Black History Game Jam

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To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: Black History Game Jam tickets

In celebration of Black History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the Black History Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork and stories inspired by African American history and culture. Come join us in recognizing and celebrating African American contributions to history and culture while creating your own game!

Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.

The jam will take place on Sunday, February 26th starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. Participants are invited to gather at The Arts Center (located at 265 River Street in Troy) at 10am on Sunday in order to join in the event kickoff, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants.

The Black History Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.


Sunday, February 26th 10am-4pm


The Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River Street, Troy)




About the Jam:

The game jam will take place at The Arts Center of The Capital Region, located at 265 River Street in Troy. The kickoff event will take place at 10am on Sunday, February 26th and the event will run until 4pm. The jam will be centered around the theme of African American history, and participants will be encouraged to create games and digital artwork inspired by this theme.

The Arts Center is located in close proximity to a variety of dining options, but there is no eating or drinking allowed inside the venue itself, so please take this into consideration when planning for meals and snack breaks.

Games created by the participants will also be featured at an upcoming showcase event, which will take place at The Arts Center during the next monthly Troy Night Out celebration to occur after the jam. The showcase will be held from 5-9pm on Friday, March 31st in the same room where the jam is taking place.


Mentors Wanted!
If you are a local game developer or someone with experience in a related field (programmer, artist, designer, musician, etc.) and you have a few hours that you’d be willing to contribute toward volunteering as a mentor during a future #include event, please volunteer using the mentor sign up sheet in order to let us know you’re interested. Once you have signed up using the online form, we will get in contact with you to provide further details on how you can get involved with our upcoming diversity events.



About #include:

#include is a series of diversity-focused, creative events hosted by Tech Valley Game Space that are intended to support aspiring game makers in the Capital Region. The goal of the #include initiative is to provide recurring, local classes and game jams targeted toward groups that continue to be underrepresented within the game development community, in order to demystify the process of digital game creation and make it more accessible and welcoming for everyone.

For more information, please visit

Community Projects Shark Tank

TVGS Community Night and Shark Tank 11 (February 22nd, 2017)

Welcome to the community, projects, and shark tank event!

If you have a project that you need help with, this is the time to request any assistance from the community! TVGS has a goal to help create local games, and there are multiple projects ongoing.

The night is divided into 3 sections:

Community Announcements / Project Updates and Demonstrations

As part of the “Community” aspect of the Night, we discuss the latest events we have held, the upcoming events we will hold and open the floor for any other events and/or groups to talk about what is going on with them.

In addition, if you have a project going on and/or want to show off your latest work in Unity, Game Maker, etc., this is an excellent time to provide updates and/or demonstrations! For demonstrators, please inform us ahead of time how much time they’d like to spend demonstrating.

Post Mortem

The end of a month of working hard, the winner of Last Shark Tank presents the progress made by their team of volunteers. As a recap from last Shark Tank up to that night, the leader of the Enchanted City game project talks about how the team helped her get closer to her goals.

How did they do? Did they succeed in their goals? Did they fail? What did they learn that they can teach others? Find out tonight.

Shark Tank

And now, for the main event: Do you have a game idea you need a group of people to help out on, over the course of a month? (could be a game proposal you need help setting up, a project that has slowed down in progress, a game nearing completion and just needs testing, or something else entirely)

Here is your chance to do just that.

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:

If you intend to pitch, but need help preparing one, fell free to contact Community Night Coordinator, Chris Spahn, and he will be more than happy to set up time to help you out.

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (February 24, 5pm – 9pm)

Our monthly Troy Night Out with The Arts Center continues with an exhibition of locally created games. The showcase is free and open to everyone, and we welcome you to show off games that are in any state of completion. So bring along your project for some playtesting and feedback, or just stop by and join in the fun!

RSVP at the links below!


TVGS Transmissions: Dev’s Play – Plane Defensive (Feb 24)

Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we’ll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded.

This week is Dev’s Play, where we’ll be playing through a locally-made game with the developer! This session we’re featuring Plane Defensive made by Klil H. Neori

About the Game:

Plane Defensive is tagged as “flatland meets survival horror”. It is several iterations on the idea of a player constrained to a two-dimensional plane having to contend with invaders from the third dimension, using limited information gathered from sensors inside that plane. Klil presented these iterations for feedback in monthly Interactive Showcases at the Arts Center, as well as at Troy By Design. The latest version can be found at

About the Dev:

Klil moved to Albany from Israel in 2010 to pursue a PhD in physics. After graduation, he got involved in indie game design through TVGS, and is now a software engineer at Flyinside Inc., whose main product is a virtual reality interface for flight simulators.


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Lesson Night: TVGS Mentorship Groups Launch Into Orbit! (February 15, 6-9pm)

You asked for it, and now it has finally arrived! At this meeting, we’ll be introducing Orbit, our new mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at TVGS than ever before.

Orbit is all about bringing local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and providing a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

Curious to learn more? Join us for this meeting! We’ll be fielding all of your questions, gathering feedback, and providing an overview of the initial set of Orbit groups that will be launching later this month.

Do you have a particular topic that you’d like to learn more about, or a desire to meet other local creators that share your interests? Let us know what types of Orbit groups you’d like to see in the future by filling out the feedback and suggestion form located here.

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Game Club: Portal and Portal 2 (hosted by John) (February 16)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on February 16. Our next host is John, and his selection will be:

Portal and Portal 2
Genre: First Person Puzzler
Developer: Valve Software

As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Portal 1 is about 4 hours, and Portal 2 is about 7 hours long.

RSVP at the links below!

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Here is Johns’s description of the game:

“These First Person Puzzlers throw you into the depths of the Apeture Science Research Facility, forced to run through tests conducted by the diabolical computer GLaDOS who taunts you and shuffles you around as you try to escape.

TVGS Transmissions: Portal 2 Co-Op – Game Club Cliffnotes (February 17)

Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we’ll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded.

This week is Game Club Cliffnotes, where we’ll be playing through some of the game or games selected for our game club podcast this month. The game we’ll be playing is Portal 2, going through the Co-op half of the game!

RSVP at the links below!

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