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October 2011

Game Jam Madness – It's a Global Contagion

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It's even harder if all you have is an Atari 2600.

As anyone who has participated in a 48hr Game Jam can attest, you have to be a little crazy to try to make a game in a very limited period of time. That, or the process may drive you crazy. So, if you have been in a game jam before (perhaps even our own local OrcaJam) this Ars Technica¬†article “I think they’re mad”: Inside a 48 hour battle to build the best video game should be only too familiar.

Does it make you want to jump into the next OrcaJam? Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until next year. Of course, there is the Global Game Jam coming up in January. Who wants to participate? Do you think we should try to host an IGDA Victoria GGJ Jam Site?

ICIDS 2011: For those who love telling tales

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Some days you gotta kiss a lot of frogs…

There’s an event coming up in Vancouver soon and, if you’re like me and love storytelling and narrative design in video games, you won’t want to miss it. It’s the fourth annual International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling and it’s being held for the first time in North America this year running from November 28th until December 1st.

I’ll be attending this year and, if you’ll excuse the plug, I’ll be running a workshop on the 28th entitled “Rummaging in the Geek Culture Toolbox”. You can imagine that I’m pretty excited about it and I wanted to share my excitement by inviting all of you to attend. Invited speakers this year include Chris Crawford of Storytron, Mary DeMarle of Eidos Montreal, and Keith Oatley of University of Toronto. Further details on the conference can be found here: and details about my workshop are here: Note that there is a discount for IGDA Members.

I hope to see you there!

October Mid-Month Pub Social & Awesome Slides

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All beer was selflessly pre-tasted by yours truly. You're welcome.

We’re already halfway through October, so that means:

a. Hallowe’en is almost upon us.

b. It’s time for another mid-month pub social at the Moon Under Water pub.

Why not take some time away from making your Duke Nukem costume and share some tasty beverages with other Victoria game creators?

Also, Sheri Rubin, our Awesome Talks presenter for the October Monthly Meeting, has been kind enough to post the slides from her great presentation: Your Developers Are Your Customers. Don’t miss the upcoming Awesome Talks at the Monthly Meetings for November and December! Details soon.

Pub Social Details:


Saturday, October 15, 2011, 2:30 PM


350-B Bay Street

Victoria, BC

Phone: 250 380 0706



Level Up meetup event

Awesome Talks Lives Up To Its Name

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Seriously. Would Honest Abe lie to you?

The October Monthly Meeting was a smashing success and a great kick-off for our Awesome Talks series. We had a full house out for Sheri Rubin’s presentation: “Your Developers Are Your Customers”. Sheri made it out to Victoria from Seattle despite the slings and arrows of transportation difficulties, gave a great talk, and hung around to chat and answer questions afterwards. There was a good mix of students and professionals, indies and studio folks present, much food and drink was consumed and many lively game discussions ensued. All in all, a great time had by everyone. If you couldn’t make it out, I’ll be posting the slides from the presentation soon. Thanks again to Sheri for coming to visit us in Victoria and thanks to everyone who came out for making it such a great meeting.

Remember that the Mid-Month Social is coming up soon: Saturday October 15th at 2:30 pm at Moon Under Water Brewpub. I’ll be posting a reminder closer to the time. It’s a more casual meet-up and a good opportunity to chat with other game creators while enjoying some of the local brew.