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This topic contains 59 replies, has 16 voices, and was last updated by  aphra 13 years, 10 months ago.

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  • #2833

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    Might as well start another thread about this, as the other one seems to take fecking ages to load every time.

    Shall we start to make plans for the September GameDevelopers.ie bi-monthly shindig? I know a lot of people like to know these things in advance especially if you’re coming from outside of Dublin, so we’ll get the discussion going about dates and venue.

    Jamie

  • #9541

    aphra
    Keymaster

    how about last Thurs of the month..in the same venue as before?

    Aphra.

  • #9542

    bomberman
    Participant

    good for me :)
    it’s a 5mn walk from work…

  • #9544

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    Thursday 25th September sounds good to me.

    Jamie

  • #9545

    Greenbean
    Participant

    Another shindig sounds like a good idea, still plenty of faces to see yet. Unfortunately thursday is a tad awkward since it means taking friday off work for those outside dublin (170 miles outside). Clearly I’m talking about myself and others at torc. A date on a friday would rock though, if thats at all possible.

  • #9547

    omen
    Participant

    God….these dates are never good for me :(
    Home for maybe a week in September, but back to do my Games Dissertation at the end of September.

  • #9550

    fitch
    Participant

    :D thursday sounds fine to me… friday night is always work night for me.

  • #9552

    aphra
    Keymaster

    I think we will have to alternate last thurs and last friday of the months so we can get most people to come…unless a Sat. night is a compromise?

    Aphra.

  • #9554

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    Whenever is good for me, I’m in Dublin anyway so it’s not a problem.

    Jamie

  • #9557

    Skyclad
    Participant

    I’d love to show up either day…

    Speaking from experience though, holding a midweek get-together tends towards a very Dublin-centric event, and if it is meant to encompass all areas of Ireland, it would be better to run it on a weekend date. This generally means people dont have work the next day, and hence people are around for longer, are more prepared to let their hair down etc.

    Dave

  • #9559

    meedja
    Participant

    Saturday is not really good for us conuntry folk (well, me anyway).

    At least a weeknight (even Friday) can be combined with some business in the big smoke.

    Saturday means a spcific trip and breaks up a precious weekend (i.e. one where we’re not in the office bug-fixing – you all know what I mean ;) )

    The alternating idea sounds good.

    I’d be happy with either the last Thursday or Friday of Sept. but would have a preference for the Thursday.

    Peter

  • #9575

    Pete
    Participant

    A Friday would be cool if y’all could wrangle it…

  • #9576

    aphra
    Keymaster

    I think the last Friday of September (26th) seems to be winning it at this stage.. So is Toners a good place to meet or should we consider elsewhere..?

    Aphra.

  • #9577

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    Toners sounds good to me, might as well keep them in the same place so people know where it is, and it’s a nice enough venue anyway.

    Jamie

  • #9581

    BraveSirAndrew
    Participant

    So for those of us who don’t know, which would be, eh…me, where abouts is Toners?

  • #9582

    Skyclad
    Participant

    Toners is just after Black Tie as you walk from Stephen’s Green down Baggott Street – on the right.[/quote:38c38b83a8]

    As good a place as any.

    Dave

  • #9590

    Lynchman
    Participant

    Don’t think I’ll be able to attend the shindig as its my last weekend in Ireland until I go back to game school in Canada. Though I look forward to see what develops from them…

  • #9612

    aphra
    Keymaster

    For those who will be attending the next shindig can you put your thinking caps on in advance of the evening – mightn’t be possible once we start into the Guinness – cause I am looking for suggestions for games industry/business guest speakers from abroad.

    I am talking to EI about possibly jointly organising a couple of workshops and I would like input from you as to who might be most useful to invite to Ireland to speak.

    One useful suggestion is Ernest Adams and apparently he is in the UK now…you may have seen his features on gamasutra..

    They could be business, publishing, technical, academic people …just well established and experienced..
    any others…??

    Aphra.

  • #9617

    Ronny
    Participant

    A real coup for you to pull off would be if you could convince Dave Perry to speak. He was to visit his family in Northern Ireland sometime. He could do it then. But Earnest Adams would certainly suffice if you could’nt get the big guy to come. :D

  • #9619

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    Both EA and Sony have developers across to meet the media from time to time to talk about games from their stables, ie Jason Reubin from Naughty Dog last year for Ratchet & Clank.

    If any of these come up I could see if they would be available for something.

