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.

 

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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Game Club: Cities: Skylines

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 Chris, and their selection is Cities: Skylines, developed by Colossal Order.

Manage a vast and populated city, starting from a small township! This city-building simulator has you managing all aspects of running a town, and finding the right balance to keep your citizens happy. Or you could build a city developer’s nightmare, and discover the traffic tolerance limits through a never-ending highway system. The choice is yours!

 

Game Club – Episode 27: Cities: Skylines
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Audio Editing: Constant Hackney

Intro and Outro Music: Robbie Singley

Social Night: Betrayal at House on the Hill (October 11, 6:00pm)

(Image “The Haunted House / Das Geisterhaus” by Harald Hoyer. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

It’s social night again and let’s celebrate with haunted board games! Time to get together, gather ’round some games, and get social! Feel free to bring in some of your own games, too!

Got a project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

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[Orbit: Unity Mentorship] Pathfinding & NavMesh (October 5, 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.

This session, Taro Omiya will provide an introduction on how to generate a NavMesh so that one can implement pathfinding for their character–a technique that allows characters to find the shortest path from point A to point B.

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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