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WilliamVaughan
02-08-2003, 09:07 AM
Lets get a list of every User group here.

Hellbring
02-08-2003, 10:54 AM
I was wondering anyoneknow of a Boston/New England based user group?

Tom Winnicki
02-08-2003, 08:17 PM
London Ontario LW user group info:

Meeting place: Archtech, 452 Horton Street East.

Meeting date: Saturday in the middle of the month :rolleyes: But I think later we'll have that changed to be the last Saturday of the month. Next meeting is on Sat. Feb. 15.

Meeting time: 2:00PM

Free snacks: Pizza, softdrinks... you know, the usual North American poison.

We have a VT2 machine set up for anyone who'd like to play and I bring in my dual Athlon rig with LW 7.5.

kevman3d
02-09-2003, 05:01 PM
New Zealand LW user group
Kiwavers ('Kee-wavers')

What are we about:
The LWUG is a place where anyone, commercial user to general hobbyist, can come and chat about LW and 3D with other people. We offer monthly tutorials, demos of plugins, tips, tricks, a place to ask questions and get free support for LightWave and your 3D art. We have an open forum where we encourage users to bring along projects, art, animations to show, get critique on, or ask how to solve problems. Anyone is welcome to present a tutorial, or material they think would be of interest to other users.

Nobody is required to be a top-level artist, or forced to stand in front of a group of strangers and talk. The atmosphere is very laid back and relaxed...

The group 'officially' started in 1999, died for a year, resurrected itself in 2000 and has been pretty stable since then... We're on a roll, and we're not looking like we're gonna stop anytime soon!

Cost:
FREE - No cost at this stage to come to meetings, and you even get munchies (chips, cookies, drinks, muffins, occasionall Dunkin' Donuts!). You can read about what happens online at the web site.

Where:
Meetings are usually held at 1 Wakefield Street, Auckland. AUT's Faculty of Arts building, Level 13, room 1307.

When:
Once a month (or more if we needed to), usually a week day and usually from 5:45-6:00pm to around 9:00-11:00pm. Meeting dates are fairly random (but we're trying to keep them close to the third wednesday of each month if possible) and are announced on the Kiwavers mailing list, so sign up and keep in touch with the ins and outs of the group!

Contact:
You can contact me (Kevin Phillips) for more information - Kevman ([email protected])

Web:
http://www.geocities.com/kiwaver

Mailing List:
http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/kiwavers

To Subscribe - Send a blank email to:
Kiwavers Mailing List Subscription ([email protected])

kevman3d
02-10-2003, 12:59 AM
Proton, just re-read your post - I think me make booboo - Did you mean you wanted a list of User groups in this particular thread, or in the forum itself? Doh! :eek:

oxyg3n
02-14-2003, 11:36 PM
Hello Proton,

I was wondering what it takes to start a user group. I am not aware of any in my area. Is it just a meeting of LW users to get together and mingle and share ideas?

I was thinking that it would be nice to start one up in Sacramento. Do you have any suggestions for getting one started?

kevman3d
02-15-2003, 02:30 AM
Hey Oxygen!

Starting a Usergroup is a good idea - Its a great way to socialise, make friends, learn tips and tricks and network with people to find out what the 3D scene is like locally...

Here's some tips from me - I started mine back in 1999 by collecting details about people who used LightWave in New Zealand - Just out of curiosity! Now we have almost 80 people on the mailing list and about 15-20 people per meeting, albeit mostly newbies!

* Find a location
That I think is the most important part - Once you have this sorted, you're pretty much set and ready to go. Also, while you're at that, try and see if you can find a location with equipment (Computer, Video, TV, projector, etc if you can)

We run ours up at the local University - In a computer lab with large projector screen, DVD, VCR and 20 workstations with LightWave on them - Perfect! But not everyone can get that Lucky to start with...

If you can, at least have a computer available - You really need at least that since LightWave afterall is a computer program and well, meetings wouldn't feel right if you couldn't use it at a meeting to show/demo/etc...

