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From Geek to Geekle: Presenting on Humor

Dexter Woltman

By Dexter Woltman

I always considered myself a geek—frequently opting to showcase my Star Wars or LEGO collections over fitting in with my peers. So, when a company named Geekle reached out to Brunette Games to present at an upcoming event, I knew I had to say yes. Over the week of August 31st, Geekle hosted an online Game Development Global Summit. Experts in game design came together to give valuable insight into the industry.

I had the honor of taking part in the Global Summit. At Brunette Games, I developed a growing expertise in writing humor for the casual game market. I decided to share these skills with the world by presenting how humor can bridge a player's investment in the game they're playing. The official abstract of my presentation:

At Brunette Games, we’ve always believed in three pillars of game storytelling: conflict, mystery, and connection. While there are various forms of connection, one of its cores is the emotional investment players form with the characters and story in a game. One way to bridge this connection is through the use of humor. This talk includes:

- How humor is essential to certain genres.
- How to write effective humor.
- How to use humor to bridge the pillars of storytelling.

To see my presentation for yourself, check out the YouTube link below!

 


'The Dreamslippers Series' Hits the Magic 7

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We can't believe it's been this long already, but the Dreamslippers Series turns seven this month. To mark the lucky 7 anniversary, we've enrolled the series in the Smashwords Summer Winter Sale. This means deep discounts (and one freebie) on the ebook versions of all three original novels, as well as the boxed set, which includes a bonus novella. The sale ends July 31.

For those of you who are new to Brunette Games, the Dreamslippers is Lisa Brunette's sexy-but-cozy murder mystery series, which we released between 2014 and 2016 under Brunette Games' book-publishing imprint, Sky Harbor Press. All three books in the series won indieBRAG medallions, awarded to only the top tier of independently published books, and the second novel in the series, Framed and Burning, was also a finalist for the prestigious Nancy Pearl Book Award and nominated for a RONE Award. The books have been praised by Kirkus Reviews, Readers Lane, Book Fidelity, Wall-to-Wall Books, BestThrillers.com, Mystery Sequels, and many others. All three enjoy Amazon ratings of 4-5 stars.

About the Books

The Dreamslippers solve crimes using their psychic ability to 'slip' into your dreams. But that isn't easy. 

CITF

Cat McCormick comes of age both as a Dreamslipper and a private investigator in the series debut, Cat in the Flock. Following a mother and daughter on the run, she goes undercover in a fundamentalist church. FREE during the Smashwords Sale.

F&B

It was supposed to be a much-needed vacation in Miami, meant to snap Cat out of a persistent depression. But when her great uncle’s studio goes up in flames, killing his assistant, Cat must find out who’s really to blame. Half off in the sale.

BTTT

What happens when your client thinks she knows who the killer is, but you don’t believe her? Cat and Granny Grace aren't too sure Nina Howell fell under the spell of a domineering, conservative talk show host... until he starts to look guilty. The case brings powerful new developments in Cat’s dreamslipping skill as she works to find the truth. Half off in the sale.

Boxedset

Get all three books, plus a bonus novella prequel--Work of Light, Granny Grace's origin story--only available in the boxed set. Receive a discount of 25% now in the Smashwords sale.

Rather Have a Paper Copy?

You can always purchase the Dreamslippers Series in paperback from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets. 

Interested in Other Brunette Games Books?

We also published the only guide governing the romantic lives of D&D characters.

 


New Release: 'Cooking Confidential' for Archosaur Games

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By Lisa Brunette

It's been a real team effort here at Brunette Games to help our client Archosaur bring this title to market. Dexter Woltman, Amanda VanNierop, Sara Hardin, and I design the story, character concepts, and tutorial as well as write all of the in-game dialogue and other text, with voice overs planned for the global launch as well. It's been a privilege to work with the awesome Archosaur team, and we're all quite proud of this game. It soft-launched in other markets this spring, and there's now a US Android version you can download for free from the Google Play store. Please join us in congratulating Archosaur on their successful title! 

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Official Description

"Cooking Confidential" is an easy-to-understand and quick-to-learn cooking simulation game. You can make food efficiently and orderly according to the customer's order, and then hand it to the customer to get gold coins. In cooking, you can enjoy the fun of being a chef, and you can also feel the fun of running a successful restaurant as a boss!

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[Game Features]

Picture display: 3D production, delicate image, and exquisite graphic!

High sense of substitution: suspenseful game plot, make you emotional ups and downs!

Customized facial features: You can choose any characters in the game, and even make up them and dress them up as you like!

Food making: Click on the ingredients to make it, and provide it to customers to get gold coins!

Serve customers: Make various kinds of food according to customer order requirements, and you can get more coins by hitting the dishes!

Restaurant decoration: What do you want to decorate your restaurant like? , Decoration can make the restaurant more appreciated and patronized by customers!

Various themes: unlock different styles of restaurants to meet the gourmet needs of customers all over the world!

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