Calling all NPPSH’ers. We would like to bring your attention to an upcoming workshop taking place in Dublin, for those interested in designing, writing and coding for games. The Network in Play partners (including Coding Grace, gamedevelopers.ie, Imirt, Pulse College,Dogpatch Labs and Maynooth University) are organising three FREE workshops in Dublin in August/Sept. aimed at beginners who are interested in learning about designing, writing and coding for games.

These workshops follow up on their earlier surveys which they discussed in an earlier feature on their website gamedevelopers.iehttp://gamedevelopers.ie/the-diversity-game/

These are diversity friendly workshops, which means The Network in Play are looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds, interests and identities. These workshops are aimed at people aged 18 and over.

They are FREE to attend and we encourage people to attend all three workshops. Workshops will last for approx. 3 hours with a break for a light lunch (provided).

The Network in Play are organising the following 3 workshops:

Boardgame design (Sat Aug 20),  start 11 am.
Venue: Pulse College, Halston Street, Dublin.
Tutor: Robin David O’Keeffe –
http://www.robin-david.com/

Interactive Fiction with Twine (Sat Aug 27), start 11 am.
Venue:Pulse College, Halston Street, Dublin.
Tutor: Charlene Putney –
http://alphachar.com/who-am-i/

Making 2D games in Unity3D with Fungus (Sat Sep 3), start 11 am.
Venue: The Vaults, Dogpatch Labs, CHQ, IFSC, Dublin. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE**
Tutor: Chris Gregan and Paul McGrath –
http://fungusgames.com/team
See also Paul’s film company Whackala – 
http://whackala.com/

To be eligible, you must be over the age of 18, and you must not be currently studying on a games-related post-secondary course, have prior experience in making games, or work in the games industry.

The Network’s workshops are open to creatives (artists, storytellers, creative writers, musicians) and other non-programmers.

A few background questions will be asked on signup, with some follow up questions after the workshops to assess how attendees think things went.

If you wish to attend, you must first register (registration is free!). More information, Code of Conduct, and registration links are available here:

http://gamedevelopers.ie/beginner-and-diversity-friendly-game-workshops/

This initiative is a pilot project part funded by the SSHRC research council in Canada and the ReFig: Network in Play – Crafting Diversity in Games. The larger project is committed to promoting diversity and equity in the games industry and culture. We urge all NPPSH members to consider partaking in these exciting workshops.