December Full Indie

December's meetup has a date.  Come and join us for an evening of speeches, networking, eating and drinking!

Jim Munroe, executive director of Toronto's Hand Eye Society, is going to be speaking about his games Unmanned and Guilded Youth. Munroe is here in support of his indie lo-fi sci-fi movie which is screening at the Rio on Tuesday Dec 18, 7pm. See for the trailer & reviews from Wired and The Guardian. In the Q&A he'll be discussing the community-powered model that allowed him to make it for $4000.


Please don't just sign up to reserve a place and then fail to show up as this is unfair to other members.  We've been seeing a lot of this going on.  If you can't make it remember to change your RSVP so people on the waiting list can go instead.  Thanks for being nice :-)

The meetup will kick off with 3 speakers and then transition into free-form networking.


- Doors open at 6:30pm.
- Speeches start at 7:00pm.
- Networking begins around 7:30pm

Bring your games to the meetup! It's a great place to get feedback so bring along your laptop or mobile device and show off your hard work.

Please try to turn up and grab a name tag before the speeches start at 7pm so that you don't disturb the speakers mid-flow. Many thanks for your consideration!

See you at the meetup!


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  • Jacob K.

    Good to catch up with what's going on with Vancouver's Indie Developers!

    December 20, 2012

  • Dan L.

    Good to see everyone, glad I came out.

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to attend December or January's Full Indie Meetups, but looking forward to speaking with all come February.
    Cheers all!

    December 12, 2012

  • Greg A.

    So I just discovered that Vancouver has a VGM cover band "MissingNo." they are playing at 830 pm over at Falconetti's East Side Grill I know it's a bit out of the way but if anyone heading back to burnaby and interested in a detour and some live VGM to head on down with me :D

    1 · December 10, 2012

    • Daniel T.

      Nice! With the long waitlist here I might just go there instead

      December 10, 2012

  • Grant M.

    I'm not going to be able to make this one, I'm relinquishing my most coveted of spots on the attendee list for the next in line. Enjoy!

    December 10, 2012

  • Jodon

    If you're on the wait list and itching to talk game dev, you can join one of the many other gamedev related meetups around town. We'd love to have you over at the Unity meetup: Lots of space! :)

    1 · December 1, 2012

  • James S.

    I can offer time to the organizers. Like I mentioned below, I haven't been to a meetup of this group before. However, i am very interested in participating, and I'd be willing to volunteer if it gets me in to the event.

    1 · November 28, 2012

  • Jaus L.

    So I had an idea that I could look into.

    We could have a live stream or recording of the presentations. While this does not solve the over crowding issue, at least it will allow those that do not make it in to see the presentations a chance to watch them from home at a later time.

    This would also allow for archiving the presentations.

    Thoughts? I know I have a decent camera but no audio equipment.

    2 · November 27, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      That would be rad. Oh, there's another thing: on the one event I made it to, introductions were made as to who were programmers, who worked on audio, who worked on modeling, etc. By the time the presentations were over, I had no idea who did what, or what areas I should be mingling in.

      November 27, 2012

    • Daniel T.

      This is something that's being looked into

      November 27, 2012

  • Yanni F.

    Creating an event that charges $ opens up a whole new can of worms. What happens if:
    • there is money left over?
    • the event doesn't draw enough to cover expenses?
    • who holds on to the extra money
    • who pays out-of-pocket for a shortfall?
    • would we we need a proper business bank account ?
    • what/how do we audit to ensure transparency ?

    Look at this:
    Not pretty...

    Having sponsors doesn't mean they will look into it for us. Finding other venues is more work for the organizers who are already (undoubtedly) over-tasked. After all, they like socializing and enjoying the meetup as much as anyone, and additional administrative stuff is not fun.

    If you think there "should" be anything, why not take the initiative, research, talk to other venues, gather facts, and present potential solutions (not just ideas) to the group? Ideas are a good start, but following through is where most of the work lies....

    1 · November 27, 2012

    • Mark

      I think the problem with taking the initiative and researching other venues ect is that we do not have all the facts. IE- what specifically is too expensive? what are all the boundaries the group faces for another spot? Do we have contractual commitments to our current place making this all moot?

      November 27, 2012

    • Mark

      I do have a connection at the PNE grounds. Ive worked there on the haunted houses for a couple years and I just bounced the idea off my contact there. He says there are lots of options, for[masked]- and up. It gets tricky with booze but not insurmountable. They have tons of AV stuff.

      November 27, 2012

  • Kimberly V.

    Thank you, all, for the great ideas/feedback. Jake and Ola have covered the bases nicely. Definitely we are taking this all into consideration and may indeed experiment with alternatives or perhaps survey you in the near future. We've built a terrific relationship with Ceili's, which does make some aspects far easier, esp being volunteer-run (we love you guys, but only so much is feasible :) ). Moving away from that framework into something that ultimately proves self-limiting back to numbers that Ceili's could already accommodate, we risk an increase in planning and a potentially dramatic increase in cost (something mitigated by a long-standing relationship with an establishment). But that's not to say that it's impossible to find something better. So please keep your suggestions coming… we take then very seriously and are working on this issue.

    We are committed to keeping Full Indie as meaningful and helpful to our community as possible.

    2 · November 27, 2012

  • James S.

    This group is always full just minutes after it gets announced. Any chance of getting more spots/bigger venue for this?

    I've been trying to attend one for over 6 months, and haven't even gotten onto the list yet!

    November 26, 2012

    • Kevin R.

      Dan beat me to it it seems.

      $5 for a networking event like this, *once* a month...I feel like that's pretty damn reasonable.

      November 27, 2012

    • Andrew H.

      I third that. If you can't skip a couple coffees each month for such a resource, then you don't value it enough. I spend a minimum of $40 each month to show up and I wouldn't complain about a fee.

      November 27, 2012

  • Luke T.

    oh i am just on the wait list again... bummer...
    hey if you're on wait list.... can u just show up? & maybe get in?

    November 26, 2012

  • Andrew M.

    Whoa! I'm the 52nd person on the wait list only an hour after the event was posted! Dang. Word gets around, it would seem. ;)

    November 26, 2012

  • Mark

    Hi Kimberly! I dont find the amount of people wanting to join puzzling; personally im curious why these people are not accommodated, thats the mind boggle imo. I personally want to help solve this problem. And I think everyone in the group has invested interest in doing the same... naturally I turn my gaze at this side bar of sponsors, <,< and Im thinking maybe they can help somehow ;-) perhaps they can help provide a bigger venue? Alas, any suggestions we have for you are going to come from random assumptions we've made, and could have no bearing on the actual problems- we have no visibility on what the actual issues are, maybe the venue isnt the problem and its something else...

    I think if the organizers take a clear look at the problems and present those problems transparently to the group, the community will help to solve those issues right away. If we work together, it should be an easy task. I know one thing, a great selection of beers should be a priority! :-)

    November 26, 2012

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