Sarcoidosis

October 15, 2016 in Bandello, Games, Love, VRUnicorns

I’ve been sick as a dog for a while. I survived Gamescom by being on a high dosage of steroids (provided by one of the many hospitals I’m frequenting since months) and have been off steroids for a month while the hospitals are doing more tests on me. I got the actual diagnosis this week and they can now confirm that it’s sarcoidosis after running some pretty heavy cancer tests to exclude lung cancer. I have various symptoms and am currently off steroids, so I feel like the ghost of my usual #ChickenBitch persona. I clearly can’t run the VRUnicorns teams at the same time as battling this, so luckily I have this super skilled brother (I actually have two and this is my youngest older brother…9 years my senior) and he heads up Apex Game Tools who we are sharing our Copenhagen office with. So him and his team have stepped in and are now working together with the rest of the VRUnicorns.

Quick facts on me & my brother, Jake:

I started stealing from him when I was 3 years old, I fried his C64 and I always put the blame on him when I got in trouble as a kid. And I’ve pretty much been this destructive since I joined the family. This 8 mm short film clearly shows my behavorial pattern – note that I first hit my oldest brother with a stick and later make Jake trip over my racket.

Luckily my brother is a very forgiven fella, is super smart and has good human skills (unlike myself), so I know the VRUnicorns are in great hands while I focus on getting well…bloody damn hope to get back on steroids soon, cause #FuckThisShit (reference to my lovely friend Sara).

Unite Europe 2016 Panel

August 29, 2016 in Bandello, Games, Love, Shayla Games, VRUnicorns

#IndieLyfe

June 22, 2016 in Bandello, Games, Love, Nordic Game Jam, VRUnicorns

Quick ‪#‎RealityCheck‬ for the peeps who think indie development is a piece of cake. My 2 cents: team up with the right people – skills+execution (avoid ‘idea guys’), give a lot of freedom, make decisions based on part guts/part rationality, pivot if you’re stuck, cut drama early (constructive criticism is good – destructive primadonnas are poison to a team) and jam like crazy. MOST IMPORTANT: Scope. Hence the jamming…if you know how to jam then you know how to scope. ‪#‎EverydayIsJammingDay‬

This post was inspired by this Rolling Stones article and previous experience with drama queens as team mates. Team VRUnicorns is a blast as we are all jammers doing this for the gamezzzz!

#SelfieTennis @GDC

March 9, 2016 in Bandello, Games, Love, VRUnicorns

Two years ago at GDC, I demoed my first VR game to Valve. One year ago at GDC, I tried the HTC Vive for the first time in Valve’s booth. This year, Horatiu, Milan and I are demoing #SelfieTennis in Valve’s booth at GDC. THIS IS BLOODY AMAZING!!!!! I’M FLYING WITH UNICORNS AND RIDING ON RAINBOWS. BEST GDC EVER COMING UP!!! #SelfieTennis is our first game as @VRUnicorns and is made in collaboration with Andy Schönau and Simon Post.

VRUnicorns – #SelfieTennis

February 9, 2016 in Bandello, Games, Love, VRUnicorns


VRUnicorns – #SelfieTennis from VRUnicorns on Vimeo.

Talk + Panel @DutchVRDays

November 5, 2015 in Bandello, Games, Nordic Game Jam, RAGNAROKvr, Shayla Games, VRLympix

Got to hang out with Sara, Daniel, Chet & Skip in a panel at Dutch VR Days. And did a little talk before (click photo to watch the whole thing on the YouTubes).

A MAZE, Slush PLAY & SHAYLA GAMES

April 20, 2015 in Bandello, Games, Love, RAGNAROKvr, Shayla Games

Spring time is happening! Leaving for A MAZE this week together with my wonderful team mates to showcase RAGNAROKvr and run a VR workshop, jumping to Slush PLAY next week to geek out on VR tech (and ride horses) and then straight back to CPH to make everything ready for SHAYLA GAMES! Oh, this Spring will be the bestest. Also…I get so many hugs from the Gang Beasts who I’m rooming with these days!

Develop & RAGNAROKvr

July 1, 2014 in Bandello, Games, Love

My travel ban has been somewhat lifted (can’t stay out of business anymore, so I started to work a bit again. YEAH!), so I’ll leave for the UK this Thursday to attend and talk about RAGNAROKvr at Develop Conference next Wednesday and a few other events + friendly hang-outs.

Traveling is my living and this stupid whip lash period has been more tough on me than I would like to admit. My mood has been kept up by having a lot of friends around in la casa JoeJulie and I had the pleasure of watching a Joust match in our kitchen today.

