Two new books from Dungeons and Dragons publisher Wizards of the Coast are aimed at “tiny adventurers” rather than veteran role-players. The ABCs of D&D and The 123s of D&D are adorable children’s books that, as the titles would suggest, teach letters and numbers through the world of D&D. In both The ABCs of D&D and The 123s of D&D, a spunky party of young D&D players makes its way through the alphabet and numbers 1-10 while explaining key aspects of the role-playing game. The 123s of D&D even includes a bestiary introducing favorite D&D creatures, all written in cute couplets that, fair warning, will probably get stuck in your head after a few reads. Polygon spoke to writer Ivan Van Norman and illustrator Caleb Cleveland to find out how the books came about. From brainstorming to crowdfunding According to Van Norman, the idea was originally conceived as a brainstorming exercise for a Geek and Sundry video series he produced. At the … [Read more...] about D&D children’s books teach ABCs and 123s through the world of role-playing
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In a little over four weeks, five AI bots will play a team of pro players at The International. OpenAI’s bots have learnt to play Dota 2 almost from scratch, building up an understanding of the game using one of the most advanced reinforcement learning techniques AI researchers have yet devised. It’s an impressive achievement, regardless of whether the bots manage to crush their flesh and blood opponents. But don’t get too carried away. Last week I told you about Mike Cook’s blog post, where he highlighted both the technical and conceptual limitations surrounding OpenAI’s bots. Mike is best known for Angelina, the game making AI that he’s been tinkering with for the past eight years – but no AI problem can escape his expert gaze. So I called him up and asked if he could explain some more. RPS: First of all, what have OpenAI accomplished with their Dota bots? What’s impressive about them? Mike Cook: So OpenAI had already made a big splash … [Read more...] about AI wizard Mike Cook wants OpenAI’s Dota bots to teach him, not beat him
Whether you're just starting out, looking for something new, or just seeing what's out there, the Gamasutra Job Board is the place where game developers move ahead in their careers. Here are just some of the many, many positions being advertised right now. If you're a recruiter looking for talent, you can also post jobs here. Location: Hamburg, Germany InnoGames is looking for a QA Engineer to review test requirements and provide feedback, carry out exploratory testing, and optimize the testing process as a member of its team in Hamburg, Germany. This role requires at least 3 years professional software testing experience, experience with programming in C# or Java, and a degree in technical sciences or relevant work experience. Location: Burbank, California Insomniac Games is looking for Mid to Senior level Engine programmers for its core team. In this role, one would get to work with the team to design, add and modify features of both runtime and tools … [Read more...] about Get a job: Infinity Ward, InnoGames, and more are hiring now!
The Gamasutra Job Board is the most diverse, active and established board of its kind for the video game industry!many, many positions being advertised right now. Location: San Jose, California Cold Iron is seeking an experienced Principal Environment Artist to join us in working on a shooter in the Alien universe for consoles and PC! Do you excel at building props and spaces that are as pleasing to look at as they are to play with? Are you a passionate game developer looking to create the best experiences possible? Join our creative, collaborative studio where you will help craft visually inspiring worlds and awesome gameplay environments. Here’s the most important one: Do you do it all for the game? Because you know that your talents are needed to make sure that even the best development teams get an awesome experience out the door? Awesome. Come join our creative, collaborative studio where you’ll own the product management responsibilities … [Read more...] about Get a job: Cold Iron Studios is looking for a Principal Environment Artist
One of the joys of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is how it’s created a new connection between me and my seven-year-old son. He’s sunk himself into this game, and shares with me all his achievements and discoveries. When I finally pry the controller from his hands so that I can play, he cuddles up close and offers advice. Zelda is a new playground in which he and I can enjoy one another’s company. But it’s also a place he visits alone, in which he discovers lessons that are relevant and useful outside the confines of the game’s world. Many games — from narrative adventures to first-person shooters — offer useful lessons about ourselves and the lives we lead. I’m not arguing that this game is the only one that we can learn from. But Breath of the Wild’s richness, its heritage of Nintendo’s mission of discovery and wonder, makes it a herald for all games that have something useful to teach kids. This game has so much … [Read more...] about Breath of the Wild’s fantastic life lessons for kids