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Alan Thorn is a game developer, author and educator. He has worked in games for over 20 years. He is passionate about indie games and their potential for causing positive change in the world. He is committed to helping indies succeed and grow.

Alan has written over 35 books, presented over 40 video courses, and worked on 33 commercial games. He founded the game studio, Wax Lyrical Games. And he created BeIndie.Biz to teach people how games can be made using only free and open source technologies

Books by Alan

Moving from Unity to Godot: An In-Depth Handbook to Godot

(2020) Thinking of switching from the Unity to Godot? This quick-start guide explains how to get started

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Complete Unity 2018 Game Development

(2019) Explore a selection of real-world Unity projects to practice and apply your game development skills

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Unity 2018 By Example

(2018) Move from Unity Beginner to Intermediate by following along with varied game projects

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Mastering Unity 2017 Game Development with C#

(2017) Follow along, step by step, at creating advanced Unity 2017 games. Become an expert developer

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Mastering Unity 5.x

(2017) Learn how to complete advanced, practical projects to create fun and diverse Unity games

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How to Cheat in Blender 2.7x

(2017) Progress from a beginner to an intermediate Blender user by practicing real-world tips and tricks

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Alan in education


Alan leads the post-graduate MA course in Game Design and Development at the National Film and Television School, in the United Kingdom

The NFTS games course is based on strongly inclusive principles. It’s designed to accelerate your career into the games industry regardless of your technical or creative background. Anybody can become a game developer

Video courses

Unity 2020 Certified Associate – Game Developer Design, Production, and Industry Awareness

Become Unity Certified. Learn the fundamentals of design, production and industry preparedness for games

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Unity 2020 Certified Associate – Game Developer Animation and Cinematics

Become Unity Certified. Learn how to create effective animations and powerful cinematics in Unity

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Unity 2020 Certified Associate – Game Developer Scripting with C#

Become Unity Certified. Learn the fundamentals of scripting and coding in C# by creating gameplay

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Unity 2020 Certified Associate – Game Developer Audio and Effects

Become Unity Certified. Learn the fundamentals of audio, soundscapes, particles and post-processing

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Unity 2020 Certified Associate – Game Developer UI and 2D Games

Explore the fundamentals of user interfaces, animation, and level design in Unity as you learn how to create a 2D game of your own

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Unity 2020 Certified Associate – Game Developer Materials and Lighting

Become Unity certified. Learn how to create effective materials and optimized lighting in Unity

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About Alan Thorn

Game developer, author and educator

Alan has been making games since 1997, from RPGs to first-person shooters. He believes in the power of games to make big changes in the world. Alan loves developing the indie skillset: coding, modelling, animating, and everything else you need to make games fully
Alan creates tutorials exploring game development tools and technologies. This includes: Unity, Blender, Godot, GIMP, GameMaker, Unreal, C# Programming, C++ and many others. Alan has worked with online educators to deliver tutorial content, such as Packt Publishing, 3DMotive and LinkedIn Learning...


Bounders and Cads – Turn Based Strategy

Bounders and Cads is a turn-based strategy game designed and developed by Alan Thorn for PC and Mac computers. Play with friends, deploy sneaky tricks and become the richest aristocrat in an old English country town…

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Baron Wittard – PC Adventure Game

Baron Wittard is a first-person mystery game designed and developed by Alan Thorn for PC and Mac computers. Enter an abadoned city, solve puzzles and find clues. Uncover dark secrets and save the planet from disaster…

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Alan created BEINDIE.BIZ


BeIndie.Biz is a game tutorial website full of courses and lessons by Alan Thorn. These explain how you can become a highly-skilled game developer using only open source, free and decentralized tools

Beindie.Biz is where you can learn to make a living and a business by making games. All from the comfort of your own home or from wherever you want. Learn to make production quality games using software and tools that cost nothing


Custom Development

Are you working on an exciting project, experience or a game? Do you need solid and reliable technical experterise? Alan can help you turn your ideas into a reality

Games Consultancy

Do you need comprehensive advice, or guidance or in-depth help getting started effectively with your next big project or business venture? If so, Alan can help

Speaking & Teaching

Are you seeking interesting talks or workshops for staff development or for an event? Or, do you want to teach your students how to make games? Alan can help




Wordpress is a free, open source toolkit for building effective websites. Plugins are smaller modules that extend the functionality of Wordpress. Alan develops Wordpress Plugins that enhance small business websites.
To view Alan's Wordpress Plugin website, visit: https://wpwombat.com
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