We’ve featured a number of gaming groups here on KC Geeks, but did you know there is also a growing number of Kansas City game developers? Charlotte Trible noticed that and founded Crossroads Game Lab to offer developers a sense of community. Read on to learn about their Micro Game Jams and playtests!
What is the name of your group?
Crossroads Game Lab
What is your name and what is your role in the group?
Charlotte Trible, Founder
How would you describe your group?
Crossroads Game Lab fosters digital and analog game development in Kansas City, MO.
When was the group founded?
What made you want to found a group for Kansas City game developers?
I founded the group a couple years ago because I was a hobbyist game developer who felt very alone. I knew there were other local developers, and had even worked with a few of them, but there was little to no sense of community between any of us. I saw similar groups gaining traction in other cities and wished for something like that in Kansas City.
How big is the group?
We have 8 different local game development studios that we work with. However, each studio may have multiple people, or some of those people may work at more than one game development studio.
How often do you meet?
It varies. We meet every Sunday to work on our games at the Micro Game Jam, and schedule other events as wanted/needed, such as playtests and social meetups.
Where do you meet?
Our weekly Micro Game Jam is at the Broadway Roasting Company.
Editor’s Note: they have also added monthly playtests at Pawns & Pints.
What do you do at meetings/events?
At the Micro Game Jam we work on games. It’s very similar to study hall. Everyone knows what they’re working on, and has a collaborative environment that makes it easy to focus and get help when needed. At other events we’ve play tested games to gain feedback or simply hung out with like minded company.
What do you love about the group? What makes it unique?
It’s a really exciting time to be in games in Kansas City. Game development doesn’t have a large footprint here, despite having several large communities of avid gamers, but it is growing. We get to be at the forefront of that and create the kind of community that we want. Ultimately we’re different because of our inclusivity: we work with developers of any games, most other groups define themselves by either video games or board games.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.
We’ve hosted a couple game nights where we’ve been able to get together and enjoy games without the backdrop of work. One was Johann Sebastian Joust in Loose Park at night, which was so much fun. Another time we got together and played our favorite board games while a few others played video games on a massive projected screen. It was a really cool environment and great to see what kinds of games people were excited about.
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
We’ve been fairly dormant over the winter because we’ve been so busy actually making games, but we’ve been plotting and planning what we can do this summer and fall now that we’ve had more experience running something like this. We’d like to have more socials and game nights so we can better connect developers with players, because that’s when everyone can truly thrive.
Where can someone find more information about your group?
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Additional Editor’s Note: If you had the ear of a game developer, what would you ask for? Share your thoughts with a comment below!