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December Party – Lightning Talks!

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Join us Monday, December 1, from 7:00-10:00 PM for an exciting round of lightning talks from our WIG Boston community!

Our host this month is MeYouHealth, located at 27-43 Wormwood Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02210.

The [Current] Lineup:
Emma Clarkson – Indie Do’s & Don’ts on Social Media
Chris Hart – Using Construct 2 to Make Games
Khadeja Merenkov – The Case for a Fat Protagonist
Ben Remignanti – Introduction to Dev Streaming
Anthony Russo – Including Non-Binary Gender Options in Games

Would you like to give a talk?
If you are interested in giving a 5-8 minute lightning talk, we still have space! Contact us at wigboston@gmail.com to pitch your idea. Please send a bio, talk title and blurb.

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-december-party-tickets-14464380351

November Party – The Effect of Visual Symbolism in Art and Video Games

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Join us on Monday, November 3 from 7:00-10:00 at the Bocoup offices for our November party! Khadeja A. Merenkov will present and lead us in a conversation about the visual language of art and video games. And Nina will once again fire up the oven and bake Halloween-themed treats for the event.

Thank you to the fine folks at Bocoup for offering WIG Boston space! Bocoup is located at 2 South Market Street, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 3rd Floor.

The Effect of Visual Symbolism in Art and Video Games

Visual language, being culturally- and societally-based, is tricky to work with – but we use it copiously within game design! This presentation hopes to display some ways we may unconsciously decide on the visual language we use and how it has a larger effect on games and interpreting the games we play. CAVEAT: This talk will include some sensitive images from art history and video games (some nudity and violence) with some explicit language. Please feel free to email Khadeja a khadeja.merenkov@gmail.com with any specific concerns about trigger warnings.

Khadeja A Merenkov’s intense love for film, visual art, literature, and games coupled with her penchant for diversity work makes her an open critic of current practices in the game development industry as well as game content. She holds a BA in Visual Art with a Concentration in Art History as well as a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations.

RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-november-party-tickets-13928493499

October Party – Deck Building Game Jam

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Join us on Monday, October 6 at MIT for a special October party Sponsored by the MIT Game Lab! Andrew Davis will lead us in a deck building game jam from 6:00-9:00 at the Stata Center, room 144. And Nina may be inspired to bake fall-themed treats for the event. Please note the earlier time and different venue!

Talk & Jam

Andrew Davis will talk about deckbuilding games including Dominion, Ascension, and Star Realms. Why are these sorts of games popular? What are the differences, good and bad, between these sorts of games and trading card games like Magic and Pokemon?

After a discussion and overview, we will break up into groups and create a deck building game on the spot. Andrew will bring the game’s basic shell; everyone will contribute card ideas, art, theme, card names, and gameplay effects for each card. And then, of course, we’ll play it. We’ll wrap up with thoughts about what we liked and what we didn’t, and then the game will be released as a free PDF.

Bio

Known as “Andrea Shubert” from 2002 until last month, Andrew Davis is in public beta. The new version features a revised gender identity, more facial hair, and less interference than prior models. He tweets @andrew2s1 and can be reached at literally.andrew.davis at google’s email service. For more information about this upgrade, please see
formerly.andreashubert.com.

RSVP and Tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-october-party-tickets-13249711243

September Party – Finding and Making Career Opportunities in Game Development

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Please join us on Monday, September 8 for our WIG Boston September Party. Game designer and interactive fiction writer Carolyn VanEseltine will be our guest speaker! The title of her talk is “Finding and Making Career Opportunities in Game Development (or: Why I Quit My Dream Job – Twice)”.

Carolyn landed her first paying game industry gig in 2002. Since then, she’s had three employers (Simutronics, Harmonix Music Systems, and Giant Spacekat) with responsibilities ranging from customer service to combat design. Her WIG-Boston presentation will examine how to find and make career opportunities in the industry, based on her personal experience, with tangents into impostor syndrome, employer ethics, and the changing nature of game development.

Please note: Our September party is on the second Monday of the month in order to avoid the Labor Day holiday.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-september-party-tickets-12724006847

August Party – Author as Audience: Personal Narratives in Game Design

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Please join us on Monday, August 4 at 7pm for our WIG Boston August Party. Novelist and game designer Caelyn Sandel will be our guest speaker! The title of her talk is “Author as Audience: Personal Narratives in Game Design”.

Caelyn Sandel is a novelist and game designer who specializes in horror, comedy, and ‘slice of life’ fiction. She produces games through the Patreon crowdfunding platform, has self-published one book, and has another currently in editing.

You can RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-august-party-tickets-12371482437

July Party – Brianna Wu

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Please join us on Monday for our WIG Boston July Party. Brianna Wu of Giant Spacekat will be our guest speaker!

Just a reminder that WIG Boston is now held at the Tommy Doyle’s in KENDALL SQ (the Harvard location closed). Looking forward to seeing you!

Brianna Wu is head of development at Giant Spacekat, a company specializing in cinematic experiences using the Unreal engine. She’s also worked as an investigative journalist and a politico. You can follow her on Twitter @spacekatgal.

Please RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-july-party-tickets-12151075193

Summer Kick-off Party!

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After a LONG and DARK winter, WIG Boston returns under new leadership. The June meet up will be a bit different than past events, in that we will not host a featured speaker. Adri and Nina (the new WIG Boston overlords) wish to meet and mingle with the WIG Boston community, hear ideas from you about future speakers and events, and toast the glorious sun.

Please join us for a summer kick-off party at Tommy Doyle’s in Kendall Square on June 2 at 7:00-10:00pm!

You can RSVP on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-june-party-tickets-11699287885

We look forward to seeing you!