GAME DEV GALAXY

Discord group for gender- and sex-marginalized game devs making digital, analog, or experimental games. Different professions, skill levels, and styles welcome!

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Hi! If you're reading this, you're probably wondering what the space is about.

We – GDG – are a community discord where gender- and sex-marginalized game developers can get advice on dev, share projects, resources, and job posts, and otherwise just hang out and talk. We welcome and support cis women, trans women, trans men, nonbinary people, intersex people, and otherwise gender-diverse people regardless of body type, ethnicity, race, disability, or LGBT+ status.

If you belong to one of the aforementioned groups and are involved in game dev (whether a student, freelancer, and/or full-time professional), click below for an invite!

Q & A:

Who are you and why should I trust you?

Great question! We’re a group of freelancers and/or former studio devs who felt a group like this was needed. GDG's first members met on a server for small-time LGBT+ creators founded by Wren Farron (@sleeprealms | she/her), and from there, spun off into a game-focused group.

As a server space, GDG was started by Maddie McQuinn (@CymechDraws | she/her), a gay robot who likes to draw and write. Her freelance clients include Strange Scaffold, Sixpence Games, and various indie devs doing VR work, action RPGs, and more. She believes strongly in trans-inclusive feminism, the importance of labor organizing, and the need to uplift BIPOC, disabled, and queer devs.

Currently, the group is also managed in large part by Sol (@mnsoleart | he/they), a queer Venezuelan artist with four years experience in environment art at Gato Studio. Sol has taught 3D modeling at university level, and manages La Madriguera, a Spanish community for LGBT+ devs. Sol also likes hugging trees, modeling food, and rendering cool environments with weird textures.

McQuinn and Sol manage GDG's public-facing presence, though there are others who contribute as well. Below is the full list of active admins and/or mods:

calm-eyed deer-head bot

Maddie McQuinn || she/her || @CymechDraws

Strange entity who believes in the power of friendship. She specializes in 2D art, does comics and concept art, and is currently learning how to write. Maddie likes chatting, community organizing, and pursues a grad degree at California College of the Arts.

three-eyed mask on crackling golem

Sol || he/they || @mnsoleart

Friendly rock-modeler. Fan of blaseball, alt-fashion, and cooking savory food from around the world. Sol's main passion is 3D modeling, but he enjoys 2D digital work as well. Loves to seek out interesting art and stories no matter the form.

emoji-face neon-smile astronaut

Alexia Soucy || she/her || @AlSoDraws

Trans québécois artist and programmer based in Montréal, Canada. Alexia works as coder and producer for KoiKup Games, an indie group making Paludale, a colorful and tactical monster-fighter. She moderates on GDG and enjoys Final Fantasy XIV in her spare time.

v-for-victory sci-fi guy under trans flag

Jack Carrillo Concordia || he/him || @SpookybotGG

Trash shipper who's obsessed with yuri manga. Jack is a narrative designer, writer, and editor with experience in mobile games and journalism. He loves rhythm games and tactical RPGs, as well as visual novels and roguelikes that never fail to make him cry.

marble-sculpted mess of mass

Odd || ???/??? || @????

Ghost-machine, writer, illustrator, and environment designer. Odd teaches something art-related to some people, somewhere. [img. credit: @DavidAltmejd]

We strive to keep GDG a safe, positive place, and take concerns around inclusivity and intersectionality seriously. We reject fascism, white supremacy, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, and similar ideologies in all forms. Basically, we believe games are a medium that benefits from marginalized voices, and in particular those of gender- and sex-marginalized devs. If this is you, feel free to join us!

I’m a transmasc, trans male, or male intersex person. Am I welcome here?

Yes. We believe people aside from cis and trans women disproportionately deal with sexism, and this includes some masculine or "masc-presenting" identities. We don’t think gender- and sex-diverse people are necessarily "more like" cis women than cis men. We allow women to voice their experiences, but discourage overly cruel or binary thinking in regards to gender.

