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Independent Games Summit: Spreadsheet Smarter Not Harder

Tyler Coleman  (Founder, Retora Games)

Date: Monday, July 19

Time: 2:40pm - 3:10pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Independent Games Summit Pass

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: I acknowledge GDC 2021 is an all-digital event and commit to participating virtually.

The mere mention of spreadsheets sends some folks running for cover. But it doesn't need to be that way! Spreadsheets are a fantastic tool for data and organization, and they can be useful for any and all developers. As a self-professed "spreadsheet-game" maker, Tyler Coleman will cover a variety of ways you, yes you, can use spreadsheets to make your development process easier. This includes tips for artists, designers, engineers, marketing, community management, and more. We'll even provide templates for a variety of useful sheets you can start incorporating into your development pipeline. So come join us, learn how to use spreadsheets more effectively. What's that, you say? You already love spreadsheets? There's something here for you too!


This talk covers a variety of tips & tricks for using spreadsheets, including formatting, formulas, data validation, and cell referencing. There will be concrete examples on how to use these features for many developer roles and reasons, with links included to sheets available for public use.

Intended Audience

This talk is for everyone who has ever begrudgingly used a spreadsheet.