TVGS Transmissions: ECHO (Oct 20th, 8PM)

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, since we’re in between a few things, we’re starting an interesting game that recently came out, ECHO!

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Orbit: VR – Intro to Unity VR (Oct 21st, 1PM)

First time attending this event?  Please sign-up in our short form over here: goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

What are we doing this month?

This month we’ll be doing a quick introduction on how to get started using the Google Daydream/Cardboard and Oculus platforms in Unity. We’ll cover the basics like how to prepare your work environment (virtual and physical) for VR, what software and plugins are needed to run and publish apps, and a peek at what’s already available to expand your VR projects!

Limited equipment will be available for the demo.

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About Orbit

Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before!

The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building.

 

LGBTQ+ Game Jam

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

To sign up as a Mentor: Mentor Sign up

Note: For those taking public transit, the 87 stops at or near RPI on Sundays, at stops #5 and #6.

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the LGBTQ+ Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork, and stories inspired by LGBTQ+ contributions to history and culture.

We will have Construct 3, Twine, and Ren’Py instruction available for beginners! We will also have analog game making materials for anyone who wants to make a board or card 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, October 22nd starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather at The RPI VAST Lab (located at 110 8th St on the RPI Campus 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. Then we will get right to making games!

This 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.

WHEN:

Sunday, October 22nd 10am-6pm

WHERE:

The VAST Lab (110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180)

 

About the Jam:

The game jam will take place at The VAST Studio, located at 110 8th St in the Sage Labs building on the RPI Campus in Troy. The kickoff event will take place at 10am on Sunday, February 26th and the event will run until 6pm (at the very latest!). The jam will be centered around the theme of the LGBTQ+ experience, culture, and history, and participants will be encouraged to create games and digital artwork inspired by this theme.

There are variety of dining options on the RPI campus, 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.

In they choose to, participants can also share their games with the public at the Troy Interactive Showcase, 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 the following Friday, October 27th at the Arts Center in downtown Troy!

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.

 

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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 http://techvalleygamespace.com/include

Lesson Night: Intermediate Programming (Part 2) (Oct 18th, 6:30PM)

Presenter: Taro Omiya

Here’s the lesson night description:Come over for a lesson night on programming, using C#! Renowned game jammer Taro Omiya will provide an introduction to object-oriented programming, a modern and innovative way of organizing your own code to create a flexible and powerful framework for your own games. Since this is a very dense topic, the lesson will be split into 2 parts, with the second portion detailing features introduced when upgrading from structs to classes. The covered topics includes inheritance, polymorphism, and pointers.

Requirements:

Participants are expected to have reviewed the programming basics lesson, available under our Learn page with slides from part 1 and part 2, and last month’s intermediate programming lesson, part 1. Requirements: It’s highly recommended for one to bring in their own computer with Unity installed so they can test and experiment with example code provided by the talk.

Programming Basics, Part 1:

http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Programming-Basics-Part-1.pdf

Programming Basics, Part 2:

http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Programming-Basics-Part-2.pdf

Intermediate Programming, Part 1:

http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Intermediate-Programming-Part-1.pdf

 

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Game Club: Pony Island & INSIDE (Oct 19th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly podcast discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. This month we ran a poll for the games to play, and it was a double feature of Pony Island and INSIDE!

Pony Island
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Daniel Mullins Games

INSIDE
Genre: Puzzle-Platformer
Developer: Playdead

The discussion will take place on October 19th. Newcomers to the group have higher chance of selecting the next month’s game! As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. Both games combined take about 5-6 hours long.

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TVGS Community Night (October 25th, 6:30pm)

Now at 6:30 PM!

Community Updates (TVGS members)

  •  A presentation on what’s happening in the local area.
  •  Any recent updates regarding TVGS.

Orbit Updates

Each Orbit Group will have a chance to discuss what has been happening with their group, what will be happening and anything else they have to say.

Coordinator Talks 

Each Coordinator will have a chance to update the community on what is going in their respective area.

Show and Tell (YOU!)

  • Project updates! (Tell everyone about your current project, what you’ve learned, what’s new, and where you’re going!)
  • Time dedicated to serving the community at large! (Do you want to present a game idea for feedback? Need people to help out on it? Need some brainstorming to help flesh it out? Have some concept art to show?)

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Extra Life

Extra Life: 24 hours of gaming for charity! (November 4th, noon)

Tech Valley Game Space will once again be hosting a fun-filled marathon of Extra Life festivities in Troy, and we want you to join us! Let’s work together to surpass our fundraising goals and make a difference for the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, as well as other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout North America.

Our team is on a mission to save kids through gaming, and we need your help. Each of us has chosen our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

We’ll be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life and it’s our sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support us with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to that team member’s chosen hospital.Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids. Last year, Extra Life raised more than $8 million dollars to save kids, but in 2016 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher. We can’t do this without your help. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click a participant’s name and then click the “Support This Participant” button on this page. Thank you for caring for our kids!

Join our team!

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