George Avdoulos

 Game Designer

Hey there! My name is George and I am a Game Designer with a MSc degree in Game Design as well as a BA in Comic Book Design and Animation.

 

My professional focus, is in games with a strong atmospheric character and holistic game-feel. 

My most recent role was that of a Creative Director on a "yet to be announced" project co-produced by ThroughLine Games after the release the studio's award winning debut title "Forgotton Anne" which i also worked as a Game and Level Designer.

Below you can find my portfolio's highlighted game development work.

Experience

 Forgotton Anne 

"Forgotton Anne is a cinematic adventure game with light puzzle & platforming elements focusing on blending narrative and gameplay in a seamless immersive experience. You play as Anne, the enforcer who keeps order in the Forgotten Lands, as she sets out to quash a rebellion that might prevent her master, Bonku, and herself from returning to the human world...." ​

Genre: 2D Platform-Adventure

Engine: Unity 3D

Team Size: ~12

Developer : ThroughLine Games

Publisher: Square Enix

Release date: 2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One , Nintendo Switch, IOs, Android

Awards & Recognition:

  • (Game of the year - Best Debut - Best Visuals) Spilprisen 2019

  • (Best PC Game - Best Illustration for Games - Best Character Design) Indigo Design Awards, 2018

Role(s) and responsibilities:   Game Designer   Over 2 Years

For examples, breakdowns and elaborations of my work on this project, please refer to its project page.

Game Design

  • Redesigned and simplified the game’s main mechanic ( Arca ) to holistically match the game's production scope with the story

Level Design

  • Designed and adapted the game’s pre-production environments to Narrative and Gameplay Levels

  • Designed, Greyboxed, and Implemented most of the environmental Interactions and Set-Piece puzzles.

  • Designed, and Implemented the Flow logic in each Unity Scene( Interactions, NPC level logic, Cutscene and Dialogue setup, Seamless Scene transitions, Camera Framing etc )

Narrative Design

  • Converted several points of the cinematic and narrative subtext to gameplay instead of dialogue exposition.

  • Worked closely with writers to iterate story and gameplay

 

"Innerva" Project

"The Project currently codenamed “Innerva” is a romantic comedy adventure, blending platforming and puzzle elements into a seamless immersive experience set in a high-fantasy world in the style of the 70s & 80s animated features, and is a rework of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream with a sprinkle of Blackadder, Monkey Island, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, and bit of Monty Python, all thrown into a highly ambitious mix." ​

Genre: 2D Platform-Adventure

Engine: Unity 3D

Team Size: ~4

Developer : ThroughLine Games & George Avdoulos

Release date: - Temporarily Postponed -

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch

Awards & Recognition:

  • Recipient of Creative Europe’s : Support for Development of European Video Games Fund (2019)

Role(s) and responsibilities:   Creative Director   -  Over 2 Years -

For examples, breakdowns and elaborations of my work on this project, please refer to its project page.​

 

Direction

  • Worked closely with a junior artist and an assistant writer to set both the tone and language of the game

  • Worked closely with the core engineer to set the architecture of the project and its pipelines, to fit the strengths and weaknesses of our team and scope

Game Design

  • Designed, documented and Iterated on gameplay mechanics over 2 major Vertical Slice revisions

Level Design

  • Designed various vertical slice holistic levels

  • Greyboxed the entirety of the game's narrative structure in its bare-bones.

Narrative Design

  • Creator of the story, characters and interactive subtext.

  • Early adaptation of the story into level and puzzle interactions

Technical Implementation

  • Prototyped most game-play system code: Dynamic Items Inventory, Banter dialogue system, AI game-play states, Cinematics to Gameplay integration, etc )

  • Extended an array of existing proprietary tools and code to fit the specific game project

 Prince of The Yolkfolk :
The Unofficial Remaster

"When the King of Magicland rode off to the crusades, your evil Doppelgänger and Rockwart the Troll King, have taken over the kingdom, imprisoning you and casting a spell on your beloved Daisy, who came to your rescue, leaving her asleep for 100 years. It is up to you.. Dizzy, the grandson of the old epic hero.. Grandpa Dizzy.. to put things right! Escape your prison, save the kingdom from the menacing baddies, and find a way to wake your beloved." ​

Genre: 2D Platform-Adventure

Engine: Unity 3D

Team Size: 1

Developer: George Avdoulos

Release date: 2019

Platforms: PC

Awards & Recognition: Unannounced

Role(s) and responsibilities:  Sole Developer

For examples, breakdowns and elaborations of my work on this project, please refer to its project page

Game Design

  • Redesign of general Game-Feel : Responsive controls, matching kinesthetics & Camera Flow.

  • Extended Inventory functions for game-play impact

Technical  Design

  • Complete from the grounds up development and coding of Gameplay Systems

Narrative Design

  • Additional dialogue, re-contextualized Items and Characters, Extended ending.

