Yesterday, we had the zeroth gamedev meetup in Košice, Slovakia; which was my first attempt at 'organizing' such a thing (AKA: sending a bunch of emails and killing a lot of spiders).
A major twist was making this attempt in a hackerspace; Slovakia doesn't have much of a 'hacker-gamedev' culture at this point.
The presence of both game developers and hackers in the same room has lead to a bunch of awkward moments as well as unintended comedy. Overall I think this combination could be interesting if maintained in future. For one, I've noticed that hackers and gamedevs can have a sustained conversation on two separate topics while staying under the impression of discussing the same topic; This tends to eventually fall appart as the inconsistency eventually becomes too evident.
The event had a bunch of unexpected issues that should be avoided in future:
- We've noticed a bit too late that v01d has no... 'coat hanging devices' on the brink of winter. Our awesome 4D chair has served as a temporary substitute, though not a particularly ergonomic one.
- Randomly buying a bunch of low-quality food resulted in a bunch of low-quality food being left unused. Need to decrease low-quality food consumption estimates.
A more major (and somewhat expected) issue was the lack of capacity of the new v01d space; while an upgrade compared to the previous space, it was filled to capacity by 10-15 people. Fully equipping v01d (new chairs, some rearrangement) will slightly improve the capacity, where slightly <= 5. Anything more would likely lead to air quality issues and just the plain 'stuffed in a tin can' effect.
We will need a larger space for the meetup eventually, where eventually is ASAP. Universities are an option that would likely work, though may lead to some bureaucracy. I will keep looking for alternatives.
Not much has been done on the meetup (no talks, demos, etc. as there was no pre-planned content); two main results have been:
- Creation of the v01d gamedev FB group. This will reduce my direct participation as I also count among the more staunch FB non-users; this might be for the better as my intention is to act as a 'placeholder' only for whatever necessities are not covered by other participants; eventually I'd like to see these events be either mostly self-organized or professionally organized (the latter may be harder at the moment due to the size of our community).
- Tentative date of the next meetup: 07.01.2015. This may or may not change, though.