Games Night Event at TOG – Schedule

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This Friday Tog will be hosting a series of short talks about games.

This will be followed by a night of gaming (we will have Board Games, Mame & Xbox consoles, you can bring your laptop and/or any other games). There will be spot prices and competitions run throughout the night.

Schedule of the event is as follows:

6.30pm – Event starts, tours given, time to sign in

7pm – start of talks

  • Izzy, TOG – “Intro to the first part of talks”
  • Alex Nucu, Web developer/publisher, Riot Games – “The transformative power of video-games”

A story-driven account of how video-games shaped my mind, my life and my career. Answers to the ubiquitous questions of “Why do you play?”, “What’s the point?” and, most importantly, why I believe your gaming history should be on your resume.

  • Robin David, Board Games Designer – “Getting into Modern Boardgame Design”

On how boardgaming has changed in the last five years and tools, pitfalls and obstacles in the typical boardgame design process.

  • Gleb Lebedev, TOG – “Custom controls on ESP 8266 circuit boards”

An overview of conception Esp 8266 – cheap WiFi enabled solution. Introduction into Toe. Using variety sensors as input controllers – VR racing as an example.

  • Brian Kenny, tabletop games journalist , player & GM – “Tabletop board games”

Important things to cover are settings, scale, complexity and balance. Tabletop games usually fall into Fantasy, Historical, Modern and Sci-Fi settings but can vary in scope and scale, from small squad skirmishes to epic regimental engagements and relatively simple rulesets to complex systems that replicate almost every possible real-world scenario. Ultimately though you have to consider balancing realism, simplicity and enjoyment.

SHORT BREAK – 10 min max

  • Diarmaid, TOG, “Intro to the second part of talks”

John will talk about his process of storyboarding as a tool to develop visual storytelling. By showing examples he will illustrate how storyboarding is a powerful tool that can be used across many disciplines such as animation, games and live action. In the talk he will do a brief breakdown of his own working process highlighting key areas such as composition, the subject in the frame, character development and tracking story.

  • Ciara Costelloe, Board Games Designer – “Variety of types of components in Board Games and ways of testing them”

Have you ever wondered why the variety of board games has expanded so rapidly in recent times? Why do some things in games change so much and some things stay the same? I’m going to take a look at the technology involved in making components and what these components bring to the game.

  • Jeffrey Roe, TOG CEO – “Projects recap, teaching by playing”

Presentation of photos from events.

  • Louise Nolan, TOG – “Digital game design”

What makes a ‘game’?

  • Stephen Cameron – “Procedural generation of gas giant planet textures for space games”

Slide deck (contains spoilers, obviously): https://smcameron.github.io/space-nerds-in-space/gaseous-giganticus-slides/slideshow.html#1

SHORT BREAK & the games will start 🙂

We hope to SEE you ALL @ TOG on Friday the 30th of September, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm kick-off!

 

Games Night Event at TOG

games-9Don’t forget this Friday Tog will be hosting a series of short talks about games.

This will be followed by a night of gaming (we will have Board Games, Mame & Xbox consoles, you can bring your laptop and/or any other games). There will be spot prices and competitions run throughout the night.

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We hope to SEE you ALL @ TOG on Friday the 30th of September, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm kick-off!

Games Night Event at TOG

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Tog will be hosting a series of short talks about games. Topics will include:

  • Introduction to game design
  • Process of game creation
  • Building interactive games
  • Coding games (tutorials)
  • New games on the market, hot Kickstarters
  • Use of games in education

This will be followed by a night of gaming (we will have Board Games, Mame & Xbox consoles, bring your laptop if you wish). There will be couple free to enter competitions run throughout the night.

Talks will start at 7pm on Friday 30th of September. Please arrive at 6.30pm.

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Any speakers who are interested in giving a talk please contact us at info@tog.ie or speak to Izzy or Diarmaid in the space.

Each speaker will have 5 to 15 minutes available, although when necessary longer time slots can be assigned.

We hope to SEE you ALL @ TOG on Friday the 30th of September, 6.30pm arrival for 7pm kick-off!

Board Game Night – First of 2016!

For our first Board Game Night of 2016 – in our brand new space, we’re breaking with tradition and featuring three new games for our next meetup!

The three games we’ve selected are all Spiel de Jahres winners and are great gateway games for those interested in modern or european style board games.

As they’ve each been previously featured on Geek & Sundry’s TableTop with Wil Wheaton, you can watch episodes in advance to see how the games are played and just how fun they are!

Of course as usual, you can still come along with any board or card game of your own you want to play with others.

 

So join us to play games on Friday 5th of February from 6:30pm in Tog’s new home in 22 Blackpitts, Dublin 8

 

Carcassonne – Spiel des Jahres Winner 2001 (TableTop – Season 2, Episode 17)

 

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Alhambra – Spiel des Jahres Winner 2003 (TableTop – Season 1, Episode 17)

 

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Ticket to ride – Spiel des Jahres Winner 2004 (TableTop – Season 1, Episode 4)

 

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Board Game Night: Small World

Its that time again, first friday of the month! Board Game Night!

This Friday 2nd October starting from 6:3o pm the games we’ll be playing are Small World and Small World: UndergroundThis’ll be a family-friendly event, with the games recommended for ages 10 and above.

In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all.

Designed by Philippe Keyaerts as a fantasy follow-up to his award-winning Vinci™, Small World is inhabited by a zany cast of characters such as dwarves, wizards, amazons, giants, orcs and even humans; who use their troops to occupy territory and conquer adjacent lands in order to push the other races off the face of the earth.

Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers, players rush to expand their empires – often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory!

 

 

Board Game Night

 

As many of you may be aware, we’ve been thinking long and hard about running game nights in Tog for a while now. You may have even played a few games with us at one of our open socials, but finally the stars have aligned and we’re now running a regular Board Game Night on the first Friday of the month 6:30 to 10:30pm starting from THIS FRIDAY, 4th September.

The basic concept of Board Game Night is that once per month a game is selected as the main focus of the night, and we’ll try to get a few copies of the game (when possible) so that everyone that comes can play and enjoy that game. It wont always be possible to have multiple copies, so we will have other similarly themed games going on simultaneously when that’s not possible.

It’s free and open to everyone, so just come down and play some games!

 

For our first night, we’re kicking off with Splendor as our main game of choice. We will of course have others available including Small World, Ticket to Ride, Boss Monster and others should we get a big group enough together.

Splendor is a game of chip-collecting and card development. Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. If you’re wealthy enough, you might even receive a visit from a noble at some point, which of course will further increase your prestige.” BoardGameGeek

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