I´m an indie guy in Poznan Game Arena

Hey Everyone!

It’s Ade again, and it’s Tradeshow season in these parts! And what a season, what a season!

For everyone in the industry in Europe fall is the season of packing up your bags and heading to a whole plethora of shows all across the old continent & beyond, and for us it was the first time we got to show one of our games, Catpocalypse Meow, on the floor of an international Arena. What Arena was that? Well none other than the Pòznan Game Arena (or PGA) in Poland! Wanna see our booth? Tadaaa!

For us, hailing all the way from Spain 3000 km away, it was also a fun excuse to go on a road trip and see some cool places such as this one:

Isn’t it neat? If Dishonored 3 ain’t happening over there it definitely should. And speaking of Dishonored and it’s cool mechanical contraptions, check this clock out. I mean, shouldn’t that be somewhere in The Clockwork Mansion?

So yeah, Europe? Hell of a place, lots and lots of history everywhere you go if you’re into that sort of stuff (I super am). But do you know what I’m also into? Games, of which where plenty at the PGA. Speaking of, The GIC (Game Industry Conference) was also happening right next door, where thanks to the help of Steel Media’s very own Sophia Aubrey Drake we got to take part in the Big Indie Pitch (Our inscription got eaten by internet goblins and still she was nice enough to let us participate, thanks again, Sophia!), a very cool speed dating type event where you have 5 minutes to pitch your game to a combination of industry people before you move onto the next table. It was great fun and I definitely recommend it to any indie out there that wants to practice and polish their pitch, because if there’s something we learned is the importance to frontload the really important/cool information, get rid of the fluff and distill the essence of whatever you’re making into something that you should be able to explain in 5 minutes or less, or as another member of the industry told me while we were there “make it sweet and make it tight”, so let me pass on that very useful piece of wisdom.

 

So was it useful? Well, considering I would be pitching our Catpocalypse Meow project 40+ times during the next 14 days immediately after the Big Indie Pitch, I would say VERY much so. Here’s a picture of our energy levels about half way through:

And here’s me right after the 40+ meeting.

That was a lie, that’s actually Dani, friend of the studio and our unofficial photographer during our Euroscapade, but I thought the picture was great, so there you go.

 

So what about the PGA? It was great! Not only getting to show our little project in front of so many people, but also to meet (and drink!) with so many indie studios from Poland and from all across Europe! It’s always inspiring to see so many people from so many places gathering in one spot for the common love of our chosen artform. Like these nice people from the Akademia sztuki w Szczecinie I’m flexing with (which google says is the Szczecin Academy of Arts), they had a plant that could do music and some other real cool and experimental stuff!

But it was not only indies we met! We also got to hang out with people from cool companies like Techland, Warhorse, 11Bit Studios and more, which one of the best parts of the job, getting to say hi and thank you to people who’s games you like. For example, here’s me with some of the people responsible for the recently added Winterhome campaign in Frostpunk that’s currently kicking the everloving poop out of my management sim loving butt. Super cool campaign if you’re a bit of a masochist like myself and enjoy punishing scenarios, 10/10, would recommend.

But it was not only indies we met! We also got to hang out with people from cool companies like Techland, Warhorse, 11Bit Studios and more, which one of the best parts of the job, getting to say hi and thank you to people who’s games you like. For example, here’s me with some of the people responsible for the recently added Winterhome campaign in Frostpunk that’s currently kicking the everloving poop out of my management sim loving butt. Super cool campaign if you’re a bit of a masochist like myself and enjoy punishing scenarios, 10/10, would recommend.

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