Shayla Games

April 26, 2014 in Bandello, Games, Love, Shayla Games

When Julie can’t come to the mountain…well, yeah…then Julie will organize Shayla Games and invite all her friends to join this event in Copenhagen on Saturday, May 24. Thanks to eelfroth for the late night event logo.

A MAZE was AMAZING (as always)

April 17, 2014 in Bandello, Games, Love

Karl & I had RAGNAROKvr on display, I had a VR panel with Luke/SUPERHOT, Sos, Erkki, Kish and Patrick and went on stage for a surprise live performance of Dirty Britney together with Sos & Joon. GDC + A MAZE nearly killed me due to my neck injury, so doctor ordered no more traveling and rest for a loooooong time. So now I’m in CPH and brewing on something…if Julie can’t come to the mountain….well, yeah.

GDC

April 2, 2014 in Bandello, Games, Love

GDC went well, but I spent half of mine time in bed and resting outside the venue due to the neck injury. The great guys at Devolver Digital told me to show off RAGNAROKvr at their venue and take my meetings there, so I didn’t have to carry the equipment around too much. These guys are my heroes!!! I had really good chats with Steam, Polygon, Oculus and Sony, who announced Project Morpheus at GDC. I LOVE SONY!!!! Made it to the IGF, where my friends at SIMOGO won best audio and made it to Notch’s partay and got to hang with a lot of friends. I’m glad I made it over there and it was lovely to see friends, but damn it was tough for my neck.

Nordic Game Jam 2014 is a WRAP!

February 19, 2014 in Bandello, Games, Love, Nordic Game Jam, Unicorn7

After 4 years as part of the NGJ organizing team I can announce that Nordic Game Jam gets bigger and better each year! I was in charge of the program and partially sponsors and the event went smoother than ever before. All 3 talk tracks were full and got great feedback from happy speakers and attendees.

We broke our record again and had over 500 attendees and Nexus 7s to all jammers straight from Google HQ. I had a hard time keeping this secret prior to the jam since my Google Hangout with Koh back in November and the crowd went crazy, when she announced it from stage after John Polson‘s keynote.

The UnityBus/Polish Invasion was a hit and 6 of the finalist teams were invaded and I had a great time with everyone upon arrival + invasion of my home since Thursday morning. Polish your Polish.

This year’s winning game, Richard Anderson’s Putting Challenge, was developed and played on a brand new Nexus 7 live on stage and was created by half of Team Stikbold (as the other half had been send to IndieCade east to run Stikbold! as part of the eSports exhibition).

The winners are all listed here and the NGJ14 games can be found on Unicorn7 (as usual).

 

Steam Dev Days

January 3, 2014 in Bandello, Games

Woop woop! Seattle, here I come!

Noize

December 13, 2013 in Bandello, Games

I’ve been interviewed by Indian Exhibit Magazine on me, myself & XTODIE.

PGA + ZTG + Exile Game Jam + GCON + NASSCOM

October 24, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Love

I was invited to Poznan, Poland, for the Polish GDC, ZTG, and Sos told me about the indie show case at Poznan Game Arena. For a mere 500 zł I exhibited my game, XTODIE, for 3 days straight while doing two panels, being on Polish telly, interviewed by 1ndieworld + a student radio and ‘organizing’ a one hour game jam - all on Saturday. And yes, it made more sense to pull off an actual game jam than doing a talk about jamming ;-) I made a lot of awesome Polish and international friends in Poznan and I’ll most definitely be back next year!

I came home Monday eve and was giving a talk via Skype at GCON - a conference for female game developers in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night.

Off to Exile next week and then NASSCOM GDC in Pune, India, where I’ll do a PR Jam for #IndiaGameDevs (be ready for some action related to that hashtag soon) + I’m part of the jury for India’s ‘Indie Game of the Year’. I will be traveling together with one half of the awesome Simogo, Gordon.

 

TALK TIME

October 14, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Nordic Game Jam, Unicorn7

I’ll be in Poznan, Poland, from Thursday and onwards for Poznan Game Arena (exhibiting XTODIE) and to attend ZGT: On Saturday I will be on two panels and give a talk on game jams (YIPIIIHH!!). The full program can be found here.

YEAH!

September 1, 2013 in Bandello, Booth Babes with Brainz, Games, Love

Yesterday’s expo of XTODIE in the Indie MEGABOOTH was amazing! Players loved my game and photos can be found here.

Indie MEGABOOTH

August 15, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Love

Yup, it’s finally official. I’ll be exhibiting XTODIE at PAX Prime as part of the Indie MEGABOOTH on Saturday, August 31. You can meet me and check it out at GDC Europe, Gamescom & Unite before that. It’s gonna be some crazy weeks of conferencing!

