Developer Showcase Special Edition - Reboot Develop

  • Hey, lovelies!

    You’ve probably realized we didn’t have any posts on Steam last week - that’s because the whole team went to Reboot Develop[rebootdevelopblue.com] in Dubrovnik, Croatia, so this week we’ll have a special edition of our Developer Update where you’ll get to see what we did there!

    Reboot Develop is a conference for games industry professionals ran by a small team of local industry veterans. Several of us in the office have previously worked at Reboot as games journalists in Reboot magazine or as organizers of the conference, and the fact that the local industry is so small and we’re all friends means we wouldn’t miss it for the world. This year’s edition was its 6th and the conference was rebranded into Reboot Develop Blue - the reason for that is that it’s expanding to Canada in October (Reboot Develop Red[rebootdevelopred.com]) and we can’t be more proud of our friends and ex-coworkers. Reboot Develop has quickly become everyone’s favorite conference - you get to stay in a 5-star hotel and hang out with industry celebrities, the coast is beautiful, and everyone is drunk and very friendly. What’s not to love?

    Day 0 - Wednesday

    Dubrovnik[en.wikipedia.org] is around 600 km (373 miles) away from Zagreb. For our American readers that’s a short stroll down the street, but for our spoiled European asses that’s like FAR. The good flights we wanted were mostly booked months in advance, so we decided to make a road trip out of it. One group rented a van and several groups went by cars.

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    No, we call it Venice because it pisses Dini off and that's always fun.

    I was in the group with Josip and Ivona ("The Meme Team™ rides together and dies together" was the reasoning), and our designated driver/babysitter/the voice of reason was Andrej. Our trip there was literally the most fun road trip I’ve ever been on - we had cake for breakfast, visited Josip’s mom in his hometown for lunch, and danced in our seats all the way there. We were absolutely sober the whole time and didn’t do anything stupid even once. Hi, mom!

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    This was very obviously The Fun Car. Fight me.

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    The van group was the only other that wanted to share their photos, but unfortunately they don't know how to take them. Apparently they had a bunch of booze in the van, so at least you can see them the same way they saw the world. Blurry af.

    Day 1 - Thursday

    We got up for breakfast totally not hungover and then went to the opening ceremony - a welcome greeting from Reboot’s CEO Damir was followed by a performance from a Finnish band National Nightmare and a keynote from Hidetaka Miyazaki and Fumito Ueda.

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    That's Damir over there on that stage. You can't really see him, but he's there. He's always there.

    After that was over, everyone went on to do their own thing. Some people got coffee, some went to other talks, some just walked around and mingled, and some got drunk. I’ll tell you a little story and you can guess for yourself which group I was in.

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    A random photo from breakfast that I'm only posting because Dobrila looks cute and she's not here to murder me.

    I was flipping through the conference booklet and saw that Eugen Harton, the DayZ project lead was gonna have a talk soon, so I was like “Hey guys, you know what would be cool? If we went to that and just sat in the front row. Like, let’s just sit there and stare.” I was fully prepared that people would just say no. However...

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    Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey!

    Eugen was a champ, though - he was obviously confused when we walked in, but he didn’t let it show and it turned out to be fun and educational. Props for that!

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    Eugen, if you're reading this, we need you to know we were just being funny and we respect you and your company. Also, sorry about that one Reboot Develop years ago when I told you my name was Svetlana, tried to get you drunk at 9AM and talked to you exclusively in Serbian. Love you!

    Our very own Pong and Andrej had a panel immediately after, so we had to run. The panel turned out to be very us - they thought they were gonna have a moderator, but apparently not, so it was just them and their mic. Pong covered everything, from the history of SCUM to what he had for breakfast, while Andrej was trying not to fall asleep, and then they switched. Like I said, it was very us and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

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    Did I lie? I did not lie. They're the best, though.

