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Outdoors and in person!
We’re back with in-person monthly socials, held outdoors! We meet 7–10pm on the first Wednesday of every month, at a bar in downtown Manhattan with (heated) outdoor tables, food with vegan and GF options, and a good selection of both alcoholic and NA drinks.
Our current venue is Smithfield Hall on W. 25th St.
New events will be added to the embedded calendar in the sidebar. 👉🏻
Subscribe to the public Google calendar for updates, or sign up for event invites!
👋🏻 Hi! I'm Jess Haskins (she/her). I'm an editor, narrative designer, and educator, as well as a community organizer for the NYC game dev scene. I've been hosting the NYC Indie Games socials since 2013.
You can find me on Mastodon at @[email protected], or visit jesshaskins.com.
So you know who to look for, here’s what I look like!
NYC Indie Games was originally a Facebook group founded in 2011. It was created and run from Muse Games, where I worked at the time, and the earliest events were game and playtest nights at the Muse offices.
The group was used mainly to announce the monthly socials that Dave Gilbert of Wadjet Eye Games used to host for the IGDA NYC chapter at No Idea Bar. When Dave got too busy to keep it up, I became a group admin and took over hosting the socials in 2013. Our first location was Loki Lounge in Park Slope, and we cycled through several spots in Brooklyn and lower Manhattan over the years. (Who remembers taking the ferry to Greenpoint? ✋🏻)
We held a few virtual events on Gather early in the pandemic, then went on a year-long hiatus. In-person, outdoor socials resumed in August 2022.
By 2021, the group boasted almost 2,000 members—although that audience was largely unreachable without paying Facebook for promotional boosts 🤮. With the blessing of my fellow admins, I deleted the Facebook group and moved operations to this website and email newsletter.
If you made it here, you found us. 💖
RSVP to NYC Indie Games February Social | Partiful
7–10pm at Smithfield Hall
Raise a glass with some old or new friends! 🍻
Events are usually the first week of the month. Try the Agenda view to see what's coming up!
Get an event invite when a new social is scheduled.
Exploring the NYC game dev scene? Here are some excellent community hubs.
👆🏻Tucked away for now. Click to expand and pay a visit to our early-pandemic hangout spot!