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Bring-Along-A-Show-A­nd-Tell!

We're a diverse group - let's celebrate that fact by sharing all the different things that we're involved in.

In this Bring-Along-A-Show-And-Tell (TM) evening, we'd like to get as many people as possible to share something - anything - about games that they're currently working on/interested in.

  • Done some new character art, a level design, or a title screen? Show us!
  • Perhaps you've composed a symphonic orchestral theme for a boss fight? Play it to us!
  • Maybe you've just got a scrap of an idea - a plot, a title, or just the names of some of the characters? Describe it to us!
  • Have you found a new piece of software, book, or website that has helped you? Demonstrate it to us!
  • If you've not had chance to develop anything yourself, maybe you've played an undiscovered indie game that you think is the nuts. Share the love with us!


As ever, we'll keep this informal and friendly - you don't have to prepare a deck of slides! And you can talk for anything from 30 seconds to 30 minutes.
If you really haven't got anything to show, or are a bit shy, that's fine - you're still very welcome to come along. Perhaps you'll feel a bit more confident after a few pints of "Old Chimneys' Good King Henry Special Reserve"...

If you definitely would like to show something, it'll probably help us to plan timings etc. if you could let us know in advance by dropping a comment below, or tweet @SamJermy87, @AlastairA, or @MiuKittyCat. But we'll also try our best to accommodate anyone who turns up on the night.


Venue is the upstairs room at the Garden House pub. They have a projector, and they serve chips (and beer, obviously). Any questions, please let us know, and we look forward to seeing you (and your game creations) there!

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  • Tim R.

    Cheers for posting those Alastair, looking forward to having a proper browse this weekend.

    March 15, 2013

  • Alastair A.

    EDX
    https://www.edx.org/

    Courses from Harvard, Berkeley, and MIT, including "Foundations of Computer Graphics", and "Artificial Intelligence". There's a more limited range of courses here than in the others, but the UI and content quality is top-notch. One of the programming exercises I just had to do, for example, was to write an algorithm that made Pacman eat all the dots in a (randomly-generated) maze in the fewest amount of steps. As with Coursera, you have to enrol on a particular course and stick to the schedule.

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Alastair A.

    COURSERA
    https://www.coursera.org/

    200+ courses from top universities (including Stanford, Princeton, Edinburgh) on a wide-range of topics, from "Online Games: Literature, New Media, and Narrative" to "Creative, Serious and Playful Science of Android Apps", "Modern American Poetry" to "Animal Behaviour". Not self-paced - you have to start a course when it starts and stick to the course schedule, and the workload is typically more involved and demanding than Udacity - with a few hours of video lectures each week, problem sets and sometimes final exams. Many courses are exactly content and standard as you would get at that university in-person.
    At the end, you get a certificate such as: http://i47.tinypic.com/19bgnd.jpg

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Alastair A.

    UDACITY
    http://www.udacity.com

    Self-paced courses on mostly computer science-related topics, including "Programming in Python", "Design of computer programs", "HTML5 Game Development" and "Interactive 3d graphics". Generally consist of series of bite-size videos (5 mins), online quizzes, and interactive programming exercises. Top-Class Instructors include Peter Norvig (Director of Research, Google) and Sebastian Thrun (Director of Stanford A.I. Lab).
    At the end of a course, you'll get a certificate like this one: http://i45.tinypic.com/fwn153.jpg

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Alastair A.

    THANKYOU to everyone who showed and/or told last night and for taking part in the wide-ranging subsequent discussions: from dynamic music generation to medieval space fairies, effective app store marketing to the latest game-breaking bugs in Trash TV - I thought they were all great :)

    I mentioned various online courses that I've found interesting/useful- some directly related to game-development, and some more general. All free. In the next posts I'll give details of some links to check out if you're interested...

    March 15, 2013

  • Steve M.

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoyed last night lots of interesting stuff shown as well as interesting discussion(and discussion of virtual congestion).
    Particularly enjoyed Rich's talk on his experiences with Android and naturally as an audio person as well I am looking forward to see how Josh's work progresses.

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Andy C.

    Was good fun! Especially good to hear of other's ongoing projects. Definitely interested in the Online Learning as discussed by Alastair. Took some notes and will be checking out those this weekend!

    2 · March 15, 2013

  • Andy C.

    I'm on my way! :D

    March 14, 2013

  • Luke R.

    Sorry, had to dash off quickly! Good to see everyone, if only briefly. :)

    March 14, 2013

    • Sam J.

      Shame you couldn't have stayed longer. Wanted to find out how your app was coming along!

      March 14, 2013

  • Sam J.

    When you get to the pub, come upstairs! I am here already...

    March 14, 2013

  • Michael M.

    Tired wife and not-so-tired toddler! hope the next meet is a show and tell. I will have things to show (and tell).

    March 14, 2013

    • Sam J.

      It is 100% approved that at any event you get your work out to show everyone. Doesn't have to be a show and tell. Hopefully see you next time! Good luck with the little one!

      March 14, 2013

  • Damian

    I'll give this one a skip, as I won't be able to be there in time.

    March 14, 2013

    • Sam J.

      No worries man. Hope to see you at the next one.

      March 14, 2013

  • Andy P.

    Not got a car this week so def can't make it :(
    Just imagine a shorter version of Sam and make do :P

    March 13, 2013

    • Sam J.

      Haha! Maybe slightly mini to you as you're not exactly short, but normal-Sam to everyone else... Does this make me huge-Sam then? (too many jokes to be had!!)

      March 14, 2013

    • Andy C.

      It makes you SuperSize Sam... or maybe Maxi-Sam?

      March 14, 2013

  • Alastair A.

    Just to say that we've got a projector available in the room we're using. If you need any other equipment for the purposes of showing and/or telling then please let us know (or just bring it with you :)

    March 12, 2013

  • Harry H.

    I've not got work! I shall be showing and telling.

    March 9, 2013

    • Sam J.

      Firstly, why would anyone even think you'd get close to my bowl of chips! And secondly... Why, Alastair, do you 'like' this post? Feeling picked on here!

      March 11, 2013

    • Alastair A.

      Just for you, I unliked it again. Happy now? (I still secretly like it, though...)

      March 11, 2013

  • Harry H.

    I now have to work :( Non-negotiable. I am now sad.

    March 11, 2013

    • Sam J.

      Sadface! Next time then! And remember... We fully support & condone spontaneous show & tell at all future events!!

      March 11, 2013

  • Luke R.

    Ah, another Thursday event! Rubbish, won't be able to make it until nineish if you're still going :(

    March 3, 2013

    • Alastair A.

      Sorry Luke! :( We were a little constrained to find suitable dates around the right time of the month, and we have a mixture of people who can't come before X o'clock, or have to get the last train home at y o'clock etc. etc. However, I'd be almost certain that there will still be people there beyond 9pm if you can come along.

      And we'll try to ensure that the *next* event is not on a Thursday evening ;)

      March 4, 2013

    • Luke R.

      Yeah, that's cool, I understand that it must be hard to find a good date that works for people. I'll definitely be there for nine :)

      March 5, 2013

  • Sam J.

    I am really hoping that I can get round and have a good chat with everyone at the end. I never seem to get round to talk to everyone! Lets hope for a good turnout like the last event!

    March 5, 2013

  • Harry H.

    Assuming I have the night off, I'll be going and have a game/code/art to show :) will RSVP when I know for sure.

    March 4, 2013

    • Sam J.

      Hopefully you'll make it then! Been looking forward to seeing what you've been working on!

      March 4, 2013

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