Ludum Dare 45 (October 5th, 5:00 PM)

The time has come…to make games for the 45th 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 two closest parking garages, Uncle Sams Parking Garage and 5th Ave Parking Garage, are free during weekends and after 6:00 PM on the weekdays. We highly recommend parking there.

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Global Game Jam Next 2019 (July 28th, 10:00am)

Join Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) on July 28th for Global Game Jam Next, an event where kids get to make their own games and showcase them! No experience needed; lessons are provided!

The event will be held at the TVGS’ Thinqubator from 10am to 5pm. Kids must be accompanied by parent or guardian for this event. Tickets only required for children. While it is recommended for attendees to bring their own computer so they can bring their work home, laptops will also be provided at the venue.

To attend, sign up at Eventbrite: eventbrite.com/e/global-game-jam-next-2019-tickets-63181209699

For convenience, you can also RSVP below:

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P.S. For parking, the two closest parking garages, Uncle Sams Parking Garage and 5th Ave Parking Garage, are free during weekends and after 6:00 PM on the weekdays. We highly recommend parking there.

Ludum Dare 44 (April 26th, 8:00 PM)

The time has come…to make games for the 44th 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 two closest parking garages, Uncle Sams Parking Garage and 5th Ave Parking Garage, are free during weekends and after 6:00 PM on the weekdays. We highly recommend parking there.

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Black History Game Jam 2019

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

In celebration of Black History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the Black History Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork and stories inspired by African American history and culture. Come join us in recognizing and celebrating African American contributions to history and culture while creating your own 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, February 17th starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather at Tech Valley Game Space at 30 3rd St. The event kickoff starts at 10am on Sunday, 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.

The Black History 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, February 17th 10am-6pm

WHERE:

Tech Valley Game Space (30 3rd St, Troy, NY)

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Global Game Jam at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (January 25-27, 2019)

This meetup is merely a reminder. Please RSVP in the Eventbrite link below (admission cost $10):

Albany Global Game Jam 2018

Hosted by Albany International Game Developers Association (Albany IGDA), we’ll be joining the largest game jam in the world, the Global Game Jam!

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 48 hours with a team! Meet up with other rapid game developers! Eat a lot of junk food! And most important of all, have fun!

For more details, as well as to RSVP, check out the Eventbrite page below:

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Ludum Dare 43 (November 30th, 8:15 PM)

The time has come…to make games for the 43rd 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!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

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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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!

Ludum Dare 42 games made here at Tech Valley Game Space

It was an exhausting, 72-hour long journey, but we’ve returned from Ludum Dare 42 successfully, Space Cadets! The theme this time was, “running out of space,” where each team took a very different perspective on. Here are the latest games created in the capital region of New York from this game jam:

Open Spaces

Agoraphobia is the abnormal fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, sometimes accompanied by anxiety attacks. This is a visual novel designed to create awareness for this form, and other forms, of anxiety and depressive disorders. Your character decides how to interact with other characters, who either show you support or impatience. If you make decisions to isolate yourself, or let the negative thoughts take you, the dark mass of “Fear” creeps further and further into your mind. There are many ways to combat anxiety, and there is no single solution for everyone, but seeking support is always a good first step. This is the first game I have written and designed and it could not have been completed without the incredible talent of the members of Tech Valley Game Space in Troy, New York.

Trigger Warning: This game includes depictions of anxiety through audio and visual elements which may be difficult for some.

Thinning the Herd

Human overpopulation is becoming a major problem, time for nature to thin out our numbers. Click any part of the world to call forth natural disasters and monstrous creatures to bring down the human population as it continues to go up. All art and audio is original.

Hachi Block

Hachi Block is a combo-focused Tetris-based puzzle game! Score high by dragging blocks into a grid and creating a three-in-a-row horizontal or vertical block formation. Stay alert, however; don’t let the blocks rise to the top of the screen!

Ludum Dare 42 (August 10th, 5:30 PM)

The time has come…to make games for the 42nd 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!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

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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