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Go West, If You Have To


July 11, 2018
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Nerdery
9555 James Ave S Suite 245
Bloomington, MN 55341 United States

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Member Project

Knowing the Ropes of Fantasy Tropes

Kieran Sheldon

Fantastical stories are more than mere escapism. In this talk, I will examine how fantasy tropes and game mechanics can combine to shed light on real-world situations and struggles.

Kieran Sheldon is a fantasy writer and game design student at Northeastern University. He has recently released his first game, Luminous, a dark narrative platformer that was featured and recommended on itch.io.

Main Presentation

Go West, If You Have To

Victor Thompson

Victor will discuss the production process for the game West of Loathing, including concept development, design, production, and marketing.

Victor Thompson is a Minneapolis-born game maker who is currently working as a contract programmer for various games and game-adjacent projects.

Plug My Thing!

In addition to informal verbal plugs, we’ll also show your trailer, user group, recruitment page, promo video, demo reel, etc. Grab the appropriate ticket – first come, first served.


  • Short and sweet. 3 minutes max!
  • Related to games, gaming and or game development in some way. (Exceptions can be made, but please consult us first.)
  • 1 short URL, Zero setup (Media is streamable from fast/reliable site like YouTube, Vimeo, etc.)
  • Your Contact info is on page or in video.
  • You were a part of this project, are attending the meeting, and will introduce it.
  • Meet us in the auditorium at least 5-10 minutes early, so we can load your page.

Agenda (approximate)

  • 6:00 Pizza and drinks (thanks to the Nerdery!) and socialize.
  • 6:30 Meeting starts. Announcements and Plug My Thing!
  • 6:45 Member Project
  • 7:30 Main Presentation

We’ll be heading to Joe Sensers in Bloomington after the event. Come socialize with other local developers.

Many, many thanks to The Nerdery for hosting the IGDA Twin Cities events over the years.

This event is open to the public. An IGDA Membership not required.