Extra Life 2018

Play Games. Help Kids. Join us for Extra Life 2018!

Extra Life is a yearly event that brings together thousands of gamers around the world to support of their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital.

Tech Valley Game Space is hosting a ton of fun activities and offering special prizes to those who donate to Extra Life! Stop by and play games to help raise money for a children’s hospital of your choice.

Sign up for a streaming slot — we’d love more volunteers!

Check out the TVGS team page here:

Join the Team or Donate!

Time

Noon Nov. 3rd — Noon Nov. 4th

Show up whenever!

Place

Tech Valley Game Space
30 3rd Street, Troy NY

Want to Participate?

Want to play games on for a cause? Why not stop by and spend some time with the rest of the Tech Valley Game Space while we stream for Extra Life! Board games, video games, and a 24 hour stream are all on the menu for this fun charity event!

The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (October 26th, 5:00pm)

Our monthly Troy Night Out with The Arts Center continues with an exhibition of locally created games. Macs and PCs will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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!

If you have any questions about the showcase, feel free to send a message to info@tvgs-wordpress.azurewebsites.net.

RSVP at the links below!

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LGBTQ+ Game Jam 2018

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, we will be holding our second annual 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!

DATE AND TIME

Sun, October 28, 2018
10:00 AM – 6:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Tech Valley Game Space
30 3rd St
Troy, New York 12180

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 28nd starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather in the TVCOG ThinQubator 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 and book your place in the jam.

Reserve your spot!

Volunteer Jam – 10/21 1-7pm

(Volunteer) Jam with TVGS

Come in today and join other TVGS members and volunteers for our Volunteer Jam! What is a Volunteer Jam? It’s a condensed work period for focusing on our most pressing TVGS tasks. Stop by and lend a hand for as long as you’d like — even a few minutes is much appreciated!

Thank you for helping TVGS <3

Game Club: We Love Katamari (Hosted by Taro) Aug 16th, 7:30PM

We’ve made some major changes to how we run Game Club! Check out all the details here!

Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a monthly group discussion on a game chosen by a selected host. Our next host is Taro, and his selection is:

We Love Katamari
Genre: Third-person puzzle-action
Developer: Namco

Description:
The King of All Cosmos grew to stardom after taking all of the Prince’s Katamaris and replacing the stars. His fans knew no bounds and wished to see more Katamaris fill the sky. The king of all Cosmos desired to appease all of their requests and recruited the Prince and his cousins to help.

The discussion will take place on August 16th. As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. A few hours should be enough

RSVP at the links below!

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TVGS Game Club Changes! New signup sheet!

Hey all! I’m John, the organizer for the game club discussion and podcast. Over the last few months, we’ve been looking at ways that we can improve both the game club discussion and the podcast, and starting this month we’re enacting some of those changes. Since game club is one of our more popular events, and has mostly been unchanged since we started it 3 years ago, I felt that it would be necessary to write this post up detailing the changes we’re making.

First major change: We’re switching methods on how we’re deciding on hosts, we now have a signup sheet to put yourself down as a future host for game club. We’ll be doing it first come, first served, but this makes it guaranteed that you’ll host at some point in the future. We also now have a mailing list specifically for game club so you’ll get emailed when a game and/or host is selected. You can find the sign up for both at the link here.

Our second major change is we are going to stop recording the monthly discussions from here on out. There’s a large number of reasons for this, but the main one is that any changes we would make to the podcast would alter the way we conduct the discussion, which we are happy with already! So our plan is that we’re going to separate them out, game club discussions as they are now will remain the same, and the podcast discussions will be relaunched as a separate event at some point in the future.

We don’t have any plans for the return of the podcast yet however. The main blocker on developing it is we need a dedicated audio editor to work on our current backlog and any future episodes. (If you or someone you know would be interested in that, send a line over to events@tvgs-wordpress.azurewebsites.net) Even if we get an editor it’ll probably be a bit before we relaunch it, rest assured that it’ll be posted everywhere once it starts!

Hopefully, these changes will make the game club a more enjoyable experience for everyone! If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this, feel free to email me at JohnCeceriTheThird@gmail.com.

Thanks for everyone who’s attended and hosted over the years! I hope I’ll keep seeing you all at the discussions!

~John & The TVGS Team.

Game Club: The Cat and the Coup (hosted by Sarah) (July 19th, 7:30PM)

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. Our next host is Sarah, and her selection is:

The Cat and the Coup
Genre: Documentary Puzzle Game
Developer: Peter Brinson and Kurosh ValaNejad

Description:
The game follows the life of Prime Minister of Iran, Mohammed Mossadegh, and his subsequent downfall through a CIA- and MI6-engineered coup during the 1950s.

The discussion will take place on July 19th. As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game runs about an hour, and can get played for free here: http://www.thecatandthecoup.com/

RSVP at the links below!

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TVGS Community Night (June 27th, 6:30pm)

Agenda

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.

Demonstration!

Sail and Sacrifice

In this open-world adventure game, experience the life of an 18th century pirate and make decisions that will impact our rich and dynamic world! Explore the islands, uncover the feuds between captains and natives, amass a crew, and make a name for yourself in The Archipelago. You will be the captain of your own pirate fantasy.

by Cage Studios

http://www.cagestudios.net/index.html

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?)

RSVP a the links below:

TVGS Community Night

Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018, 6:30 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

3 Space Cadets Went

• What we’ll do Community Updates (TVGS members) End of Year Review Show and Tell (YOU!)

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Game Club: Never Alone and Mulaka (hosted by William) (June 21st, 6:30PM)

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. Our next host is William, and his selection is:

Mulaka
Genre: Action-Adventure.
Developer: Lienzo

And

Never Alone
Genre: Puzzle-Adventure.
Developer: Upper One Games

Descriptions:
Mulaka: Dive into northern Mexico’s breathtaking landscapes with Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure game based on the rich indigenous culture of the Tarahumara.

Never Alone: Experience the epic journey of Nuna and Fox as they search for the source of an eternal blizzard that threatens the survival of everything they have ever known.

The discussion will take place on June 21st. 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. Mulaka runs about 8 hours and Never Alone takes about 3.

RSVP at the links below!

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Game Club: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (hosted by Sam) (May 17th, 7:30PM)

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. Our next host is Sam, and his selection is:

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Genre: Platform-Adventure.
Developer: Konami

Description: As a descendant of Dracula, you must end the vampire bloodline. Can you rid the world of this unspeakable terror? Uncover the mystery of Castlevania, and challenge an adventure as legendary as its name in this classic PS1 adventure.

The discussion will take place on May 17th. 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. A few hours in the game will be enough to discuss!

RSVP at the links below!

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