[Season 2] Beyond The Blox - Developer Podcast

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Beyond The Blox is a podcast all about the Roblox platform and game development. Whether you’re just starting out or have been developing for a while, this is the podcast for you.

Each episode focuses on a different developer from the community, exploring their motivations and their projects on the platform. The goal is to shed light on different aspects of game development, and help both new and established developers to learn and grow.

#BeyondTheBlox

Beyond The Blox is available on YouTube as well as many popular listening platforms:



Season 2


S2 #01: ScriptOn - Vehicle Simulator, Kinetic Code and DevHouse!

On this episode, twice Roblox intern @ScriptOn talks through his 12-year development history and applying to return to Roblox for a third time for the Accelerator program, as well as telling us all about life at DevHouse.

See his work on Roblox and Twitter, and check out Team !mpact.

Running length: 00:27:22

Audio version: Episode S2 #01 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode S2 #01 on YouTube


S2 #02: TheAmazeman - Roblox Titanic, Survive a Plane Crash and Roblox Brittanic!

On this episode, Roblox Titanic creator @TheAmazeman talks about his work in the disaster survival genre, the contrast between developing at school vs full-time, and using Instagram and TikTok to promote his studio Virtual Valley Games.

See his work on Roblox and Twitter, and check out Virtual Valley Games.

Running length: 00:34:31

Audio version: Episode S2 #02 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode S2 #02 on YouTube


S2 #03: ItsKoiske - Punk of all Trades: Translation, Graphics, Modelling and more...

On this episode, Roblox translator and developer ItsKoiske discusses the importance of translating games and experiences for worldwide audiences, the recent enabling of automatic translations for all developers, and the problems that can come with it.

Check out their porfolio on DevSource, their Roblox profile and follow them on Twitter.

Running length: 00:20:13

Audio version: Episode S2 #03 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode S2 #03 on YouTube


S2 #04: thebenster - Make a Cake, Demolition Crew and Account Security!

On this episode, classic Robloxian @thebenster walks us through the last 13 years of game development and the incredible success of his Make a Cake franchise with Roblox toys and merch, as well as touching on the topic of account security after a recent scare.

Check out his Roblox profile and follow him on Twitter.

Running length: 00:31:38

Audio version: Episode S2 #04 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode S2 #04 on YouTube


Season 1


#01 - Preventing Developer's Block

On this episode BanTech explores causes of developer’s block, some ways to prevent it, and discusses how to get rid of it once it’s there. Developer’s block is when you struggle to continue working due to a lack of motivation or passion for the project, or you simply run out of ideas.

Running length: 00:24:15

Audio version: Episode 1 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 1 on YouTube


#02 - Learning to Script on Roblox (AlvinBlox)

On this episode @Alvin_Blox joins BanTech to discuss how they learned to script, and to answer some of the community’s questions on the tools, tips and tricks for learning to script on Roblox. Scripting is a valuable skill and allows you to make your creations come to life by programming behaviours and interactions.

Running length: 00:50:02

Audio version: Episode 2 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 2 on YouTube


#03 - Building a Community for a Game (Charlie_RBX)

On this episode, Charlie_RBX joins BanTech to discuss the pros and cons of building a community for your Roblox game, and some advice on how to go about running a community. Charlie_RBX is the owner of Stepford County Railway - a game with 4.8M+ visits, 26,000+ group members and over 6000 Discord members.

Running length: 00:26:28

Apologies for some of the audio on this episode.

I’ve had a cold for a week now (I know, in the middle of summer!) and so my nose was a bit blocked, particularly towards the end. Also the guest’s microphone had a bit of noise that proved difficult to remove - unfortunately I don’t have much control over that.

Audio version: Episode 3 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 3 on YouTube


#04 - How to Get a Career in Video Games (spotco)

On this episode, @spotco joins BanTech to chat about the game development industry, working at Roblox, and how to make a career out of programming video games. @spotco is a former Roblox employee, creator of RoBeats (29M+ visits) and currently working at a well-known AAA game studio.

Running length: 00:59:58

Audio version: Episode 4 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 4 on YouTube


#05 - Changes to Beyond The Blox

On this special episode, BanTech speaks alone about the evolution of the podcast over the first four episodes, and outlines the latest vision for the podcast, identifying some key changes that are to be in effect from episode 6 onwards to allow many more developers to apply to become a guest on the series, and to enable audience participation.

