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Unity VR Roadshow & Certified Developer Exam

Make a VR game in one day. The Unity VR Roadshow is coming to Toronto!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May VR Social: Social VR and Virtual Theatre

Our monthly VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in VR.
GUEST SPEAKER: Bernie Roehl

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Interactive Fiction and Narrative Games Writing

Interested in writing and narrative design for games? This workshop is for you! Get acquainted with the particular structures and challenges of writing for games.

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017

June VR Social

Our monthly VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in VR.

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017

Writing Non-Linear Games

Learn what you need to know to write and design non-linear interactive experiences.

Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Writing Horror Games

Do you want to terrify all your friends with horror games? Or just slightly spook them? Or use horror as a metaphor? Want to unsettle and disturb your players? Then join this workshop!

Friday, Jul 28, 2017

Writing Romance Games

Love romance games? Want to learn how to write one yourself? Or just want an excuse to write something steamy? This is the workshop for you!

Past Events

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017

Intro to Zinemaking Workshop

Bring your ideas, stories, magazines and drawings and make your own zine!

Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017

Designing Escape Rooms

Curious about how escape games get designed? Find out ways to think about puzzles as part of a greater system and how they relate to the greater play experience!

Saturday, Apr 15, 2017

No Tokens: People of Colour Game Social

No Tokens Needed is a casual meet-up for people of colour that are interested in games as a hobby, job, or both!

Tuesday, Apr 4, 2017

April VR Open Work Session

Our monthly VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in VR.

Monday, Apr 3, 2017

Game Dev Book Club: C# Programming

Our bi-weekly C# book club, open to all experience levels.

Friday, Mar 17, 2017

Interactive Fiction and Narrative Games Writing

Interested in writing and narrative design for games? This workshop is for you! Get acquainted with the particular structures and challenges of writing for games.

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017

March VR Social

Our monthly VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in VR.

Monday, Mar 6, 2017

Game Dev Book Club: C# Programming

Session 4 of our bi-weekly C# book club, open to all experience levels.

Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017

March Social: GDC Offsite Edition!

Our monthly social! This month, we don’t fear missing out… we relish it.

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017

DATE CHANGE! Game Dev Book Club: C# Programming

Session 3 of our Bi-weekly C# book club, open to all experience levels.

Saturday, Feb 18, 2017 - Sunday, Feb 19, 2017

Feb Fatale 5: Transgression

Our 15th member game jam! Plot around the theme of transgression and make a game in two days flat.

Saturday, Feb 11, 2017

February Social: Dames Playing Games

Our monthly social! A low-key, friendly environment to play games and meet the community. Free and open to all.

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017

Interactive Fiction and Narrative Games Writing

Interested in writing and narrative design for games? This workshop is for you! Get acquainted with the particular structures and challenges of writing for games.

Monday, Feb 6, 2017

Game Dev Book Club: C# Programming

Session 2 of our bi-weekly C# book club, open to all experience levels.

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

Monday, Jan 23, 2017

Game Dev Book Club: C# Programming

Bi-weekly C# book club, open to all experience levels.

Saturday, Jan 21, 2017

January Social + Video Chuck with Charles Street Video

Our monthly social, featuring three quick talks about interesting new game projects, socializing and snacks!

Friday, Jan 20, 2017 - Sunday, Jan 22, 2017

Global Game Jam

Want to participate in Global Game Jam but need space to jam with your team? Join us for the weekend at our headquarters, Gamma Space!

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2017

Intro to Maya for VR

Interested in learning to create 3D assets and environments for VR? Want to get an introduction to the complete pipeline in Maya? This is the workshop series for you!

Saturday, Dec 17, 2016

Holiday Social + 2016 Member Showcase

Come celebrate the end of 2016 with DMG! We’ll be showcasing members’ work, enjoying delicious food and drink and each other’s company. 🎉

Saturday, Nov 19, 2016

November Social + Hyperreal Jam Showcase

Our monthly social, featuring three quick talks about interesting new game projects, socializing and snacks!

Saturday, Nov 5, 2016 - Sunday, Nov 6, 2016

No Jam 4

Makers of moving images! Join DMG & Rendezvous With Madness for NO JAM, bringing filmmakers, video artists, animators and more together to make games and interactive experiences in just 2 days!

Friday, Nov 4, 2016

Unsettling Settlers: Intervention Game Night

Join DMG & SAVAC for an artist talk and game night! Playtest artist Golboo Amani’s Unsettling Settlers: Intervention.

Wednesday, Nov 2, 2016

No Jam 4 Kickoff Workshop

A kickoff workshop for NO JAM 4 participants.

Monday, Oct 31, 2016

Scary Reality: A VR Halloween Party

DMG hosts a very spooky VR Social! Join us for creepy realities and candy!

