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Week 327, 328 and 329

It’s been qui­et around here due to a big push on wrap­ping up our cur­rent client engage­ments before the end of the year. Most of our time was spent on HENDO. I head­ed over to Berlin to spend a few days with Alper in the same room, fill­ing white­boards as we worked towards a design […]

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Week 316

Anoth­er week large­ly tak­en up by Free Birds. The whole team (Alper, Tim, Niels and myself) worked togeth­er on fin­ish­ing anoth­er release, which we did with only a small bit of over­time on Fri­day. With each sprint we learn more about the intri­ca­cies of Unity’s UI sys­tem. We also deliv­ered a spec and a bud­get […]

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Week 311

The big thing this week was the start of a new sprint on Free Birds. Niels and Tim joined us again for copy and art respec­tive­ly, while Alper donned his devel­op­er hat, and I switched between my pro­duc­er, agile coach, and design­er roles. There’s a lot to do, as usu­al, but we’ve made good progress. […]

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Week 305

I was in the Nether­lands all of last week for some joint work with Kars. I hope to be sta­tion­ary in Berlin for a bit now since all the back and forth does get a bit tir­ing and we have lots of stu­dio work to chew on ahead of us. Kars gave a demo of […]

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Week 304

Yes, we work hard. But we man­age to enjoy our­selves as well, as you can tell from the nice pho­to above tak­en by Tim dur­ing a rare occa­sion: All of project SHACHI’s team phys­i­cal­ly cop­re­sent in our Utrecht stu­dio. Alper was in NL to run project KOKORO’s first work­shop togeth­er with me. We spent a […]

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Week 302

I returned from a long hol­i­day in South-East Asia to find the busi­ness hum­ming along nice­ly thanks to Alper’s capa­ble stew­ard­ship. I’ve men­tioned this before, but the fact that all of our work lives in Asana makes it super easy for me to catch up on things and pick up where I left off. I […]

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Week 241

An intense week, not in the last place because of Alper’s phys­i­cal pres­ence at the Utrecht stu­dio for the whole week. It was time for anoth­er OKR review and we pre­fer to do those live in meat­space. As always, we grad­ed our­selves, came to some harsh real­i­sa­tions and adjust­ed course accord­ing­ly. Build­ing an applied game […]

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Week 226

These will be the final wee­knotes for 2013. We’re putting the stu­dio in sta­tion­ary until Jan­u­ary 6. The last prop­er work­week was a mean one though, let me tell you… On Mon­day, I was fran­ti­cal­ly sketch­ing out sce­nar­ios for CHUTORO while Alper wrote up each con­cept. He did the same for KAZUNOKO. Alper has a […]

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Week 224

Mon­day Kars prepped a KAZUNOKO ses­sion with some games to play both to serve as an ice­break­er and to show the breadth of expe­ri­ence pos­si­ble in games. For this the clas­sic This Is My Nose and the card game Sco­pa proved to be a great fit. If you have nev­er played This Is My Nose […]

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Week 210

Last Mon­day I was in Utrecht to work on site with Kars and take care of some for­mal­i­ties we had pre­pared when Kars was in Berlin. On Tues­day while I was in the train back, Kars was in Ams­ter­dam catch­ing up with a bunch of good friends (some­thing I had done the night before by […]

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