Orbit: Unity Mentorship (April 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.

The Unity Orbit group will meet on the 2nd 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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GameFest @ Troy Night Out (April 28th, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM)

This month, our Troy Night Out will take place in Tech Valley Game Space itself. We’ll be celebrating GameFest with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, who will exhibit student-made games. Our (large) table will be open for locally created games as well; however, Macs and PCs will not be provided. Please bring in your own system.

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!

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Game Club: Life is Strange (May 18th, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM)

Every month, participants pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games. Our host for this month is Robert Denner, and their selection is all 5 episodes of Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment for PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Join Max Caulfield, a photography student whose life gets turned upside down when she returns to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon and discovers that she has the innate ability to rewind time. You’ll take a very emotional journey across five days as all your actions have consequences that make the story all the more personal. So grab some tissues, turn the lights down low and get ready for that cinematic experience that proves without a doubt that, well, life is weird.

Try your best to play some of the game before you arrive, and be prepared for spoilers! We will meet in the boardroom and begin the discussion after 7:30 pm.

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Ludum Dare 38 (April 21st, 9:00pm)

The time has come…to make games for the 38th 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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The New York State Game Dev Challenge Submission is now open! (April 3rd – 24th)

Great news, everyone! The New York State Game Dev Challenge submission is now open! What’s the NYS Game Dev Challenge, you ask? From the official site:

The NYS Game Dev Challenge is a statewide competition for both students and indie developers that aims to help bring their game ideas to production. Entrants can register as either a student or indie developer (solo or team), with the latter category being open to any interested developer in NYS. Winners will be awarded cash/funding for their game (drawn from a pool of $25,000 for each category), inclusion in our (or partner’s) on-site incubator, and access to our mentor network. Entrants will be judged on their game idea pitch, game prototype, business plan, mentorship plan, and development timeline.

Ready to submit your entry? Just click this link to start your submission. Don’t forget to check the rules here to make sure what you need to submit. Remember, submission ends on Monday April 24th, at midnight EST. Good luck!

[Orbit: Unity Mentorship] Scenes & Prefabs (April 13th, 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.

For this meeting, Taro Omiya will provide a brief tutorial on understanding and utilizing the two most important tools unique to the Unity game engine: Scenes and Prefabs.

The Unity Orbit group will meet on the 2nd 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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