November Social Recap

Notes, announcements, upcoming events and more from our November 2014 speakers social.

November 23, 2014

Fundraiser Success! Our Halloween fundraiser was a huge success! We raised $2,210, well exceeding our goal, and were able to purchase a dedicated video editing computer earlier this month. We have more than 50 workshops and presentation videos we’ll be putting online in the near future! Thanks again to Gabby DaRienzo, Yuliya Boublikova and Hillary Connolly for all their hard work organizing and to Robby Duguay who’s been recording our events for the past couple of years!

New Game Makers We wrapped up New Game Makers, our series of workshops for beginning game makers, for the fall season late last month. All five workshops sold out and we saw so many new faces!

The next season starts in January and we’ll have some new topics, including an introduction to animation and modeling. We’re always looking for new topics and instructors, so please get in touch with proposals!

Indigenous Routes Game Workshop Starting in March 2015, we will be looking for mentors to help a group of indigenous women create their first games over the course of 10 weeks. Their games will be exhibited at TIFF during ImagineNATIVE festival in October, in custom cabinets. We’ll be running weekly workshops and monthly open sessions in collaboration with artists from Indigenous Routes.

Academic opportunities and interview requests:

  • A coordinator from Canada Learns Coding (part of Code.org's Hour of Code) is looking for women game developers to give a brief informal career talk to TDSB students and to give one-hour dev tutorials via Skype or Google Hangouts (material will be provided).
  • A reporter from Humber’s Convergence Magazine is looking to interview a few members about their work.
  • A local author of queer YA novels is looking for feedback on a script that dames might have a particular interest in.
  • A prof from U of T’s iSchool is running a series of events on the topic of inclusion in tech and is looking for DMG members interested in collaborating on events in the new year.
  • A doctoral researcher at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto is conducting a study to learn more about the experiences of hobbyist digital game makers in Toronto.

We’ll be creating a new section on the web site to list these opportunities in the near future, but in the meantime, if you’re interested in any of these opportunities, email info@dmg.to and we’ll put you in touch.

Brandeis Exhibit Members Soha Kareem and Kaitlin Tremblay are currently helping curate an exhibition of DMG games at the Kniznick Gallery at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. They’ll be traveling there in January to give a lecture, open the exhibit, and run a game jam.

Leap #3DJam Bento Miso is the Toronto hub for the Leap Motion/Indiecade 3D Jam, and DMG co-director Alex Leitch is working on a game with members Nadine Lessio and Yifat Shaik called “Three Pounds of Bees in Your Hands.” You’ll be able to play it at a showcase event, to be announced.

Upcoming Game Launches Kara Stone’s Techno Tarot will be out within the next few weeks.

DMG/GDC Scholarship and Convoy We’ve just announced DMG/GDC Scholarship program, which provides free All-Access pass to the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in the spring, and the GDC Convoy to help defray travel costs.

Upcoming events and workshops

  • November 27 (at 401 Richmond) merritt kopas will be on a panel on the topic of Women Make Media Art for MANO.
  • December 6: Bit Bazaar, a video game, comics and food fair, is coming up in two weeks. We’ll be showing games at a shared table (if interested let us know!). In addition to the DMG shared table, dames exhibiting games and comics include Liesl, Kara Stone, Arielle Grimes, Sagan Yee, Jenn Woodall, Rachel Kahn, Gillian Blekkenhorst, merritt kopas, and Noreen Rana; plus teams with dames in artistic and developer roles like Knight & Damsel, Fate Tectonics, Escape from Monster Mansion, and more!
  • December 18: Game Development with Unity for Beginners with Gabby DaRienzo and Andrew Carvalho. Registration opens November 25.
  • December 20: Holiday Potluck Brunch - bring a dish, a silly and cheap gift for an exchange, hang out and play games.
  • January 21: Annual General Meeting, open to all Class A members. We’ll be reviewing financial statements, plans for 2015, and electing dames to a few board positions. We’ll put a call out for applications in the new year.
  • January: Zinemaking with Liesl, details to be announced next month.
  • February: No Jam!, our annual two-weekend jam aimed at first-time gamemakers. The first weekend will include all six New Game Makers workshops in one day, and the second weekend is a game jam. Tell your dame friends who’ve never made a game before!

Presentations

We’ll have video available soon!

Rosemary Brennan

Rosemary joined the Golden Gear Games team in October 2013 as lead artist on Fate Tectonics, giving the game its distinctive pixel art style and guiding its visual language.

Gabby DaRienzo

Gabby is a graphic designer, developer and artist, and hardworking DMG volunteer. She showed us Escape from Monster Mansion, a very clever local multiplayer game that she created with co-worker Nikola Odic at an internal game jam.

Christine Love

Christine is the writer and creator behind Analogue: A Hate Story, the award-winning first visual novel available on Steam. She shared some of the art and the dialogue system in her upcoming game, Ladykiller in a Bind — the first public peek!