Meetup tomorrow night!

Tomorrow night we’re holding our August meetup! Hope to see you there.

Time & Place

7:30PM, August 15th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road, St. John’s. A remote stream will be available, with meet and mingle options available on request.

Reminder: August Meetup

This is your less-than-a-week-til reminder of our August 15th meetup. I’m looking forward to hearing the story, and I hope many of you will join us to celebrate the last meetup of the summer!

Location

We’ll meet at 7:30PM on August 15th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road, St. John’s. A remote stream will be available via our Facebook page, with meet and mingle options available on request

Reminder! August Meetup Appetizers!

This is your reminder that our August meetup is coming up on the 15th, and we’d love to have a few Appetizers, so feel free to contact us if you want to mention something before the main talk!

August Meetup! Featuring: The Tale of the Unlikely Production of Secret Ponchos

August Meetup! Featuring: The Tale of the Unlikely Production of Secret Ponchos

Our August meetup will take place at 7:30PM on August 15th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road. We’re delighted to welcome Darren Esau as our feature speaker.

Our Main Feature

This talk is a description of how a group of friends created a game called Secret Ponchos from their basements, despite not really having started in the way that studios are typically founded (e.g. with at least one programmer and a plan to create an actual game).

Our Speaker

Darren Esau is a programmer and co-founder of Switchblade Monkeys, which created Secret Ponchos for PC and PS4. He previously worked at Radical Entertainment, Hothead Games, and Virtual Marine Technology. He’s originally from Vancouver, and moved to St. John’s in 2009. He has two young daughters and looks forward to the day when they’re old enough that he can tell his wife that he’s buying the latest game release “for the kids.”

Appetizers!

If you’d like to book a 2-minute Appetizer slot to talk about a topic of interest before the main meetup, please fill out the form below:

Location

Call for Features: August 2017

We had a lovely meetup this Tuesday past, and now we’re looking ahead to our August meetup. We’ll probably meet on the 15th, but if you have a suggestion for a meetup feature you’d like to offer anytime within a week of that date, please send us an email.

July Meetup: A little rough, but a lot of good stuff!

Our July meetup went off (with only a couple of glitches) last night. We were happy to welcome Andrew Menchions as well as Laura Churchill and Dorian Rowe from NLFDC, who gave us a high-level introduction to tax credits game developers can avail of. Jordan Galbraith of Orange Slip Studios shared some of his experiences trying to raise money for a new company. Jeff Mercer from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation helped fill in some of the blanks, and indicated that our members are always welcome to come talk about their work to see if there are programs that might help them get a leg up.

The live stream cut off in the middle of the discussion, unfortunately, but we were able to recover at least a couple of remote attendees using our appear.in room. The volume there was apparently not ideal, so we’ll continue to work on that setup for future events. At the very least we’ll add a spare laptop charger to the GDNL equipment box!

Thanks to all our invited guests as well as our attendees, both in-person and remote. Hope to see you all again in August!

Reminder: July Meetup – Open Forum on Funding

Just a reminder that our July meetup is tomorrow night at 7:30PM at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road. We’ll hopefully have a number of folks from the local business community dropping in to offer a few helpful hints on the subject, and it would be great if y’all had your own tips and experiences to share as well!

Startup Canada Live Video – Running out of money

In light of this month’s meetup, this seems relevant!

The Summer Lemonade Mixer: June 29th

In light of some unfortunate news in the community, we’re holding a social gathering with free lemonade for everyone.

Note that this event is in addition to and separate from our July 11th monthly meetup.

Hope to see you there!

Date & Time

7:30PM, Thursday June 29th, Common Ground Coworking, 30 Harvey Road

July Meetup: Open Forum on Funding

Our next meetup will take place at 7:30PM on July 11th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road.

We’re going to try something a little different for this meetup. We’re inviting all attendees to come and share their thoughts and experiences with finding and attracting funding for their projects. Funding is the most-asked-for topic at our meetings right now, and in lieu of having a dedicated talk on the topic, we’ll see if we can get some synergy going.

We are inviting some special guests who may have insight into this issue, and if any attendees would like to invite their own special guests, that would be very much appreciated!

Thanks to Ryan Hale for the suggestion of an open discussion.

Appetizers!

If you’d like to book a 2-minute Appetizer slot to talk about a topic of interest before the main meetup, please fill out the form below:

Location