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It's All a Game - From Boards to VR - Designing Games

  • 06/09/2017
  • 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
  • 5141 California Street, Irvine, CA
Inventors Forum Speaker's Series 2017

Speakers: William Fisher, William Volk, & Roger Yanagita

It's All a Game

From Boards to VR - Designing Games

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Come learn what it takes to create a winning game, and the way that game design has changed, and stayed the same, through the years.  Roger Yanagita is a member of the Inventors Forum, who has invented classic board games. William Fisher is involved in the current game business creating geolocational mobile games, and William Volk worked at Activision during the classic video gaming period and is now pioneering games that can even be played on the Apple Watch.  

Where are games headed and what do they have in common throughout the years?  Where are the new opportunities?  Are board games dead, or in a new Renaissance?



Bill Fisher is one of the first-generation video game programmers. He started at Mattel Electronics, working on three games for the Intellivision game console and then hiring and training the company’s Apple II and IBM PC game development teams.

He founded Quicksilver Software, Inc. in 1984. The company focuses on the development of challenging projects ranging from games to education and military training to highly specialized vertical applications such as restaurants and museum exhibits. Quicksilver recently released its first augmented-reality game and is working on three more AR titles.


WIlliam Volk is the former VP of Technology at Activision, responsible for the production of the 1st CD-ROM game, The Manhole™ and The Return to Zork™.

At Lightspan, Volk led a team that produced more than 110 educational titles for PlayStation.  As Chief Futurist at Forward Reality, he brings almost three decades of innovation, to these exciting new VR projects.


Roger Yanagita is a member of the Inventor's Forum and board game designer. Roger's first invention to go to market is the board game "Play 5" which combines Poker and Scrabble.  He will present thoughts on the experience of design, manufacture, and selling of a board game, old school style, and as a cost effective way to get into the product creation business

Open to non-members @ UCI's Applied Innovation (The Cove) in "the Beach" meeting room.

Inventors Forum holds 10 Speaker Series Meetings (February through November)

Come and Learn something new and discuss ideas with other inventors, startups, and product developers.

WHERE: UCI's Applied Innovation

Maps & Directions:  See Venue

5141 California St, Irvine, CA 92626 Room 200 - Known as "The Beach"

WHEN: These meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of the month and begin at sharp at 7:30 P.M. with registration starting at 7:00 PM. Come early (7PM to network with other inventors). The meeting usually lasts about 2 hours.

FEE: Our Speaker Series is Currently FREE 

For our Members Assistance Meetings: Door fees are $5 for members. Non-members can join at the door. Initial membership fees are $50 per year, and half price ($25) for seniors 65+, full time students and disabled. UCI Students are $12.50. We can take credit and debit card payments through Stripe at the meetings. If you're paying cash, please, no large denomination bills.

NOTES: We are a non-profit group with no paid positions and the success of the group is totally dependent on what YOU bring to the meetings. So please share any helpful information you have. The hard working volunteers who keep IF going appreciate any and all assistance.

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