Lesson Night: Unreal 4 (November 15th, 6:30pm)

Presenter: John Ceceri III

Description: Learn the basics of Unreal Engine 4! We’ll be taking a look through the other major 3D game engine available, and learn your way around using it by creating a small game of laser tag. This tutorial takes a brief look at some of the tools and workflow of UE4: creating levels, setting up animations, designing AI, and more.

Special Notes:
-We’ll be using Unreal version 4.18
-Unreal requires signing up for a free Epic games account.
-The minimun requirements for running are high for most machines, if you don’t have a laptop you can bring, we’ll be streaming the lesson on twitch and taking questions from the chat, so you’ll be able to follow along at home.

About the instructor:
John Ceceri III is a 2015 Game Design graduate from Rochester Institute of Technology. His one big game so far was SlapFriends which was featured at GDC’s Experimental Gameplay Workshop and Indiecade. He’s currently working on more weird games he’s biding his time to talk about.

 

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Orbit: Women in Games (October 29th, 11:00 am)

Please sign-up using our short form at goo.gl/JwpJzx to get the link to participate remotely!

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 //www.techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

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LGBTQ+ Game Jam

To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: LGBTQ+ Game Jam tickets

To sign up as a Mentor: Mentor Sign up

Note: For those taking public transit, the 87 stops at or near RPI on Sundays, at stops #5 and #6.

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the LGBTQ+ Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork, and stories inspired by LGBTQ+ contributions to history and culture.

We will have Construct 3, Twine, and Ren’Py instruction available for beginners! We will also have analog game making materials for anyone who wants to make a board or card game!

Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.

The jam will take place on Sunday, October 22nd starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather at The RPI VAST Lab (located at 110 8th St on the RPI Campus in Troy) at 10am on Sunday in order to join in the event kickoff, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants. Then we will get right to making games!

This Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.

WHEN:

Sunday, October 22nd 10am-6pm

WHERE:

The VAST Lab (110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180)

 

About the Jam:

The game jam will take place at The VAST Studio, located at 110 8th St in the Sage Labs building on the RPI Campus in Troy. The kickoff event will take place at 10am on Sunday, February 26th and the event will run until 6pm (at the very latest!). The jam will be centered around the theme of the LGBTQ+ experience, culture, and history, and participants will be encouraged to create games and digital artwork inspired by this theme.

There are variety of dining options on the RPI campus, but there is no eating or drinking allowed inside the venue itself, so please take this into consideration when planning for meals and snack breaks.

In they choose to, participants can also share their games with the public at the Troy Interactive Showcase, which will take place at The Arts Center during the next monthly Troy Night Out celebration to occur after the jam. The showcase will be held from 5-9pm the following Friday, October 27th at the Arts Center in downtown Troy!

Mentors Wanted!
If you are a local game developer or someone with experience in a related field (programmer, artist, designer, musician, etc.) and you have a few hours that you’d be willing to contribute toward volunteering as a mentor during a future #include event, please volunteer using the mentor sign up sheet in order to let us know you’re interested. Once you have signed up using the online form, we will get in contact with you to provide further details on how you can get involved with our upcoming diversity events.

 

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About #include:

#include is a series of diversity-focused, creative events hosted by Tech Valley Game Space that are intended to support aspiring game makers in the Capital Region. The goal of the #include initiative is to provide recurring, local classes and game jams targeted toward groups that continue to be underrepresented within the game development community, in order to demystify the process of digital game creation and make it more accessible and welcoming for everyone.

For more information, please visit https://techvalleygamespace.com/include

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:

//www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Programming-Basics-Part-1.pdf

Programming Basics, Part 2:

//www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Programming-Basics-Part-2.pdf

Intermediate Programming, Part 1:

//www.techvalleygamespace.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Intermediate-Programming-Part-1.pdf

 

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Orbit: Construct (September 25th, 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 want to make your first 2D video game and don’t know 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 //www.techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

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Orbit: Women in Games (September 17th, 11:00 am)

Please sign-up using our short form at goo.gl/JwpJzx to get the link to participate remotely!

The meeting topic in general is “why don’t women often seem to call themselves ‘gamers,’ and a more general discussion of what the term “gamer” means to us.

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 //www.techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

RSVP at the links below!

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Orbit: Digital Storytelling – Assets! (September 10th, 2:00 pm)

We will spend some time talking about how to get assets (music, images, etc.) for your interactive story.
If you have any good sources for assets, feel free to come on in and share them. I will discuss my sources, and if anyone’s interested, Creative Commons licenses and attribution! Also, if there’s time, we can discuss any projects that we are working on!

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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