    The Reboot Develop football tournament was taking place later that evening, so we had to get ready for that. We had previously made a team and applied officially, and even made cute football uniforms for everyone - we changed into those, took our flares, smoke bombs and brass knuckles and went merrily on our way. Just kidding, we only brought a bunch of alcohol. We played two games, one against Cecil United which we won 8:0 (lol), and the other against SpecialEffect which we won 3:1. That meant we were through to the finals taking place the next day.

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    Sorry, Rami. Sports, right?

    The football victory meant we had to celebrate, so we went to the “pool party” that was moved to an underground garage because of bad weather, got extremely drunk and then died.

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    And then there were the ones who only pretended they died. SHAME. SHAME. SHAME.

    Day 2 - Friday

    We rose from the dead around noon the next day. Well, I did, as well as a bunch of others, but apparently some nerds went to the morning panels/talks. I still can’t decide if that was brave or stupid.

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    I mean, that's fine I guess?

    We went to lunch at the hotel and then went networking around the conference - what that means is you run into an industry person you know and ask them if they wanna do shots. They always do, so you do that. Rinse and repeat. Then they bring a friend who is an industry celebrity, so you get flustered and starstruck and ask if they wanna do shots, too. They do, so you do it again, exchange business cards, and say you’re gonna catch up over email because you’re too drunk to have a productive conversation. They feel the same, so it’s all good.

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    A selfie part of the team took while networking with each other.

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    The girls were also networking with each other.

    The football tournament finals were happening that evening and we were all excited. First we played against Bongfish, the main sponsor of the whole conference. We won, but unfortunately we don’t remember the score - the players were, well, playing, and the spectators were too drunk to remember. Then we played against Croteam and lost. It still hurts too much to talk about this, so that’s the only info you’re getting. Silver is okay, too, I guess. It’s fine. We’re not salty. We most definitely did not key their cars after the game.

    Later we went to another party and died again.

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    If this picture doesn't warm your heart just a little bit then you don't have one.

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    These look pretty nice, too. Sure, a gold trophy would've been nicer, but these are okay, too. No, really, it's cool. We're not mad.

    Day 3 - Saturday

    The last day of the conference was pretty weird. By that point I had slept for like 6 hours in 3 days, so I made the adult decision to try and make it through the day and then go to sleep at a normal time that night. If anyone saw a manic girl running around the beach at 6AM flashing crazy eyes at the seagulls, that was me, sorry about that. I spent the whole day in a sleep deprivation-induced haze, so I honestly have no idea what everyone else did that day. Apparently some people were sober enough to actually show up in public. It was really bizarre.

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    Some of them spent the whole conference Slav-squatting by the trashcans and no one knows why.

    The best thing ever happened on that Friday, though. Ivona wanted to check out the sauna and, as she was walking into the spa area, she saw Josip sitting alone in the kiddie pool, very obviously under the influence of something. "Why are you in the kiddie pool, Josip?" she asked, even though she already knew the answer. He looked at her absolutely confused and said "Isn't this the jacuzzi?" This has already become a meme around the office and it will be told through the generations, so it was only fair you heard it as well. Sorry, Josip, love you!

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    A picture of Baby J thinking about his life choices.

    People went to a supersecret Polish party that night that everyone was invited to and then died. I went to sleep like I said I would and didn’t die this time. Then I woke up at 4AM because I went to sleep too early, went down to the hotel lobby to see who’s up because I was lonely, met some cool Serbian dudes, got drunk and died.

    Day 4 - Sunday

    Just kidding! I didn’t die because I didn’t even go to sleep. The conference was over, so we had to check out and go home. Andrej told us to meet him in the lobby before breakfast, so I just skipped over there and pretended I just woke up. Sorry, Andrej, now you know! We checked out of the hotel, got in the car and immediately fell asleep.

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    I don't have any photos from Sunday because everyone was either hungover or driving, but have this one of us watching a football game because it looks cool.

    Jokes aside, the whole trip was a great experience - we got to bond with each other, meet some wonderful people, go to some amazing talks, and learn new things from people we look up to. We’ve already bought our tickets for next year, so if you’re thinking about going, do it, and we’ll see you there!

    Love you and talk to you REALLY soon! ;)

    Bye!




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