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2016

VR Dames Social: 360 Video - Co-presentation with Charles Street Video

Join your favourite Dames as they gather to discuss all things VR & 360 Video in September. Special presentation by Karen Vanderborght.

Thursday, Sep 22, 2016

OAC Grant Writing Night

Join us for a night of Ontario Arts Council grant writing and idea sharing!

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2016

August Game Club: Inside

A bookclub-like meetup where we play a game and then meet to discuss it!

Friday, Jul 15, 2016 - Sunday, Jul 17, 2016

Hyperreal Jam

Our 11th member game jam! Let’s play and build worlds in new realities.

Saturday, Jun 25, 2016

*Postponed* June Speaker Social

Our monthly social, featuring three quick talks about interesting new game projects, socializing and snacks!

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016

VR Dames v0.1.1

Our monthly VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in VR.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

VR Dames v0.1.0

Kick off spring with our new regular VR meetup for dames ‘n’ friends working on weird and wild works in VR.

Saturday, Apr 16, 2016

[#DMGTalks] We Are Fine: That Ain't Your Old Folks' Oppression 101

The artists behind We Are Fine, We’ll Be Fine explore in depth the motivations, challenges and solutions we came up with in designing a game-based system tackling themes of marginalization and oppression.

Wednesday, Apr 13, 2016

Dames Draw Night

Break out your tablet, pens and/or pencils and come draw and doodle with your dames!

Friday, Mar 18, 2016

March Social: GDC Offsite Edition!

Our monthly social! This month, we don’t fear missing out… we relish it.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016

Dames Draw Night

Break out your tablet, pens and/or pencils and come draw and doodle with your dames!

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016

Brew Your Own Kombucha Workshop

Learn how to brew kombucha at home using a scoby starter kit!

Sunday, Feb 28, 2016

Annual General Meeting

Attend our member meeting for insight and input into our operations, finances, and plans for the future.

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016

February Speaker Social

Our monthly social, featuring three women talking about their game projects, socializing and snacks!

Friday, Feb 19, 2016 - Sunday, Feb 21, 2016

Dames Demaking Games

Deconstruct, glitch-out or re-skin a board or video game at our 10th member game jam!

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2016

3D Sculpting Social

Join us for an evening of coworking, critique and collaboration on 3D modeling work!

Friday, Jan 29, 2016 - Sunday, Jan 31, 2016

Global Game Jam: DMG Edition!

Participating in Global Game Jam? Come jam together at Bento!

Sunday, Jan 24, 2016

Sunday Sundae Social

Our monthly social! This month, we’re making ice cream sundaes and playing food-themed games.

Saturday, Jan 23, 2016

The #Dameularity: Build Your Own Twitter Bot!

Do you dream of having a fleet of robot friends? How about your very own Twitter bot to delight you and do your bidding? This is the workshop for you.

Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016

3D Sculpting Social

Join us for an evening of coworking, critique and collaboration on 3D modeling work!

Wednesday, Dec 16, 2015

Glitchy Post Effects

Learn to make glitchy post effects for games, VR, installations, experiments and self-gratification.

Saturday, Nov 28, 2015

November Social: Dames Playing Games

Our monthly social! This month, we’re playing games.

Thursday, Nov 19, 2015

Video Chuck: Let's Play, FMVs + Interactive Screening

This special edition Video Chuck Party will feature FMV and Let’s Plays screening highlighting interactive works and/or performance gaming by Dames Making Games members.

Thursday, Oct 29, 2015

Dreadcade Halloween Party + Arcade

Our 2nd annual Halloween party and arcade! Greasy grub, candy and confections, carnival attractions–and frightening games by dames ‘n’ friends.

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

Intro to Modeling in Maya

Interested in learning to create 3D assets for games? Want to get an introduction to the complete pipeline in Maya? This is the workshop series for you!

Saturday, Oct 17, 2015

October Speakers Social

Our monthly social, featuring three women talking about their game projects, socializing and snacks!

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015

DreadCade: Craft + Decoration Night

We’re busting out the pipe cleaners, paint, and pumpkins. Come help us turn Bento Miso into a dread carnival!

Monday, Sep 28, 2015

Tabletop Game Night: The Sinister Baron Munchausen with Rachel Kahn

Curious about tabletop games? Join Rachel for a night spent playing a wacky and sinister supervillain, regaling one another with stories of how you Almost Got The Hero That One Time. Beginner friendly.

Saturday, Sep 26, 2015 - Sunday, Sep 27, 2015

The Dread Jam

Our ninth member game jam! The grim season is our inspiration.

Sunday, Sep 20, 2015

PICO-8 Workshop + Mini Game Jam

An introduction to the fun and easy-to-use game-making tool PICO-8, followed by an afternoon jam.

