Orbit: Game Art – Q & A (July 27, 7pm)

It’s a TAO group meet-up!

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 week?

Bring your portfolios, pet projects, sketchbooks, or just a lot of questions! Let’s meet and review work and give/get advice on anything and everything game art related! This meet-up is every month on the 4th Thursday. (Usually in the mezzanine at Center of Gravity.)

Want to learn or improve your game art skills? Have a question about creating art or making a game that you are working on look better? Just want to hang out and work on your project with some other arty people? Come on in for TAO group (TVGS Art Orbit) meeting!

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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.

 

Orbit: Construct (July 24th, 6:30pm)

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

If you want to make your first 2D video game and don’t know programming, this is the group for you!

The Construct group meets every Monday evening at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to get feedback and advice on your game project. Join us and learn about how to create 2D games using Construct 2 or Construct 3, one of the best tools available for first time game creators.

After learning the basics, you’ll apply your knowledge by working on your own game project alongside peers, with ongoing support from experienced mentors. Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun!

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.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

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TVGS Community Night (July 26th, 6:00 PM)

Community Updates (TVGS members)

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

Self-promotion!

Community discussion on game and project promotion.

Questions can include, but are not limited to:

  • What is the best way to promote myself?
  • What pit falls of self-promotion or promoting my business and/or services are best to avoid? How can I avoid these pitfalls?
  • I have some games or projects that I want to get noticed. What are some ways I can have my games/projects promoted through TVGS or other recommended ways?

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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[Orbit: Unity Mentorship] Q & A (July 27th, 7:00pm)

First time attending this event?  Please sign-up in our short form over here: goo.gl/JwpJzx

Ever wanted to make a 3D game cheaply on a low-to-medium end computer? Or a 2D game that utilizes the tools more commonly used in 3D engines, such as rigging? Unity may be just the game engine for you! Our TVGS Unity Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on this popular and free software.

We will have a questions and answers session where mentors can help answer any Unity problems you may have. Remember to bring your own project and questions!

The Unity Orbit group will meet on the 1st and 4th Thursday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

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.

RSVP at the links below!

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Ludum Dare 39 (July 28th, 8:00pm)

The time has come…to make games for the 39th tri-annual online game jam, Ludum Dare!

No experience in making games necessary! This is just a fun challenge for all of us, and often serves as an educational moment to learn how to work with deadlines. We will be going through game idea brainstorming and team building exercises to help you jump start your way to making games!

Join in as you make a game in 72 hours with a team, or if you want to go hard-mode, 48 hours solo! Meet up with other rapid game developers! Eat a lot of junk food! And most important of all, have fun!

RSVP at the links below!

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P.S. For parking, the Uncle Sams parking garage — which is only one block away from our office — is free during weekends and after 6:00 PM on the weekdays. We highly recommend parking there.
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Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (July 28th)

Our monthly Troy Night Out with The Arts Center continues with an exhibition of locally created games. Macs and PCs will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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!

If you have any questions about the showcase, feel free to send a message to info@techvalleygamespace.com.

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Game Club: RPGMaker Horror Game Collection (hosted by Taro) (July 20th, 7PM)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on July 20th. Our next host is Taro, and his selections are:

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Genre: Survival Horror
Developer: kouri
Length: 2-3 hours
Description: A small girl finds herself in a haunted art gallery where all the creepy art comes alive.

Hello? Hell…o?
Genre: Experimental Horror
Developer: tachi
Length: 0.5-1 hour
Description: Every day, a man enters a one-room apartment, where nothing is quite what it seems.

Yume Nikki
Genre: Surreal Horror
Developer: KIKIYAMA
Length: varies; with guide, 3-4 hours
Description: Unable to, or unwilling to, leave her own apartment, a girl passes time by exploring her own dreams.

The Witch’s House
Genre: Survival Horror
Developer: Fummy
Length: 2-3 hours
Description: Unable to escape from the forest, a small girl enters a haunted house in search for a solution.


As usual, these selections are meant to be played before the time of the meeting. RSVP at the links below!

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TVGS Transmissions: Dev’s Play – Robert Denner’s RPGs (July 21st, 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 is Dev’s Play, where we’ll be playing through a locally-made game with the developer! This session we’re featuring Robert Denner:

Robert Denner is a game designer who specializes in narrative design and writing. He got his start in 1997, creating RPGs using the Kyle’s Quest Game Engine for the PalmOS. Having created six RPGs for the engine between 1997 and 2002, he ended up providing the pack-in level to both Kyle’s Quest and KQ2.

Robert will bringing with him a selection of his games including a remake of his very first game, No Bones About It, as well as his latest game, Crossroads. No Bones About It is an in-progress remake of the KQ pack-in level that started it all; a story about an adventurer trying to meet up with his traveling companion in a land under the attack by the undead. Whereas Crossroads is a short narrative-heavy adventure about four strangers who meet in a tavern and join together in an attempt to win a competition.

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Orbit: VR – Reintroductions! (July 22nd, 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.

Welcome to the return of Orbit VR!

 

After a long hiatus, Orbit VR is returning stronger than ever! This first meeting will be to gather the TVGS VR community back together and discuss what they would like to see in future meetings. We’ll also have a Oculus with Touch controllers to play with!

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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.

 

Lesson Night: UX Design Crash Course (July, 19th)

Every user is different, so how do you design for everyone’s needs? The trick is: you don’t. This crash course will give methods to choose your audience and learn how to tailor the experience to them. We’ll start with a discussion on just what this user experience design thing is and then move on to user stories, heuristic evaluations, and user testing.

No code required, just bring your brain and some questions.

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Orbit: Digital Storytelling – Open Project Critiques! (July 23rd, 2:00 pm)

Get feedback on your project! Check out what other people are working on!

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.

RSVP at the links below!

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