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May 12, 2003 at 4:00 pm #2784
How’s it going there everyone.
Just an idea to be bandied around, but I was thinking that a regular monthly or bi-monthly meeting up may be quite benefitial as it will give people time to chat about problems, discuss etc.
The launch of GD.ie was brilliant from my point of view because not only did I get the chance to catch up with those of you who I’ve known for some time, but also got a chance to speak to some of those of you who I didn’t know.
There were some great ideas going around on the night, and as GD.ie is supposed to help build up a community, surely having real gatherings would help this too. Also considering that there are people joining all the time it would give them a chance to meet up.
From reading through the introductions we seem to already have a fairly good mix of people. We’ve some of you who have worked in the industry abroad with a wealth of experience, those of you currently working within the industry here and those like me who are studying in college hoping to get into the industry.
A couple of pints usually losens up the tongue, and even just sitting around chatting really does help. That and my fondness of the aforementioned alcohol >:)
May 13, 2003 at 1:32 pm #9215
> Just an idea to be bandied around, but I was thinking that a
> regular monthly or bi-monthly meeting up may be quite
> benefitial as it will give people time to chat about problems,
> discuss etc.
Some sort of scheduled meeting, maybe every two months, would be a great idea, if only to meet up with other people in the field for a pint. Having the dates pre-determined long in advance could also help people who don’t live near Dublin to arrange the trip up ( or down! ).
Every other meeting could be an official one, where speakers could give a quick 5 minute talk or demonstrate their latest wares before heading to the pub ( 3 times a year would probably be sufficient at the moment for this ). The non-official ones would involve heading straight down to the pub! :) As the size of the group grows, new arrangements could be made as required.
I also had a great time at the gamedevelopers.ie launch meeting up with people I knew, and meeting new people or putting faces to people I had just chatted to via email. I’m definitely looking forward to the next one!
May 13, 2003 at 6:58 pm #9216
Well that’s what I had in mind, and for the same reasons as you Mal. Anyone else up for it, because if they’re not we’ll go on the tear anyway, it’s always a bit of craic :)
May 14, 2003 at 12:46 pm #9217
Well that sounds like a good idea to me (if only to hear Paul Hayes telling stories about Mal!).
So social evenings every two months and every now and again maybe a themed evening on a particular topic.
Now we only have to decide where is a good place to meet and what day of the week?
Also should we start after the summer or should we have one in June just to keep the momentum up?
oh, and I don’t think we can afford the catering again so we’ll all have to bring our own lunchboxes :)
May 14, 2003 at 10:39 pm #9218
Hmm, that sounds good. Whenever sounds good although I’ll be around Europe on the tear for the month of June so I’ll make the next one.
As for a location, town seems pretty handy, anywhere will do if we can get a couple of tables reserved and the two places we’ve been to date have been a good laugh. Themed evenings though might be a bad idea, Mal might arrive dressed as a mobile phone >:) But you never know, you could get Nokia to bring along some of their N-Gages to let us all have a looksie considering they’re sponsoring the site.
I doubt catering would be much of a problem either, we always have Abrakestabra after a sessiun. But as Mal was saying, maybe having it something like the 2nd tuesday of a month or something like that might allow people to stick it down in their diaries in advance to make arrangements, as well as letting journalists know where to come if any of the companies want to get some announcements made.
May 15, 2003 at 9:51 am #9220
A bit of notice would be great, I’m from Dublin but I work in Donegal and I’d love to head along and meet you all have the craic etc. Weekend (maybe Friday) would be best for me probably cos I have to bus it to and fro, but I could make arrangements if it was gonna be a weeknight.
May 16, 2003 at 9:54 am #9246
> Hmm, that sounds good. Whenever sounds good although I’ll
> be around Europe on the tear for the month of June so I’ll make
> the next one.
Hey me too….what a coicidence….oh wait…no its not….hey gimme back my ticket….
*feeling silly and 20 going on 6 today :)*
May 28, 2003 at 11:24 am #9306
Well, after looking up what a shindig is, I’m all for it! :-)
I don’t really have any limitations on when and where, but somewhere in june would be nice :-)
June 3, 2003 at 4:30 pm #9343
ok people there have been suggestions that Friday the 20th of June might be a good evening to have our next ‘shindig’.
