The Toolsmiths Codex

Last update to the Codex - May 20, 2019

The Codex is a warehouse of information that is constantly curated by the Slack to hold reference information about best practices in tools. These topics are perennial at the Technical Issues in Tools roundtables at GDC, and by having this information available on the website we can focus more attention to trends and changes in the state of the art instead of calling out known solutions.

Also, the codex is an excellent resource to link to tools related lectures available on the GDC Vault, Twitch, Youtube, etc…

Information about contributing to The Toolsmiths Codex

Tools Development Wisdom and Best Practice

Best Practices in UX, architecture, patterns, programming languages. What works well and what doesn’t and why. Finding the right tools for the job.


Knowing the right words is like having the right tools for the job.

Game Tools History

‘Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.’


GDC Vault links to tool related lectures and Tools SIG round table Notes.

Learning Paths

Helping to become masters of the trade

Tool Development Resources

Books, Websites, blogs, youtube, twitch etc.

The Toolsmiths Toolbox

The Toolsmiths need tools too :)

The Toolsmiths Arsenal

Solutions for game development problems

Game Engines and Their Tools

Tools play a major role in the success of a game engine.