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May Party – Game Design 101

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We got snowed out in April! But we are BACK! Please join us for our May party! Our featured speaker is Caroline Murphy.

Monday, May 2, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)

RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-may-party-tickets-24004289476

Game Design 101
Caroline Murphy

The best way to make games is to dive in and just start making them! In this talk, Caroline Murphy will give an overview of some of the philosophy behind games and game creation, and walk through some practical exercises to get started designing games of your own!

Bio:

Caroline Murphy is a game designer, community organizer, Director of Marketing at Intrepid and Chief Creative Officer at Incantrix Productions. She is a founder and leader of The Boston Festival of Indie Games, leader of Boston Indies, and a member of the Board of Directors for Be Epic, Inc. Caroline received her MBA From Babson in 2011 and has worked at some of the most fun and interesting tech/game startups in the Boston area. In her spare time, when she’s not designing games, she is making music, urban foraging, or tackling whatever new project piques her interest.

Location:

Intrepid Labs is at 150 First Street, Cambridge. Kendall Square is the nearest T station, about a 10 min walk away. Visitor parking is available at Intrepid Pursuits with parking entrances either at 222 Third Street or 157 Second Street. The Cambridgeside Galleria mall is close by as well, with very reasonable parking garage rates. Some metered parking around the area.

March Party

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Please join us for our March party at Bocoup! GDC – that behemoth of networking, schmoozing and deal making – is just around the corner. All the more reason to come hear WIG-Boston co-organizer Emma Clarkson discuss her unorthodox journey into the games industry. Please note, after over a year at MeYouHealth, we are in a different location this month at the new offices of Bocoup. See more below for location, public transit and parking information.

“Self-taught or mentored in the game industry? …Yes!”
Emma Clarkson, Outact, Inc.

What is the best way to learn the skills needed for a career in game development? Emma Clarkson, Producer and game designer for Marlborough-based studio Outact Inc. offers her perspective on the best ways to develop your inherent skills and foster new ones while building your professional path in games. The game industry can be a challenging one offering less stability than others, and figuring out methods to develop your skills along your journey is crucial. Starting in marketing, then moving to community management, and now working in design and production, Emma has taken a less traditional path in her game industry career in the greater Boston area. Join us as we discuss different strategies for pursuing and developing the skills needed to build a career in games.

Bio:

Emma Clarkson first jammed her foot in the door of the games industry in 2010 when she joined iOS/Android developer Metaversal Studios as Marketing Manager. From there she joined Tencent Boston/Stomp Games in 2012 as Community Manager and Marketing Analyst, launching the Unity3D game Robot Rising to audiences on Facebook. Between studio roles she has done marketing and community work with Boston’s independent developer community and most recently has settled into the multi-hatted role of Producer and Lead Content Designer for (and founding member of) Outact Inc., a startup team of veteran developers working on a next-generation mobile strategy title.

Location:

Bocoup is located at 201 South Street, First Floor – a short walk from South Station T and commuter rail stop. For those driving, there are meters on South Street which often (though not always) have open spots in the evening. Otherwise, the South Station parking garage is located across the street from Bocoup at 750 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02111.

WHEN
Monday, March 7, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EST)
WHERE
Bocoup – 201 South Street. First Floor. Boston, MA 02111

February Party

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After a short break for the holidays, WIG Boston is back! We are pleased to announce our February party with special guests from Proletariat. Join us on Monday, February 1 at 7:00pm. The talk will begin at 7:30pm.

Real Talk: Game Industry and Personal Growth with Proletariat

Join members of Proletariat in a candid conversation about career growth and growth across the games industry. Topics will include the importance of mentorship, especially for underrepresented groups, transitioning between radically different game projects, changing themes in the industry, and finding the best job role.

This panel includes:
Kristen Mukai, Producer, Proletariat Inc.
Kristen Carter, 3D Artist, Proletariat Inc.
Jennierose Rizzo, Community Manager, Proletariat Inc.
Caprice Hong, UX/UI Designer, Proletariat Inc.

Proletariat is a Boston-based studio, known for World Zombination (App Store Editors’ Choice) and the upcoming Streamline, a multiplayer game for broadcasters and viewers.

WIG Boston is hosted by MeYouHealth, located at 27-43 Wormwood Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02210. There is a parking lot across the street from the MeYouHealth building, and the South Station MBTA stop is a 10 minute walk away. The party starts at 7:00pm and ends promptly at 9:00pm. Guests are welcome to continuing the conversation at Lucky’s Lounge, located at 355 Congress, just down the street from MeYou Health.

