Volunteer Space Cadets

Volunteer Coordination Meeting (January 14, 2017)

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 (tasks.techvalleygamespace.com), 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!

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TVGS Cibele

Game Club: Cibele & Emily is Away (hosted by Abi)

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club!

This month’s host is Abi, and she has selected a pair of games: Cibele (http://ninasays.so/cibele/) and Emily is Away (http://emilyisaway.com/).

Game Club – Episode 18: Cibele and Emily Is Away
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Intro and outro music: “Turn On” by Decky Coss

Community Projects Shark Tank

Community, Projects, & Shark Tank 8 (September 28)

Welcome to the community, projects, and shark tank event!

Updates from the community are encouraged! Volunteer for events at the TVGS and around the area to be a part of making them a reality for everyone. If you want to be in the know, and get involved, then this is the meeting to attend!

If you have a project that you need help with, this is also the time to request any assistance from the community! The TVGS has a goal to help create local games, and there are multiple projects ongoing. Use your skills and help make games!
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Wreck-It Ralph

Movie: Wreck-It Ralph (September 23)

Let’s relax with a movie about video games! The movie won’t start until around 7:30 PM.

Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.

PG | 1h 41min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2 November 2012

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Movie: Wreck-It Ralph

Friday, Sep 23, 2016, 7:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

1 Space Cadets Attending

Let’s relax with a movie about video games! The movie won’t start until around 7:30 PM.Synopsis: A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.PG | 1h 41min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2 November 2012

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Twine TVGS

Lesson: Digital Storytelling with Twine (September 21)

Abi Johnson will discuss how simple it is to create an interactive story or choose-your-own-adventure game with Twine. No programming knowledge is needed! Twine publishes in HTML, so sharing your work is extremely simple as well.

Bringing a laptop is suggested if possible.

Get Twine for free at http://twinery.org/
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[IGDA Albany] Customer & Constraint Focused Game Design (September 7)

As part of the regular schedule, we’ll be re-posting descriptions for the Albany IGDA talks that occur at TVGS on the first Wednesday of every month.

Speaking Topic:

Customer and Constraint Focused Game Design

Ken will talk about defining the constraints on your game, from both a marketing perspective and a technical perspective, before going into design ecologies.

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Volunteer Space Cadets

Coordinator Election and Board Game Night (August 31)

TVGS Volunteer Coordinator Sign Up

TVGS is looking for volunteers to fill six key Coordinator roles! Please consult this info document for details about each role: Coordinator Info

The volunteer sign up document will remain open until Tuesday, August 30th. If you volunteer, you will be expected to attend this Coordinator selection meeting on Wednesday, August 31st. The group of Coordinators will be chosen at this meeting, and will serve a term of 3 months.

Volunteer here: Sign Up

After the election, there will be board games, so bring your own, or play what’s available!

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Coordinator Election and Board Game Night

Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

6 Space Cadets Went

TVGS Volunteer Coordinator Sign UpTVGS is looking for volunteers to fill six key Coordinator roles! Please consult this info document for details about each role: Coordinator InfoThe volunteer sign up document will remain open until Tuesday, August 30th. If you volunteer, you will be expected to attend this Coordinator selection meeting on Wednes…

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Community Projects Shark Tank

Community, Projects, & Shark Tank 7 (August 24)

Welcome to the community, projects, and shark tank event!

Updates from the community are encouraged! Volunteer for events at the TVGS and around the area to be a part of making them a reality for everyone. If you want to be in the know, and get involved, then this is the meeting to attend!

If you have a project that you need help with, this is also the time to request any assistance from the community! The TVGS has a goal to help create local games, and there are multiple projects ongoing. Use your skills and help make games!

Last month, we held our 6th “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 will be presented. The team will share their results at this meeting, and provide time for feedback and questions.

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.

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: http://goo.gl/forms/bffPovTE9jG58XLh2

Also, you can RSVP on Facebook or at Meetup:

Community, Projects, & Shark Tank 7

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

2 Space Cadets Attending

Welcome to the community, projects, and shark tank event!Updates from the community are encouraged! Volunteer for events at the TVGS and around the area to be a part of making them a reality for everyone. If you want to be in the know, and get involved, then this is the meeting to attend!If you have a project that you need help with, this is also…

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Unity Physics

Lesson Night: Physics in video game design with Unity (August 17)

In this class Klil H. Neori will demonstrate some applications of concepts from physics to designing responsive and credible games.

The class will have two main parts:

  1. Basic physics in the Unity Engine: movement, collision, forces and friction.

  2. Using physics to control your game, featuring three main examples: platforming, space exploration, and drag-and-drop.

Klil H. Neori graduated from UAlbany with a PhD in physics in 2015, after which he transitioned into video game design. He is currently a software developer at FlyInside FSX – FlyInside Inc., a VR flight simulator startup, and Outreach Coordinator for TVGS. His main independent creation is Plane Defensive, a puzzle/strategy/action prototype available on itch.io.

https://khneori.itch.io/plane-defensive

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

Lesson Night: Physics in video game design with Unity

Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016, 6:30 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

4 Space Cadets Went

In this class Klil H. Neori will demonstrate some applications of concepts from physics to designing responsive and credible games.The class will have two main parts: 1. *Basic physics in the Unity Engine*: movement, collision, forces and friction. 2. *Using physics to control your game*, featuring three main examples: platforming, space explora…

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Game Club: Minecraft

Game Club: Minecraft (hosted by Dylan)

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! This month’s game is the blockbuster hit Minecraft, selected by Dylan.

Game Club – Episode 15: Minecraft
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Intro music: “Living Mice” and outro music: “Mice on Venus” by C418