Summary of the changes (if you don’t have chance to listen) are listed on this post.

Running length: 00:10:19

Audio version: Episode 5 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 5 on YouTube


#06 - Common Mistakes That Cause Games to Fail (iGottic)

On this episode, @iGottic joins BanTech to discuss common mistakes that Roblox developers make which limit their game from reaching its full potential. @iGottic is the creator of No-Scope Sniping, One Shot Insanity and Infinite Autocorrect, and shares his advice on allowing your game to flourish.

Running length: 00:33:46

Audio version: Episode 6 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 6 on YouTube


#07 Wingboy0 - Character Animator and Aspiring Developer

On this episode, @Wingboy0 joins BanTech for a discussion about his work on Roblox and the motivation behind it. @Wingboy0 has several test games and technical demonstrations such as ParkourSystem, Lag Compensation and Defenders of the Realm.

Running length: 00:36:11

Audio version: Episode 7 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 7 on YouTube


#08 Jexpler - 3D GFX Artist

On this episode, @Jexpler joins BanTech for a chat about 3D GFX, Roblox Fame (group) and transitioning into building and scripting. @Jexpler has a few speed arts and some speed builds on his YouTube channel, as well as a never-ending hallway demo SCP-970 based on the anomalous urban fantasy tale.

Running length: 00:25:49

Audio version: Episode 8 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 8 on YouTube


#09 TwentyTwoPilots - Ultimate Driving Creator

On this episode, @TwentyTwoPilots joins BanTech for a chat about the Ultimate Driving universe and its future, as well as TTP’s civil engineering career and the crossovers with Roblox game development. And of course, BanTech gets all the details about TTP’s real-life blue cars courtesy of DevEx income.

Running length: 00:24:29

Audio version: Episode 9 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 9 on YouTube


#10 boatbomber - Lua Learning Creator

On this episode, @boatbomber joins @Alvin_Blox (guest host) to talk about his journey from first joining Roblox through to creating Lua Learning. boatbomber has created numerous open source projects to help other developers on the platform.

Running length: 00:45:04

Audio version: Episode 10 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 10 on YouTube


#11 SteadyOn - Clueless Developer

On this episode, @SteadyOn joins @Alvin_Blox (guest host) to chat about early life on Roblox, how the platform has evolved, and how the evolution has influenced the style of games. SteadyOn goes into detail about his new service RTrack to provide realtime in-depth analytics of games and advertisements on Roblox.

Running length: 00:52:20

Audio version: Episode 11 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 11 on YouTube


#12 evaera - Adopt Me! Systems Engineer

On this episode, @evaera joins BanTech to discuss what it’s like to work in a large team at Dreamcraft on the record-breaking Adopt Me! game, whilst maintaining one of the most widely-used Roblox Discord bots, RoVer. evaera also talks about the motivations behind her open source libraries and the Scripting Helpers website.

Running length: 00:43:38

Audio version: Episode 12 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 12 on YouTube


#13 EgoMoose - Open Source Developer

On this episode, Bloxy nominee @EgoMoose discusses the Roblox Wiki, open source projects and his epic uses of tech! EgoMoose describes a career of enabling other developers through extremely helpful articles and free-to-take tools and demos.

See his work on Twitter and Roblox, as well as articles, modules and tools on Github.

Running length: 00:30:08

Audio version: Episode 13 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 13 on YouTube


#14 GeorgeTheDev - Roblox Accelerator Intern

On this episode, Accelerator Intern @GeorgeTheDev speaks about racing, old projects and making connections with other developers on the platform. George also talks about what it’s like to apply and get accepted into the Roblox Accelerator program.

See his work on Roblox and Twitter.

Running length: 00:42:44

Audio version: Episode 14 on Anchor
YouTube: Episode 14 on YouTube



Beyond The Blox is brought to you by BanTech Systems.

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This is a really cool idea! I’ll listen to this when I have a chance.

How do you decide who gets to guest star?

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To become a guest, either:

  • You message me (on here, Twitter, YouTube comments, whatever) with an idea for an episode. Think broad topics, like learning to script, building a community for your game, monetisation, etc. and why you’re a good person to chat to about it.

