Work In Progress Workshop - Start Making A Game!

What it is:

The idea behind A WIP (sort of) Workshop is to get you doing what many joined the Meetup to do - make some games! Whether you’ve made a game before or not, this Meetup will help you take your idea from a pitch or prototype to an actual Work In Progress.

How it Works:

Everyone who attends will make a 5-10 minute game pitch or show off an existing prototype. Bring some material to help you pitch (concept art, audio, video, etc.) or a device to show off your prototype. After each pitch/demo other members will ask questions or make suggestions to your game (ie: constructive criticism). The goal here is to help you flesh out your vision and help you understand all the components required to make a game.

After the presentations you can either work on your own game or group up with others interested in collaborating on a project. Whether you decide to work on your own or in a group, the idea is to hang out and bounce ideas around with others at the Meetup, or recommend tools and resources for others to try. If you already have a prototype, this would be an excellent opportunity to let others play and critique your game - fail fast or iterate iterate iterate!

Do I need game development experience (coding, art, sound, etc)?

Not at all! You just need a willingness to participate and learn. I will bring free resources to help those with zero game development experience get started on their first game.

Do I have to work with a group / Do I have to work with others?

Nope, you can do what you want.

I only want to work with others, will groups be made to work on a game?

Groups can be made voluntarily by those who wish collaborate.

I have the next hit game idea and I don’t want others to steal it. Should I come?

Yes! Making a game requires immense dedication to an idea and quite frankly, nobody is usually as giddy and excited over your idea as you are. Also, if you want to build exposure for your game you will need to show it off to the world well before it is finished. However if you are really worried someone will steal your awesome idea, bring an idea off your ‘B’ list to present instead.

Can I use game ideas/designs other group members without their permission?

NO!!! Seriously don’t. If you do, you won’t receive a warm reception from the group afterwards.

I already have most of my game made, how would this benefit me?

Bring your game and watch people play it. Having others play-test is critical to seeing flaws in your game that you may have overlooked.

Will someone be there teach me how to program/draw/make sweet sweet music?

Well no, not as a tutor per se. To learn a game-making related skill your best bet is the internet or to take a course. However, engaging with others is an excellent way to learn tips and tricks, discover useful resources, or find others to collaborate with. 

I have a question you haven’t thought up then answered here. How do I contact you?

You can post your question below or email me at [masked]

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  • Russ D.

    Thanks to everyone who came out. It was inspiring to see others' awesome prototypes and share their game-making experiences. For those who couldn't make it don't worry, I'm sure we will do another one in the future. I encourage everyone to post what they are working on in the 'Work In Progress' thread on the forum and maybe we can setup some sort of members-only beta/play-testing process for those interested.

    1 · April 21

  • Jennifer D.

    Sorry I couldn't go guys! I hope we do another one. I'm knee deep in lots of projects xD

    April 19

  • Craig P.

    It was great to see what everyone was working on. Huge thanks to Russ for setting this all up. Also thanks to everyone who came out and presented.

    April 18

  • Rich H.

    Just wanted to thank everyone again for the amazing feedback on our games. Was a great night and all the projects were amazing. Let's do this again and soon!

    April 18

  • Sandor F.

    Thanks to everyone who came out! Some really awesome prototypes! This venue wasn't too shabby actually. Good projector and a much more controllable environment than a pub. Only thing missing was some liquid for the dry throat. Lol. See you next time. :-)

    April 17

  • Joey

    Good talk with like minded game devs! Great games and advice were shared.

    April 17

  • Mike L.

    Ahh, sorry guys something came up and I'm gonna have to miss it. Rain check for the next meet-up?

    April 17

  • Randy F.

    Looks like I am going to be working late tonight... Will the pitches be posted on this site so we can see what people are working on? It would be nice if we could make a list of people who would like to collaborate on their projects and what kind of skills they are looking for.

    April 17

  • Mike L.

    I've been working on a card game. Would any of you be interested in helping me test it?

    April 14

  • Russ D.

    No worries guys. If all goes well we will definitely do another one!

    April 16

  • Christopher L.

    It's unlikely i'll attend either, hoping we have another go at this next month.

    April 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, something came up and I won't be able to make it. And I was so looking forward to this :(

    April 16

  • Christopher L.

    Nooooo .... there goes my $5M dollar zombie survival game idea :( ..... darn!!

    April 11

  • Jennifer D.

    I'm in ur workshop stealin ur gaem ideaz!!

    1 · April 11

    • Russ D.

      Damnit CEO Riccardo Zacconi in disguise, for the last time YOU CAN'T COME!

      1 · April 11

  • Todd M.

    I won't be around either this month but this sounds like like a great idea. Hope it takes off.

    April 7

  • Pierce Z.

    Ah, I'm going to be away that week. Hope this becomes a regular thing so I can come next time.

    April 4

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