I'm a video game "business guy" who launched a game with no coding knowledge. AMA about making games, starting a business, or how I ate 60,000 pretzels during our game's production!
Bio: Hey everyone! I'm Nicholas Laborde, the overly excited founder of Raconteur Games. We're an indie game company in Lafayette, Louisiana with a mission: tell stories worth telling. I'm a "business guy," which I like to call a Deal Maker. I didn't write a single line of code in the making of our game -- rather, I leave that duty to the insanely talented people I work with (who are way smarter than me). So what do I do? I focus on getting the business what it needs to make our games, whether it be marketing, outside contract help, investment, etc. Formally and informally, I make deals to make things happen!
I love talking about the video game industry, so ask me anything about how games are made, how to get into the industry, anything about starting a business, or how I ate way too many pretzels during production of our game Close Order, which is a badass little shoot-em-up game where you build a fleet of space ships! Sander (/u/space_elevators), our lead programmer, will be joining me throughout the day to answer the more technical questions here and there.
What's your story? :)
EDIT: Wow, this is going so well! I'm stepping away for a little bit to have dinner with my significant other, but I'll be back soon to answer even more questions! Keep 'em coming!
EDIT2: Back! Took longer than expected, ended up speaking at a fundraiser at the last minute. Gotta love being a Deal Maker! Answering more questions!
EDIT3: Been at this all day and need a break! Please keep leaving me questions and I'll hit you back tomorrow morning. :) If anyone has pretzel suggestions, leave me those too!
EDIT4: Back again! I'll be answering until around noon central time. :)
EDIT5: Thanks everyone for the great questions! I had a wonderful time and can't wait to do it again. If there's any way I can be of service to you, drop me a line!