Come kick back, grab a cup of hot chocolate and celebrate a great year of making games with fantastic people.
Last year we (Clever Crow Games) threw an event in downtown Denver, Colorado with over 70+ attendees. Help us throw another FREE event to celebrate indie game developers this December 2017. Same as last year, this event will include playable video games from local indie developers, micro-talks, and a panel of Colorado game dev veterans. But we can’t host this event on our own. We need your help to cover the costs of the venue, outlet extensions / cables, and Kickstarter rewards / fees. The more we raise, the bigger the event will be.
Currently the event is tentatively scheduled for December 15th 2017. Depending on the venue and other factors that date might shift. We'll announce a specific date as soon as we secure a venue.
The event will have the same agenda as last year. With a strong focus on interacting with the game development community and giving local game devs a voice. Just like last year the venue will be kid friendly and allow minors under 21. So you’re welcome to bring your family or come if you’re still in school.
Please note that official listings for each category will be posted here on Kickstarter closer to the event in December. Times are subject to change leading up to the event as date and location are established.
- 6:00PM - Room opens
- 6:30PM - Game demos available
- 7:30PM - Micro-talks
- 8:30PM - Panel Q&A
- 10:00PM - Location closes
Come play games created by local Colorado indie games devs. You’ll also be able to ask them questions about their experience in the industry and their game.
Interested in showing off your game. Sign up HERE to book a spot. Showing off your game is free, but space is extremely limited so contact us soon. This is an opportunity to get feedback from other devs or just show off what you’re currently working on.
Games will be announced in December before the event.
5 Minute Micro Talks
Have something to say about the videogames industry? Share your mind with a 5 minute micro talk here. Let us know a little of what you plan to speak on, and it’ll be posted on the event itinerary. Spaces are limited, so sign up soon!
Micro-talks will be announced in December before the event.
Denver is home to fantastic and talented game developers. Every year we ask a few of them to come, talk, and answer questions from the room. Last year was full of delightful anecdotes, solid industry advice, and an insight to processes from people across the industry. If you have a recommendation for a panel member in Denver Colorado. You can nominate people HERE.
Last Year's Panel Participants are listed below. Z (Zhenghua Yang) of Serenity Forge, acted as the panel host.
- David DeCarmine - Game Jolt Founder
- Kersti Kidas - Art director at Serenity Forge
- Mattie Diem - Indie games reviews at PewPewCat
- Kyle Pulver - Part of the team at Retro Affect, made 2D game framework named Otter, and working on his own game, Super Sky Sisters
- Ashton Morris - Composer and Sound Designer, worked on Goliath | Wings or Vi | Lemma | Star Command Galaxies
- Renee Nejo - Vetran artist with years of experience contracting in the games industry
- Redvonix - CEO and founder of Cerulean Games, and currently working on Purrtato Tail
This years’ panel will be announced in December before the event.
What’s a kickstarter without rewards after all.
Thank you!: ($1)
Each contribution warms our hearts like a nice cup of hot cocoa. You’ll have our thanks.
Wall of elves: ($10)
Access to the wall of thanks, and your name on a paper stocking. These will be displayed at the event so everyone can know that you rock our socks! Take this item home at the end of the event if you desire.
Stocking Stuffer ($50)
Secure your spot on the wall of elves, plus your very own stocking gift bag filled with festive cheer.
- Sponsor Tiers -
Are you a company or game developer in the industry looking to bring toys to the good game devs of Colorado? This is the tier for you. No sleigh required, but if you want to attend the event dressed in a big red suit… Well we wouldn’t stop you.
Bronze - Sponsor Tier: ($100)
Your company’s logo printed at the small size on a board to show your support for game development in Colorado. We will also announce your company at the event with a blurb written by you (limited to 280 characters) PLEASE NOTE: Subject to approval.
Silver - Sponsor Tier: ($200)
Your company’s logo printed at the medium size on a board to show your support for game development in Colorado. We will also announce your company at the event with a blurb written by you (limited to 280 characters) PLEASE NOTE: Subject to approval.
Gold - Sponsor Tier: ($300)
Gold tier sponsor Your company’s logo printed at the large size on a board to show your support for game development in Colorado. We will also announce your company at the event with a blurb written by you (limited to 340 characters) PLEASE NOTE: Subject to approval.
Platinum - Sponsor Tier ($400)
Your company’s logo printed at the extra large size on a board to show your support for game development in Colorado. We will also announce your company at the event with a blurb written by you (limited to 340 characters) PLEASE NOTE: Subject to approval.
Who Are We?
We are Clever Crow Games. A local game dev studio run by Ash and Rachel Blue. Currently working on A Dragon Named Coal and running local events in Denver. Among those events is the annual game dev holiday party. We hope to see you there this year.
Rachel was the little neighborhood kid who thought a swimming cap and blanket-cape made her a superhero. Her art career started with dropping out of college, buying a stack of art books, and a copy of Photoshop. Some of her feats include winning multiple hackathons, working as community manager for Nvidia’s Twitch channel, a game mention in Rock Paper Shotgun, and being co-chair for the Denver branch of the IGDA. She’s a co-organizer of the Downtown Denver Game Developer Meetup and lead artist on A Dragon Named Coal.
By day Ash is a senior software developer leading teams, at night an indie game dev. He co-authored the game sections in Manning Publications’ HTML5 In Action and has worked for software companies such as Hasbro and Nvidia. A few of his other feats include building an open source HTML5 game engine, appearing in Rock Paper Shotgun for Nasa’s Dark Side Jam, president of Nerdery Chicago's Game Dev Club, and co-organizer of the Downtown Denver Game Developer Meetup.
Looking for Volunteers
If you have time to spare we can always use extra hands to setup and teardown the event. That and the game devs usually need help getting their gear in place before people show up. Let us know if you can help by signing up here.
Last year we had 70+ local game devs join in the seasonal celebrations and video game revelry. The location was so packed we couldn’t fit everyone inside. We believe the event should be free and open to everyone, but that does lead us into some financial difficulties. There are many things we’d like to do and provide that require some budget. Coming to Kickstarter, we hope the Colorado community can help us fund this event.. The primary goal is to cover the cost of the space. All funds received will go to the annual Game Dev Holiday party. Any unused funds from this year will be set aside for next year.
Risks and challenges
We've been running events in the Denver community for a little over 2 years now and this is an event we've done before.
That being said we're dealing with growing pains. Last year we had far more attendees than space and unfortunately ran out of seating for the panel. These are issues that any raised funds will go towards solving.
The $100 funding goal will fund the same location we used last year. If we are able to fund a better/larger location we could better accommodate everyone. However this is up in the air until we know what the funding is and can secure a venue.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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