One suggested location was Thomas Reads – although if my memory serves me right that is usually jammed on a Friday and pumping music which might mean not too good for getting to know people. (Or am I getting old??)
Any thoughts on that venue or suggetions for elsewhere on that evening?
June 3, 2003 at 4:45 pm #9344
the 20th is ok, but especially since english is not my native language, and because there are quite a few different sounding dialects in Ireland, it might be best if we wouldn’t have to shout too hard too understand each other :-)
June 5, 2003 at 8:57 am #9354
20th sounds good, happens I should be in Dublin that weekend. Thomas Reads may be a little loud for getting to know people alright, Huba in Dame street is a nice place for a chat and is usually quiet enough, never been in on a Friday night though and it might be a bit small.
June 6, 2003 at 10:25 am #9355
I’ve just called the manager of Toners, on Baggott Street Lwr. and they will reserve two tables downstairs for us from 7pm on Friday the 20th. June. They will probably put signs on the table.
So how about that?
Toners is just after Black Tie as you walk from Stephen’s Green down Baggott Street – on the right..
It is a fairly smallish pub that serves good Guinness and gets packed but is not trendy so never really jammed..
June 6, 2003 at 1:39 pm #9356
Don’t think I can make the 20th in Dublin unfortunately.
I will be in Dublin on the 27th for the Bernard Stolar workshop. Anyone else attending that? Maybe I will get a chance to put some faces to names there.
June 6, 2003 at 1:49 pm #9357
you know if a lot of people are attending the Bernie Stolar thing we could shift the next meeting to the 27th..although I’ll be in the UK…anyway let me know….
June 11, 2003 at 2:26 pm #9360
ok everyone…we are next meeting on the 27th of June downstairs in Toners pub on Baggot Street…
I am in London that day but will try and get a flight back that evening…
regardless there will be two tables reserved so make your way to them and colonise them..
hope to make it too
June 20, 2003 at 2:01 pm #9379
Sorry people, won’t be back from London for our shindig so you’ll have to introduce yourselves.
Jab from DigiCC has kindly offered to be there around 7pm, make sure we have tables and see if you have any feedback to send back to the site or feedback after the Stolar workshop.
Jab is rather distinctive looking..he’ll be the guy with the long blonde hair and shaved sides..all in black….strange looking eyes sometimes…
go up and introduce yourself…
I look forward to hearing the stories!
June 20, 2003 at 3:04 pm #9380
anyone can join ???
June 20, 2003 at 4:00 pm #9381
yes..more the merrier…
June 25, 2003 at 2:35 am #9389
Well did it happen? Many turn out? Common someone give us all the gossip.
June 25, 2003 at 10:00 am #9392
I assume the meet is still going ahead this Friday?
I should be able to pop along no probs…
June 25, 2003 at 4:43 pm #9395
Should be a small but perfectly formed delegation from Torc down too. Looking forward to it.
June 27, 2003 at 4:09 pm #9397
Had to get back to Galway early after the Bernard Stolar workshop (which was very good and gamedevelopers.ie got a mention too..).
Hope you all have an excellent evening. Looks like I will have to wait til next time to put faces to names.
June 30, 2003 at 9:07 am #9400
couldn’t be there because of a wedding, should keep a more accurate agenda :-(
June 30, 2003 at 10:31 am #9401
well I hope you all found Toners in the end ….sorry I couldn’t be there…other work to do in the UK..
let me know how things went…
July 1, 2003 at 9:54 am #9406
I’ve just registered. Lets have another shindig this week.
July 1, 2003 at 10:03 am #9407
Hi Aphra and all,
Found Toners alright, it was finding game developers that proved difficult!! Ah no, it ended up with about 5 of us from Torc, Aaron ex Havok and Mal from CanDo, The Jab of course, Boadle popped along for a while and a mate of mine whos ex Sega, Climax and Sony and a few other heads. It was quiet enough but good craic and it was great to meet the names in person and talk about how bad Enter the Matrix is. I’ll definitely be down for the next one, hopefully there’ll be a few more there. One of the lads from Havok was heading to the states so most of that crew were in Mahaffys plus the Bernard Stolar thing was on too which prob had a lot to do with the turnout.
