strongman Games - @slaktus

99 Coins Team:
Ben Milsom – Host - @benmilsom
Max Engel – Host - @8bitkid
Cara Ellison - Producer/Reporter - @carachan1
Mark Shaw – Producer/Editor - @marky

Games & Links:
Ziggurat
Dear Esther
Fez

Hookshot Inc 

99 Coins - Episode 6 - A Snapshot of The Wild Rumpus Feb 2012
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Did you miss Feb 2012’s Wild Rumpus? Luckily for you the UK half of 99 Coins was on hand! Join them for a guided tour of the party and some hands on time with the wild games available.

99 Coins Team:
Ben Milsom – Host -
Max Engel – Host -
Mark Shaw – Producer/Editor -  

Games & Links:
The Wild Rumpus 
Johann Sebastian Joust
Pole Riders
Hokra
Monkey See Monkey Mime 

99 Coins - Episode 5 - Live Events
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Following the exciting announcement that BBC Worldwide will be sponsoring The Wild Rumpus, 99 Coins invited IndieCade Festival Director Sam Roberts and Wild Rumpus co-founder Marie Foulston into the studio to talk about their live indie gaming events.

Guests:
Marie Foulston - Co-Founder of The Wild Rumpus -  
Sam Roberts - Festival Director, IndieCade -

99 Coins Team:
Ben Milsom – Host -
Max Engel – Host -
Mark Shaw – Producer/Editor -

Games & Links:
The Wild Rumpus
IndieCade
Johann Sebastian Joust
Pole Riders
Beacons of Hope

IGF Awards 2012 - UK finalists

The Independent Games Festival, which takes place at the same time as GDC in March, has just announced its finalists.

This year a huge amount of talent from the British Isles has made the list of fantastic, quirky and pioneering games, and we thought we would list them all in one place.

The below links will take you through to each game’s IGF entrant page, where you’ll find short descriptions and videos.

Excellence In Visual Art
Lume – State of Play Games
Wonderputt – Damp Gnat

Technical Excellence (honourable mention)
Frozen Synapse – Mode 7 Games

Excellence in Design
English Country Tune – Stephen Lavelle
Gunpoint
Frozen Synapse – Mode 7 Games  

Excellence in Audio
Dear Esther - thechineseroom
Pug Luvs Beats – Lucky Frame

(honourable mention)
 
Proteus – Ed Key & David Kanaga

Nuovo Award
[Designed ‘to honor abstract, shortform, and unconventional game development’.]

GIRP – Bennett Foddy
Proteus – Ed Key & David Kanaga
At a Distance – Terry Cavanagh 

(honourable mention)
Four Letter Word – Terry Cavanagh

Seumus McNally Grand Prize 
Dear Esther - thechineseroom
Frozen Synapse – Mode 7 Games   

(honourable mention)
Proteus – Ed Key & David Kanaga

99 Coins - Episode 4 - Favourite Indie Games of 2011

With just a few days left in the year 99 Coins are joined by Honeyslug’s Ricky Haggett and indie developer Peter Silk to discuss their favourite indie titles of 2011.

You can find links to all the games discussed in this episode below. Check them out yourselves and let us know what you think on Twitter or at 99coins@bbc.com

99 Coins Team:
Ben Milsom – Host - @benmilsom

Max Engel – Host - @8bitkid

Mark Shaw – Producer/Editor - @marky

 

Guests:
Ricky Haggett - Honeyslug & @KommanderKlobb
Peter Silk - Surprised Man & @surplusgamer


Games and Links (alphabetical order):

Atom Zombie Smasher

Desktop Dungeons

Flotilla

Forever Drive

Frozen Synapse

Hokra

Jetpack Joyride

Johann Sebastian Joust

Mage Gauntlet

Minecraft

Mos Speedrun

Pole Riders

Proteus

SpaceChem

SpellTower

Stealth B******

Swords and Sworcery EP

The Dream Machine

The Wager

Tri Tri Triobelisk

Where is My Heart?


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99 Coins - Episode 3 - #indieVisibility Awards

The first #indieVisibility Awards took place on Saturday 10th December in a busy pub in London. Indie developers from across the UK gathered to celebrate a year of successes, with just a little hint of British sarcasm.

We interviewed as many of the winners as we could, and asked them about their games and their awards (the prestigious golden teabag!). You can learn more about the winners and the games at the links provided below.

 

Have you got a game recommendation, comments or questions? Get in touch with us on Twitter at @99Coins or email at 99Coins@BBC.com.

Interviewees:

Dan Marshall - Size Five Games - @danthat
Bidds – Curve Studios - @onebitbeyond
Mike Bithell – Thomas Was Alone - @mikebithell
Dick Hogg – Frobisher Says - @dick_hogg
Perrin – Kairo - @PerrinAshcroft
Paul Taylor – Mode 7 Games - @Mode7Games
Ian Hardingham – Mode 7 Games - @IanHardingham
Ed Key – Proteus - @edclef

99 Coins Team:

Ben Milsom – Host - @benmilsom
Max Engel – Host - @8bitkid
Mark Shaw – Producer/Editor - @marky



Games and Links:

For a full list of all the awards you can visit Size Five Games’ site here.

 

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This podcast is made by BBC Worldwide, the BBC’s commercial arm. BBC Worldwide profits help to fund new BBC Programmes.

Some photos from MineCon. 99 Coins got to catch up with some of the developers at the Indie Games Showcase to talk about their games and Minecraft.

Listen to the episode here.

99 Coins - Episode 2 - MineCon 2011

For the second 99 Coins we’ve been on the road at MineCon, the Minecraft convention in Vegas. Catch up with the creators of Retro City Rampage, Octodad and Frozen Synapse who discuss their own games, the benefits of an active, supporting community and why Minecraft marks an important milestone for indies everywhere.

Have you got a game recommendation, comments or questions? Get in touch with us on Twitter at @99Coins or email at 99Coins@BBC.com.

Guests:
Brian Provinciano –Founder of Vblank Entertainment - @BriProv
Philip Tibitoski – Programmer & Community Manager - Young Horses Inc - @ptibz
Patrick Owens – Owner of Super Earth Server - Vetyver
Paul Taylor – Joint Managing Director, Mode 7 Games - @mode7games


99 Coins Team:
Ben Milsom – Host - @benmilsom
Max Engel – Host - @8bitkid
Mark Shaw – Producer/Editor - @marky


Games and Links:
Retro City Rampage
          @RetroCR
          http://www.facebook.com/RetroCityRampage

Octodad
          @octodadgame
          www.Facebook.com/octodadgame

Super Earth Minecraft Multiplayer Server
          Website and Minecraft Server address: www.Super-earth.net

Frozen Synapse
         @mode7games

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