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March 2016 Glasgow Meetup Recap

The first meetup in our calendar of monthly events for 2016 was held at MEGAbytes cafe in Glasgow on the 30th March.

We kicked things off in a relaxed style with our usual “Announcements” open mic session, where anyone attending can get up and plug their current project, event or interest. And what a response we had, with a whopping nine things talked about! In case you missed them (or if you were unable to attend) they were:

Wow, what a productive community we’ve got. With all those announcements, was there even time to fit in the meetup’s Post-GDC roundup panel? Well of course there was!

The panel was Caitlin Goodale, Andrew Reid, Jon McKellan, and David Farrell discussing their various experiences of GDC from the perspectives of academics, students, and developers. They talked about what they had hoped to get out of the conference, what they actually spent their time doing, how to organise meetings with publishers, networking (and which parties to avoid!) and finally how they paid for their trips and how you the avid audience-member might receive some funding towards attending GDC yourself next year.

We hope to have a recording of the panel available soon.

The evening was rounded off with socialising until venue close.

We’d once again like to thank our panellists, MEGAbytes for hosting us, and our ever-useful volunteers.

The next meetup will be at Codebase in Edinburgh on Tuesday 19th of April, see you there!

IGDA Scotland March Meetup: GDC Round up!

Now that the dust has settled and jet lag is fading away, IGDA Scotland is happy to announce that we’re hosting our annual GDC Roundup at MEGABytes in Glasgow on Wednesday 30th of March from 7pm. We’ll be having a roundtable of students, academics and professionals discuss their experiences and takeaways from the biggest game developers event of the year, so if you’re interested in GDC at all then come hear about it from the horses’ mouths!

 

 

As always, we will have an open floor for announcements before the panel kicks off. So if you have any news you’d like to share then feel free to come down and do so! We’ll also be opening up to general networking after the panels.

Don’t miss your chance by registering your free ticket on Eventbrite or by using the handy registration box below. Our meetings are open to all, even if you’re not a member of the IGDA. Non-students must be registered ahead of the event in order to be guaranteed entry to the venue.

Monthly Meetings – Call for Speakers!

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Our monthly meetings will be starting up again in March and we are looking for speakers to join us. For those who have attended our meetings in the past they are a great opportunity for game devs to share their expertise with the rest of the community. If you have a subject you would like to talk about then please get in touch with us on info@igdascotland.org, telling us a little bit about yourself, a summary of the talk you would like to give, and state the city you would like to speak out (Edinburgh, Glasgow or Dundee). The types of topics we would be looking for are:

  • Technical tips or tutorials
  • Discipline related insights (design, audio, etc.)
  • Game Postmortems
  • General development advice

Look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!
More information about the date and location of our next monthly meeting to follow shortly.

Introducing our new Board of Directors

A big thank you to everyone who was able to join us at our Annual General Meeting last Wednesday and we hope you enjoyed taking part in our pub quiz! We had a great time and congratulations to the winning team! We also had a raffle, so congrats to the two lucky winners who received a Steam voucher each.

And of course we announced the winning candidates in this years elections, so in case you missed it we’re very excited to introduce our new Board of Directors!

Board of Directors

After receiving 14 ballots, we had a three-way tie and so in order to resolve it, we decided to use all seats allowed on the Board (our Bylaws outline a maximum board size of 9) and welcome 5 candidates: Andrew Macdonald, who was re-elected to remain on the Board this year, Mal Abbas, Tony Gowland, Jaime Cross and Jon McKellan! They’re joining the existing board of 4, Mark Hastings, Bert McDowell, Alice Rendell and Timea Tabori.
Congratulations to you all and welcome on board!

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We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Brian McDonald for all his work during his time on the board.

Thank you, Brian! :)

 

We’re all excited to work together and start planning our schedule for the coming year. We hope to see you then!

AGM and Pub Quiz!

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As the year starts to wrap up for the holidays, and as our ongoing Board of Directors elections draw to a close, you’re invited to join us at our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 25th November from 19:30 at South Tay Superstore in Dundee. Here we will announce our new Board Members as well as reflect on what our community has accomplished over the course of the last year.

This year we will also be doing a special game-themed pub quiz, so dig deep on all that obscure video-game knowledge you’ve been keeping up your sleeves for just such an occasion. Tickets for the quiz are limited, however tickets to the event are not! So even if you don’t get to join in the quiz you can still come along to the Superstore and play on some of their old retro consoles or ping-pong table.

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Just like any of our other events, the AGM is open to anybody interested in game development in Scotland. You’re a part of the wider community, whether you’re an IGDA member or not, so we heartily encourage you to come along, share your views and have an impact.

Tickets are available here.

Tickets for the quiz are free on Eventbrite with the understanding of £2 to participate on the night. Winners of the quiz gets the pot!

 

Board of Directors – Call for Nominations

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We are delighted to announce that IGDA Scotland’s 2015 Board of Directors Nominations are now open!

This process is an important way for the members of the organisation to have their say in who is going to run things. It’s also an opportunity to make changes to the chapter’s leadership in ways that represent your interests as a game developer; and finally, they’re also an excellent way to get more involved with the chapter yourself, and help shape our future.

We have 4 seats available on the board and successful candidates will join our current board members; Mark Hastings, Bert McDowell, Alice Rendell and Timea Tabori.

The key dates for the election process are as follows:

  • Wednesday 4th November
    • Call for nominations opens.
  • Friday 13th November
    • Nominations close. 
    • Must be an IGDA member by this date to participate in the vote.
  • Monday 16th November
    • Distribution of Election Materials to members.
  • Monday 23rd November
    • Deadline for votes.
  • Last Week of November
    • New board members to be announced at Annual General Meeting.
    • Date and details to follow soon!

Nominations
In order to nominate yourself as a candidate for election, you must be an IGDA member in good standing with voting rights (i.e. a professional member, not a student member), must agree to be bound by the IGDA Scotland Bylaws, and also have read the 2015 Election Procedures Policy.

To nominate yourself, email info@igdascotland.org with your candidate statement (of up to 400 words) and a profile picture, before 23:59 on 13th November to let us know you wish to stand.

Voting
To vote for board members you must have a current IGDA membership which does not expire after the 13th November 2015. If you are not already a IGDA member you can become one here.

To keep up-to-date with all the latest from IGDA Scotland, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Games Are For Everyone by The Hit Point

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IGDA Scotland is excited to support an evening of socialising and gaming courtesy of The Hit Point on Thursday 21st May at The Mash House in central Edinburgh, as they host an incredible indie games space showing off some awesome playable games, demos and installations by talented developers and artists from across Scotland, all played out on a host of big screens and HD projectors.

If you fancy playing a local multiplayer games or a colour-coded puzzle then please join us and – as the title suggests – absolutely everyone is welcome, developers and players alike. We’re also proud to see a range of Scottish indie developers joining in the festivities by showcasing their games; stay tuned for the full list!

Tickets are £7 on Eventbrite, so book now to avoid disappointment! We also encourage you to show you’re going by joining their Facebook event. If you have any comments or questions please contact: hello@thehitpoint.co.uk

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