The party is still on for tomorrow night! We're really excited to have you all finally come to the space. Again, doors open at 6 but the party really starts at 8. If you show up at 6, we might put you to work helping us set up. Or we might just sit you in front of a game to play until 8.
We've got a DJ for the event, too! 8BitPeoples Member StarPause has agreed to provide us with music for the night, so expect some awesome chiptunes! http://starpause.com/
We hope you're as excited as we are for tomorrow. We'll see you then!
Some folks have had questions about the party. Here is a short FAQ on it.
Is this the party I get to attend because I donated $25 or more?
Can I bring a date?
Yes, but we ask that anyone you bring make a monetary donation, as they are able, at the door. You can bring as many people as you want if they are willing to donate at the door.
I did not get a ticket! I am freaking out!
There are no tickets. You're fine. Breath deeply. We have your names on a list at the door.
Should I bring anything?
Yes. Whatever you want. Videogame equipment for donation is encouraged. We'll give you a tax write-off for equipment donations.
Where/when is this again?
Doors open at 6 PM on Friday 11-18-11
Dial #0230 on the box downstairs to be let in.
What should I wear?
Clothes. Anyone in costume will be photographed!
What if I can't make it?
Please email either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat about finding a time to have a make-up party, or a time when you can attend another event and we can treat you extra special at said event.
This is it. The party you have been waiting for. Doors open at 6, but we expect folks to show up a little later, as this is California. We'll have modest food and beverages, and lots of games to play.
Come down and let us thank you for your generous donations!
610 16th St.
Oakland, CA 94612 dial #0230 to be buzzed in.
Your generous donation to the MADE has enabled us to hold our first programming class.
You can read a brief synopsis of the class at http://themade.org/node/70
We've got two children right now, and we'll be adding more as they show up. Classes are now taking place Saturdays at 10 AM at the MADE. They are free. We figured ya'll would be enthusiastic about our offering free game programming classes to the children of Oakland. Therefore, they will stay free.
As a resident of Oakland who has seen the various and sundry turmoils of the past six weeks first-hand, I cannot express with enough vigor how important expanding our programming classes will be in the coming months. Oakland is a wonderful town, but it is also a troubled city, and through these classes we can directly impact the future of local children. There's no possible price tag that can be placed on the value of returns that can come out of these educational investments. Our task now is to get as many children as possible into our programs.
We have two tremendous teachers right now, one of whom has published a book on programming games in Python, the other of whom has written his own programming language called Rhope. Despite their gigantic engineering-focused brains, the pair report their first class was "Fun!" As much was reported by the students as well. Fun while learning? We'll call that a rousing success!
We'll need your continued support to grow and evolve these classes. With your further donations and help connecting us with other potential donors, we'll be able to offer these classes ad infinitum.
Want to get involved? Come to our Wednesday, 7PM meetings and let us know how you can help, or how we can work togeteher. We can always use more teachers, and more students.
Thank you all for your help. We are quite excited about these classes: this is what the MADE is all about, and we've reached this goal in our second month of physical existence. Not a bad milestone!
And, of course, once class is over, there are plenty of games to be played. We definitely believe that you need to play games to make games. So do our first batch of students.
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