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Happy New Year!

MY NERDS OF 2016!!!

Happy New Year to you all! I hope it was a great holiday and you all made some great memories...and maybe even some games too! ;-)

As you may have already noticed, we have a plethora of events for this January already and it's just the beginning...which is really a very cliche phrase. But, it's still wholly accurate! :D

Before we get to that, I want to make a few announcements & reminders:

-SACRAMENTO INDIE ARCADE!!! SATURDAY, APRIL 9th, 2016, FROM 10am-5pm @ West Sacramento Community Center(the same venue where the SacGeeks' May the Fourth & current IGX events occur!) Details on purchasing tickets, speakers, panelists, vendors, & other awesome events will be coming later this January! If you are making a game (INCLUDES BOARD, CARD, & VIDEO)that you want to show which is, at minimum, in a playable demo status and are interested in getting a table, please email me directly! GET. HYPED!

-Huge congratulations to Briana Aea for moving into the Vice Chair role! This became official just last month. But, I'm making itofficially official now. :) She'll be replacing Colin's  role as he's helping out some teams on the Legal side. But, thankfully, Colin will still be fully supporting our Chapter as we continue forward.

-This now means I'll be looking for some support for Briana & I as we head into 2016. What does that mean exactly? Hit me up & lets talk.

-2015 was a spectacular year for the Chapter and we truly leveled up on available opportunities to learn, connect, & some even earned a few $$ with some Game Development freelancing opportunities!!! It's happening...an actual job market for Indie Game Development here in Sacramento is coming together! Who the hell knew!? But, rest assured, we've just taken off from the start line.

-Because of the achievements of 2015, we all have to make sure 2016 keeps pace and provides even more opportunities to shine in whatever avenue of Game Development we are searching to learn and/or become better at. By this, I mean I want to see even moreof my people in the community attend our Meetup events than they already are! Our Chapter is defined by YOU! Briana & I are just the hosts. Please, please, please, PLEASE take advantage of the opportunities we present to you!

-Finally, we're BEYOND excited to work in collaboration with Debbie Muramoto & the CA Capital FDC team! CA Capital FDC (who you may recall meeting at our 2015 Sacramento Indie Arcade) presents a TON of learning opportunities & resources to establish & expand on the business end of your venture. We already have a few events this month that you all should really try & take advantage of. For some of these CA Capital sessions, they run during the day. But, we are working w/Debbie to bring some evening sessions too! Stay tuned!

And, exhale...phew!

As you all exhale with me, have a look-see on our upcoming January 2016 Meetups!

Financing with the SBA @ CA Capital FDC

  • Date: Thursday, January 7th, 2015; 1pm to 3pm
  • Location: CA Capital FDC, Sacramento, CA
  • Meetup Info: Crowdfunding not your cup of tea? Then don't miss this opportunity to connect w/a member of the SBA on how they can possibly help you on your project!
  • Event Link: http://www.meetup.com/gamedeveloper/events/227450643/

Video Game Audio Summit @ AI of Sacramento

  • Date: Friday, January 8th, 2015; 10am to 6pm
  • Location: Art Institute of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA
  • Meetup Info: Love the sound of the PEW PEWS? Want to become a master at creating those PEW PEWS & more? This event is absolutely for you!
  • Event Link: http://www.meetup.com/gamedeveloper/events/227857909/

Westcoast Megagames presents Sengoku 2016

  • Date: Saturday, January 9th, 2015; 10am to 7pm
  • Location: The Pagoda Building, Sacramento, CA
  • Meetup Info: Do you recall that huge, 1st of its kind interactive game event last year? If you do, be ready for more awesome! If you don't, you truly missed an experience.
  • Event Link: http://www.meetup.com/gamedeveloper/events/227373831/

Structure your Business as an LLC @ CA Capital FDC

7 ways to increase monetization in the "Free-2-Play" market

  • Date: Thursday, January 14th, 2015; 6pm to 8pm
  • Location: CA Capital FDC, Sacramento, CA
  • Meetup Info: The mobile app marketplace is saturated with nearly 1,000 new apps hitting the App Store every day. But, here's your opportunity to learn & stand out from that saturated crowd!
  • Event Link: http://www.meetup.com/gamedeveloper/events/227451157/

FEATURED EVENT: 2016 Global Game Jam @ UC Davis (OVERNIGHT EVENT!)

  • Date: Friday, January 29 thru Sunday, January 31st; overnight
  • Location: Kemper Hall at UC Davis; Davis, CA
  • Meetup Info: IGDA Sacramento has joined forces with the UC Davis Game Development Club to co-host the 2016 Global Game Jam.
  • The Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations.
  • Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available.
  • Event Link: http://www.meetup.com/gamedeveloper/events/226550686/

Our goal is to provide quality events that will help each of you thrive. Although there is no cost to be a part of our Meetup group(EVER!), there are benefits for professionals and students to become members of IGDA. Read more here: https://www.igda.org/?page=benefits. Did you know a portion of member dues are invested back to local chapters? Should you choose to become an official IGDA member, this will help us continue to host quality and diverse game development events.

As always, we want to know what YOU want to see in an upcoming IGDA Sacramento event! Let us know which past sessions you've liked, what you didn’t, what you want to learn and what events you’d like to see happen!



-IGDA Sacramento Board

Gabriel G. - Chairman, gabriel AT igdasacramento DOT org
Briana Aea - Vice Chair

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Apply to be an IGDA Volunteer at the 2016 Game Developers Conference

Apply to be an IGDA Volunteer at the 2016 Game Developers Conference

Indie Developer Spotlight: TableStar Games LLC

Indie Developer Spotlight: TableStar Games LLC