Saturday, Sep 19, 2015

September Picnic Social

Join us for a picnic social at Trinity Bellwoods Park–dames, board games, food and friends!

Sunday, Aug 9, 2015

Infinity Mirror Workshop

Make a flashy programmable Infinity Mirror! This workshop serves as a great intro to Arduino and goes through the entire process of creating an LED flashing mirror of illusions for you to take home and keep hacking away on once the workshop is over.

Saturday, Aug 8, 2015

August Speakers Social

Our monthly social, featuring three women talking about their game projects, socializing and snacks! This month, Agnès Roche, Yifat Shaik and Emma Burkeitt present work on various game projects.

Thursday, Jul 23, 2015

Secret Loves of Geek Girls Panel and Reception

Join some of the creators of this rad new book, featuring love, sex and dating stories of over 50 different women from all walks of life, in prose and comic form.

Friday, Jul 17, 2015

Videogames for Humans Reading

Celebrate the launch of Videogames for Humans with us! Editor merritt kopas will introduce the book, followed by readings with contributors.

Saturday, Jun 20, 2015

June Speakers Social

Our monthly social, featuring three women talking about their game projects, socializing and snacks!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Gym Jam Demo Night

Get a sneak peek at the games made during our eight member jam GYM JAM! Playtest, provide feedback and high five the dames.

Friday, May 29, 2015 - Sunday, May 31, 2015

Gym Jam

Our eighth member game jam! Let’s make some strange sportsy games in two days flat.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Dames Throwing Axes

Get out from behind your screen and throw some axes + drink beer with yr fave dames!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Gym Jam Info Session

A pre-jam info session for our upcoming game jam GYM JAM

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

May Speakers Social + FIGHT! Launch Party

A special comics-themed edition of our monthly social. Hear presentations followed by the launch of Jenn Woodall’s FIGHT! zine!

Wednesday, Apr 29, 2015

April Open Studio Night

Join us for our monthly evening of coworking, project check-ins and commiseration!

Saturday, Apr 18, 2015

April Speakers Social

Our monthly social, featuring three women talking about their game projects, socializing and snacks!

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

Get Groovy Game Gifs in Unity

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to make rad art and animated screenshots to hype your game.

Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015

Open Studio Session / WIP Critique Night

Join Bento Miso and DMG members for an evening of coworking, project check-ins, and workshopping!

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015

March Speakers Social

Our monthly social, featuring three women talking about their game projects, socializing and snacks!

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

The Gospel According to Hulk Hogan

We’re gonna watch some old Hulk Hogan matches. And talk about the ways that western morality, and perhaps all morality, is contingent on ever-manipulated allowances of public approval. Lecture with Jetta Rae.

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

Feb Fatale 3 Showcase

Our monthly social, featuring guest speakers, Feb Fatale talks and an arcade! Part of the Vector Festival of Games and New Media Art.

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015

The Tilted Hand: Sexism and Racism in Pinball (Deluxe Canadian Version)

To know pinball is to understand the way America romanticizes the dehumanization of women and othering of non-white cultures to justify a legacy of colonization and cultural appropriation.
Lecture with Jetta Rae.

Friday, Feb 20, 2015

Killer Interfaces! Party + Fundraiser

Be the first to play the games of KILLER INTERFACES and support Dames traveling to the Game Developers Conference! Beer + games + lasers + more.

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015

#ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: Social Media & Citizen Journalism

Yes, you too can do journalism! Citizen journalism is helping us hold institutional power accountable in ways not thought possible before. Lecture with Jetta Rae.

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015

Start Copying Me: Zines in the Digital Age

Has the internet made zines more necessary or less necessary in our current socio-economic climate? Talk followed by hands-on zinemaking workshop.
Lecture with Jetta Rae.

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 - Sunday, Feb 8, 2015

Feb Fatale 3: Killer Interfaces

Our seventh member game jam! Plot around the theme of killer interfaces and make a game in two days flat.

Saturday, Jan 24, 2015

January Speakers Social

Our monthly social, featuring Susan Blight, Soha Kareem and Dr. Elizabeth LaPensée!

Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015

Annual General Meeting

Attend our member meeting for insight and input into our operations, finances, and plans for the future.

Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Holiday Potluck Brunch

Talk shop, life, and games with your dames over a cozy brunch! Waffle bar, games, and libations just before the holidays.

Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

Intro to Unity

Have you used other gamemaking tools but want to learn how to use Unity? New to game making and want to try out a popular game-making engine? This is the workshop for you!

Saturday, Nov 22, 2014

November Speakers Social

Our monthly social, featuring dames talking about their game projects.

Friday, Oct 31, 2014

Spookcade! A Halloween Fundraiser for DMG

Play Halloween-themed and spooky video games, drink craft beers and creepy cocktails, and eat delicious grub from local vendors!

