March 26, 2007

Whiteboarding, originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

The programmers are designing exciting new systems.

If the following image and paragraph excite you, please consider looking over the various Programming jobs available at Red Fly Studio.

Whiteboard - Finite State Machine

It is a detailed plan for our finite state machine architecture that is meant to be a replacement for switch statements in common FSM-using functionality such as animation controllers. Basically, we want to make sure that we don’t instantiate a new FSM and set of states for every object that uses an FSM, so our solution to that was to have the object store a class dedicated to instance data for stuff that is relevant to the FSM. The instance data along with the object would be manipulated by a shared FSM object holding all of those shared states. The end result is that all FSM-using objects get the benefit of being able to run its insides through a shared finite state machine. – Kain Shin, Lead Programmer, Red Fly Studio

Team’s getting a little large for team lunch Fridays., originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

It’s a good problem to have. The patio out behind Fadó has plenty of space.

And speaking of the team, we’re looking to add one more to our ranks in the very near future. Check out the Jobs page to see if you’re the person we need.

James shows the new guys our Wii and stuff, originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

Ryan Mattson, designer (left), and Jeff Lake, programmer (right), joined our team this week.

Finally got some light on the gallery wall., originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

We’ve filled out the entire office space in anticipation of our full staff. Four new hires joined us this week, and we haven’t really even started advertising for positions. We posted one opening on ConceptArt.org and received over forty applicants before the end of the day. Once our job posts hit Gamasutra and some of the other sites, this place will fill up fast.

This job gets more exciting every day!

Technical Design Doc, in progress, originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

Designer/Programmers Kain and James have worked up a comprehensive breakdown of the Game Design Doc to produce a point-by-point list of all programming tasks necessary to produce Mushroom Men.

Tired developers

March 10, 2007

Tired developers, originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

GDC was a crazy week, almost overwhelming.

More G4 celebs

March 9, 2007

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I ran into Laura Foy and Tina Wood from G4TV.com, and they were gracious enough to spare me three of the five minutes they had for lunch. I showed them Frank’s concept art which Tina immediately compared to Oddworld, a comparison we welcome openly.

They expressed some interest but with far less enthusiasm than Adam had spewed the previous night. But then, I’ve never met a human with more spewing enthusiasm than Adam Sessler.

In the end, I just thanked them and fled like a frightened kitten since I’m a dork and felt guilty for interrupting them.

I should probably delete that last line.

That’s no act.

March 9, 2007

That’s no act, originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

Adam Sessler is 100% enthusiastic about video games. He spoke at great length with my Designer/Programmers. I wonder which was more excited to talk to the other. You might vote for Adam because he’s so ebullient. But you don’t know Kain like I do. That’s his “I am excited” expression. Seriously!

Hailing a cab

March 9, 2007

Hailing a cab, originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

You’d think the added height would have given him the advantage. But no.

I asked Mike Wilson:, originally uploaded by Red Fly Studio.

“So how does it feel to be back?”

“Pretty much the same as last time,” he grinned. “Except maybe a little stupider. Is that a real word? Stupider?”

And then he sort of just drifted off into his own private reverie for a moment.

We love Gamecock.

And there’s nothing stupid about a Baroque theater filled with Bohemian clowns on stilts tapdancing on top of pianos and swinging from a trapeze while bellydancers flirt with sexy clowns and millionaire executives run around in chicken costumes with boxing gloves and tophats. That’s just brilliant!