With location sorted, and as long as you have something to demo lightwave tips, models, etc on then you'll be fine!

* Contact and advertise
Start a small web site - Create a mailing list - Send out Emails - Post messages at your local community center... Let people know you're there, or your meetings will be SMALL! :)

For instance, I set up a mailing list at Egroups (which later became Yahoo! Groups) so that I could offer a way of getting the whole country involved in talking about LightWave (Since meetings are only in Auckland). It also gives me a communications resource to keep everyone up to date with the latest news, meetings details, etc.

The web site I use to post up details of meetings, and to try start a gallery and other things for my users. However maintaining a website (specially a static HTML based one like on Geocities (Eck!)) is a lot of work, and I often let it go un-updated for months at a time before I find time to refresh it...

If you can get a scripted web site hosting service (http://www.hostned.com is a good one) then get someone to build you an easily managed site...

Better still, if you find a user at your first meeting who has the time to build and maintain a website for you, then get other people to help you cause LWUG's are a lot of work for a one-man team! (I love hard work, really!) :)

* Spend time, prepare well...
Be prepared to spend some time to organise stuff, read news sites, find topics you can discuss at UG meetings... I collect 3D animation - This gives me material to show users (eye candy) about what 3D animation is about worldwide... All on my little 56k modem too! :)

Also, meetings tend to work almost like presentations - A few times we get discussion, however other times so many newbies are there that unless there's something to see, the meetings run roughly - Or become dead-pan events!

So what I do once a month is ask users is there anything that they want to know about, then read up, play with the idea and create a tutorial or little workshop about it. Its also an awesome way to build your own knowledge, and you'll find it gets you a great reputation with the local community as well...

I had the nickname 'Mister LightWave' at one stage, and I've been invited to media colleges to review student work, teach at the university and help out small local studios! The benefits of running the LWUG have been great!

I'll also try out any free plugins I find that look cool, and if I can use them adequately enough to not make too many mistakes before the meeting, I'll create a demo...

Worst thing you can do is do something 'on the fly' without any preparation - Sometimes I do things without preparing, but sometimes its also been a small disaster! :)

* Just do it!
Basically, once you have location, prepare something to talk about in case nobody has any ideas, grab a few small munchies and drinks and tell people about it - Go for it! Its pretty much as simple as that!

Good luck!

oxyg3n
02-20-2003, 01:49 AM
Thanks for all the info Kevman,

I am going to talk to one of my teachers at school and see if he would be interested in helping set this up in my area. He is very enthusiastic about LW!

We could probably use the facilities at my school, which would be nice.

Well, Thanks again, I appreciate it.

JVitale
02-20-2003, 09:53 PM
Also try to offer munchies and drinks... I think some people just come to our meetings for the free Krispy Kremes. :D

Don't forget to post your meeting dates and times in all the relevant news forums and VFX Pro....try to keep the meetings consistant...

Basically, Kevin covered everything in his post, but let me know if there are any questions. We run our group in a computer lab at Studio Arts school which is basiclaly a Maya school, but we have some very enthusiastic LightWavers....Newtek paid us a visit in January....

Good luck to you...

peterpro
03-10-2003, 11:44 PM
nyclightwave.com (http://nyclightwave.com)

meetings are once a month.
We've had about 7 meetings so far.

We are serving very tasty sandwiches =)
Thanks to paul goodrich (he's also providing the space)

Meetings usually around 7pm

gotta rsvp space is limited.


I'm also the webmaster for lalightwave.com

particle
03-25-2003, 06:20 PM
Albuquerque Lightwave User Group

Just getting started up, first meeting is tomorrow night. Plan on having meetings once every 2 months, trying to alternating with out local SIGGRAPH meetings. Current membership is around 15 with lots of new people coming tomorrow.

