Games and Biochemistry Blog

Mechanics and Future Plans

Our goal at Molecular Jig is to create Immune Defense. This game is going to be a large, Real Time Strategy / Tower Defense / Molecular Biology mash up. This game is the game you supported in our INDIEGoGo. We’ll have more posts soon describing our designs for Immune Defense.

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Posted in Game Design and Development


How do people do this?

World famous indie game developer snaps open her laptop and happily types away, creating another engaging, informative blog post for her adoring fans.

Exactly.  Not.

What kind of crazy person decided not only to try to make a video game on the weekends/evenings but also promises frequent blog posts?

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Footnote to tomorrow’s post

* “Really, are you the first cell biology strategy game?” you ask. We do our best to keep up with other science games. Because we love science and we love games. You can search for “cell biology” games at our lovely site ScienceGameCenter.org. My favorite example of a cell biology game is CellCraft.

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Hazards in Game Dev

I’ve been so happy lately. I have a day job in which I get to flex and learn more Unity skills. I have a partner willing to help me develop Immune Defense and who co-dreams with me about other adventures in molecular biology to come… Life has been stable and I am making tangible progress on a design for Immune Defense…

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How to use antibodies in a video game

I am making a game based on reality. The hardest part is that I keep needing to check on my understanding of reality.  I mean, I remember that antibodies can cause viruses to aggregate.  I am 100% positive that aggregation occurs, but is this mechanism actually a significant player in the war against virus in your body?  

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nailing down molecules

Wow, blogging about game design is rough. All this work I did this weekend and not trying to explain it all is a whole new task!

John and I talked through 3 completely different ways to present molecules to the player today. Should the player be able to manipulate viruses or not?

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Antibodies and Random Motion

(Delayed post from Friday. Seems the posts from my phone aren’t working!)

Tonight is quiet, still sick, slept most of the day. But tomorrow eve – Sunday we have game design planned. So there will be more to tell you.  Here are some questions we are considering.

How big should we draw molecules?

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Second day

Back again at the coffeeshop after work. Deciding to work 2.5 hours after work means that I leave my house at 8am and get home at 8pm. But after making this decision I have been super happy. Additionally, I don’t regret, yet, telling all you that I plan to get this game done by MAGFest ’18.  

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Monday after work

Game development.  Yes, we are still doing it. Today, I am looking at the charts I have spent the past 4 weeks on: balancing inflammation damage and energy gains.  Each cell type does damage to the surrounding tissue as it kills pathogens.  Each pathogen provides energy as it melts away in its pool of acid,

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Join Melanie for game improv at MAGfest!

Hello everyone, and welcome to 2017! We hope that you had an awesome New Year’s Eve and that you’re ready to take the new year by storm!

As you may or may not know, this coming weekend in DC is MAGFest: the place to be for video games,

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