Latest Event Updates

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!

October Party – Kindness Coins Postmortem: The Wonderful World of Dating Sims

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This month (our last meeting of 2013) will feature Arden Kehoe presenting, “Kindness Coins Postmortem: The Wonderful World of Dating Sims”!

Kindness Coins is a (very) short visual novel about “nice guys”, romance in games, and cute monster girls that was created for the Pulse Pounding Heart Stopping Jam. This talk will be about how Kindness Coins came to exist, as well as dating sims in general! Since nothing is scarier than dating, it’s a perfect talk for Halloween!

Arden Kehoe makes visual novels and dating sims, and also plays far too many of them. She writes and watches a lot of anime and gets very excited about all of it, in addition to being a passionate social justice advocate. Her current projects include creating her first large-scale game and writing excessive amounts of fanfiction while crying.

September Party – SpecOps: The Line and the mainstream’s disappearing middle

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This month’s party features Lulu LaMer presenting, “SpecOps: The Line and the mainstream’s disappearing middle.”

This post-mortem of SpecOps The Line will focus on what was successful and not successful during the game’s development, and will also try to address the disappearance of interesting middle-tier titles from game publishers’ lineups.
Lulu LaMer is a freelance game producer and project management consultant. Past titles include SpecOps: The Line, Borderlands, Tomb Raider: Legend, System Shock 2, and the Thief series. She believes in the dream of innovation on time and on budget.