A picture of the bus stop in front of 341 king St E beside Rooster Coffee House

SpecOPS Information Package

SpecOps (Coded as  SPEC T0517) is an enhanced program using the most popular professional game design and development tools. Work independently and together to make a game prototype using 2D/3D art tools, programming and sound engineering software depending on your personal interests. Explore the video game industry in a low-anxiety learning environment while creating portfolio pieces that can be used to apply to post-secondary programs or creative jobs. This program is for people interested in attending post-secondary school and is open to current college students interested in improving their skills.
  • Ages 16 – 30
  • $1400.00
  • 12 Weeks, Saturdays: May 20 to August 15
  • July 29th at Con Bravo
  • Split payments can be made.
 What software will we practice?

  • Unreal Engine 4, RPG Maker, Adobe Photoshop, 3DS Max, Maya (Animation)

Lead Instructor of SpecOPS

Mark Beaudry

Where and When will it be?

The Every1Games 12 Week program will take place at the George Brown College School of Art and Design, at 341 King Street East, Toronto from Saturday May 20 to Saturday August 5 from 10AM to 3PM.

The program itself will take place in various computer labs Room 515. A detailed schedule will be provided on the first day of program.

Saturday July 29th we have planned an excursion to provide opportunities in the community outside of the computer labs. We will be travelling together on the GO Train to the Hamilton Convention Centre for Con Bravo or you can meet us at the pre-determined location. We will borrowing lessons from Every1Games’ popular Keep Calm and Travel ON; Autism Travel Training Program to prepare for our trip and ensure the safety of all participants. We will work with you to have a plan that works for you and your family.

Con Bravo is Canada’s Youtube and Gaming Convention. It is a volunteer run convention, an all things geek festival featuring gaming, cosplay, and all sorts of awesome. We usually attend some panels that feature local creators and leaders in the community and play some games. This year Every1Games is also hosting the Every1Game’s sensory lounge.

Every1Games’ Sensory Lounge is an autism friendly space to relax in a stress free environment. Visit this small Snoezelen room for some quiet time and rest. Whether you’re exhausted from passion and social interaction, or just want to reset and decompress, this Sensory Lounge is a unique place to visit and take a break.

For more information on Con Bravo see their website http://2017.conbravo.com/about/


If you are being dropped off/picked up 

Participants can be dropped off/picked up at the front entrance of 341 King Street East. On all twelve days, one of our staff members will be present in the lobby to meet all participants. Participants under 18 will need to be signed in by a parent/guardian unless arranged before. Please email sarah@every1games.ca to confirm independent sign in/ sign out.  For parents or guardians who need to park temporarily, there is meter parking on King directly in front of the building and on the surrounding streets. If there are no spots available, there is a Staples on the corner of Berkely and King St E (just at the end of the block). This is a good option for pick up since the no stopping during rush hour begins at 4pm. From 341 King St E (going East) turn right on Berkley, their parking lot is immediately on the left. Though it posts for customers only, its a great space to park for a few minutes.

If you are taking the bus

Participants taking public transit; from King Station, take the 506 Street Car on King to Ontario Street. The bus will stop in front of a bus shelter just after the doors of 341 King Street East, beside the Rooster Coffee House.  For transit routes and times please visit the websites for Toronto Transit.

Toronto Transit Commission


How to get to the room

We meet in the lobby. Walk into the double doors at 341 King. Elevators are straight ahead, chairs and tables are located to the right. We will be hanging out in the chairs until 10am. If you are late and you can go directly to the computer labs. Take the elevators to Floor 5 and head to the appropriate room. If you can’t find us for any reason or are going to be late for any reason please call or text Sarah Saucier at (416) 697-8625 and a facilitator will come to the main entrance to meet you.

Meals and Breaks

There are breaks in the schedule but E1G promotes a low-anxiety environment. If you need to take a break between scheduled break times that is totally cool, please just let the facilitator know that you are in need of a break. We will cover safe breaks on the first day of program so that you know where to go for alone time. Participants will have one 15 minute break and an hour for lunch in the schedule. Please bring enough snacks and a lunch for the day.

  • We encourage a packed lunch. We eat together. Sometimes people wish to walk to the Tim Hortons or neighbouring shops. A facilitator will be with participants who want to go for lunch.

Environment and Accessibility

Every1Games strives to produce a low anxiety learning environment for everyone. All Every1Games programs primarily take place in computer labs. There is an air system that hums. The lights are mostly turned down or off. The room gets very warm from the computers and heating. You are welcome to use your own headphones while on the computers.

Weather and Emergency Cancellation Procedure

Due to the fact that this program will be taking place during the spring and summer we do not foresee cancellations. However, in case of an emergency we ask that all participants and parents/guardians pay attention to the weather forecasts on and before program days. In the event that our program is cancelled for the day due to severe weather or a closure of roads or campus, all registered participants will be phoned the morning the program is scheduled to take place. In the event of a cancellation, please contact Sarah Saucer at (416) 697-8625 or at sarah@every1games.ca for possible rescheduling details. No refunds will be issued if this happens.

You can also follow us on Twitter @Every1Games or on Facebook for updates.

12 week program Checklist for Participants and/or Gaurdians

  • I have created an account at every1games.ca (for participants) and completed the profile. Please note this is important as it will be the phone number we contact for emergencies.
  • I have paid the invoice sent to me by accounting@every1games.ca or made payment arrangements.
  • I have notified Sarah of any allergies, accommodations or learning goals not mentioned in the online profile.
  • I have read the information package and planned my travel route.

What Should I Bring?

Please note that we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. We will do our best to make sure that we help participants leave with everything they’ve brought! Mobile gaming devices like tablets or 3DS etc. are certainly allowed during break times.

  • Lunch and Snacks
  • Water Bottle
  • Headphones
  • USB Key to save work and take home
  • Comfort / Stim items are encouraged
  • Cell Phone (give number to facilitator)
  • Mobile Gaming Device (not required but totally cool)

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