HomeTeam GameDev training library: gamedev textbook, examples, exercises, articles, productivity & philosophy audiobooks
A downloadable Books & Audiobooks Set
This is a collection of several training materials from Chris DeLeon / Gamkedo LLC, normally part of the resources included with HomeTeam GameDev membership, now available together here on itch as a set at 35%-off (materials included are sold separately on other platforms for a combined value of $180).
Courses (note: not part of this collection) based directly on this material have been taken by more than 300,000 people on Udemy.
Though only 2 of these included resources focus on programming, included source code is platform independent (works on Windows, Mac, Linux, or mobile) since it runs in-browser using built-in functionality. The non-code material is applicable regardless of engine or platform choice.
This collection includes the full versions of...
• Videogame Developer's Strategy Guide: 448 page PDF, curated collection of more than 50 of the top articles from 5 years of weekly writing for new game makers (sections include getting started, education, programming, motivation, game design, level creation, team projects, and industry)
• From Tutorials to Original Games: 31 page PDF exercises booklet, with tips on navigating team projects, planning milestones for long-term schedules, and practicing gameplay coding fundamentals, based on methods tested and iterated across several indie and student gamedev communities since 2004
• Self-Command: 4 hour 54 min. audiobook (as DRM-free M4B and per-chapter MP3s) / 123 page transcript, productivity strategies combining simple techniques and perspectives for better staying on task
• Self-Calm: 7 hour 11 min. audiobook (as DRM-free M4B and per-chapter MP3s) / 251 page ebook, modern adaptation based closely on public domain translations of Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (practical Stoic philosophy)
• (Bonus) Why Make Games and How to Start: infographic flyer, breaking down 9 tips on how to make games for personal development and enrichment
This package is for downloads-only, and does not include troubleshooting support or HomeTeam GameDev membership for custom training. Materials later made available to HomeTeam members will not be added to this set.
Responses to the 2 included audiobooks from professional game developers:
"I love creative work. I'll start making something, maybe divert briefly to an exciting adjacent opportunity, perhaps explore and research it a little, think about how to fold it into the rest of the work, and in a few hours I've redesigned my project. And that's great! This is how projects improve. But, it's not how they get finished. When I want to finish something I need it to keep moving forward, so I have to commit to completing the occasional task. I've found Chris' technique excellent for this."
"As a chronic scatterbrain I cannot TELL you how much it has improved my productivity... If you're very easily distracted like me and staying on task (especially during these hell times) has been a challenge, I super recommend it! ...absolutely check out his books at Self-Command.com. TONS of stuff on how to reprogram your mindset to be more productive and kinder to yourself. I don't think I know a creative professional who doesn't struggle with productivity issues and/or negative self talk, and Chris' work is a huge resource for doing better work and feeling better about it. Can't recommend it enough!"
"If you have any to-do list system, whether it be a bullet journal, a to-do list app, Trello, Asana, or anything else, you know how easy it is to get overwhelmed when looking at it. Heck, you may even have a large whiteboard right in front of you, chock full of tasks that are constantly staring at you, but never get done. [Self-Command] forces you to distill what you're working on down to one specific thing that you're currently doing. That's all you need to think about, which means your focus skyrockets and you get way more done in less time. And I'll let Chris' excellent book explain them in more detail. There's plenty more nuance to this system, and he explains it perfectly (and he's a great audio book narrator too!)... Get Chris' books."
"I've been using Chris's Self-Command method all year, it works... I'm a pretty organised person with todo lists and spreadsheets etc. I need to be in order to run my business effectively. But [the] Self-Command method helped me to take things to a new level in a difficult year (2020) and beyond. I recommend it... This is very easy to get started."
"Self-Calm lives up to its name. It takes on stoic concepts in clear concise language which I found was a helpful and centering way to start my days. For someone who is familiar with other modern stoic voices like Ryan Holiday but unfamiliar with the original text, this book helped flesh out my knowledge of the topic without feeling bogged down by historical language. Self-Calm helps give perspective to the common trials of life."
"I started my second listen through of Self-Calm. I can honestly say that the thoughts it provoked have contributed to a marked improvement in life as to how I cope with stress. Thank you for making this."
In order to download this Books & Audiobooks Set you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $117 USD. You will get access to the following files: