Managing Risk in Indie Game Dev – With Paul Tozour of Mothership Entertainment

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For our October event, we'll hear from Paul Tozour of Mothership Entertainment, creators of the new sci-fi city-builder Aven Colony. He'll discuss ideas for assessing and managing risk in game dev projects.

Paul has a long history in game dev, having worked in the industry for over 20 years. Earlier in his career, he served as an AI developer on titles like MechWarrior 4 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MechWarrior_4:_Vengeance) and Deus Ex 2 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deus_Ex:_Invisible_War). After that, he spent several years at Retro Studios working as a Senior Engineer on Metroid Prime 2 and 3 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metroid_Prime:_Trilogy).

In 2009, Paul decided to pursue a technology management MSE degree from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business. His goal was to learn more about how to effectively manage the development process for software, in order to bring more rigor and excellence to the business side of game dev.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nXv_NT6Auo

In 2013, he cofounded Mothership Entertainment, a small team of four veteran developers in Austin, to bring this wisdom to bear in the creation of new games. Their first title is Aven Colony (http://avencolony.com/), an ambitious science-fiction city-builder set on an alien world. It charges the player with the task of building a tiny, vulnerable colony into a huge, sprawling, epic metropolis while dealing with alien fungus infections, lightning storms, toxic gas eruptions, and all the challenges of surviving on an alien planet. It was released for PC, Xbox One, and Playstation 4 in July 2017.

For his talk, Paul will discuss the topic of risk in game development and some ideas for assessing and mitigating risk. He'll also cover Aven Colony and Mothership's approach to risk during development and some of what the team learned along the way. Don't miss these valuable lessons from an industry veteran with a totally unique perspective!

Bonus Giveaway: Paul be giving out a limited number of Xbox and PS4 versions of the game.

Schedule for this event:
• 6:30pm - Arrival and socializing
• 7:00pm - Intro and announcements
• 7:10pm - Paul Tozour talk
• 8:00pm - Q&A
• 8:20pm - More socializing