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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Orbit: Construct (April 17th, 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’re interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn’t require any prior experience with computer 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/

RSVP at the links below!

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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!

Social Night – Don’t Starve Together! (April 12, 6 – 9 pm)

Hey Space Cadets! Social Night will be occurring as per usual on the second Wednesday of the month, and this time around, we’re going to be playing “Don’t Starve Together”. It’s a fun, but challenging, multiplayer survival/adventure game for 2-6 people, and incorporates science, monsters, magic, and resource-gathering into its game-play. If you’re not afraid of losing your mind, being eaten by a giant spider, or wasting away in an eerie dream-land due to lack of food and shelter, then this game is for you! As always, we ask that folks rsvp by clicking one of the lovely little images below, and we hope to see you there!

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[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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TVGS Transmissions: Don’t Starve Together Again! (April 14th)

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 Game Club Cliffnotes, where we’ll be playing through some of the game or games selected for our game club podcast this month! The game we’ll be playing another session of Don’t Starve Together, the survival game by Klei Entertainment! Keep an eye on our feeds, we may be letting the audience play along with us!

RSVP at the links below!

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