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]