WHEN
Monday, February 1, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST) Add to Calendar
WHERE
MeYou Health – 27-43 Wormwood Street Boston, MA 02210 – View Map

December Party – Confessions of a Serial Instigator

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Are you thinking about starting something new in the new year? Well then, join us for our December party which will feature Celia Pearce, co-founder of IndieCade and faculty member at Northeastern University in the College of Arts, Media and Design. Drawing on over 30 years of experience creating, designing and disrupting, Celia will offer inspiration, wisdom and advice about undertaking new projects, no matter how big or small!

December 7 @ 7:00-9:00pm; Raytheon Amphitheater, Northeastern University (120 Forsythe Street, Boston, MA 02115).

PLEASE NOTE: This month WIG Boston will be held in a different location! See below for directions. We will return to MeYou Health in January.

RSVP at Eventbrite. Thank you!

Confessions of a Serial Instigator

Celia Pearce, co-founder of IndieCade, is an associate professor of game design at Northeastern University. For the past thirty plus years, she has suffered from compulsive instigation syndrome, an uncontrollable desire to start new things. In this talk she will discuss some of the initiatives she has been involved with creating, including IndieCade, XYZ, an exhibition about women game designers, the USC School of Cinematic Arts Interactive Media program, the new BFA in Games at Northeastern, and other projects. She’ll share some of her successes and failures and present some of her insights on what is required to start something new.

Location:

For December only, WIG Boston will be hosted by Northeastern University, in the Raytheon Amphitheater (building 60 on this map). The Raytheon Amphitheater is located at 120 Forsythe Street, Boston, MA 02115. Public transportation is available on the MBTA Orange Line (Ruggles Station stop) and the MBTA “E” Green Line (Northeastern University stop).

November Party

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Join us for our November party which will feature Amber Hampton, activist, gamer and entrepreneur!

Amber L. Hampton is person with a mission and that mission includes many intersections. Amber can write about all the accomplishments they have achieved like any schmuck around but would rather talk more about producing quality narratives and challenge groups to make more engaging games and business models that dives into various issues. An activist in action, gamer by heart and entrepreneur by method, Amber develops workshops and builds connections to create more inclusive opportunities in the Boston area. Have a need? You can usually ask Amber and they might be able to help or at least find a person who can.

WIG Boston is hosted by MeYouHealth, located at 27-43 Wormwood Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02210. There is a parking lot across the street from the MeYouHealth building, and the South Station MBTA stop is a 10 minute walk away. The party starts at 7:00pm and ends promptly at 9:00pm. Guests are welcome to continuing the conversation at Lucky’s Lounge, located at 355 Congress, just down the street from MeYou Health.

October Party – Lightning Talks

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October is tomorrow! Come to our party on Monday, October 5 from 7:00-9:00pm and celebrate apple picking season (hint hint, there will be apple-ly things). We have a few lightening talks scheduled and space for more. If you would like to give one, please email us ASAP at wigboston@gmail.com.

Thank you to all who attend our first ever WIG Boston demo night. It was a HUGE success. And BIG thanks to all the game designers and Emma Clarkson for organizing! We plan to host demo nights again (maybe January?) so keep that in mind as you develop your game(s)!

WIG Boston is hosted by MeYouHealth, located at 27-43 Wormwood Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02210. There is a parking lot across the street from the MeYouHealth building, and the South Station MBTA stop is a 10 minute walk away. The party starts at 7:00pm and ends promptly at 9:00pm. Guests are welcome to continuing the conversation at Lucky’s Lounge, located at 355 Congress, just down the street from MeYou Health.

 

WHEN
Monday, October 5, 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
WHERE
MeYouHealth – 27-43 Wormwood Street. 6th Floor. Boston, MA 02210

September Party – Game Demos

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We have something special planned for our September party this Monday (9/14)! WIG Boston’s first DEMO NIGHT! Four game demos have been confirmed (see below) with more potentially showing up last minute. Let us know if YOU want YOUR GAME added to the list!

Confirmed Game Demos:

  • Dan Williams/ActiveUP Games “Rescue from Fort Shikigami”(PC)
  • Ryan Canuel/Petricore Games “Mind the Arrow” & “Gelato Flicker” (iOS, Android)
  • James and Lydia Primate/Bright Primate “Rain World” (PC/Mac/Linux)

WIG Boston is hosted by MeYouHealth, located at 27-43 Wormwood Street, 6th floor, Boston, MA 02210. There is a parking lot across the street from the MeYouHealth building, and the South Station MBTA stop is a 10 minute walk away. The party starts at 7:00pm and ends promptly at 9:00pm. Guests are welcome to continuing the conversation at Lucky’s Lounge, located at 355 Congress, just down the street from MeYou Health.