Hi everyone, long time no see. I’ve been listening to a treat of a podcast recently, The Games Factory Podcast.
It’s all about the business of indie games development – covering marketing, coping with stress, how to impersonate Total Biscuit, and many more fruity advice nuggets. It features three prominent London developers Moo Yu (who produces the podcast), the inescapable Mike Bithell (what’s your opinion on the Bithellator?) and Andrew Smith (very handsome on-screen).
Working on indie games can often feel like a lonesome feat, and it is easy to miss someone to talk, get feedback from, bounce ideas off or just have a chat about new developments in the industry or life in general.
Enter London Indie Coworking, the way to keep development going while getting out of the house.
When and where?
We meet twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday in the cafe at the Google London Campus, It’s free, they have fast internet and coffee’s good. Officially we meet from 9.00am to 6.00pm, although people rarely show up before 10.15.
The address is 4-5 Bonhill Street, London EC2A 4BX. It’s Close to Old Street, Liverpool and Moorgate stations.
If you haven’t been to the Google Campus before, you’ll need to register for free here (top right corner). Once there tell the porter you’re new and want to go the cafe and enter your code on their display. That’ll give you access to the cafe.
We use a Meetup Page to coordinate easily. It’s best if you sign up there and RSVP if you’re coming. If you can’t find us, post a message there and we’ll find you!
Who can join?
Everyone! Developers, artists, musicians, sound designers, writers… If you’re working in your own game, or want to meet or get involved with people who do, you’re welcome to come.
Does actual work get done?
Yes. Some days are more talky than others, and although some people come just to make contacts or offer their services (which is great!), the big bulk of us come to work on our own stuff with the advantages of having people with the same interests around.
Do I have to bring something?
It’s up to you. Most people bring their laptops to work on their stuff. Others bring a paper prototype. Others bring a sketchbook. Some people just come to meet other people and bring nothing at all.
If you bring your laptop, though, this is important: bring a long cable to charge your battery. There are plenty of plugs around, but you rarely will find a seat close to one.
Our favourite London Indie, Aubrey Hesselgren is trying to do a worthwhile thing and raise money for anti-suicide God-squad The Samaritans.
Donate some money to go to needy people and you can get your hands on the fantastic Super Meat Boy Galaxy. All the fun of a dodgy 3d camera combined with the endlessly easy going nature of a bitter, hate-the-player indie 2D platformer.
No but seriously, this is a good game, you’d love to play it.
You may also be interested to know that SMBG is currently installed on The Beast and if you go to the London Hackspace you may be able to play it there. I actually have not checked up on The Beast in a few months so I cannot guarantee this, but it certainly was true last time I was there.
You may have heard of Code Club, but if not you should hear about it now!
Code Club is an volunteer-run after school club, teaching kids how to program using games and the Scratch visual programming language. They already run over 250 programs around the country and want to get even more people involved so even more kids can have a Code Club at their school.
They are running two short courses for adults who want to volunteer; you can learn Scratch, and get some tips on how to get involved running or helping out at a Code Club at your local primary school. There will be a Q&A with co-founder Clare Sutcliffe and a Scratch workshop.
I think it’s a brilliant idea to get more children interested in programming and technology. If you know a little bit of programming and want to help out doing it for the kids then get yourself along.
More details are at their website.
The London Indies website has been down for a couple of weeks. Many apologies! My server exploded, or so I’m told, and I had no backups.
So here we are, starting from dot. I managed to rescue some of the old posts from Google cache and I may get round to reposting them over the course of the rest of my life. Please do not hold your breath though. Unless you are a free diver. My uncle is an amateur free diver. He had to make a neck weight, filled with lead shot. You can’t buy them because apparently they are dangerous, so he made one.
To celebrate the return of the website: Ninjas. Courtesy of the wonderful Jerry (aka King Baggot)!
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