The Argument For Tragedy: or, How I stopped worrying and learned to love Star Wars Episodes I-III, How NOT to Make Your Indie Game!, Groupthink and Brainstorming: Bogus Business Buzzwords
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703
This event is 21 and over
Nerd Nite is a monthly-ish informal gathering at which nerds get together for nerdery of all sorts (well, mostly presentations and drinking). Nerds and non-nerds alike gather to meet, drink and learn something new.
An institution in Boston, New York, Austin, Washington DC, Munich, San Francisco and now Philadelphia! It's like the Discovery Channel ... with beer!
Entry is free and open to all ages 21+
The Argument For Tragedy: or, How I stopped worrying and learned to love Star Wars Episodes I-III
Writers frequently say comedy is harder to do than tragedy. This talk will set out to prove the opposite using the Star Wars films as case studies. We will look at what George Lucas could have done differently to make the prequel films as critically successful as the originals. It will also illuminate some of the basic elements of drama and how to write successful stories.
How NOT to Make Your Indie Game!
Making an indie game is tough work, and if you want to be successful enough to support yourself it’s important to be realistic about what you can reasonably accomplish in a finite amount of time. In this talk, I’ll go over some of the mistakes I made as a developer, in order to give a better chance to anyone else out there thinking of going indie. I’ll go over topics such as keeping the scope of a project realistic, and starting with a well defined goal. In addition, I will talk about some pitfalls to avoid, when to make decisions about a game’s direction and story, and how best to utilize your team. Join me for an exciting look into the trials and tribulations of an indie developer!
Groupthink and Brainstorming: Bogus Business Buzzwords
A lot of jargon gets thrown around haphazardly. Groupthink and brainstorming are two of the most serious offenders. Feel free to blame the 1980′s. This travesty needs to stop. Period. Come learn what’s really going on, why these buzzwords are total bogus, and how to score with the ladies. Disclaimer: the latter may or may not actually happen.