Shotgun Sunrise

Shotgun Sunrise was the first game we made together – Joe Wintergreen-Arthur,¬†Matt Pierson, Aaron Ellsworth, James Benson, and a whole bunch of guys from the Penny-Arcade forums. The world’s first cooperative multiplayer vehicular objective-based zombie Western. A Source engine mod. These days, if you want to play it, your best bet to get a game going would be to hook up with some guys through the ModDB profile or maybe the Official Steam Group.

“Fan-goddamn-tastic…I love this mod so much”

-Podcast 17

“…probably one of the most hilarious mods I’ve ever played”.

-JoshuaC, creator of TF2’s Arena_Watchtower

“…going down the hall to your QA organisation is easy, but the most talented people you’re going to find halfway around the world, developing some crazy… co-op zombie Western.”

-Gabe Newell

Shotgun Sunrise had a super interesting development process, in that it was relatively open – we didn’t have a site, just a thread on the Penny-Arcade forums, and we used that to discuss everything about development as we went along. Also, anyone who rocked up to the thread was able to contribute – the general system was, if you made something, and you sent it to us, it would go in the game. It worked out pretty well for us.
The credits of the mod as released are as follows – however, we’re almost certainly missing a bunch of people because at the time, we rarely had the presence of mind to write these things down, and there were a lot of them.
Everyone whose name I don’t know (so most of these guys) are credited by their name on the Penny-Arcade forums.
James “thejazzman” Benson – Pump Action shotgun, various props
Guido-Anchovy – Many wonderful props
LittleBoots – models
The Reverend Dr Galactus – UI art
Woot – Jeff hosts our stuff
DeMoN – concept art
thorgot – playtest
Ohtsam – made a texture
Centipeed – fought to keep cowboy shirts at full ‘gay’
Raslin – theoretical modeler
Jandaru – groans
FlippyD – Idea guy, concept art, research
Zetx – idea guy
Sebiel – zombie animations
Captain K/Dave Kirby – cowboy voice acting
Everyone At The Penny-Arcade Forums

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