  • Or, if I’m planning some episode ideas and I don’t have a guest yet, I’ll look around and see who’s a good fit. Alvin replied to me on Twitter and I was hoping to do an episode on learning to script, so it was a perfect fit and I tweeted him to see if he was interested.

So if you’re interested, either come to me with an idea, or let me know what your experience is and I’ll come to you with the idea.

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Awesome idea, I’m listening to the latest podcast at the moment and there’s some great advice in there that I sure will take note of.
Will you be following a podcast upload schedule or will podcasts be announced in advance on random dates?

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Is the Spotify version released?

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I’m hoping to establish a regular schedule from episode 3 onwards. Episode 2 is this Friday at 11:00 UTC which is exactly two weeks from the first episode.

I’m hoping to reduce this down to weekly but we’ll see how long the whole recording and processing bit takes as I get used to it and have more guests on. I’m also between 3 locations at the moment but I’ll be permanently in my new home from next week so that helps!

Tldr; Fridays, 11:00 UTC (midday UK time), hopefully weekly.

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It is indeed! If you’re looking for episode 2 it’ll be out this coming Friday. Episode 1 is available on all the places listed if you go to https://anchor.fm/beyond-the-blox and click “More places to listen”.

Even more platforms will continue to be added as the podcast is accepted there.

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Thanks! I’ll check it out! How many episodes will there be?

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Love it! I was always surprised by the low number of Roblox podcasts so I’m glad somebody is filling that gap.

I’m eager to hear you talk to Alvin as I personally find discussions with other developers/creators some of the most interesting content. I’m curious how it will differ it as your first episode seems very planned out, whereas conversations between two people tend to be more free flowing. It will be interesting, but I’m excited to see how it goes!

Good luck and I hope you keep with it!

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There will be as many as possible until I run out of ideas, at which point I’ll conclude the series, take a break, and come back for season 2 :stuck_out_tongue:

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I started listening to it and I’m really enjoying it. I really like that there’s a few roblox podcasts starting to pop up.

I agree with this. Can’t wait for you to talk to Alvin. Are you going to talk with any other developers?

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Absolutely, I’m planning to make most, if not all future episodes be with a guest who is knowledgeable on the topic either by experience or qualifications.

At the moment I have a couple of episodes that are in the planning phase with GeorgeTheDev (creator of NASCAR '18, working his way back up after deleting that game) and Charlie_RBX (I work with him on a rail simulation game which has a community of 24k+ on Roblox group and ~6k on Discord)

I’ve got a few others who sound interested but no confirmed topics for those yet. And I will also be approaching a few different developers from different aspects of the community (modellers, designers and artists, creators of huge games, and some just starting out) to give some insight into areas that I personally am less knowledgeable on but would love to hear about.

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Episode 2 featuring @Alvin_Blox is available now on popular listening platforms!

Learning to Script on Roblox

Listen on Anchor:

YouTube version will be available later today, at 16:00 UTC.

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This sounds very great, interesting, and unique!

I love Dungeons and Dragons podcasts and I enjoy listening to them while I work.

Will you be featuring developers and talk with them on their upcoming games if something in particular is really exciting?

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I think each episode will be on an aspect of game development, so I’d be more than happy to feature developers with upcoming games if they came on to talk about their marketing strategy, or how they are building up a playerbase etc.

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Wow, this looks amazing! I will definitely go check this out.

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Episode 3 featuring Charlie_RBX is available now on popular listening platforms!

Building a Community for a Game

Listen on Anchor:

YouTube version with CC will be available later today, at 17:00 BST / 16:00 UTC.

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Nice one!
Can’t wait to listen to it tonight.
How often are they going to be released?

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Thanks for the feedback. I’m definitely going to try to get closer to this in future episodes. It’s hard to make sure all the content gets covered without some guideline, and some of the guests struggle without a proper script, but for example the one with Alvin went off script quite a few times hence it ended up around 50 minutes after cutting down.

It’s sort of a weigh up between how long the episode is, how useful it ends up being, how long it takes me to edit, so that I can get them out (hopefully) weekly and still do my general game development work too.

Still learning so I’m appreciative of the help!

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Hopefully weekly from this point forwards! Although I’d rather miss the odd week and get a higher quality episode than rush it too much. I’ve got ideas for the next 8 episodes, it’s just nailing down the content and guests

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