Settle into 2012 with WIG Boston this January!

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Did you have a good holiday season? Had your fill of relatives, turkey, and Chrismas carols in every store?

Either way, it’s 2012 now, and it’s time to welcome the new year right: with another Women in Games Boston meetup! We’ll be resuming our monthly schedule on the last Tuesday of the month, which means that you should cancel whatever your plans are on January 31 and come party at the Asgard with us instead!

Our speaker this month is Heather Albano, a freelance writer of various forms of fiction. (You should check out her new book, Timepiece!) Among other roles, Heather works as a game designer for Choice of Games, which makes award-winning text-based multiple choice games for the iPhone, Android, Kindle, Palm, and web. Heather co-wrote Choice of Broadsides, a swashbuckling naval adventure in the spirit of Forester’s Hornblower or O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin books, and Choice of Romance, a court intrigue in which a young noble comes to court looking for love and catches the monarch’s eye.

Choice of Games has received quite a bit of positive press for the presentation of gender in both games (from Jezebel, from The Guardian, and from Metafilter, among others). Heather will discuss the thought processes behind these decisions, considerations and challenges with regard to their implementation, and both positive and negative feedback from players.

I’m trying a new thing with the RSVP – since the back room at the Asgard starts getting uncomfortable when more than 50 people are crowded in there, I’m capping the ticket availability at 50. That means if you want to attend, best get on the RSVP train and reserve yourself a ticket!