All of these resources are free, or have a useful free
version, unless otherwise noted.
- Vlambeer Toolkit - A great
list of resources for indie developers.
- Juice It or Lose It - This
is a fantastic talk by Martin Jonasson & Petri Purho that illustrates how simple
tweaks can have a huge impact on the feel of a game.
- Trello - A streamlined project management web app.
- Toggl - Simple time tracking web app.
- HelloSign - Convenient tool for
electronically signing documents. Great for contracts and
other business related documents.
- SourceTree - GUI client for Git or Mecurial.
- Unity - Game development engine with support for many platforms.
- Visual Studio - Visual Studio
is one of the best IDEs out there, it's free now, and with nice Unity integration
it's worth trying out if you're developing on Windows.
- Visual Studio Code - A lightweight
general purpose text editor (well, sort of an IDE lite). If you don't like IDEs this is a
great replacement for Visual Studio proper. (Yes, the naming is confusing, but it's totally seperate from Visual Studio.)
- dotPeek - .NET
decompiler that's great for digging a little bit deeper into
the libraries you use.
- Freesound - Database of audio samples released under Creative Commons licenses that allow reuse.
Events and Communities
- Boston Unity Group (Boston/Cambridge) - B.U.G. is a monthly gathering of Unity
developers in the Boston area. A super cool meetup, very informative and welcoming to newcomers at all skill levels.
- Boston Festival of Indie Games (Boston/Cambridge) - Boston FIG is a fun one-day festival with a showcase
of independent games and informative talks. Held each fall on the MIT campus. Admission for this one is super cheap (about $10).
- Pioneer Valley Game Developers - (Pioneer Valley) Western Massachusetts group hosting informative presentions,
networking and gaming events. Their events are always fun and welcoming to newcomers.
- IndieCade East (NYC) - International Festival of Independent Games, New York City edition.
Smaller than the West Coast original, but with plenty of games, unusual exhibits, talks, and social events. Three-day
event held around Valentine's Day each year. Not free (about $100 for all three days).
- One Game a Month (online) - Challenges you to create one game every month for a year.