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March Meetup

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My Game was about Death: Writing a Difficult Topic for an Interactive Experience

Over a year ago, I planned out my first ever experience as a Game Master for a pen and paper adventure. But I didn’t exactly follow the rules. Using a vague version of the World of Darkness (d10) system, I wrote my own short story for two of my good friends to experience; a 1 1/2 session. What they didn’t know until they played is that I was going to express to them, through the story and puzzles, some ideas about death – one of humanity’s most sensitive topics. After the game was over, I learned about myself, my friends, and what it’s like to run a game about something so difficult for many of us to talk about.

Writing a game with emotional content is an interesting challenge because we are literally putting our players in the shoes of our characters. In this talk, I’m using the experience of GMing my game about death to give my reasons for discouraging game designers and writers from shying away from the tougher topics.

Bio:

Khadeja A. Merenkov has been a friend of the video game community for years, at first as an ethnographer and then going on to speaking about cultural issues in video games with an MA in Intercultural Relations to back her up. She’s a hobbyist writer and artist that spends her time doodling, playing video games (of course), and the occasional VO work.

Details:

Monday, March 4, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-march-meetup-tickets-56711208752

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February 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, February 4, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-february-meetup-tickets-54677446715February Meetup

January Meetup

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This month, we’ll be hearing from a number of presenters about the fascinating projects they’re working on in virtual reality! Our line up includes: Cy Wise, Elliot Mitchell, Luke Hollis, and Masako Roy.

Details:

Monday, January 7, 2019
7:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

Intrepid
222 Third Street #4000
Cambridge, MA 02141

Please RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wig-boston-january-meetup-tickets-54218285351

December Holiday Party

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Join us on December 10th for a massive game scene celebration with all of the following communities:

  • Boston Post Mortem
  • Boston Indies
  • Women in Games Boston
  • Boston Game Audio
  • BostonFIG
  • Boston Unity Group

We invite you to join us for a fun evening of networking, games and fantastic beers at Aeronaut Brewing Co. This is a joint celebration for all of our respective game-creator communities and we can’t wait to kick back and reflect on the past year of awesome work that our communities have produced while playing games and toasting in the new year.

This is a brewery so 21+ to drink obviously!

Details

Monday, December 10, 6:30-9:30 PM

Aeronaut Brewing Company, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville, MA 02143

 

Tickets

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boston-game-scene-holiday-party-tickets-52285662825

We have 2 different levels of tickets. One is paid to help us cover the costs of renting the brewery space. With that ticket you get access to the special board-game area we’ve set aside for 65, as well as a drink ticket.

The free tickets are just generally available to all because we want everyone to be able to attend regardless of their means. If you can afford to give us a donation to cover our costs, we appreciate it! Any amount over our costs will be donated to Extra Life.

 

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.

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