July 4, 2003 at 4:53 pm #9415
Come on..identify him (1)
July 4, 2003 at 4:55 pm #9416
how many Guinnesses does it take to have a gamedevelopers.ie shindig?
identify him (2)
July 4, 2003 at 4:56 pm #9417
the man with the consoles…I believe it is Bomberman??
July 4, 2003 at 4:58 pm #9418
obviously quite a few guinnesses cause we didn’t know their names either…(4)
July 4, 2003 at 4:59 pm #9419
ah, but Aaron made an impression…
July 4, 2003 at 10:18 pm #9420
Looks like it was fun, and the recurring theme of guinness sounds quite good as well :-)
I’ll definately try to be there next time :-)
July 6, 2003 at 7:59 pm #9421
Looks like I missed a good nite! Il defo go the next time aswell as a few other of us who did the games course in BCFE.
Ummm, as for the whole guinness idea?…..
Good ol’ pint of bulmers please!
Anyone know when the next Shindig is on?
July 6, 2003 at 8:56 pm #9423
(2) Greenbean (To my left is Pete grinning madly)
(3) Bomberman yep
Cameras and alcohol bad, mmkay. Good fun, be nice to see more new faces next time.
July 7, 2003 at 8:43 am #9425
the end of August is GDCE/ECTS in London and quite a few people are heading over to that…so perhaps we might leave the next shindig till September…
what do you all think?
July 9, 2003 at 11:43 pm #9429
Just back today, so will be up for whatever is going on >:)
July 10, 2003 at 9:18 am #9430
That’ll do me!
July 29, 2003 at 7:00 pm #9481
Well, I take it that there’ll be nothing this month with Edinburgh and GDCE/ECTS on this month, but will there be a shindig in September?
July 30, 2003 at 8:19 am #9486
yea I think we should have one in September…so let us know if there are any major conferences or events we should try to avoid clashing with!
August 5, 2003 at 10:51 pm #9495
(4) left is Phil Franks and right is me (Dave Kearney)>
(as timely as ever).
August 23, 2003 at 8:50 pm #9534
are us newbies invited too :D
August 24, 2003 at 11:58 am #9535
Of course, everyone is welcome to attend.
August 25, 2003 at 2:27 pm #9537
Well nice to see so many Irish people over at the Edinburgh International Games Festival last Monday. I never thought an Irish accent would come in so useful but it seems all you have to do is stand around talking to another Irish person and suddenly you are in the middle of an Irish group.
Met Ian Kiigan from Denki in Dundee, Damien Gallagher from Torc in Donegal and a couple of people from the North West Institute who are setting up a games course. Anne O’Reilly from Enterprise Ireland in Glasgow was also there, as were some of the Dare to be Digital teams from Abertay university.
As a result we made our presence felt in the football quiz and I would say damaged a few of the cocktails being served later on that night..
great to see you all and see you were all aware of gamedevelopers.ie
August 25, 2003 at 3:59 pm #9538
You were there??
Damn, never saw you.
And yes, there were many cocktails comsumed that night :)
The party at the end of the night allowed us to make quiet a few contacts in the industry…EA, Sony, Lost Toys, Argonaut and many others….great night!
August 25, 2003 at 4:10 pm #9539
that place was pretty dark and the cocktails pretty strong…! I was looking out for you guys but forgot my glasses so I guess that might have been the problem..! I was up in the university all the previous Friday but spent most of the day in meetings with people – including Jim T and I. Marshall.
August 26, 2003 at 9:31 am #9540
We ended up staying out for the night getting the train back to Dundee at 6 in the morning…
Sorry to have missed you in Dundee too! Good people to be meeting though! Should have called into us for a coouple of minutes, and seen the stress rising as we’re down to the last week of development now! The “no sleeping” thing is really beginning to start and the need for caffine is growing….
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