Burning Bridges

August 12, 2013 in Bandello, Love, Unicorn7

Yet again, Olle, Tim and I decided to burn the bridges. And some other stuff. Oooops. We indeed showed Kelly how we partay in Copenhagen, before we will send her off to Rami to finish up Indie MEGABOOTH stuff. Can’t wait to reunite with both in Cologne next week for GDC Europe/Gamescom.

XTODIE

July 25, 2013 in Bandello, Games

Crunching on the demo for my new game, so it’ll be ready for GamescomUnite and PAX Prime.

ShaylaMazing is LIVE!

May 15, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Unicorn7

ShaylaMazing is live & you can play it here. Made new graphics (clay/photographs) at the Spring Exile Game Jam. All the other game jam games from Exile can naturally be found on Unicorn7.

Post PAX + GDC

April 4, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Love, Nordic Game Jam

PAX was fantastic! I had the most amazing time hanging out with everyone in the Indie Megabooth. Polygon sums it up pretty well. Went straight from PAX to GDC and started out with a Sunday night screening of 48 Hour Games and relived one of my first Nordic Game Jams. I had the chance to show ShaylaMazing to a lot of friends in both Boston & San Fran, and their comments and positive feedback left me with great courage and optimism for the future version(s) of the game. Heading back to Copenhagen in a few days and can’t wait to get my mom‘s art work into the game and add new features/levels.

ShaylaMazing + Events

March 18, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Nordic Game Jam, Unicorn7

Lately, I’ve been spending a bit of time working on my own game. Naturally, it’s a quirky, slow paced game and I’ve been showing it to friends at industry events and in Copenhagen. It’s still very much in prototype state and I’ll be at PAX and GDC to show it to more friends. On top of that, we Unicorn7 and Nordic Game Jam peeps are gonna throw an event during GDC, where we’ll play and show the latest games from the Nordic scene. So freaking excited!!!
I’m also very excited about this year’s Amaze Indie Connect. I’ll both give a talk and be a part of the jury for the A MAZE. Indie Games Award, and I simply can’t wait to go to Berlin in April for this AMAZING event.

Casual Connect + IndieCade

February 10, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Nordic Game Jam

Jumping on a plane tomorrow with Steffen/BetaDwarf and will meet up with all the NGJ13 Winners and a lot of other friends at Casual Connect Europe for the Indie Showcase. It’s gonna be extreme fun! Friday I leave for IndieCade East in Astoria/NYC and the following Monday, I’ll hang out with my buddy Jason in his brand new incubator, Execution Labs in Montreal, before giving a talk on game jams same place (after the nice pretend-French Mecanim/Unity guys‘ talk). Crazy week ahead! And I’ll bring the game I’m working on and show it to friends on the way (initial prototype was tested on my mom & dad).

Helsinki, I love you!

January 29, 2013 in Bandello, Games, Love, Unicorn7

Helsinki is my favorite place for rebooting. When in Helsinki one year ago staying at Ville‘s place, I decided to stop slaving away for Bandello‘s then investor, CAT Science, and it took us until beginning of June to get rid of them (they tried some dirty tricks, but the law was on our side).

Last time in Helsinki, Tim Garbos and I gave a talk about Unicorn7.org and why game jams are awesome at the Assembly Summer (fantastic event with amazing developers and new best friends). Olli was a fabulous host and we all had a pretty epic night at Petri‘s place before Assembly (no further details).

This weekend in Helsinki, I was fortunate to be the jury at Finnish Game Jam, Helsinki, playing Joust in the Rovio office while throwing Angry Birds at Ville, crashing Unity‘s Helsinki office, sneaking around Frozenbyte‘s office, partying at Remedy‘s new office, visting Grand Cru‘s office post-jam, playing Badland with Johannas and Juhana for half a day and hanging out with my buddies Mikael, Pertti (aka Burt), Jouni, Arvi, Petri, Ville, Ville, Damien and Ramine and all my new best friends.

And on the plane home, I drafted my new game….more to come! Helsinki, I love you!!

 

Julie’s Ranch, Nordic Game Jam + Bandello News

November 22, 2012 in Bandello, Games, Nordic Game Jam

Threw a bday party together with my better half last weekend and Joon and his lovely girlfriend, Marin, had together with Simon created this epic game called Julie’s Ranch for Fuck This Jam as my bday present (I love horses and Shayla is in there somewhere). It’s a bit crowded now (so popular)!

We’ve launched the ticket sales for Nordic Game Jam this week and we’ve already sold a 100, and yesterday Dana, Mihai & I send out a Bandello LaunchPad news letter about NGJ13 and some of the awesome games created in Copenhagen.

I’ll be at Game Connection next week! Catch me, if you can ;-)