Slowly but surely, September is creeping up on us, ready to sucker-punch the summer wind right out of out lungs. We say: to heck with that! Let’s ring the month in with awesome friends, good beer, and excellent indie games! Cranky ol’ September will have no choice but to crack a smile and join in the merriment. Yes: it is time for a MEETUP.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 1, 7:00 pm
WHERE: Brasserie Artisanale l’Amère à Boire, 2049 rue Saint-Denis, 3rd floor
WHO: Anyone interested in creating games! As always, musicians, artists, designers, coders, and aspiring game-makers of all feathers are welcome!
This month, we’ll be doing a demo of some accessible but powerful game creation utilities. There are plenty of great tools for making games that don’t require any prior programming knowledge — perfect if you’re burning to make a game on your own but don’t know how to start, or are just curious to get your feet wet. Approaches, alternatives and secret cheat codes will also be discussed. Let’s get game-makin’!
The telegraph machines here at the Mount Royal Game Society have been clattering away non-stop lately, with reports flooding in from our foreign stations the world over. It’s missive madness!
The newest Montreal tech site, NextMontréal, has gone live. As their primary audience consists of local entrepreneurs and individuals interested in forming startups, the content should be of interest and offer insights to independent game developers as well. Check out their gaming section, or browse the rest of the site for op-eds and local tech news.
Sony Networking Mixer
As reported over at the IGDA, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and Export Development Canada (EDC) are hosting a networking reception at the Terrasses Bonsecours in the Old Port on Wednesday, August 25th, from 18:00-21:00. It’s a chance to network with Sony’s 3rd-party PlayStation team—as well as others in the local community—and discuss business and technical topics. It’s a great opportunity, and open to any and all developers who register, free of charge.
Both Ludum Dare 18 and the August Klik of the Month are happening this weekend. If you’re going to be participating, shout it out in the comments—we might even make it a group jam! Suggestions for venues are always welcome.
And that about wraps it up. As always, stay tuned to this space for news as fast as the wires can carry it.
Our August meetup was somewhat more modest than the previous two, due to a potent mix of Summer vacations, mysterious injuries, concerts and events, and extraordinarily variable weather. The fact that we announced the meetup only days beforehand probably had little, if anything, to do with it.
Irregardlessly of the turnout, Stephen busted out some demos from the recently released Pirate Kart (Part II), and enjoyable times were had by a mathematical majority of attendees. A roaring success!
(Dock‘s Heavy Brain Training from the Pirate Kart!)