Disclaimer: I'm currently working for Relic Entertainment and worked near Brian Wood. Thus I'm not particularly impartial on the subject.
Unfortunately my first demonstration of how small, and close-knit that the Vancouver games industry is was with the death of Brian Wood earlier this month.
Wood was a Lead Designer at Relic and had worked on the Vancouver developer's Company of Heroes Online, and sat not ten feet away from me. I didn't know him particularly well, but he always seemed like a nice guy and so it was shocking when we found out that he had been killed by a reckless driver in Washington State at the start of the month. The story would have been tragic even if he had not left behind his wife and their unborn child, both of whom are likely only alive due to his quick-thinking actions in the moments before the accident.
Friends and family of Brian setup a trust in his name to help support his family and people have continued to pitch in with assistance. A former Relic employee now at Bungie, makers of the Halo franchise, auctioned off a deluxe Halo: Reach Xbox 360 package on eBay raising more than $3,000 USD for the trust. And now the local gaming industry are getting into the action with an event on October 1st put on by EXP Entertainment.
Gaming on The Rocks (Facebook event listing) is being held at the Holiday Inn on Howe Street in Vancouver, and promises to be the most fun you've ever had while raising money for a good cause. From a silent auction full of very cool stuff collected by gaming companies like Radical, Relic and far-flung parent companies like Activision and THQ to raffles dances, DJs and classic gaming fun, the night is sure to be exciting.
Alright, I'm not happy about DJs being there either, but it's a nit-pick.
The evening promises to have:
☑ NO COVER!!
☑ FREE GAMING!!
☑ 200 CAPACITY!! ARRIVE EARLY!!
☑ SWAG GIVEAWAYS!!
☑ GAME GIVEAWAYS!!
☑ PREVIEW BUILDS OF NOT YET RELEASED GAMES!!
☑ WICKED MUSIC PROVIDED BY PRO DJS MANOS & D-FENS!!
☑ AWESOME DRINKS PREPARED BY AWESOME BARTENDERS!!
☑ DELICIOUS SUSTENANCE PREPARED AND COOKED ON SITE!!
If I haven't sold you on it yet then I will play my trump card: there will be playable Super Nintendo games.
Bottom line it should be a good time, and it's a fantastic example of how the local game community can pull together to raise money for a good cause. If you're not able, or inclined, to attend please consider making a contribution to the Brian Wood Memorial Trust.