Indie Fund Announces First Sponsored Games

Indie Fund Announces First Sponsored Games (photo)

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Indie Fund made a big splash at last year’s GDC, when it was announced that some of the biggest names in indie game development would be banding together to help financially foster future creativity. A year later, some of the fund’s principals came back to reveal the games that will be getting support and revealed, too, just how the numbers look when they choose to support a developer. The panel consisted of Indie Fund-ers Nathan Vella (Capybara Games), Kellee Santiago (thatgamecompany) and Ron Carmel (2D Boy), along the developers they’ll be funding. Steve Swink of the Enemy Airship dev studio showed off the much-anticipated “Shadow Physics,” which looks really cool. Next up was Q.U.B.E. And rounding out the was Andy Schatz, designer of last year’s Independent Games Festival winner “Monaco.” Swink in particular talked about how the fact funding by people whose work he so greatly admires pushes him even harder to create a great game.

[“Shadow Physics”]



During the panel, Ron Carmel reiterated the Indie Fund main tenets: a shorter, more transparent, submission process, developer owns the IP and flexibility in dev schedule. The initial communication model was monthly development check-ins and then a monthly release of sponsorship funds but that changed. What’s been happening has been video updates and e-mails as necessary. As for financials, the Fund aims to recoup only after 100% of the funding has been made back and that a revenue share between developer and Indie Fund happens for two years after recoup. If the game doesn’t recoup, the debt to Indie Fund is forgiven after three years so as to you’re not beholden to them. The initial investments of funding will range is $40,00-$150,00.

Usually, big publishers set up a work schedule for developers to hit guarantee continued funding. Santiago talked about the effect that has on development, “It’s really patronizing for a publisher to hold a milestone delivery payment over a developer’s head. As a developer, I have far more at stake than you. It’s my game!” At Indie Fund, we want our developers to be focused on making the best games possible.

Asked about the risk of funding newer talent, Carmel said, “There are moments where everyone realizes when a game’s on track or not.” Schatz talked about the tension there, adding, “Everyone suffers when things don’t go according to plan but the developer suffers most.”

The developers didn’t divulge any dates as to when to expect any of the Indie Fund games, but the likelihood that they’ll actually come out is a lot more likely. Patience, children, the awesome is coming.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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