What's all this, then?
Hey there. I'm game developer David S Gallant, and I need some help to get to IndieCade.
Wait. Who are you?
David S Gallant. I make games. You might have heard of this one, I Get This Call Every Day. I kind of made news when my former employer, the Canada Revenue Agency, discovered the game and fired me for making it.
Here's an interactive fiction that tells the story of how I became a game maker. Before this I've been a games writer, a tabletop RPG writer, a BA in English, a campus newspaper publisher, a burger-flipper, a call centre team leader, a golf course groundskeeper, and a karate black belt. I've kind of been around.
Okay. What's IndieCade?
IndieCade is, from what I've heard, an incredibly awesome amazing inclusive festival celebrating all kinds of games. There are these really excellent panels and workshops already on the schedule, plus a whole bunch of games are being shown. Most of all, though, it's bringing together an amazing group of people in one place. I'm told that it is one of the most inclusive spaces around for games, and I really want to be a part of that.
So, what's in this for me?
Not much, I'm afraid. This is a really selfish request. I want to go to IndieCade to experience IndieCade. I can't guarantee that it will inspire me to make a new game, or that I will make powerful connections for future collaborations, or even that I'll have a good time. I'm only asking you to help if you care at all about seeing me at IndieCade, either because you're going too, or you have some vested interest in my well-being.
That being said, there are some perks over on the right side of this page. They're not much, but they are a little something that I can give back for your help.
Except maybe that last one. Voice acting is a lot of work. Don't get suckered into it.
Wait a minute, didn't you make a bunch of money off of that one game?
I Get This Call Every Day has made about $13,500 to date, almost all of which has covered rent, groceries, and bills since January. The bulk of the money ran out in May, and the cheques I do get every month immediately go towards keeping us housed and fed. Ana, my wife, supports us as best she can with her steady paycheck. My job hunt has not yet yielded any employment. If this campaign doesn't work out, I won't be making it to IndieCade at all.
So what happens if you make more than $650?
Any extra funds might go towards a place to stay in California, upgrading from the current plan of crashing at a stranger's place. Anything beyond that is going straight to rent & bills.
Why did you write this like you are talking to yourself?
Because I often do.
Do you ever answer back?
You tell me.
By the way, who took that gorgeous photo of you?