Learn how to create great games for Android phones
Android phones are rapidly gaining market share, nudging the iPhone out of the top spot. Games are the most frequently downloaded apps in the Android market, and users are willing to pay for them. Game programming can be challenging, but this step-by-step guide explains the process in easily understood terms. A companion Web site offers all the programming examples for download.
Presents tricky game programming topics–animation, battery conservation, touch screen input, and adaptive interface issues–in the straightforward, easy-to-follow For Dummies fashion
Explains how to avoid pitfalls and create fun games based on best programming practices for mobile devices
A companion web site includes all programming examples
If you have some programming knowledge, Android Game Programming For Dummies will have you creating cool games for the Android platform quickly and easily.
Here’s the scoop on building and marketing great games for the iPhone and iPad!
The iPhone and iPad are the hottest techno-gadgets on the market today, and games for it are even hotter. To help you cash in on the trend, this book shows what it takes to create a good iPhone and iPad game and how to get it into the App Store.
Neal Goldstein, leader of an iPhone app startup company, and his co-authors show you how to build a game that will sell, include quality graphics, market your game through the App Store, and more. Whether you’re a programming novice or an experienced developer looking to enter the game market, here’s how to get going.
Games for the iPhone are among the hottest apps in Apple’s App Store
Learn to build two game applications – from beginning to end
Written by successful mobile app developers, this guide begins with how to get started, including downloading the SDK and filling your toolbox
Covers programming with Objective-C and Cocoa, what makes a good game, graphics, and creating good mobile apps
Explains how to market your game through the App Store
iPhone and iPad Game Development For Dummies can start you on a fun hobby or a lucrative career.
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Let the adventure begin with this straightforward guide to GURPS!
This is it―the key that unlocks the riches of GURPS (Generic Universal Role Playing System) and gives you a wealth of information on how to create your character and fine-tune your play. Produced in partnership with Steve Jackson Games, the game’s creator, GURPS For Dummies is the ideal companion to GURPS Basic Set, 4th Edition that explains the rules. It gives you insight into the choices you’ll make in everything from creating a fun, dynamic character using the allotted number of points, to playing in an adventure, to becoming a GM. Whether you want to be an Amazon princess or a stalwart warrior, an old-fashioned swashbuckler or a modern investigator, a tough cop or a cat burglar, a sorcerer casting spells or a cosmic ranger, fighting lawlessness in the asteroids, this guide will help you:
Determine your character’s basic attributes: IQ, DX (dexterity), ST (strength) and HT (health)
Figure out your character’s secondary characteristics
Choose advantages (including powers and perks) and disadvantages (including quirks and disadvantages with a self-control roll modifier)
Optimize your points by using talents
Select your skills based on functional area or the campaign setting
Enhance your character with spells, magic items, magic staves, and powerstones
Strategically purchase equipment for different characters, tech levels, and campaign types
Create and manage a character sheet, write a character background, keep a character log, and more―all with samples
Choose good combat techniques and play with your character
If you want to become a GM, this guide gets you going with advice on creating the adventure, managing the character creation process, managing combat, and interpreting the rules. There’s even a handy Cheat Sheet tear-out GM screen in the front of the book. There are tips throughout, plus advice on how to:
Create your very own GURPS universe for your campaign, whether it’s dungeon-crawl, high-adventure, combat-focused, puzzle-focused, or masquerade-type
Provide a basic write-up of the world for your players, including technology level, supernatural and supernormal abilities and powers, races, setting, character templates, cultural and social information, and limitations
Create an electronic combat grid, a battle log, a tactical map, and more―with samples
Do mapping, planning, and plotting
Create memorable NPC (nonplayer characters), both good guys and bad guys
GURPS For Dummies helps you create more detailed, exciting, and interesting characters and take your game to the next level. That’s important whether you’re saving a princess or saving the planet…searching for hidden treasure or for secrets to eliminate disease… fighting crime or combating armies of evil robots…casting spells in medieval castles or destroying terrorist cells in modern day milieus. With GURPS, the only limitation is your imagination.