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What do you get when you cross a book club with a LAN party?

If you’re a fan of video games, then games like Super Smash Bros, Call of Duty, Fortnite, and Skyrim are household names. But how much do you know about the other side of the spectrum, where a multitude of individual developers and small teams are making INDIE GAMES in their spare time?

Some of the more successful indie games you may have heard of include Terraria, Stardew Valley, Faster Than Light, Undertale, and Braid. Even Minecraft and Rocket League began as indie titles before they caught on. Independent game studios are one of the best ways for developers to build what they love, free from any corporate control over their creative process.

Unfortunately, indie games have a tough time gaining much recognition. There are so many games competing for our limited free time and attention, and indies don’t have many options for competing with AAA publishers and their advertising dollars. In turn, this presents a challenge for gamers who follow the indie scene: it can be hard to find other people to share their experiences with.

And that’s where the Nova Indie Games Club comes in!

A typical meeting will be like a low-key LAN party. We’ll have food, spend some time discussing indie games, and then spend the bulk of the meeting camped out on the couch playing multiplayer indie games until our thumbs fall off (or until we get bored, but the thing with the thumbs has more dramatic flair).

We’ll announce the game selection several weeks in advance so that people have time to pick up a copy and check it out. For the single-player discussion games you would ideally play through it ahead of time (just like you’d read the book before attending a book club), and for the multiplayer games you’ll primarily just want to get comfortable with the controls.

If you love video games, innovative game mechanics, imaginative world building, and fresh ideas (and of course, meeting other people who like all that same stuff) then the Nova Indie Games Club is the place for you. Come join us and get ready to play some wicked fun games that you might otherwise never even hear about!

Other Info:

• Anyone is welcome to join, and all attendees must treat others with respect

• You don’t need to bring anything with you to attend our meetings

• Most of the games we play will be from https://store.steampowered.com/

• Nova Indie Games Club is not affiliated with Steam or any indie studios. All games are the intellectual property of their respective developers.

Upcoming events (2)

February – B.O.O.M. You Win (Multiplayer)

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The theme for February’s meeting is playing a multiplayer indie game. The game is: B.O.O.M. You Win (by Kickin Rad Games) Get the game here**: https://kickin-rad-games.itch.io/boomyouwindemo Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=674PJvYqCA8 Developer's website: https://kickinradgames.com/ Metacritic: n/a HL2B: n/a ** The game isn't officially released yet so we'll be playing the demo version. If you end up liking it, consider sending them some $$ support! The agenda will be: 7:00 – pizza and meet-and greet Whenever that’s done – play B.O.O.M You Win You do not need to bring anything with you to attend this meeting. I had a chance to play this a couple times at a video game convention recently and it was an absolute blast (ha ha, watch the trailer if you don’t get it). It’s a faced-paced reimagining of “hot potato” with some sassy narration on top.

March – Celeste (Single-Player)

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The theme of March’s meeting is discussing a single-player indie game. The game is: Celeste (by Matt Makes Games, Inc.) Get the game here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/504230/Celeste/ Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70d9irlxiB4 Developer's website: http://www.mattmakesgames.com/ Metacritic: https://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/celeste HL2B: https://howlongtobeat.com/game.php?id=42818 The agenda will be: 7:00 – pizza and discuss Celeste Whenever that’s done – whatever multiplayer games we feel like playing; maybe something we played in a previous meeting, or maybe something we haven’t played yet. I’ll have some options ready and we can figure it out during dinner. You do not need to bring anything with you to attend this meeting. This game didn’t really catch my attention until I saw that it was one of the Game Awards (https://thegameawards.com/) finalists for 2018 Game of the Year. Not only was it one of the finalists, but it was the only indie game in the finalist pool. Between that and a 97% recommendation rating on Steam, I think we’re in for a treat giving this one a spin.

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