Wow. What a weekend.
I arrived alone on Friday evening not quite sure what to expect. I have never been to a Startup Weekend before but I do know a lot about them having sponsored over 100 of them with a former job so I was looking forward to getting involved.
The game was great and it certainly got people into the mood for pitching. Also it was really good just to get to know a few people sitting beside you. I checked in regularly with the other three guys on my team (Fergus, Michael and William) over the weekend to see how they were getting on.
What team did I join? Well Mariano's pitch of 'I have no idea - I just want to make a game' sold me and so I was always going to try and join that team. I was interested in how games got made so if nothing else I was going to have that curiosity satiated this weekend! We quickly formed into a team after a brief panic when we realised we had no artist / graphic designer but luckily David Oglesby (who is brilliant) came to the rescue on that front. There were 8 of us originally. Mariano, Greg, Joseph, David, Dorin, Ciaran, Bambi and myself. We would lose Bambi after that night (never to be seen again) and Ciaran was last seen in Slatterys on Saturday. Hopefully they are both alive.
So that was that. Friday night was over & with talk of 'come up with some ideas' we headed for home to return 9am sharp the next morning and figure out what kind of game we were going to try and build.
- A rocket game where you gather parts to improve your rocket and propel further into space
- A viking themed beach run hack 'n' slash (2 player side by side game)
- A monster truck driving game where you use the landscape to build momentum to launch your truck into a row of cars
- Many others which were amazing but have slipped my mind
We called it Office Rage Apocalypse. The main character was named Doug Mikeless (taking inspiration from Michael Douglass in Falling Down). He is an angry man!
Proud to say that we did end up with something playable. If you would like to check out our demo (V 0.0.0001!) you can do so here [Directional arrow keys to move - Z to punch]. Also check out our website, facebook page, and twitter page. Fair play to Mariano for a great pitch which ended up with him winning a new Nexus as he was the 'most entertaining' :)
Final thought is a massive shout out to the winners MedXNote. Niall and his team were sitting next to us all weekend and they really worked hard at it and their passion for the problem they were solving was very obvious and inspiring to all. I must have heard Niall thanking his team-mates for joining him 50 times over the weekend. Inspiring figure and I wish them every success!
If anyone is going to PubStandards tomorrow evening do say hello!