CT Gets its Own FIG
Feeling guilty about spending so much time settled down in front of the computer screen playing games? Finding it hard to set aside the gaming mentality? Feeling you should be spending more time interacting with friends and family face-to-face? Well, you’re in luck: On April 30, you can spend an entire day face-to-facing with friends, family and strangers while continuing the gaming mindset yet leaving your computer screen behind. Amazing as it sounds, folks, it is possible!
The first annual CT Festival of Indie Games (CT FIG) will be hosted onsite by The Grove, the Happiness Lab and Elm City Games on Saturday, April 30. April 30 also happens to be International Table Top Day, ergo, all games at the festival will be table top games (think board games, card games, dice games) as opposed to digital games.
The Connecticut festival is modeled after the annual Boston Festival of Indie Games , known as Boston FIG which has been a tradition since 2011. Game designers and co-founders of Geek Fever Games, Jason Micelli and Matt Plourde have attended the Boston FIG for years and finally decided the time was right to give Connecticut its very own FIG. Among the sponsors for the CT FIG are the Boston FIG, whose core team has worked closely with Micelli and his partners to organize the event, and The Game Crafter, a site well known to indie game designers that produces game components and custom print-on-demand card and board games.
You probably won’t find any of your old favorites like Monopoly or Parcheesi as the games at the festival are designed by independent game developers and published by small game publishing houses. Micelli describes the festival as “dedicated to celebrating and highlighting indie game designers across New England.” Many of the games at the festival have yet to be launched, so you’ll get to give feedback directly to the game designers. Along with prizes to be raffled off there will be games for sale by vendors so you can bring home something completely new to show off to friends.
For designers, there will be prizes in various categories as well as the opportunity to test out their games, speak with game publishers and even be interviewed for live broadcast on Late to The Table on Twitch TV, a live streaming video platform owned by a subsidiary of Amazon.com Inc.
With tickets for the entire day costing only $10 per person or $15 per household (no limit on household size) this is likely to be the most fun for the least money you’ll have all year. Crowds are expected as the event is being widely advertised, so advance registration is recommended and can be done at online at http://ct-fig.com. Directions and parking information is also available on the website.