Collection of Boston Game Loop Writeups!

Information about what the Boston Game Loop is all about, for those who don’t know can be found here.

For those who weren’t able to make the GameLoop, a collection of notes, thoughts and write ups from various people who attended, in various disciplines are listed here that I could find. If there are any others, please let me know.

Darius Kazemi, on his blog, Tiny Subversions, has a indepth write up here.

“Embracing failure in game narratives”

 

Hybrid Mind Games

“Unconference unwriteup from a game undesigner” by Nick Lalone

For a photo look into the conference, Elliott Mitchell, has posted a public album here.

For those interested in the Philly Game Loop, which was a spin off from the Boston event, a good write up of that event can be found here.

 

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Tanglewood Marionettes – Review

Tanglewood Marionettes

So these guys, based in Ware, MA and do shows all over the state and further a field.

I most recently saw the “The Fairy Circus” performance which was held at the Strawberry Festival in Concord, MA.

I have seen them perform else where, with other shows, but this one in particular I thought was most appropriate for little toddlers and a mix range of kids. It was a lovely performance, with music and very laid back with a nice little bit of audience participation.

The performer really knew how to engage the kids as well as the parents and handled the crowd really nicely, especially when kids where getting a little too close to the stage.

After the show, the children were allowed to get a close up look of the puppets and touch them which was really nice, as they were lovely.

They have a pretty good list of free, public performances listed for the summer on their website, which if you get the chance, you should definitely check out with your family!

Ben Rudnick and Friends – Review

Ben Rudnick and Friends, the group who played at the Strawberry Festival in Concord.

A very fun, family friendly and quirky little band with easy going music, a combination of blue grass and rock in their own original musings.

These guys seem to play all over the state and further out, but pretty much all are free concerts such as town summer green concerts, or fairs etc.

They played 3 sets of around 40 mins a piece with great music that the kids could dance around to, which was a lot of fun to see.

You have the opportunity of getting free music if you sign up to their newsletter, but also check out the samples they have of all their CD’s.

At the end of each set, you could hang around and have a chat with the band and get the chance to buy their wares, which included CD’s, fun tie dye t-shirts and a collection of other small things, but they really didn’t put up a hard sell at all which was rather refreshing.

For a line up of coming soon events, which is listed on their site, include:-

July 11 – West Bridgewater, MA
July 12 – Newton, MA
July 13 – Boarding House Park, Lowell, MA
July 14 – North Kingston, RI
July 15 – Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Oak Hill, NY
July 19 – Revere, MA
July 20 – Candia, NH
July 21 – Medford, MA
July 22 – Lexington, MA

So for those in Boston, there’s Newton and later in the summer, Natick as well as a host of other venues you could catch these guys. Well worth keeping an eye out for!

Strawberry Fest Review

Strawberry Festival

As mentioned last week, this happened last Saturday.

It’s definitely a great event to be marked into your calendar for next year as it was a lovely, family event.

The strawberries were superb and the pick your own plentiful, as well as being very well priced at $3 a pound.

The farm also had a lovely marketstand type store where you could buy locally grown fruit and veg, which seemed to be very well priced as well. Plenty of lovely looking home made lunches boxes were available as well.

Because of the rain this time around, I don’t think they had the pony rides which was a shame, but they did move the music and puppet shows into the greenhouse and there was plenty of room to enjoy them.

The one main consideration I think would be to arrive early, because even with the heavy morning rain, which had cleared out by the time this started at 11am, the place did get very busy by the time we arrived at lunchtime. There was quite a lot of parking available, but it was still a bit of a struggle to find a spot.

There also might be a bit of a struggle to use a pushchair if you had to as there might not much space to move it around easily when the shows get going and it’s certainly very grassy outside.

The toilets inside were also very nice and clean and they had ample portaloos outside as well.

I’ll get around to writing a review for the music and the puppet shows, which were both fantastic entertainment for everyone.

Slam Bolt Scrappers PSN Post Mortem

The last Boston Post Mortem was presented by, Eitan Glinert of Firehose Games.

The talk was a post mortem into their PSN released game, Slam Bolt Scrappers, which pre-release had received very favourable news from Pax East etc, but since release has not been getting the same kind of reviews. They cover the highs, lows and the bittersweets of the development and cover the lack of online multiplayer which was one of the biggest detractors in the reviews for the game.

This presentation was filmed by Firehose.



Free Fun Fridays – Family Events!!!