Location: SI-CORP (see webpage for details)

Date/Time: 26 Mar, 7pm

Website: ALWUG website (http://www.dramaticdigital.com/lwug/)

Everyone is welcome and there are no dues.

jeremyhardin
10-06-2003, 06:58 PM
oxyg3n, did you end up starting a group? i'd be interested in attending, if so.

tatiana
12-29-2003, 01:29 PM
I wanted to find out if there's a Dallas/Ft. Worth or North Texas LW user group? I saw that there was an Austin LUG, but that's a wee bit far away for me to easily attend. :)

Or is anyone planning on pulling one together?

Thanks!

t

Jörg
12-29-2003, 11:04 PM
LWUG-NRW

Meeting place:
Schwelgern-Cafe
Willy-Brandt-Ring.44
Duisburg, Germany, 47169

Meeting date: Saturday in the middle or end of the month
Meeting time: 10:00AM - 10:00PM

we have two meeting rooms
a. for 12 people

http://www.isis.de/members/~lightwave/Raum Klein.jpg

b. for 40 people

http://www.isis.de/members/~lightwave/Raum Gross.jpg


www.lwug-nrw.de (coming soon)

for more infos email me [email protected]


coffee and cookies is free

blueshift
02-16-2007, 10:06 AM
Hi ! I think Proton's original post "a list" is a great idea but I think New Tek should actively supprt this itself. It would be a very good promotional tool in and of itself. For instance I would like to find out if ther is a user group in my area, (West Chester Pa. "southeastern Pa.") I do a search on google and get some results but none in my area.

Perhaps there are groups in my area but they don't have a web site. I would prefer to find out if one already exists near me before attemting to set up a new one only to find out ayear later that one has been in existence for five years say only 2 miles away.

Maybe I'm just dreaming but it would be very helpful if New Tek were to say create a link on there Home page (easily accessible and visible) where users could leave text details if the don't have a website and organize it by geographical location.

Valuable to New Tek ? suppose a new user group member has LW 7.5 and isn't yet convinced he or she should upgrade then see's a hands on demonstration of new capabilities of LW9. OOh! OOh! I gotta have it.
Not to mention decreasing tremedously the learning curve for beginners making it less frustration and more FUN.

Just a thought.

Jörg
02-16-2007, 11:09 AM
take a look at www.friendsofnewtek.com maybe you have there more luck!


JJ

Bog
02-18-2007, 07:58 AM
LWUKUG,(Pron: L'wuckugh) AKA The London LightWave Boozer's Group

Nominal Organiser: Starbase1 ("Nick" in meatspace) (I'm assuming it's SB1 'cause he ususally seems to sound the clarion).
Usual Venue: The Shakespeare's Head, Holborn
Frequency: Approximately every 8 weeks
Nearest Hospital: Solihull Parkway (BUPA Affiliated)
Usual Suspects: Starbase1, DogBoy, Ben of Presets Central fame, er, can't remember other people, usually myself these days, er, some other guys. Please check under nearby tables for other users. Do not leave your animator unattended, or it may be considered a security hazard and destroyed by uncontrolled inebriation.

;)

kevman3d
02-23-2007, 06:11 PM
New Zealand LW user group
Kiwavers ('Kee-wavers')

What are we about:
The LWUG is a place where anyone, commercial user to general hobbyist, can come and chat about LW and 3D with other people. We offer monthly tutorials, demos of plugins, tips, tricks, a place to ask questions and get free support for LightWave and your 3D art. We have an open forum where we encourage users to bring along projects, art, animations to show, get critique on, or ask how to solve problems. Anyone is welcome to present a tutorial, or material they think would be of interest to other users.

Cost:
FREE - No cost at this stage to come to meetings, and you even get munchies (chips, cookies, drinks, muffins, occasionally Pizza or Dunkin' Donuts!). You can read about what happens online at the web site.

Where:
Natcoll Design Technology, 105 Symonds St, Level 3, Auckland.

When:
Once a month (or more if we needed to), every third Thursday of the months, starting around 6:00pm to around 9:00-11:00pm. Meeting dates are announced on the Kiwavers mailing list, so sign up and keep in touch with the ins and outs of the group!

Contact:
You can contact me (Kevin Phillips) for more information (PM me here).

Mailing List:
http://www.yahoogroups.com/group/kiwavers