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Alexis Kennedy Share His Biggest Challenge As An Indie Game Developer

Alexis Kennedy is an entrepreneur in the video game industry. He co-founded an independent studio in London, England, with Lottie Bevan in 2016. This is Weather Factory. They released their first game, Cultist Simulator, in 2018 and it garnered critical acclaim for its story and writing. The PC version can be downloaded on Steam, The Humble Store, GOG, and itch.io. The mobile version is available on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

They used a Kickstarter campaign to fund Cultist Simulator. Alexis Kennedy said they raised £82,000 ($104,283) for this card-based simulation game. Their goal was £30,000 ($38,152) so the Kickstarter campaign was deemed a great success.

His last company was Failbetter Games, another independent studio he established. His video games at this company include Sunless Sea, Dragon Age Joplin, Fallen London, Stellaris Horizon Signal, Machine Cares!, Dragon Age: The Last Court, Night Circus, StoryNexus, Black Crown, and more. Alexander Kennedy is a sought-after speaker who has appeared at universities and conferences around the world. He speaks about narrative design and interactive writing.

He got his start as an independent game designer after working as a software consultant. He was on a six-month unpaid sabbatical from his job so he could change jobs. His first child was on the way and he saw his opportunity of getting out of the consulting business as closing. He didn’t make any money for a year but it worked out for him. He recommends that people don’t take this chance as he did.

Alexis Kennedy says his biggest challenge as an indie is getting attention from consumers. Both getting it and keeping attention is very hard work. His company makes weird distinctive games so it’s hard to break down what they are in just one sentence. Weather Factory has been able to create a following, though, which has made things easier.

Alastair Borthwick: A man who remade himself

He was created in Rutherglen and while a kid also lived in Troon and in Glasgow, where he attended Glasgow SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL. He left college at age 16 in 1929 to focus on the Glasgow Herald: 1st taking down duplicate from correspondents phoning in, and afterwards as editor of a few of the feature pages. It had been through his involvement in the paper’s “Open up Surroundings” page that Alastair initial became involved with Glasgow’s blossoming hillwalking and climbing picture, which he helped foster along with his content articles about operating class folks from Glasgow and Clydebank venturing in to the Highlands at weekends.


1939 saw the publication of “Always just a little Further”, a collection of many of the pieces he had at first written for the Glasgow Herald. The publisher, Fabers, had been initially unsure about the unconventional approach the publication took from what was generally regarded at that time as a wealthy man’s sport, and it had been just on the insistence of 1 of their directors, T.S. Eliot, that they produced a book that has been in print more or less consistently ever since. It remains among the best books ever discussed any facet of outdoor activity in Scotland.


At war’s end, Alastair and his wife Anne, who he previously wedded in 1940, moved from Glasgow to Jura, where he mixed crofting and angling with broadcasting for the BBC. In 1952 they transferred to Islay, before time for Glasgow so Alastair may help with the organisation of Scotland’s contribution to the 1951 Event of Britain. In the 1960s he relocated into television, producing 150 half hour programmes for Grampian TV on a wide selection of subjects. In the 1970s the Borthwicks shifted to Ayrshire, where they resided on a hill farm before Alastair transferred to a nursing house in Beith five years before his loss of life in 2003.