    Jamie

  • #9634

    Craig
    Participant

    Is this Toners shindig a come one come all occasion?
    If so, I’ll see you all there!

  • #9635

    fitch
    Participant

    if friday is the winner.. what time will you all be going on till?

    i won’t be finishing work till 10.15 ish…

    but would still like to drop in;)

  • #9636

    Ronny
    Participant

    I would love to meet all you guys and discuss game design in greater depth among other things. Sadly at seventeen I feel like I wouldnt really fit into the group. Not to mention the fact that its like 100 miles away. I think that if you have any sensible discussions regarding design you should post the basics of what you said on the forum. Therefore they could be discussed further. I dont know, its just an idea. What are all your thoughts on it?

  • #9637

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    McI, it’s a free for all, everyone’s welcome!

    Fitch, they usually go on well into the wee hours past public transport time.

    Ronny, although I’m sure no-one condones under-age drinking, if you can make it and have appropriate identification you should be fine, after all by the time you do legally drink it’ll probably be 21’s anyway and you’ll only be allowed have one and a half shandy’s before being sent home the way things are going :)

    Jamie

  • #9645

    mal
    Participant

    > I think that if you have any sensible discussions regarding design you should post the basics of what you said on the forum.

    Having attended these a few times, I’d say that there won’t be too many sensible discussions after the first half hour by any of the attendees due to the consumption of copious amounts of party juice :)

    The meetings are great just to meet up with fellow Irish game developers. They are very relaxed and friendly, well worth attending if you can.

    If there are any areas far from Dublin ( eg Northern Ireland ) where there is enough interest in meeting up at a time that doesn’t overlap with the main meetings, I’m sure something could be organised in a central bar up here.

    Mal

  • #9649

    aphra
    Keymaster

    well in my usual organised way just rang Toners to reserve our tables and someone has gone and booked downstairs for a party..all of it…and only half an hour before me…

    So should we move to another pub that night or change the date??

    Apparently Fridays are usually ok there and from now he is willing (Paul the manager) to book us in once a month..

    Sorry people…my organisational skills are slipping..

    Aphra.

  • #9650

    Pete
    Participant

    Change the venue! Change the venue! It can be difficult enough for some of us who have to travel from the North etc. to get to Dublin after work in time on a particular day and those of us at Torc who are going are OK for Friday. Cheers.

  • #9651

    meedja
    Participant

    Venue change please.

    Again, an outside Dubliner with arrangements already in place for a visit to the big smoke.

    Peter

  • #9652

    aphra
    Keymaster

    makes sense to me…I am in favour of keeping the night.

    I know the Pembroke bar is near Toners but that may be a bit packed on Friday nights…anyone know a pub that doesn’t get too packed and doesn’t pump out music so loud we can’t talk….

    Aphra.

  • #9653

    bomberman
    Participant

    what about the cellar bar, below the Merrion Hotel, just a street corner before when you come from St Stephen’s Green ?

    Might be packed though…

  • #9654

    aphra
    Keymaster

    posh…but nice…

    it is quite big too if I remember

    Aphra.

  • #9655

    bomberman
    Participant

    yes… posh… I agree !

    but we are not, are we ??? so we don’t care :D

    it’s plenty of space and I like this cellar roof…
    well just a thought ! and it’s really nearby.

  • #9656

    ManE
    Participant

    How about Welcome Inn on Parnell street? Just an other idea, close to home…

  • #9657

    aphra
    Keymaster

    haven’t been in there for years…,mm, since I was a student…cheaper pints in its favour though…

    Aphra.

  • #9660

    ManE
    Participant

    …and plenty of room!

  • #9661

    aphra
    Keymaster

    what is the story about this Frid…tried the Duke…booked out for a party…Jamie – any other ideas…

    Aphra.

  • #9662

    fitch
    Participant

    what about sticking with Baggot St.. and maybe one of those two larger places further down..

    one of them is called Grattans… they are next door to each other..

    they might give us a bit of space?

  • #9663

    aphra
    Keymaster

    yes I think we should stay in the general area..I’ll be passing along there this evening and will see what is there…

    Aphra.

    PS Fitch..nice website..

  • #9664

    meedja
    Participant

    the pembroke, just off baggot st?

    they might allow a section to be reserved but not sure.

    peter

  • #9665

    aphra
    Keymaster

    yes I had that in mind…they have a place at the back if I remember…

    Thanks Peter,

    Aphra..

