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    Happy Holidaying Happy Holidaying

    Happy Holidaying

Happy Holidaying

By Henry Dai  

A little over a year after graduation, my friends and I planned this wonderful trip to Colorado for Thanksgiving. After catching an early morning Dallas flight, I met Pranav for the first time in a year at Denver International Airport. It was the Thanksgiving Thursday and we were eager to meet up with the rest of our friends at Breckenridge. The two-hour drive to the resort started off on the relatively flat plains of Denver and I was mostly engaged in conversation with Pranav. Before too long, our conversations were interrupted by the stunning views of […]

By |December 14th, 2017|Team Blog|0 Comments
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    User Experience Refrigerator User Experience Refrigerator

    User Experience Refrigerator

User Experience Refrigerator

By Mary Li  

One of the best and worst things about being a UX (User Experience) designer is that it is a constant thing. I don’t really leave work and take off the UX hat and call it a day – it’s more like a bizarre mental disorder that makes me want to tweak everything around me. I’ve heard engineers and scientists share in this. It’s the worst in that it’s kind of exhausting and makes me annoyed with poorly designed things, which is a lot of things. It’s the best in that it means the things surrounding me […]

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    The World Series Champs The World Series Champs

    The World Series Champs

The World Series Champs

By Alex Swaim  

When I was a kid, growing up in a suburb of Houston, I was a big Astros fan.

It was an easy thing back then, being an Astros fan in Houston. That was during the start of the Killer B’s era – with Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio leading teams into the playoffs most years – and I had high hopes every year that this would be the year they’d win the World Series.

As a kid, though, I kept insisting in playground debates that this is the year they’d win *another* World Series and of […]

By |December 1st, 2017|Team Blog|0 Comments
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    The Premiere The Premiere

    The Premiere

The Premiere

By Clare Valesh  

Last week, a few of us had the opportunity to join some of the lovely people at Netflix for the premiere of Stranger Things 2!

We traveled to Los Angeles and made our way to lunch near the Hawk Theatre, where the event would take place. They were still setting it up, with signs and posters everywhere.

When we returned later, the area was completely packed! There were fans lined up around […]

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    Stranger Playtesting Stranger Playtesting

    Stranger Playtesting

Stranger Playtesting

By Graham Somers  

We had to change the way we playtested when we started making Stranger Things: The Game. Our process for making games at BonusXP is VERY collaborative. Everyone in our company gets credited as a designer on our games because even though you’re an artist or programmer and not a game designer by title, you’re involved in the design process. A huge part of that design process is playtesting. We playtest our games in a big room together and call out feedback and ideas as we play. Then we make changes to […]

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    Stranger Crafts Stranger Crafts

    Stranger Crafts

Stranger Crafts

By William Lemons  

With all of the great pixel art in Stranger Things: The Game, I got inspired to do some bead crafts of some sprites. I decided to document my progress on making an Eggo.

First, get your supplies together and a nice pattern for reference:

Eggo Pattern

I like to start with the outline of the image.

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Then add in the highlights and shading.

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Next, and this is really important, DON’T drop your phone on your work while […]

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    How We Decided to Run a Game Company How We Decided to Run a Game Company

    How We Decided to Run a Game Company

How We Decided to Run a Game Company

By Dave Pottinger  

Today is a big day. We’ve just released our latest game, Stranger Things: The Game. Yes, it’s a game about Stranger Things by Netflix. Holy $#@%, right? Sometimes, I’m lucky and my job is just flat-out cool. I hope everyone enjoys playing STTG as much as we enjoyed making it.

sttg_cakeWe don’t release games that often, so introspection is a release-day inevitability. Plus, cake, lots of cake. And beer.

Right now, BonusXP is as big as it’s ever been. 31 total folks. We always said we’d […]

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    Moving Day Moving Day

    Moving Day

Moving Day

By Graham Somers   

For a number of years now I’ve been living in the center of Santiago, Chile. It’s a city of some 6 million people, and when I say I’ve been living in the center, I mean that the President of the Chile works four blocks away. Two blocks up the street is the former National Congress building, and one block further up than that is Plaza de Armas which […]

By |September 28th, 2017|Team Blog|0 Comments
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    Oh, The Places You’ll Go Oh, The Places You’ll Go

    Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

By Bruce Shelley   

Some years ago at another game studio, part of my work was to go on public relations tours to distant cities and countries, meeting with the press, and making presentations about a new game soon to launch. For many of my colleagues, such an assignment was a horror they were glad to avoid. At one meeting they jokingly proposed sending me to Greenland. There was no business case for such a trip, of course, but I was ready to go, nevertheless. Make it so, was my response. I had discovered that I liked to travel.

For most […]

By |September 21st, 2017|Company, Team Blog|0 Comments
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    Meta Gaming Meta Gaming

    Meta Gaming

Meta Gaming

By Marc Porto   

Meta, in terms of role-playing games, is usually a pretty dirty word. It usually refers to using out-of-character information to make in-character decisions. It kind of breaks the spirit of the game, so it’s pretty universally frowned upon. However, I’ve found a different use of the term metagaming that is way more fun, and can provide some really cool and interesting ways to dig into your characters and learn more about them.

In 5th edition Shadowrun, the magic-infused, dystopian future has progressed and the Matrix is now a wireless ‘internet of things’. It doesn’t really resemble […]

By |September 14th, 2017|Company, Team Blog|0 Comments