April 2024 Update

Apr 2nd, 2024 by Tim Cullings

Hello Indies!

The year is moving fast and we just wrapped up the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, for those who could make it. Things are warming up and summer is just on the horizon

Upcoming Events

If you want to get a list of all upcoming game event shows and get ready early, The Indie House has published this fantastic list of upcoming festival that’s exactly that. Well worth a bookmark!

Monthly Events

Here’s our Meetup Page with all future upcoming events. 

The Eastside Meet & Drink is happening at Pint & Pie Public House on April 2, at 7pm! Keep in mind it happens  on the first Tuesday of every month. It’s time to get together and swap stories. Put down your keyboards and brave the outdoors. Let’s meet for a drink, a bite to eat, and some good conversation! 

Feedback Circle is happening on April 10th this month. It’s a time to stop coding, animating, making art or audio or adding that amazing new feature you thought of while you were falling asleep last night and come to Feedback Circle to get some real responses to what you have been working on from game creators in our community like yourself.

Northside Social is taking place April 11, 6pm atWatershed Pub & Kitchen on 10104 3rd Ave NE  (note the new address!!) It’s time to get together and swap stories. Put down your keyboards and brave the outdoors. Let’s meet for a coffee/tea, a bite to eat, and some good conversation!

Seattle Indies Social is happening on April 16 at 7pm at Optimism in Capitol Hill. Join us for some well-deserved mingling, drinks, and socialization! Make some new friends, catch up with old ones, and find out what the community’s up to. This month a delegation of developers from Australia will be joining us on a post-GDC visit to Seattle so come out and say hello to our Aussie friends.

The Game Club is happening on April 17 at 7pm right on our Discord What a book club is to a discussion of literature, this event is to a discussion of game design. Every month, we agree to play a game, then meet to discuss and analyze its design and presentation. 

We’ll be having a Show and Tell on April 18 at 7pm at Spaces in Belltown. Bring your laptop and show off what you’re working on at the Seattle Indies Demo Night. Use this event to get feedback on your game and to network with other game devs. Pizza will be provided. Please bring everything you will need to demo and record feedback for your game. 

Seattle Indies Board Game Meetup is happening on April 21, 3pm at Phoenix Comics and Games. Come play board games with Indie Game Developers!

The Writer’s Room is taking place on April 25, 6:30pm right on our discord. Bring your scripts, flowcharts, character bibles or whatever you’re working on to share and get feedback on your storytelling.

Indie Co-working Support Group  in-person will take place every Saturday,  from 1:00 PM to 6:30 PM PST, at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.  Seattle Center wifi will be available for use. Please bring everything you need to be productive. We will be meeting every Saturday of the month at AIE going forward. We have also added a Co-working voice channel in Discord for people to use any time they want a quiet space to work alongside their peers.

The Diversity Collective+ normally takes place at Distant Worlds Coffee House on 6401 Roosevelt Way NE · Seattle, WA. Come to network, socialize, and discuss issues related to diversity and inclusion in game development! Folks that identify as an underrepresented minority in the game industry are welcome. Stop by to get a free coffee or tea from us for this month’s social! Keep an eye on our Meetup page for more information.

Local Dev News

Daniel M announced the release date of Azoove as Mar 14th! Adventure with your friends in this co-op card roguelike. Manage your resources and communicate effectively to lead your expedition across the hazardous Azoove desert.  Check it out and Wishlist here!

Renee launched Potions: A Curious Tale, an adventure & crafting game where wit is your greatest weapon and combat is not always the answer.! Play it Here!

David shared a Free Demo for Cornucopia on Steam, a charming 2.5D pixel art farm sim RPG with an innovative soil/compost system, animal auctions, and pet companions. Go play it here!

Leo recently launched the demo for my hand-drawn narrative game, Amadeus: A Riddle for Thee ~ Episode 1 ~ Waltz. On PC, MacOS, Linux. Grab the demo Here!

Rodolfo shared a new trailer for Desktop Explorer, a Retro-OS Narrative Puzzle game available for Windows and MacOS on Steam – Watch it Here!

Larry shares the launch trailer for The Curse of Grimsey Island, a futuristic detective game where you collect evidence, find motives, and solve one of the greatest mysteries in modern times. It’s coming out next month on April 30 so check out the trailer Here!

Becky released a new demo of their city-building card game, Wild Country, as part of Steam Deck Builders Fest. Check it out!

Heleor also shared their game is in deckbuilder’s fest – Genfanad is an MMORPG – TCG hybrid, where deckbuilding meets epic bosses, vast dungeons & cooperative quests! Play it Here.

Harassment Policy, AAPI, Black Lives Matter, and Resources

Seattle Indies stands with the AAPI community. We are here for our members who have been affected by the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes both locally and nationally. For further resources to educate yourself on the issue and how to take action, here is a useful link: https://anti-asianviolenceresources.carrd.co/

Seattle Indies believes the stories of the victims of sexual harassment and assault in the games industry that have been shared. We strongly condemn the actions by people in power preying on the dreams of vulnerable people trying to make their way in the industry and strive to build an inclusive community that welcomes all minorities to provide a safe environment and a better vision for the game industry.

While our code of conduct states a zero-tolerance policy for harassment of any kind we are especially sensitive to the daily challenges faced by womxn due to the ingrained sexism that has existed in the structure of the games industry for far too long. We are actively working to build a better community of game developers and we all need to do better.

Additionally, Board Member August Belhumeur has offered to be a personal resource for anyone who needs help, someone to talk to or some guidance on next steps if you have experienced harassment in the industry either at our events or elsewhere. She can be reached at august@seattleindies.org.

Our friends at Take This Org have compiled valuable resources for anyone in immediate need of professional help for their situation.

Lastly, Seattle Indies and Diversity Collective+ support Black Lives Matter. Here are some resources compiled by Diversity Collective+ for how you can offer support, whether this is financial, contributing to petitions, preparing for protests, or getting informed. If you have additional resources, comment below and we will add them.

As always, keep an eye on our Discord for any last-minute news and discussion, and let us know about any projects you’re working on that you’d like shared on our Steam or Itch collections or tweeted about from  @SeattleIndies!

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