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Shem Phillips
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Hey everyone,
I am giving some serious thought to hosting an annual meetup for NZ game designers. A place to playtest, meet other designers, workshop and learn from others in the industry.

Already posted here too:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/471167729584590

Currently I am thinking Feb/Mar. Leaning towards the first weekend of March. I know BattleCry happens around the 3rd weekend in Feb.

So, questions....

1. Any other conflicts for events in Feb/Mar?
2. I am based in Kapiti, but could host in Wellington or look to Auckland. How many people wouldn't come if it was in Kapiti/Wellington?
3. Saturday and Sunday event, or just the Saturday?
4. Other than playtesting prototypes, what else would you like to see at an event like this?

Really keen to hear from anyone who is keen, so please comment below.

Thanks!
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Andrew Rowse
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I would be 100% for Wellington/Kapiti, and 80%+ for Auckland
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Shem Phillips
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Thanks Andrew!

I've also set up a google doc for game designers to meet up throughout the year...

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AmLywhIkIxiAoF2QHdj2...
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Rowan McAlpine
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shem84 wrote:


That facebook link isn't working for me, is it a private group?
 
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shem84 wrote:


Hi Shem, What is this group called on Facebook? It doesn't allow looking unless you are in the group.
 
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Link should work soon. Will follow up tonight.
 
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Very keen for this! Joined the FB group and looking forward to more info. Kapiti is probably a stretch - Wellington is a good midpoint in NZ that's relatively easy to get to.
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Steve McIlhatton
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As a budding designer I'd be keen.

As well as prototypes I'd love to learn more about the manufacturing process, getting art done, how to approach playtesting...

Kapiti would rock as it's a short drive from Palmy but Wellington would be fine.

I think 1 day would be fine to start with and then judge if there is enough content/interest to spread over 2 days.
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Shem Phillips
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Great! There may be potential for a monthly Wellington meetup too. However, Matthew Thredgold is based just North of Levin and I'd be happy to travel to Palmy on an monthly basis if we could get a group started up there too - or even in Kapiti if we can't find any other Palmy folk. Monthly meetups would likely be just an evening (4-5 hours), rather than a full day or weekend. Then the annual event would be a big deal, bringing all the groups together.
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Slightly off topic, but is there a geeklist of NZ designed games and/or designers?
 
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Shem Phillips
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I remember seeing one years ago, but haven't checked to see if it was updated.
 
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https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/24479/item/950694#item950...
 
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I am happy to host an inaugural Mana-Kapi-Whenua (for lack of a better name) Game design day (or evening).

Got a new small card game to show.
Got a big weuro that's nearly ready too.

Steve, Shem?
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Shem Phillips
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You know I'm keen. Probably won't be looking to start up any monthly meetups till next year, but still keen meetup at some point before then if we can.
 
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Link is now working - it's a closed group, so just request access and it'll be granted
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MattyTh wrote:
I am happy to host an inaugural Mana-Kapi-Whenua (for lack of a better name) Game design day (or evening).

Got a new small card game to show.
Got a big weuro that's nearly ready too.

Steve, Shem?


I'm keen but I'm also 1 week away from launching my gigantic IT project that's been 5 years in the making.

Perhaps a weekend in mid December?
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Innocent Bystander wrote:
Perhaps a weekend in mid December?

Keen!
 
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Steve, you should add your details to the Google sheet:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AmLywhIkIxiAoF2QHdj2...
 
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shem84 wrote:
Innocent Bystander wrote:
Perhaps a weekend in mid December?

Keen!


Kapiti to Palmy game designer meetup this Saturday Dec 17th from 10am. Currently we have a quorom of 3, but a couple more would be welcome. Private msg me for details.
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Can I suggest a topic of 'getting it out of your head'?

I have a few ideas bubbling about in the old noggin but I really struggle with the creation of a prototype.

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Shem Phillips
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Definitely! I'll bring along some of the tools and bits I use when prototyping.
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Quick note - the Auckland squad is meeting up on the 7th of January for a tabletop design day.

Here's (public facing) facebook event for registration: https://www.facebook.com/events/634524700005801/
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There is to be another Kapiti to Palmy game designer meetup on Saturday April 22nd. It's held near the Levin

PM me if you're interested.
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Shem Phillips
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Hey Matthew. That's the same weekend as Play-by-Play in Wellington. Rich is keen to do a Friday night meetup on the 21st. I might be going along on the Saturday to the event too.
 
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Ok. I will put the Kapiti -Palmy one on hold for a couple of weeks then.
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