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.


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:


The Nickel Film Festival 2017

The 2017 incarnation of the Nickel Film Festival is in full swing, including its workshop program. This year there are a couple of workshops that are of special interest to game developers:


Tue June 20, 3:30 – 5 PM, LSPU Hall Cox & Palmer Second Space
Pre-Registration Required. Free Admission

Following a short animation screening, instructor James Grace from the Digital Animation program at CNA will cover the origins and methodology of what they do, how it’s different from other programs, and why it’s been so successful. If you have questions about the history, economics, labour market, and international accessibility of this work, this is the workshop for you.

Register online: www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-nickel-presents-exploring-cnas-animation-program-with-james-grace-tickets-34558930692



Thu June 22, 3:30-5PM
LSPU Hall Cox & Palmer Second Space. Pre-Registration is required.
$10 /$5 students

With more than a million followers, YouTuber Matt Shea is one of the biggest local vloggers. He actually makes a living playing video games. You can learn more about how Matt does what he does in this workshop.

This vlogging workshop participants will set up and record an episode, and Matt will cover:

• How to reach your audience
• Confidence in front of the camera
• Setting up your Camera
• Audio and video editing
• Basics of your YouTube Channel

Register online: www.eventbrite.ca/e/the-nickel-presents-how-to-youtube-a-workshop-by-matt-shea-tickets-34559241622


Are you headed to the Nickel? Let us know how it goes!

June Meetup success!

We had another successful meetup this week!

Thanks again this month to Orange Slip Studios for sponsoring the meetup. We put that money to good use and made a couple of nice upgrades to our setup.

The first upgrade was an improved stream, including a “speaker cam”. Our speaker didn’t need the double camera, so we just used the new fancy camera for the whole stream, but we’re ready for anything now!

The other big upgrade was the addition of meet and mingle devices. We added four appear.in rooms, each on a separate device (my old electronic devices, with mounts provided through the generosity of OSS), arranged around the space to allow remote attendees to join in the social fun.

For future meetups, we’ll probably cut that back to just two:



I hope folks from around the province will take advantage of these as time goes on. We always have an interesting mix of folks, including our various Developer members, hobbyists, and all things in between.

NDev Meetup – June 28th – Agile

Our friends at NDev are having a meetup on June 28th to talk about the Agile school of software development and its use in everyday practice. Sounds like an interesting talk!

Reminder: June Meetup

Our June Meetup is happening next week on on Tuesday the 13th. Looking forward to meeting our guest speaker, Kenny Backus, and hoping to see a few new faces in the crowd (as well as the regulars of course)!

7:30PM, Tuesday June 13th at Common Ground Coworking, 30 Harvey Road, St. John’s

Google Calendar Event


June Meetup Announcement! Do the side hustle: Indie games with a full-time job

Our June meetup (also on Facebook) has a special guest! Kenny Backus of Sky Rogue fame is in town, and he has kindly agreed to come in and chat with our community!

The Talk – Do the Side Hustle: Indie Games with a Full Time Job?

We’ve all wondered how to keep up with the demands of our lives while we try to make cool games. Kenny’s gonna fill us in!

Our Speaker

Kenny Backus is a programmer at Uken Games and the founder of Fractal Phase. He formerly worked at Funcom, THQ, Ubisoft, and Snowcastle Games, making his own games on the side the whole time. He’s most interested in procedural generation, low-poly 3D art, and game feel. Originally from North Carolina, he moved to Montreal with his wife Kristi in 2009 and now lives in Toronto. Ask him about “fwooshies”!

Location and Time

The meetup will take place at 7:30PM on June 13th at Common Ground, 30 Harvey Road.


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