Highland Street have organised a Free Fun Friday for the summer, starting in July going through to the end of August.

Details of the events are here.

Basically, every Friday, there are a bundle of museums, art exhibits, zoo’s and other children’s activities that will be free. There’s no registration, no need to be residents of the state or county, so a great way to have fun with the family and especially if you’ve got guests from out of state coming for the weekend.

Some of the personal highlights over the Fridays include :
BUTTONWOOD PARK ZOO
425 Hawthorn Street – New Bedford

137 Warren Ave – Plymouth


THE DISCOVERY MUSEUMS
177 Main Street – Acton

FRANKLIN PARK ZOO
1 Franklin Park Rd – Dorchester

BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
308 Congress St – Boston

STONE ZOO
149 Pond Street – Stoneham

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN EASTON
9 Sullivan Avenue – Easton

OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road – Sturbridge

ECOTARIUM
222 Harrington Way – Worcester

What’s nice about this, they are dotted all over the state of MA, so everyone should have the opportunity of finding something nearby as well as a few other fun day trips such as the Boston Harbour Ferries.

Boston Blender User Group

>BBUG

Not to be confused with BUG (Boston Unity Group).
Good opportunity for Blender users to get together and talk about work flows, tools and other tips and tricks. This is especially good for indie devs to network as well as new comers who get the chance to meet a variety of skilled artists.
The next meet up is planned for 23rd of June, next week.
This group is organised by K. White Adam, who you can follow on twitter as @kadamwhite he also has a really interesting blog here, which covers indie game development and web design development.

Boston Pride Parade

>The whole gay pride celebrations are ending today, 12th Sunday, but the parties have been going on through out the week and the big parade starting out on Tremont St, going past Boston Common and ending behind Faneuil Hall was yesterday.

What a great family day out, even if the weather was poo and it rained like crazy.
It was a great chance for kids to see a lot of diversity which they might not be accustomed to seeing with a lot of fun and friendly people. The atmosphere was great and really up lifting and the floats and people in the parade were great, having various organisations taking part from various religious and charity groups, various banks, Zip Car, Google Android, the works.
Plenty of free swag for people being handed out as well, must of which was very family friendly, beads, bracelets, sweets, keychains, balls etc. There was only one float handing out stuff that you might not want your little kids to get, packets of condoms, but as ZipCar had decorated their car with condom balloons, you might not have minded.
What a great party festival feel and a great day out with the kids. Would definitely recommend going again, or taking part if you can!

Boston Unity Work Flow Event

Make Your Ideas a Reality: Suites and Unity Workflow


“On Tuesday, June 14th we are hosting event that should knock your socks off… Make Your Ideas a Reality with a Max and Maya workflow that works with Unity – there will be an in-depth look at Unity and the workflow with Max and Maya – then Carl will demonstrate how to make a game and build it for the web, iOS and Android.

Jono Forbes will be presenting Defective Studio’s Unity-based world-builder, Platformer, working with their Maya plug-in for full modeling of terrain, and the ease in which it lets you move back and forth between Maya and Unity.

Carl Callewaert has 10 years experience working in motion capture, 3d animation and game development. His professional experience includes working as a liaison between artists, programmers and sales department on software/hardware development, motion capture pipelines and (mobile) game development. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Unity expert, Carl has taught specialized courses and workshops on game engines, key framing, motion capture, photo-realistic rendering, visual effects, modelling, level editing at companies and education institutes. Currently, Carl is Unity evangelist at the award wining company Unity Technologies . He also runs Fundi 3D where he is involved in the production of games. At The Gaming and Animation Institute of Fredericton Carl oversees the 3D gaming programs and runs the eMentorship program.

When: Tuesday, June 14th, 6pm – 10pm
Where: Bunker Hill Community College

How Much?: Free. But registration is required”

Should be an interesting event for Boston Indies to get involved with especially as the folks at GET put on such great stuff for the games community!

Legal Basics for Game Companies

>A free half day conference in Waltham MA, hosted by Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, P.C. on the 5th of May 2011.


The iternary of the event is as follows:

Game Law Basics Sessions:

  • VC & Angel Financing – 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Strategic Partnering – 2:00 – 3:00 pm
  • IP Protection – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Formation – 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Mergers & Acquisitions – 4:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Employment – 4:00 – 5:00 pm
More info on this great event for people thinking of starting up a studio, or who have started up can be found here.