Volunteer Space Cadets

Volunteer Coordination Meeting (May 21, 2016)

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, May 21, 2016, 3:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

4 Space Cadets Went

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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Project Night: TVGS Arcade Cabinet & Shark Tank 4 (May 25, 2016)

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 third “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 (“TVGS Arcade Cabinet”) 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.

We ask that you also please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

Project Night: TVGS Arcade Cabinet & Shark Tank 4

Wednesday, May 25, 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 third “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 worki…

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Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out, Summer’s Approaching Edition (May 27, 2016)

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 leave a comment here or send a message to info@techvalleygamespace.com.

For your convenience, we’ve created a reminder at Facebook event and Meetup below:

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out

Friday, May 27, 2016, 5:00 PM

The Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River St Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

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, …

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Game Club: Shadow of the Colossus (hosted by Cat)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on Thursday, May 19th, 2016. Our next host is Cat, and her selection will be:

Shadow of the Colossus
Genre: Action-Adventure
Developer: Team Ico

As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game can be completed in 10 hours.

Because Shadow of the Colossus is a console exclusive, we are making the game available to be played at TVGS to help make it more accessible for participants. Feel free to stop by TVGS any time during our open office hours (12-8pm on Saturdays) to play the game.

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

Game Club: Shadow of the Colossus (hosted by Cat)

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on Thursday, May 19th, 2016. Our next host is Cat, and her selection will be:Shadow of the Colossus Genre: Action-Adventure Developer: Team IcoAs usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game can be comple…

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Lesson Night: Rigging and Animation with Blender (May 18, 2016)

Our next free monthly lesson is Rigging and Animation with Blender, the free-and-open-source 3D modeling application.  Stay tuned for more information!

If you decide to attend the class you will need to bring:

  • A computer
  • Blender, version 2.7 or higher already installed on your computer.

A free copy of Blender can be downloaded at blender.org

Please RSVP at our Facebook event, or on Meetup below:

Lesson Night: Rigging and Animation with Blender

Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 6:30 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Attending

Our next free monthly lesson is Rigging and Animation with Blender, the free-and-open-source 3D modeling application.  Stay tuned for more information!If you decide to attend the class you will need to bring:• A computer• Blender, version 2.7 or higher already installed on your computer.You can download a free copy of Blender at blender.org

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Game Club: Journey (hosted by Jase)

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club (think book club, but for games) will start on Thursday, April 21st, 2016. Our next host is Jase, and his selection will be:

Journey
Genre: Adventure
Developer: thatgamecompany

Here is Jase’s description of the game:

Journey is the third game from indie developers thatgamecompany (creators of “flOw” and “Flower”) and was published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 in 2012, and also available on Playstation 4.

Journey, is an anonymous online adventure often likened to an interactive parable. Travel and explore the ancient, mysterious world alone, or with strangers you meet along the way. Soar above ruins and glide across sands as you discover the secrets of a forgotten civilization.

So join us as we fly high and low exploring the lovely vistas and ultimately meet our end in our own personal Journeys…

As usual, this podcast is filled with spoilers!

Game Club – Episode 13: Journey
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Intro and outro music credits: “Nascence” by Austin Wintory

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Social Night: May Flowers Edition (May 11, 2016)

With Spring upon us, let’s get together for a fun-filled social night! We’ll celebrate and have a good time talking about games, development, and other topics. We’ll also play some Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and assorted co-op games!

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: May Flowers Edition

Wednesday, May 11, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

6 Space Cadets Went

With Spring upon us, let’s get together for a fun-filled social night! We’ll celebrate and have a good time talking about games, development, and other topics. We’ll also play some Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and assorted co-op games!Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your favorite Ludum Dare game? Le…

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Volunteer Space Cadets

Volunteer Coordination Meeting (May 7, 2016)

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, May 7, 2016, 4:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

2 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…

Check out this Meetup →