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A Maze Berlin 2016 Approaching

A Maze Berlin 2015 Snapshot
PEOPLE OF EARF!

Only a few days to go until A Maze Berlin 2016 kicks off. I’ll skip the generic part in which I say that I’m ridiculously looking forward to the whole event and to seeing familiar as well as new faces. You know, the part that looks like the previous sentence. Oh. I get it.

By all accounts, this year’s number of attendees will be bigger than last year’s – and that one was already pretty bloody big. I’ll be around doing what I can do best: bask in the sunlight of the cool and talented maniacs whilst trying to do my ninja thing. Which has become more challenging over the years due to the incognito approach sort of being compromised by knowing people. I did my best by never introducing myself by name, but Facebook these days… :P

That said, if you’re at the event and think it would be handy to have a photo of yourself, your team, something you’re exhibiting that might end up looking just slightly better than a photo taken with a 2000-era cellphone at a moonless night – I can do that! So, feel free to approach me if you spot me. If you can spot me… dundundundunnnn.

P.S.: Last year’s photo output can be seen here. Mind you, there are plenty of portrait shots that never got published.

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The Jules officially comments on seasonal weather conditions

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BERLIN, Jan. 5, 2016 — In a sudden turn of events, it started snowing. The Jules officially acknowledges and approves of the occurrence of a slight layer of small frozen crystals on the ground.

We have anticipated the seasonal change of the aggregate state in which water enters the lower part of the atmosphere and are committed to communicating the news through all our marketing channels, leverage the incredible business opportunities through a full range of 360° franchise exploitation strategies while also delivering a premium experience to our loyal customers”, said The Jules, founder and chairman of The Jules. He added: “We also formed a crack team of industry veterans to determine what the hell the previous sentence is supposed to mean.

About The Jules
The Jules lives in Berlin. He smart.

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We won a thing. Or two.

Well, whaddayaknow! I usually don’t write a lot about work here. Yes, I don’t write a lot here to begin with. Duh. Anyway.

I’ve been part of Experimental Game GmbH for a while now, a Berlin start-up that is developing a full production environment for games and other interactive media formats. At this point, we’re using it internally for our in-house projects, but we’ll make it available to third-parties from next year on. It’s called Gamebook Technology, and it’s actually pretty neat. You don’t have to believe me though – others think it’s neat, too!

A few months ago we already got the 2nd place of the ICT cluster in the IQ Innovation Award Central Germany. We’re were quite happy about that, but in late November it got even better: Gamebook Technology received the Innovation Award BB 2015 Award, an honor only awarded to three companies/innovations – out of 100. And as of this week brought even more acclaim as our technology got picked for the Creative Technology Award. All in all not too shabby, I guess. :)

Here’s a small peek into what it is we’re doing – it’s in German, but you can turn on English subtitles.

And here’s a bunch of photos I took on the evening of the Innovation Award BB 2015 ceremony:
Innovation Award BB 2015

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Indie Arena Booklet & Cologne Prep

Oh hi there! Yep, it only took a mere three or so months to get this sucker updated again. I’m currently busy once again preparing for the usual trip to Cologne. And once again I’ll attend the Respawn conference after a talk proposal of mine got accepted. (Same for fellow colleagues who’ll head off to GDC Europe.)

This time I’ll blab a bit about information pathologies and how office politics may obstruct the growth of knowledge, tapping into one of my favourite fields from way back: organizational psychology.

Obviously enough, I’ll also check out gamescom; looking forward to meeting some old chaps and former colleagues and getting my hands on some promising indie projects. Speaking of which: The Indie Arena knocked it out of the park this year with a 500m² (five hundred square-bloody-meters!) booth. That’s right. The Indie Arena Booth is going to be a magnificient juggernaut at gamescom 2015.

It’ll also be one of the places where the first Indie Arena Booklet will be distributed? What’s that? A comprehensive compendium of many interesting indie teams/devs from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. His Julesness was actually involved and created the Welcome part, the piece about the Indie Arena Booth, the Fin, contributed to the text on the Indie Arena itself and did general editing work. I’ve also provided a bunch of the photos. A big tip to the hat for Jana, Marius, Martin, Andreas and all the other people who helped make this possible!

If you can’t make it to Cologne, don’t fret: Here’s an online version for your viewing pleasure.

IndieArena Booklet Gamescom 2015 by Democritus

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A Mazing News. I guess.

Oh hello there! Yes, this thing is actually in some way–dundundunnnnn–ALIVE. Just wait for the shock to settle before you read on.

I signed up to be a part of the Indie Arena line-up at the upcoming A Maze Berlin next month and will deliver a micro-talk on how (not) to do press releases. Or so I’m thinking. Surely, you don’t want to miss out as it could very well be the most grandiose 5-minute piece you’ll ever see*. To quote the synopsis:

BERLIN – April 10, 2014 – “In an innovative and revolutionary presentation one of the leading journalists in the industry will push the envelope by talking about press releases”, said one of the leading journalists in the industry.

Well, they asked me to provide a link to my personal website for their speaker overview. Turns out this is the only one I have! And since completely strange and weird people might accidentally follow said link, I thought it might be a bit embarrassing to not have any sort of recent content. Yes, I’m talking about you right there.

If you can make it to Berlin in mid-April and are somehow in the business of being creative, I highly recommend attending the A Maze Berlin. It’s been an absolute delight in the past years and you’ll run into an abundance of fascinating, inspiring, open, and curious people. Well, and me. I embedded some photos I took last year for your viewing pleasure.

*Assuming you’ll only ever see one 5-minute presentation in your life.

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Dippy Weasel v0.1001

A Dippy Weasel If you’ve been following the progress I’ve made so far – and by ‘you’, I’m probably addressing only myself here -, you may have noticed that there actually were some changes. I tried out a few designs, settled with Fusion for now, tweaked a few other elements here and there, and will soon incorporate The Weasel somewhere somehow. Hopefully.

  • Basic blog set up – Check
  • A somewhat not-so-utterly-disastrous design – Hrm… maybe
  • Interesting content – Now now, aren’t we a little demanding?
  • Common sense – Huh
  • Weaseling up the website – To do
  • Being awesome – Check

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Dippy Weasel v0.1

Whoopdeedoo. FTP trouble was sorted out. Hopefully, I’ll have some time for design tweaks in the weeks to come, also will be checking out some of the themes available for WP. Added a few links here and there. Until then, enjoy Maru, that one ‘omg so cute and clumsy!!!’ cat.

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Somuchtoooodoooo Part Deux

Not the most productive week ever, thanks to me having attended the Quo Vadis dev conference. Anyway…

  • Basic blog set up – Check
  • A somewhat not-so-utterly-disastrous design – hrm…
  • Interesting content – still ‘nope’
  • Common sense – eh
  • Getting the server to accept files I try upload – $&/%”!

Yep, kinda approaching my goals as they are running away from me at a faster pace.

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Somuchtoooodoooo

  • Basic blog set up – Check
  • A somewhat not-so-utterly-disastrous design – hrm…
  • Interesting content – nope
  • Common sense – eh

Almost there…

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And thus a blog post was created

[insert generic ‘Oh hello. I finally caved in and got myself a website. It’s still under construction, but that will hopefully change soon. (Haha!) This will be oh-so much fun. Or something!’ message]

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