BostonFIG Returns!

Posted in: Electric Shocktopus, Wednesday Update | August 28, 2013 | No Comments

The big news this week is that the Electric Shocktopus and I will be at the Boston Festival of Indie Games.

You can read all about the festival here, here, or here, but the name sums it up pretty nicely.  The Boston area is a hotbed of indie game developers, all working on their own neat thing.  But, in spite of the monicker ‘indie’, we have a pretty strong community of game devs.  There are monthly meetups, collective workspaces, conferences, and so on.  And there’s also a festival for the public: Boston FIG.



This is the second year of the festival, and it’s looking like it’ll be even bigger and better than last time.  The core of the festival is a few huge rooms of game developers (like me) showing off their creations.  Last year thousands of members of the public came by to play games.  I was hunkered down in my booth (ahem, table) passing out iPhones as fast as I could so people could check out Agent Higgs.  There are mobile games, console games, browser games, tabletop games, you name it.  I hear this year there’ll even be live action games.  So yes, a lot of games.

Other notable pieces of the festival include a few keynote speeches, game-related films, a video game music concert (?), and an 8-hour long game jam.

And somewhere in the midst of all of this chaos will be little ol’ me.  Which means, decoration is key to the game.  Last year, I made posters and colorful particle blocks to draw people to my booth.


The Muon and Antimuon are dangerously close...

The Muon and Antimuon are dangerously close…


This year, I’m not sure yet.  Knit octopus hat?  Plush yeti?  Giant lightning bolts?  Homemade Van de Graaff generator?  Oooh, now it’s sounding interesting.

I have a couple weeks yet to figure it out, Boston FIG is happening on Saturday, September 14th.  Plenty of time to learn to knit.  The festival is entirely free, so if you’re in the area, come on by and check out my latest creation.


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