 Tales From The Void

"Travel back to a time of adventure, heroism and mystery as Edwin Albert Taylor Bragg, the British captain of the HMS E18 - on a secret mission to obliterate the Germans and win the war for the allies. When a secret weapon misfires, you and your crew are warped into space. Struggling for survival, you venture out into the asteroid field to scavenge resources and fight off hostile aliens. Food is scarce, air supply is low and time is running out. Can you escape the void and find a way home?" ​

Genre: Squad-based, Real Time Tactics Survival (3D)

Engine: Unity 3D

Team Size: ~6

Developer: Portaplay

Publisher: BlackDog

Release date: 2016

Platforms: Steam, Apple Store

Role(s) and responsibilities:  Level Designer - 3D Artist -  3 Months

For examples, breakdowns and elaborations of my work on this project, please refer to its project page.

Level Design

  • Designed & greyboxed the Tutorial mission level
    Designed & greyboxed 2 mission levels

  • Designed & finalized modular level mechanics to be used throughout

3D Art

  • Sculpted and finalized gameplay ready geometry in Zbrush

  • Worked closely with technical and level designers to shift the team's design pipeline to 3d sculpting

2D Art

  • Additional 2d UI elements

 
 

 Skills

Game Design

Gameplay Design

Gameplay Scripting

Level Design

Puzzle Design

Narrative Design

Art

Visual Development

Concept Art

Art Direction

Production

Project Architecture

Pipeline Development​

Languages

Fluent in English and Greek

 Software and Tools

Game Development

Unity 3D

C #

Visual Studio

Photoshop

Production

Google Sheets / Excel

Miro

Jira / Pivotal

Version Control

Git - SourceTree

SVN

Plastic​

Communication

Slack

Discord

Skype​

 About Me

Ever since I was a child, I would split my time in the outdoors of rural Sparta and getting lost in the fantastical worlds of Films, and Video Games, nurturing a precious to me abstract way of thinking, that is still my main prism of analyzing this ever-evolving vast world.

 

It was because of games and films that i would constantly draw, create or recreate worlds, all the way to the Art and Animation School. But terms like Game Designer, and Concept Artist were still barely new in Greece of the early 2000s. Since there was no real industry for that, the closest path to professionally create an something akin to “Another World”, “Prince of Persia” and “Monkey Island” that i grew up with, was through applying to study writing and designing Comic Books. And so between my art studies and the earliest bootlegged versions of Game Maker, my path was set.

Around the time I was finally pursuing a Master’s program in Game Design from the IT University of Copenhagen, the field of Indie games had just exploded exponentially. This robust inclusion of all sorts of interaction design, in this more academically framed path, than the hands on BA, gave me a vocabulary to be able to articulate and combine some very interesting, and motivating discoveries, which fueled my Master Thesis on the topic of the ways that we “read” both comic book panels, and the adventure game puzzles which i grew up with, among a plethora of other applications.

 

After I completed the MSc program, I essentially saw myself as a game dev generalist, and i immediately started to work my own ambitious projects that i been incubating since i was a kid. But after a year of struggling to properly organize around the scope and realities of making the games i wanted to make, i was lucky enough to find work with some very passionate and talented people interning as a level designer and soon later as a game designer. This professional teamwork not only taught me how to break the barriers of real-life production, that most inexperienced solo developers and artists like me faced without knowing it, but generously giving me the robust tools to do so.


Over the better part of the last decade, I enjoyed engaging in various forms of inventive problem solving as a designer, be it of gameplay, level, narrative, or system design , which have developed my skills and instincts to a point of solid confidence within my field.

Unafraid of how much of a platitude it reads, ever since i learned how to make pixels move with the press of a gamepad button, I aim to professionally craft the type of experiences that have made such a lasting impression on me, and helped shape me into the person I am today.

Resume

Work

Creative Director

ThroughLine Games
Copenhagen, Denmark
May 2018 -December 2020

Game Designer

ThroughLine Games
Copenhagen, Denmark
February 2016 -March 2018

Level Designer - 3D Artist

PortaPlay ApS
Copenhagen, Denmark

2015  (3 months)

Independent Developer / Freelance Artist

SleepTwitchStudio.com
GeorgeAvdoulos.com
Copenhagen, Denmark

2014 - Present

Concept Artist

Shieldwolf Miniatures
France -Greece

2012 - 2013

Art Director

Insider Publications
Athens, Greece

2010 (10months)

Education

Master of Media Technology and Games, Video Game Design

IT University of Copenhagen

2014

Bachelor of Arts in :Comic Book Design & Cartoon Animation

AKTO /Middlesex University of London 2007

Side-Interests & Recent Passions

Film Language,

Contemporary & Classical Dance,

Bouldering,

Classical Philosophy

Pop Culture

 
 

Contact Me

You can contact me via e-mail, LinkedIn or Phone at

#28703959