As in years past, the People's Republic of Interactive Fiction is organizing a summer gathering of the IF folks of the world. If you are interested in hanging out and talking about IF, you are invited!
The weekend: September 14-15. The locale: Boston (the MIT area).
These are both great events, and I'd happily recommend coming into town to visit either one. Both on the same weekend... is logistically complicated, I confess. But it will only make the weekend more awesome!
What's going on?
NoShowConf will run all day Saturday and all day Sunday.
NoShow is at the MS-NERD center, adjacent to MIT.
This will be the primary IF hangout zone. We will not have a separate IF track -- it's a cozy conference, not a cluttered one. However, I will be proposing one IF-related talk and I hope you folks will propose more.
Note that NoShow is considerably cheaper than it was last year. (Thanks to Microsoft for providing event space to the Boston tech community.) If you are on a tight budget, you can grab the Game Jam pass, which is even cheaper and includes all the hanging-out and the free lunch. Last year there were IF folks lounging around talking the entire weekend -- don't feel like the presentations are the only reason to attend.
BostonFIG runs all day Saturday.
This is an open-to-the-public indie game expo. It's running at the MIT student center (a fifteen-minute walk from NoShow). Registration is free; they are currently running a Kickstarter to raise funds.
We are organizing an IF table at BostonFIG! (Thanks Clara.) This is still in flux, but we are aiming for a demo space where we can show off IF to the public, demonstrate IF tools, possibly run a workshop. This is what I expect to be doing all Saturday afternoon. Anyone who wants to help with IF outreach is welcome to come by.
The People's Republic IF Demo, Beerfest, and Chowdown.
On Saturday evening (7 pm), we will meet up to eat, drink, and catch up on IF. (Location is still being planned.) We're going to grab function space in a bar or restaurant, and have a screen and projector available.
The idea is that everybody gathers, orders beer and food, and starts talking raucously about everything that's going on. Then, maybe at 8 pm, I wave a giant wooden spoon in the air, shut everybody up, and point at the projector. This is your cue to jump up, plug in, and tell everybody what you've done in IF in the past 12 (or 24) months. For five minutes! Lightning talk, or just a few screenshots, then next person.
Hopefully that will go for 30-ish minutes. Then we go back to drinking and eating and talking raucously until the bar throws us out.
And then back to NoShow for Sunday.
Perhaps this is a bewildering array of event options. (I like to think of it as "feature-rich", or perhaps "Turing-complete".) The capsule summary is:
- NoShow: Cozy; conversation with IF folks and indie game devs; presentations for small interested groups.
- BostonFIG: Big, noisy; present IF to the public (gamers, but not necessarily aware of IF).
- Dinner: Our annual time to catch up on what's going on in the IF world. Also, beer.
And as I said, wandering back and forth between NoShow and FIG is easy.
What does this mean for you, dear blog-post reader?
- Consult your calendar. (September 14-15, 2013.)
- Register for NoShow if you want to take part.
- Register for FIG if you will be in town at all. (Free, no reason not to.)
- Donate to FIG's Kickstarter if you want to support that event financially.
- Submit a NoShow talk proposal if you have an idea for one.
- Email me if you want to show off anything at the IF dinner. Or at the BostonFIG table.
- If you're planning to attend any part of this, please comment here, email me, or otherwise let me know. (Planning dinner space means coming up with a head-count, eventually.)
I hope to see lots and lots of you, this summer.