October 2022 Update

Oct 1st, 2022 by Tim Cullings

Hello Indies!

September was a busy month for us, and we hope you had a chance to stop by Seattle Indies Expo (either in person or virtually!) Now that the big cons are over, it’s time for the spooky month of the year 👻🎃

But if you missed the Seattle Indies Expo Live Stream and want to check it out, we have the full video up here on YouTube!

Upcoming Events

Geek Girl Con is coming back to Seattle on November 5th at the Washington State Convention Center!  They have offered us free demo space on their show floor at the upcoming expo taking place on November 5, 2022

Space is limited so sign up here and we’ll be in touch with more details: https://forms.gle/iB6BrUaHiksaASND9

Monthly Events

The Eastside Meet & Drink is happening at  Eastside Beer Works on October 4 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!

Discord Social is happening October 5 at 7pm right on our (surprise surprise) discord! Can’t make the in-person socials or just want to hang out? Come join us every first Weds for the Discord social!

The Northside Social will take place October 13, 2022 from 6 PM to 8pm  at  Distant Worlds Coffeehouse. 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 IRL will take place on October 18, 7-10:30pm at Optimism as always! Join us in Capitol Hill 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.

The Game Club this month will take place on October 18, 7 PM – 9 PM and the game is Teardown. 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.

Indie Co-working Support Group  in-person will take place every Saturday in October,  from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM PST, at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment.  Masks will be enforced and vax cards will be checked at the door. Seattle Center wifi will be available for use. Please bring everything you need to be productive. The online Coffee Break session will still be available to anyone who isn’t ready for in person events yet or doesn’t have the ability to attend the in person event. We will be meeting every 2nd and 4th 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.

Indie Coffee Break – Once a week, take a Coffee Break with our Discord community, and chat with your local game devs! Meet new folks. Talk about games. Share your work. Ask for help / feedback. Commiserate over problems. Collaborate on solutions. Give high-fives. We’re a weekly social work group for game devs of all levels and disciplines. Join us on Discord every Saturday from 1pm to 7pm! Drop by anytime; folks usually drop in and out throughout the day. Coffee Break also happens on an impromptu basis throughout the month so if you see folks hanging out in the channel feel free to drop in and join the conversation.

Local Dev News

JDefiant’s Kickstarter for “Perfect Tides: Station to Station” got funded last month – congrats!

TakeshiGames revealed that Kid soldier 6 will become an OVA anime in the future, here’s the tweet with more info.

Shawn Huang Fernandes released their first Steam game Square Off – a mayhem filled local party arena brawler where you must roll to move, move to aim, and aim to win by battling it out with up to 3 of your friends in short-chaos filled matches. Check it out!

Prof just shared cover reveal for their fantasy novel An Unlikely Flock. Read more about it here.

Kent D. made a little vlog with their plush friend going to PAX West again, watch it here.

MW share theri upcoming scifi digital card game Senators of Sol, currently in development for PC. Tabletop Simulator playtests happen multiple times per week, so DM them on discord you’re curious about playtesting!

Maximus T shared a new trailer for Astrolander, check it out on the Steam Page! Astrolander is a fast-paced twist-filled local co-op game inspired by Lunar Lander!

Liana MacKenzie finally launched their Kickstarter for Valor: the Heroic Roleplay System Reprint! They are reprinting their anime-inspired tabletop RPG Valor! If that’s something that interests you, please consider supporting!

Cody from Wild Beard Games, LLC launched Beta Release for DieMentional mobile game. They’re looking for playtesters so if you’re interested, please shoot them your email that is linked to your Google Play Store account at diementional@wildbeardgames.com

Pat Kemp shared a trailer for Bad Baby Lich Lords. Launching Kickstarter soon! Watch the trailer here and back up the Kickstar here!

Nikki – Posted about the pre-launch of their game THEY SPEAK FROM THE ABYSS today (Warning: Upsetting content. ) Click here to view.

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 is having in person meetups again and we need everyone to get vaccinated and boosted against the COVID-19 virus as soon as you are able. The Washington State Department of Health has this website for information on where you can get vaccinated in your area.

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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