What we're about

Boston GameDev convenes many of the game-creator meetups in the greater Boston area. This includes:

- Boston Indies

- Boston Post Mortem

- Women in Games

- Game Audio Boston

- Making Games Making Friends

- Game Makers Guild

- MassDiGI

- BostonFIG Volunteers

- Boston Unity Group

- (more groups joining and welcome to join!)

Our goal is to create a unified source for meetup information and logistics so that the game-maker community can reliably understand the goings-on in our area.

You can join the community slack group at:

https://join.slack.com/t/boston-gamedev/shared_invite/enQtNjcxMjcxMjc3MjU0LTE0NjhhOWZjYjU4NGZjOWRhYzIxNWIzODhlYTQ0NzRlYjYxZDM4MzM5OGU1NDJkN2RiMmM5OTA5MTVhZGQ3ZWI

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Our Communities

Boston Indies

Boston Indies is a community of dedicated independent game developers in Massachusetts and the surrounding area. We define ourselves in connection with our community spirit and our group objectives. We gather in person once a month to talk about the art and craft of making games, and to share our work with each other.

Our goals are to:

• Foster a sense of community among Boston’s independent game creators

• Facilitate the monthly meetup and other related community events

• Encourage makers to create games independent of large budgets and large company ties.

• Provide a safe environment to obtain critical feedback on game development works in progress.

• Serve as a brain trust for important information sharing among local independent developers

We are completely agnostic with respect to technology, development platform, game type, and scope of game development. As long as you show up with an open mind and a helpful attitude and you are committed to making your own games, on your own terms, you are welcome to join us.

Upcoming events (5+)

How to Produce a LARP: Theory, Workshop & Instruction

1950 Mass. Ave. | Events at the Cambridge Masonic Temple

Producing a LARP Theory, Workshop and Instruction Do you keep daydreaming about running your own LARP, whether it's a single one-shot game, or a long-term campaign game, but you're paralyzed by all the unknowns? Well let's get you unstuck. EVERYONE can produce a LARP. You don't have to have crazy budgets or wild production values to start out— all you need is an idea and a plan for how to make it happen. This day-long workshop is designed to give you the tools and confidence you need to get your game going. Let's turn those daydreams into reality and create amazing experiences! Schedule Module 1: Conceptualization (10am - 11:30am) Coming up with a game idea and understanding what format that game may take Topics covered: Core concept, Theme(s), Tone, Format, Mechanics Theory: 30 minutes Workshop & Instruction: 1 hour Lunch Break - BYO lunch or go get food locally (30 minutes) Module 2: Development (12pm - 1:30pm) Fleshing out your game and making it playable and understandable. Topics covered: Worldbuilding: top-down vs bottom-up approaches to building & elements of creating immersive worlds. Rules: fitting mechanics to your vision; creating rules systems vs modifying existing systems; formal elements vs dramatic elements. Theory: 30 minutes Workshop & Instruction: 1 hour Module 3: Pre-production (1:30pm - 3pm) Doing the work it takes to make bring the idea into reality. Topics covered: Budgeting: how to make a budget, templates provided. Logistics: venues, staffing, scheduling, food/beverage, insurance. Communications: player communications, staff communications. Production Hacking: how to make stuff look good for cheap. Theory: 30 minutes Workshop & Instruction: 1 hour Module 4: Event Production (3pm - 4:30pm) How to actually run your event. Topics covered: player and staff onboarding and expectation-setting, debriefs & deroleing, utilizing runtime schedules, managing conflict resolution, managing staff communications. Theory: 30 minutes Workshop & Instruction: 1 hour

Boston Indies! (Details TBD)

Needs a location

Please note: By attending our meetings, you agree to our safe space policy (http://www.bostonindies.com/safe-space-policy/).

2020 MassDigi Game Challenge

80 William St

Enter, compete, win! Register today for the annual MassDigi Game Challenge pitch contest. For more info, please visit www.massdigi.org/gamechallege or to register please visit docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpzk0T1Cu_IoWBIzrMRjsMNhbncAICw6aSzVe3eOeqThBTlg/viewform.

Boston Indies! (Details TBD)

Needs a location

Please note: By attending our meetings, you agree to our safe space policy (http://www.bostonindies.com/safe-space-policy/).

Past Events

Boston Indies: Boston Game Dev Holiday Party

Night Shift Brewing - Lovejoy Wharf

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