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Technical Artist Bootcamp: Cementing Your Duct Tape: Turning Hacks into Tools

Mattias Van Camp  (Senior Technical Artist, The Creative Assembly)

Location: Room 3004, West Hall

Date: Tuesday, March 19

Time: 2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Pass Type: All Access, GDC Conference + Summits, GDC Summits - Get your pass now!

Topic: Visual Arts

Format: Tutorial

Tutorials: Technical Artist Bootcamp

Vault Recording: Video

Sometimes, hacks are necessary to get things working and shipped; this is a reality of game development. But what do you do with them once production pressure eases? This talk will go into techniques and practices for how to deal with old hacks, and how to create new ones that can organically grow into full implementations, with practical examples from the most recent 'Total War' games. This session will go into how The Creative Assembly team increased their production flexibility, and how, by temporarily automating parts of their production using basic, quickly implemented tools, they were able to identify sustainable methods of automation.


Attendees will take away lessons learned from the production of 'Total War' games, and how temporary code played a valuable role in their creation. This talk will also address techniques to ensure that organic growth of scripts into full-fledged tools is made possible.

Intended Audience

This talk is meant for game developers of every level, preferably with some interest in pipeline and tool development, or production management. No programming knowledge is required.