Project Night - Shark Tank

Project Night: include.game & Shark Tank 5 (June 29)

Welcome to the new and improved project night, where we’ll be collaborating on a shared mission: create a game together in one month!

Last month, we held our fourth “shark tank” session, where anyone with a game idea was invited to present a five minute pitch. The pitches were then voted on by attendees, and a team of TVGS volunteers have been working together over the intervening month to develop the concept that received the most votes into a working prototype.

Now that a full month has elapsed, the progress that was made on the winning project (“include.game”) will be presented. The team will share their results at this meeting, and provide time for feedback and questions.

Based on the strong response to the “shark tank” series, we will be keeping it going as a recurring monthly event. That means participants at this event will again have a chance to pitch a game idea, all for an opportunity to lead a group of TVGS volunteers in a team effort to develop that idea into a functional prototype over the month ahead.

As always, everyone is free to join in. However, we do need to limit the total number of pitches for scheduling purposes. Therefore, if you wish to participate in the event, we ask that you please RSVP in advance using the registration form.

RSVP at our Facebook Event or at Meetup below:

Project Night: include.game & Shark Tank 5

Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

2 Space Cadets Attending

Welcome to the new and improved project night, where we’ll be collaborating on a shared mission: create a game together in one month!Last month, we held our fourth “shark tank” session, where anyone with a game idea was invited to present a five minute pitch. The pitches were then voted on by attendees, and a team of TVGS volunteers have been work…

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Extra Life

Capital Region Extra Life Guild Meeting (June 30)

We meet monthly and brainstorm various events in the Capital Region that would serve as strong platforms to recruit participants. Why attend the June Guild Meeting? – Hang out with awesome Extra Lifers and meet new friends to game with! – Attend upcoming cons and other events at no cost for volunteering for at the recruitment booth – Free food! Questions? Please contact Kait Ross at 262-8892 or rossk4@mail.amc.edu Instructor: Jamey Stevenson (jamey@jameystevenson.com)

Extra Life is a 24 hour gaming initiative where thousands of people from the gaming community have pledged to play games to help save the lives of sick and injured kids in support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. Friends and family support gamer’s efforts knowing that their money is going to stay local and help kids within their community. Extra Life makes it easy for people to help kids while doing what they already love doing. The fundraising is turn-key and is free to sign-up! When and how they play is up to the gamer. Hospitals win. Every time. The Guild functions as a group of Extra Lifers looking to be more involved in helping us spread the word about Extra Life in our community.

RSVP at our Facebook Event or at Meetup below:

Capital Region Extra Life Guild Meeting

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

1 Space Cadets Attending

We meet monthly and brainstorm various events in the Capital Region that would serve as strong platforms to recruit participants. Why attend the June Guild Meeting? – Hang out with awesome Extra Lifers and meet new friends to game with! – Attend upcoming cons and other events at no cost for volunteering for at the recruitment booth – Free food! Que…

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Game Club: Minecraft

Game Club: Minecraft (hosted by Dylan) (June 30)

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! This month’s game is the blockbuster hit Minecraft, selected by Dylan. Be sure to play the game before you arrive. We will meet in the boardroom and start recording the podcast at 7 p.m. and plan to stay for several hours.

As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting.

You can RSVP on Facebook events or on Meetup.com below:

Game Club: Minecraft (hosted by Dylan)

Thursday, Jun 30, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

5 Space Cadets Attending

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! This month’s game is the blockbuster hit Minecraft, selected by Dylan. Be sure to play the game before you arrive. We will meet in the boardroom and start recording the podcast at 7 p.m. and plan to stay for several hours.  As usual, this selection is meant to be play…

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[IGDA Albany] SIRIUS Teamwork: A strategy and a serious game for doing the impossible (July 6, 2016)

As part of the regular schedule, we’ll be re-posting descriptions for the Albany IGDA talks that occur at TVGS on the first Wednesday of every month.

This month’s speaker is Elizabeth McLaren, and their talk is entitled SIRIUS Teamwork: A strategy and a serious game for doing the impossible.

The talk will begin at 7 PM, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if you’d like to mingle before and after.

Talk Details

Four and a half years in development, with tournament-style eliminations, the CYCLES games ultimately came out to be the top performers in IARPA’s SIRIUS program funded by the federal government, and a gold-medal winner at the International Serious Games Awards. A group of subject matter, game development, and research specialists, the CYCLES team learned about cognitive bias, making games, remaking games, and iterating the final products into a verifiably mind-changing hour of play.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth McLaren

Elizabeth McLaren has been a developer with 1st Playable Productions for ten years, as an animator, a lead artist, and a production coordinator, shipping dozens of entertainment games with existing brands, new technology, and applied learning goals. She received a BFA in film and animation from RIT and after the SIRIUS program she received a graduate certificate in Serious Game Design and Research from MSU because this stuff is just so cool.

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook or Meetup.

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Lesson Night: Chiptunes Music and SFX Lesson (June 22, 2016)

As game developers we have a lot to think about, and usually audio is the last on the list. But poor audio can make a good game bad, and solid audio can make a good game great. So making audio a priority is always a good decision, and creating music and SFX in the Chiptune style is a simple and effective way to get started.

This lesson will go over the basics of the function and aesthetics of music and sound design in games, and give you chance to try your hand at some simple melodies and sound effects. Using free software, we will talk about the fundamentals of synthesis, and how to use basic sounds to create a variety of sonic elements.

Students will need their own laptop and, if possible, a MIDI keyboard (if not, don’t worry, other methods of note input will be covered). Students also must bring their own headphones. Although we will be using freeware for this lesson, the topics covered will be applicable to any Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). It is recommended that students download the following software and follow the instructions before the lesson, but not required.

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook or Meetup.

TVGS Chiptune Lesson Download Instructions:

Step 1: Download and Install the following softwares

Traction: tracktion.com/products/t4-daw

Magical 8-Bit: ymck.net/en/download/magical8bitplug

Step 2: Add The Magical 8-Bit Plugin to the proper folder

Mac: Macintosh HDD/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components

PC: C:\Program Files(x86)\VSTPlugins for 32-bit plugins

Step 3: Open Tracktion 4 and register an email address and password. Allow the software to scan for plugins. Make sure you see “Magical 8-Bit Plug” in the plugins list.

Volunteer Space Cadets

Volunteer Coordination Meeting (June 18)

Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we’re always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish.

With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. The plan is to hang out together at TVGS, eat some snacks, have a good time and discuss ideas for how we can improve our community.

We’ll also be performing a communal evaluation of how we organize our current volunteer efforts, and gathering feedback about how we can more effectively translate our ideas into action. We’ll take a look at the existing process for tracking tasks via our Trello board, and discuss opportunities for bringing in new members to help fulfill “officer” roles and guide the future direction of TVGS.

We’ve done so many great things together, and there’s no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let’s get organized!

You can RSVP at our Facebook event, or on Meetup below:

Volunteer Coordination Meeting

Saturday, Jun 18, 2016, 3:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

4 Space Cadets Attending

Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we’re always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more act…

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Social: June

Social Night: June Jungles & Bombs (June 15)

 

Let’s get together for a fun social night! We’ll talk about games, development, and other topics. We’ll also play games, including the cooperative games Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Minecraft, and Tokyo Jungle!

Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your favorite Ludum Dare game? Let’s discuss it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

Social Night: June Jungles & Bombs

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

Let’s get together for a fun social night! We’ll talk about games, development, and other topics. We’ll also play games, including the cooperative games Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Minecraft, and Tokyo Jungle! Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your favorite Ludum Dare game? Let’s discuss it! …

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