I’m a non-intersex cis male ally. Can I get an invite?

GDG is is not open to allies at this time. We allow room for those questioning their gender, and if this is you, we won’t ask too many questions. Nonetheless, we ask that members respect the space's intent. If you’re an ally and want to post a job, we welcome your support. DM or email and we’ll get back to you!

Do you allow NSFW games or works?

In general – no. We allow the sharing of SFW assets from NSFW games, and it’s OK to talk about NSFW content in context of things you’ve made. However, the server is open to those under eighteen, and we ask that people be smart about the atmosphere that entails.

What do you do as a community?

Mostly just hang out and talk games. We share what we’re working on, or things that might be useful (eg. job posts or other resources). We don’t allow job posts from people offering low-paid or unpaid work. We sometimes have movie or game events on weekends. When COVID-19 is less of a problem, in-person meetups will probably be a thing, too!

Why did you make this group?

I did this because I (Maddie) was looking for a dev discord for gender-diverse people and was unable to find one. Before starting GDG, I was brought onto the board of advisors of a gender and games-related nonprofit. I was offered the role of community management and online outreach. Despite this, I was unable to reach agreement with organizers on matters of trans inclusivity.

I turned down the position, then spent a week looking through tons of discords on disboard, discord.me, and elsewhere for a group with this intent. After being unable to find one, I decided to make it myself. So, here we are! ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I can’t promise I’m perfect, but I try to do my best to address community matters and create an inclusive environment. My dream is to grow a space where game dev (and creative work, in general) is less exhausting, mysterious, and isolating. Though no one space can be the perfect fix, my hope is that this one can help, and lend support to gender- and sex-diverse people when needed.

Who cares?! I’m reading ‘cause I’m a troll!! I'm gonna go wild like it's 2014. Let me in!!!

OK!! But we should warn you that when you arrive, you can’t generate invites. They're once-per-person. There’s also pretty much always a mod online, mostly because we have bad sleep schedules. But sure! Try us – we could always use a laugh.

This seems like a lot of work. How can I help support you?

We appreciate tips! 100% of donations go towards boosting the server and/or cost of hosting this page. No funds gathered through Ko-fi are used for personal purposes.

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Thanks for reading! Please direct questions or comments to gamedevgalaxy@gmail.com, or @GalaxyDevZone on twitter.

GAME DEV GALAXY

Discord group for gender- and sex-marginalized game devs making digital, analog, or experimental games. Different professions, skill levels, and styles welcome!

If you want an invite, ask here! Please let us know if you have an online account associated with making stuff, or any public account. If you don't have one, please include a Discord handle so our admins can get in touch. Pronouns are helpful but not required.

Also, why do you want to be part of a dev group for gender/sex-marginalized people?

That's all. Thanks!

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GAME DEV GALAXY

Discord group for gender- and sex-marginalized game devs making digital, analog, or experimental games. Different professions, skill levels, and styles welcome!

This page is a list of online game dev groups that (at time of writing), we find to be nice creative spaces. While our community members are present in each to varying degrees, our intent is to get together a page that might be useful for people looking for creative communities.

Each space is included with permission of the owners. If you run such a group and are interested in getting in touch, please contact us at gamedevgalaxy@gmail.com.

La Madriguera: cute creatures in pride flag scarves, drawing, gaming, and jamming to music.
La Madriguera LGBT+ [SPA]
Discord community for queer, spanish-speaking people in game dev. Open to students, teachers, hobbyists, and industry professionals of all shapes and sizes! Twitter
Fem Devs: cursive text over violet controller
FemDevs [SPA]
Non-profit organization promoting gender equality in game dev by increasing interest, participation, and presence of women in the industry. Website || Twitter
Graphic nine-pointed sun; an orange, blue, and purple medallion.
Latinx in Gaming [SPA/ENG]
Platform to connect with Latinx people across the video game industry; promotes cultural appreciation and representation in game-related content. Website || Twitter

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