TVGS Election Night (April 26th, 6:00pm)

Once every 4 months, we elect coordinators from among the volunteers to help run TVGS.

The poll for each position is available here:

goo.gl/forms/26XWeRJvn3LA2Ssf1

The election poll will be out very soon, so stay tuned!

Elections

  • Help Us decide who are the next round of coordinators!

Show & Tell

  • A quick update on what’s happening in the local area.
  • A showcase of updates to projects developed around the area.

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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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Game Club: Don’t Starve (April 20th, 7:30 – 9:30)

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.

This month we’re diving into “Don’t Starve”, a wildly popular and eccentric survival game created by Klei Entertainment in 2013. Your goal is simple – guide the “gentleman scientist” Wilson through an eerie, dream-like world, and keep him alive by procuring resources, fighting fiendish foes, and safeguarding his precious sanity. Will you steer Wilson towards success, or an untimely extinction?

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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Orbit: Digital Storytelling – Ludum Dare! (April 23th, 2:00 pm)

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?

This time the meeting coincides with Ludum Dare, the global game jam that happens 3 times a year! We will be taking some time to discuss what projects we are working on either as a group or as individuals!

If you want to get in on the Digital Storytelling Ludum Dare group, come to the TVGS Ludum Dare opening event at 8pm on Friday, 4/21

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!

**This time we are going to do a Ren’Py lesson; so bring your laptop! If you did the homework post it to the google folder (it was included in the email about the first meeting)!

We will start with a writing exercise, I’ll go over the basics of Ren’Py, and then I’ll answer any questions people run into while creating their own games.**

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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