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  • Paris Buttfield-Addison

    Paris Buttfield-Addison

    Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison is co-founder of Secret Lab (, a game development studio based in beautiful Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Secret Lab builds games and game development tools, including the BAFTA- and IGF-winning Night in the Woods, the wildly popular Yarn Spinner (, an open source narrative game development framework, and the award-winning ABC Play School and Qantas Joey Playbox iPad games. Paris formerly worked as a software engineer, and later product manager for Meebo, which was acquired by Google in 2012. He has a degree in medieval history, a PhD in Computing, and writes technical books (around 30 so far) on machine learning, programming, and game development for O’Reilly Media. He can be found on the Fediverse at and online at


Game development is more fun, more accessible, and more open than it's ever been. It's time to stop waiting, and learn to make a video game. This session will teach you the fundamentals of the completely free, open source game engine, Godot. It's powerful, amazing, and runs on everything, and there’s never been a better time to learn. In this session, together, we will: * learn what Godot is and how it works * take a tour of Godot’s features and powerful scripting system * quickly build a game, showcasing the Godot editor * build the game for macOS, Windows, and Linux Game development can, and should be, for everyone. Godot makes the tools available, you just need to bring the time, tenacity, and ideas. And you’ll need to learn some coding, but it’s fun because it makes things _move_. Build that game that’s been itching at the back of you mind for years; code a game with your kids; build a little game that you’ll **never** show anyone, but you’ll know you made it. Whatever your interest, you’ll get something out of this session. Basic programming knowledge assumed, but nothing major. YouTube: LA Archive: