November 2015 Meeting & Announcements

The season we all live in Phoenix for is finally upon us. Come enjoy a temperate fall evening with us on November 18, 2015 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe. Note that this month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 150.


The Good, The Bad, And the (Sometimes Very) Ugly

Some Thoughts After 18 Months as a Full Time Indie

It’s very common to only hear about success and not struggles when discussing indie game development. In reality, most people who go into the game industry as an independent experience broad ranges of success and failure. Tristan shares a few key bits of information after the first 18 months of founding Broken Window Studios, what it’s after a successful Kickstarter, and why launching on Steam may not immediately change your life for the better. This is a cautionary tale with a hopefully uplifting purpose, meant to highlight the realities of working in games without a safety net.

Presented by Tristan Moore

Tristan MooreTristan is to co-founder and Creative Director of Broken Window Studios, developer of the Early Access title Reflections and the successfully Kickstarted Grave. Tristan has years of experience working on AAA, AA, and indie titles of various statures, and has worked in a combination of art, design, and production roles.



AZ Developer Directory
The Game CoLab has started a full list of Arizona’s game developers. Check it out to see what’s happening in the Phoenix area and beyond. If you know anyone that should be on the list please contact Ben Reichert ( to add them.

Arizona Women in Games International
Women in Games International now has an Arizona chapter. Check out their official Facebook page for information on their upcoming events and meet ups.

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

Location and Parking


The presentation will be located in classroom 150 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!


There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.