Plan Your Game Year

We’re almost a whole month into 2015, so it must be time to start thinking ahead. Here are some events I know about and I’ll add more as they come in.

IGDA Dallas just drafted out it’s year and it looks like this:

FEB = Business Networking Tutorial (FEB 21) Location TBD
MAR = Post GDC Panel Discussion (MAR 19) Location TBD
APR = Portfolio Review Speed Dating
MAY = Student Q&A Panel at UTDallas
JUN = AKON panel session on game dev start-ups
JUL = ScrewAttack Game Conference & QuakeCon
AUG = DWF Game Jam
SEP = GameDallas @BigDesign
OCT = Oktoberfest at Bavarian Grill
NOV = Indie Game Showcase
DEC/JAN = Holiday Party

A calendar of more general events is on the way.

Global Game Jam This Weekend

It’s that time again. If you haven’t done so already, it’s time to register for the site you wish to participate at. globalgamejam.org

That’s right folks, a whole weekend to make a game with people you just met. What could be better? Digital or tabletop, it’s your call. No experience necessary. The action kicks off at 5pm on Friday in your timezone. I’ll see all you DFW people at Collin County Community College.

Upcoming Tabletop Events for DFW

Here are a few beauties to get on your calendar:

TBDcon: NOV 17-18 at Dallas Games Marathon in Plano

A card and board game design and prototype convention for Gamers, Designers, Publishers, Artists, and Manufacturers.

BoardGameGeek.con: NOV 19-23 at Hyatt Regency DFW Airport

A giant cluster of tabletop craziness with open gaming, flea market, vendors, demos, special guests, etc. The biggest tabletop event on our area.

Get Your GameDallas 2014 Shirt!

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Swing by http://www.cafepress.com/GameDallas and order your very own Conference Shirt. Unfortunately, you will probably not be able to get it in time to wear to the event, but you can wear it forever after.

Anyone is free to buy a shirt, even if they did not attend GameDallas (it will be our little secret). Men’s, ladies’, and kids’ sizes available. Plus, each purchase helps us a little bit as far as funding next year’s conference. How can you resist?confShirt2014_back

Poker Tournament to Raise Funds for Child’s Play

DIGDAlogoIGDA Dallas has organized a charity poker tournament at QuakeCon for the last few years, but in a change of venue, has moved the event to GameDallas this year. If you’re familiar with the QuakeCon version, you know the big beneficiary is Child’s Play and all the hospitalized kids, but it’s also OK if you have fun, too. You can buy in as often as you like until the tournament begins, then it’s eliminations until last player standing. But don’t worry, if you go out too fast we’ll still have some casino games to keep you occupied. There will also be raffles throughout the night for game industry swag and other goodies. You can pay at the door or buy in early with our Eventbrite link. The tournament is open to the public. You don’t have to be registered at the conference to play. The whole thing runs 7p-10p, on September 5, in the Crowne Plaza’s Atrium Bar area.

Full Schedule for GameDallas at Big (D)esign

The full session schedule across all content tracks is now available. One of the best parts about attending GameDallas is that you also have access to the Big (D)esign and Industry Giants sessions. Feel free to look at the whole schedule to plan your time, or just stick to GameDallas content. It’s up to you.

The schedule and speaker bios are available here –> http://bigdesignevents.com/conference/bigd2014/schedule/

Highlights include: famed game designer Sandy Petersen, Academy Award-winning visual effects expert Phil Tippett, and veteran game developer Ed Magnin.

GameDallas 2014 is now taking volunteers

Waited too long to buy your pass and now the price is a bit much? You’re a student and the student rate is still out of reach? You still have one more option. Volunteer and help us out at the conference and you don’t need to buy a pass.

That’s right, a free two-day pass for 8 hours of your time. Apply using this form and get behind-the-scenes access to GameDallas and the local game industry. Slots are limited, so sign up soon.

Confirmed Speaker: Sandy Petersen

It’s alwacthulhuwarsys fun as we get closer to the conference to let some of the good news out, and I’m leading off with my big gun: Legendary digital and tabletop game designer Sandy Petersen will be kicking off GameDallas with a look at how his latest creation, Cthulhu Wars, came to be.

For those of you thinking the name is familiar, Sandy is responsible for breathing life into many other games like, oh, say:

  • Call of Cthulhu
  • RuneQuest, 2nd ed.
  • Sid Meier’s Pirates
  • Doom and Doom II
  • Quake
  • Age of Empires series

His session will include sage advice for game designers, as well as arcane rites of Kickstarter campaigns and how his digital game became an analog success.

Don’t miss out. Buy your ticket today.