Create reusable UMG widget blueprints in UE4 with Named Slots!

UMG as a framework has grown on me quite a bit over the years. It took a little getting used to, but several things about it have opened ideas up in my brain that show the true power of UI in UE4. Named Slots are one of the simpler features that I think give UMG a lot of its power. A named slot is basically a publicly exposed slot on a widget, so that when you add it to another widget, the slot shows up in the widget tree and you can then add things inside of it.

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by David "Stalefish" Talley on September 7th, 2019

Using Gradle to build and version a UE4 project

Automated builds are a pretty important tool in a game developer's toolbox. If you're only testing your Unreal-based game in the editor (even in standalone mode), you're in for a rude awakening when new bugs pop up in a shipping build that you've never encountered before. You also don't want to manually package your game from the editor every time you want to test said shipping build, or to distribute it to your testers (or Steam for that matter).

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by David "Stalefish" Talley on May 7th, 2018

Requirements for any competitive multiplayer game

You've got this great idea for a competitive multiplayer game. Maybe you've even built a prototype and tested the core game loop extensively and found the fun. You think maybe you could just throw that hot potato up on Steam Early Access and make a buck or three. After all, good gameplay is ultimately what determines a game's success, right?

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by David "Stalefish" Talley on March 10th, 2017