  • #9666

    fitch
    Participant

    :D thanks Aphra.. just sent you a mail;)

  • #9668

    bomberman
    Participant

    what about Scruffy Murphy between Baggot Street and Lower Mount Street ?
    Quiet place, not posh at all:p , and they have a room upstairs. I think we could book without too much difficulty…

  • #9669

    aphra
    Keymaster

    Thanks Bombrman for the suggestions but I have just been around the area and found Maguire’s Pub..and they have a mid sized snug and they will let us have it on Friday evening…

    and if you are there around 7.30 they serve platters of food..they were willing to do us one but I didn’t know how many would turn up at that time!

    Anyway, walk past Toners and cross the street where Tescos is..about 500 metres down on the left past Hacketts Reprographics is Maguires..it looks like a normal Georgian House rather than a pub but is pretty nice inside…

    phew..a decision…

    see you all sometime after 7pm…

    I’ll be the female in the group!

    Aphra.

  • #9670

    fitch
    Participant

    great.. all organised then..

    i’ll be along after i finish work.. 10.15 or so.. and will be another female addition :D

  • #9671

    meedja
    Participant

    Can the early people wear funny hats or something so those of us who have not previously attended will know where to sit?

    (What do you mean I’ll recognise the bunch of reprobate game developers on sight – aren’t we all just normal people? Just like everyone else?)

    I’ll be there around 7.30 hopefully.

    Peter

  • #9672

    bomberman
    Participant

    Have passed this one hundreds of times and always wondered if it was a good one…
    I’ll know soon ! See you there.

  • #9675

    Pete
    Participant

    Sorted! Maguires it is. See you all tomorrow.

  • #9676

    Paul Conway
    Participant

    Sounds good,

    There are about 6-8 of us headin to Maguires tommorrow off the games diploma course in ballyfermot, c u all then!

    Paul

  • #9677

    aphra
    Keymaster

    was just talking to Shane W. out in Ballyfermot and told him about Friday night so hopefully he will come along too…

    I hope to get there early..around 7pm..so Peter you should recognise me when you arrive..

    See you all there.

    Aphra.

  • #9678

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    Sounds good, see you tomorrow night!

    Jamie

  • #9682

    fitch
    Participant

    aphra.. was just over at IDGA.. and saw your older reply to the Irish Chapter thread announcing we’d be at Toners..

    maybe you should edit it.. just in case any of the other lads are thinking of coming on over

  • #9683

    aphra
    Keymaster

    thanks…good idea..

    Aphra.

  • #9698

    aphra
    Keymaster

    well you have been a quiet lot while I was away….I though this would be buzzing after the great turn out in Maguire’s but you all obviously chatted enough in the pub!!

    anyway thanks for all turning out, being on time and staying…nice to see some of the rumours in parts of the forums are true – you know what I am referring to.. and that new people are coming out of the woodwork all the time..

    I think we will have to have another one at the end of Oct..maybe the 31st which is a Friday…

    Aphra.

  • #9701

    Lynchman
    Participant

    Anyone was wanna summarise the night out for the guys who couldn’t make it? I understand if thats not really possible due to ***scene missing*** memories…

    Chris

  • #9702

    Skyclad
    Participant

    It’s kinda hard to summarise what events occurred at the shindig…basically a group of like minded folks got together and drank beer and talked about games design, games playing, Irish gaming, Irish game design etc until late in the evening, when we all went home wondering why we didnt do this more often.

    Dave

  • #9703

    Pete
    Participant

    Welcome back Aphra, hope you had a good hollier. October 31st, isn’t that Halloween? I’ll be in Dublin that weekend anyway so its fine by me, just might not suit everyone….some of youze guys are scary enough without a costume!!

  • #9705

    Jamie McCormick
    Keymaster

    Well Hallow’een… kids throwing bangers at you as you try and stumble home, the memories. I’ll probably be available for that so stick me down as grand for the day.

    Jamie

  • #9707

    aphra
    Keymaster

    Halloween is a great time for us all to come out to play..

    Only Qs are:

    Thurs or Friday night
    Maguires or Toners

    and if we are likely to clash with some other big event..

    see some of you at the PlayStation party tonight..

    Aphra.

  • #9708

    Pete
    Participant

    The Friday, the friday!

  • #9736

    aphra
    Keymaster

    I hear you!!

    Aphra.

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