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May 2012

Experimental Relaxation – May 26th

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Every scientific experiment goes smoother with the addition of beer.

As an experiment, we’ve expanded our number of meetings for the month including having two pub socials a month instead of just the one. These “Fernwood Relaxathons”, as they’ve been dubbed, are scheduled for the second and fourth Saturdays of each month and take place at the Fernwood Inn. We’re also looking into having a second more formal meeting that will essentially be a repeat of our official monthly meeting on the first Monday of the month. This would fall on the third Monday of each month, however we currently don’t have a venue for this meeting, so feel free to send us any suggestions.

It all may seem a bit confusing, but if you subscribe to this blog (via the widget in the right hand menu) we’ll be posting email reminders for each meeting beforehand. Or you can sign up to the IGDA Victoria Chapter Mailing List. Or you can keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus accounts. There are some many options, it’s not funny. Okay, maybe it’s a little funny.

Anyway, this is a reminder of the second May Fernwood Relaxathon coming this Saturday. Come on out, be geeky, and talk games with the rest of the Victoria Game development community. Hope to see you there!


Saturday, May 26th, 2012, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM


1302 Gladstone Ave., Victoria, BC

On the patio, if the reservation sticks!

Phone: (250) 412-2001



Level Up meetup event

May Monthly Meeting: Happy Anniversary!

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Arrangements are being made to have a small cadre of cavemen and police officers come sing to us while playing a stone piano.

This is a reminder of the monthly meeting for May taking place on this coming Monday evening. This month’s meeting falls on our 2nd Anniversary: that’s two years of local game creators getting together, sharing projects, stories, and techniques, and having a blast while we do it. We’ve grown a lot over the last couple years, and there’s no sign to that ending anytime soon. Congratulations Victoria! Keep on rocking!

Speaking of rocking, last night’s showing of Indie Game: The Movie was a big success and the thought-provoking documentary will no doubt be a big topic of conversation at the meeting on Monday. Thanks to everyone who braved the wilds of Langford to attend.

As always, everyone is welcome to bring any projects that they’ve been working on to share with the rest of the group on Monday.


Monday, May 7th

The Collard Room – Swans Hotel and Brewpub

506 Pandora Avenue, Victoria, BC

Doors open at 4:30pm

RSVP via the Meetup event: Show & Tell @ Swans

Indie Game: The Movie Screening This Week

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Filmmakers Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky rocking the Atari old-school.

This week, a fascinating new documentary about independent game creators called Indie Game: The Movie comes to the Victoria area as part of the Hot Docs series. Created by two first-time filmmakers from Winnipeg, Indie Game won an award at Sundance and is the talk of game developers across the world. And! There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers afterwards. It is your duty as a gamer/game creator to go and see Indie Game: The Movie on Thursday night!

Movie description from the website:

“With the twenty-first century comes a new breed of struggling independent artist: the indie game designer. Refusing to toil for major developers, these innovators independently conceive, design, and program their distinctly personal games in the hope that they, too, may find success.

After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, Super Meat Boy—the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making FEZ. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating Braid, one of the highest-rated games of all time.

First-time filmmaking duo Lisanne Pajot and James Swirsky capture the emotional journey of these meticulously obsessive artists who devote their lives to their interactive art. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game.

-Sundance Film Festival

Feature Documentary, 96 mins”

Remember: Tickets MUST BE PURCHASED ONLINE before the show, and are limited in quantity!

Purchase tickets here. More details available on the Meet-up event linked below.


Thursday, May 3rd – 6:00 PM


Cineplex Odeon Westshore Cinemas
900 2945 Jacklin Rd
Langford BC, V9B 5E3
(250) 474-1007

Meet-up Event:

Indie Game: The Movie: The Screening