Events

Call for VR Presentations

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Women in Games Boston is planning a VR lightning talk event for the first Monday in January.

We are looking for speakers who are working with virtual reality to make games or other types of media who would like to give a 15 minute talk about their project(s).

Please reach out to us at wigboston@gmail.com or comment here if you’re interested.

The event date is January 7th, from 7-9:30pm. We will be meeting at Intrepid as usual.

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November Meetup

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Take a tour of the magic behind Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. Learn about skills – 3rd party apps designed to expand Alexa’s capabilities – and what the voice-driven space is like. Smart speakers and software agents are a fast-paced and still-growing environment for games and utilities alike. Caleb will go over the basics of what Alexa is all about, and will discuss unique design considerations, monetization possibilities, and more.

Bio:

Caleb Garner has been designing games for many different platforms and technologies since 2002. Most recently, he has been working with Amazon on their Alexa Echo Button launch games.

Details:

Monday, November 5, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-november-meetup-tickets-50925794422

October Meetup

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Get the Game Out: Exhibiting 101

Ever wonder what it takes to bring your game to a conference? No matter if you’ve got a small tabletop space or a spacious 20×20 in mind, I’ll review some strategy questions, lesser known needs, hidden costs, and booth ideas to help you plan for your next event. There will be time for Q&A as well!

Bio:

Renée Corine Arnold has been in the events industry for 10 years professionally, and since college for fun. Having seen all sides – from show management marketing and recruitment, to exhibitor management, to managing events on both the client and agency side – she brings a varied perspective on event planning to the table. She’s excited to bring some of her expertise to the Women in Games group, as a lover of video & board games.

Details:

Monday, October 1, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-october-meetup-tickets-50537771836

September Meetup

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Freelancing vs Self-Publishing in the Tabletop Game Industry. The tabletop RPG industry is… wobbly and weird. In the age of Kickstarter and Print on Demand it’s easy to be your own publisher but should you? We’ll talk about the state of the industry, where the best tools are and who writes the best rejection letters when your just starting out.

 

Bio:

Brian A Liberge is a tall, white, genderqueer tabletop game designer. Known primarily for his work on Midgard for D&D 4e, she has also written for companies such as Gygax Magazine and Raging Swan. Under his company Beer Star Games, Brian has also developed games such as Pulp! the RPG and B.E.A.R.D.! the Card Game.

Details:

Monday, September 10, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-september-meetup-tickets-49260777311

 

August Demo Night

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Join us for a demo night! Have a game you’d like to share? Bring it! Want to see what local devs have been working on? Come play games and get a peek behind the scenes! Completely free! Open to all!

Details:

Monday, August 6, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

 

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-august-demo-night-tickets-47690304986

July Meetup

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Location-based augmented reality games are becoming increasingly popular in the mobile marketplace, offering game designers exciting new storytelling opportunities. But AR games are not the first to incorporate the real world as a design element; live action roleplaying games have been doing this for decades. Veteran LARP designer Heather Albano will discuss how the best practices of live action design have been applied to early augmented reality games, and how game designers can leverage these principles to create more immersive and more memorable AR games going forward.

Bio:

Heather Albano is a storyteller and game designer – the creator of the steampunk Sherlock-Holmes-themed interactive novel A Study In Steampunk, the co-creator of five Choice of Games titles, and a contributing writer to two Amazon Alexa games produced by EarPlay. She’s always looking for new ways to tell stories, and is currently excited to be leveraging her live action design experience as the narrative advisor to Rochester Institute of Technology’s student-driven Steampunk Rochester AR project.

Details:

Monday, July 2, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

 

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-july-meetup-tickets-46979793828

June Meetup

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Music can be more than just pretty background noises. A composer can not only give a video game a “feel” of the world, but also help define and shape the places within a world, its characters, and the relations between everything. This talk will illustrate the ways that video games have used music not just as background sound, but also as a tool to weave together a world and tell its stories. I hope that after this talk you’ll have an idea of what music is capable of and how it can make the world feel that much more immersive!

Bio:

Mitchel Wong is a freelance composer and sound designer that is extremely passionate about all facets of gaming. He has spent 15 years playing the trombone and acquired a Bachelors in Music from Ithaca College, where he ran a Gamers Club and conducted the Ithaca College Gamer Symphony Orchestra. He’s very active in the local Boston game dev community and is currently working on projects with local and indie devs as a composer and sound designer.

Details:

Monday, June 4, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid Pursuits
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

 

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-june-meetup-tickets-45997803669