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

Intro to Music and Sound for Games

Learn the foundations of making music and sound effects for games using affordable tools.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

October Social + Ad Hoctober Arcade

Our monthly social, this time featuring games made during our fall game jam, Ad Hoctober.

Saturday, Oct 25, 2014

Spookcade Craftacular

We’re busting out the pipe cleaners, paint, and pumpkins. Come help us turn Bento Miso into a creepy house of terror for the Spookcade!

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014

Intro to Art and Visual Design for Games

Explore tools and techniques for bringing the artistic vision of your game to life, with an emphasis on approaching 2D and 3D art so that it complements your game’s design.

Thursday, Oct 16, 2014

Build Your Own Dating Sim

Do you have a weird and great idea for a dating sim or a visual novel? Want to explore a new interactive medium to tell YOUR stories? Are you an artist or a writer who loves games, but doesn’t know where to start? Join comic artist Kim Hoang for a workshop on building your own dating sim.

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014

Intro to Programming

We’ll cover core concepts like if/else statements and booleans, learn how to think like a programmer, and look under the hood of a few visual editors.

Saturday, Oct 4, 2014 - Sunday, Oct 5, 2014

Ad Hoctober

Our fall game jam! Get a team together or go solo, and jam on a game for 48 hours.

Thursday, Oct 2, 2014

Intro to Game Design

This workshop will equip you with a broad understanding of the foundational principles of play and a holistic view of game design as an expressive tool.

Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014

F# for Game Development

We are very excited to collaborate with F#unctional Toronto to welcome the experienced and enthusiastic trainer and speaker Andrea Magnorsky, to lead a session on F# for games development.

Thursday, Sep 25, 2014

Intro to Game-Making Tools

New to game-making and don’t know where to start? Just want to see what else is out there? Learn about software tools for game development, then get hands-on with experienced mentors.

Saturday, Sep 20, 2014

DMGTalks: Gigs and Careers in Fandom and Geek Culture

Turn your love of video games, comics, movies, and pop geek culture into paying work! With panelists Hope Nicholson, Sam Maggs, Stephanie Cooke, and Soha Kareem.

Saturday, Sep 13, 2014

September Speakers Social

Speakers + socializing! Hear from Sarah Anne Drew (Every1Games), Karen Collins (Beep: A Documentary History of Video Game Sound) and catch up with your dames.

Wednesday, Aug 13, 2014

Body Games 2: Embodied Non-Competitive Games

Does the identity and embodiment of the game designer matter? Does the identity and style of embodiment of the player matter? How can we use these parts of ourselves to design better, more compelling, more transformative games for social justice?

Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Julivewire Showcase + August Social

Our monthly speaker socials highlight the work of amazing dames in Toronto’s game-making community! Our summer social features Julivewire jammers and their wearable/hardware controllers. Come see and play games that incorporate (actual) baby steps, high fives, knitting needles, stuffed puppies, and a blanket controller.

Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

Introduction to Game-Making Tools

New to game-making and don’t know where to start? In a rut with your tool of choice and want to see what else is out there? Cecily Carver will introduce some of the tools that are most popular with DMG members, and show examples of games made with each.

Saturday, Jul 5, 2014 - Sunday, Jul 6, 2014

Julivewire! A Hardware Game Jam

Our fifth member game jam! Whip out your pliers and alligator clips, and make new controllers for a game you’ve made, or join a team to make a new game with a physical component!

Wednesday, Jul 2, 2014

Body Games: Wearable Electronics

Through an introduction to the Lilypad Arduino platform, participants will learn to create sensors out of simple materials such as conductive thread and fabric. With just these components, one can design games where physical touch or movement are central game mechanics.

Monday, Jun 23, 2014

Julivewire! Pre-Jam Meetup

Participating in Julivewire? Form a team, chat with hardware and software peeps, solidify your game plan!

Saturday, Jun 14, 2014

June Speakers Social

Our monthly speaker socials highlight the work of amazing dames in Toronto’s game-making community!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Dames Playing Games #3: Your Choices Matter!

For the May edition of Dames Playing Games, we’re going to be playing and discussing games that feature choice (or the illusion of choice) as a primary game play mechanic.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

May Speakers Social: TOJam Edition!

Our monthly speaker socials highlight the work of amazing dames in Toronto’s game-making community!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Introduction to Game-Making Tools

New to game-making and don’t know where to start? In a rut with your tool of choice and want to see what else is out there? Cecily Carver will introduce some of the tools that are most popular with DMG members, and show examples of games made with each.

Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014

Open Studio Session / WIP Critique Night

Join Bento Miso and DMG members for an evening of coworking, project check-ins, and workshopping!