Updated Notice from TVGS regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated Notice from Tech Valley Game Space regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19):

In accordance with the recent mandate from Governor Cuomo’s office to limit the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19, our venue will be locking its doors as of 8pm on Sunday, March 22, 2020. No one will be able to enter the facility after this time. Venue staff will not be on-site.

If you need to retrieve personal items from the facility, please do so by 8pm Sunday March 22, 2020.

If you are expecting mail at TVGS, you may want to consider having your mail forwarded to you. We are not permitted to remain onsite to receive orders or mail deliveries. https://www.usps.com/manage/forward.htm

Although our physical venue will be temporarily closed, our community will remain active via online events, classes, and activities. Most of these online interactions will be hosted via our TVGS Discord Server. If you haven’t already, please join our Discord and invite others to do the same.

For additional details, please review the Governor’s Executive Order mandating 100% Closure of Non-Essential Businesses Statewide, as well as the latest update from the Tech Valley Center of Gravity.

Keep up-to-date with what’s happening with COVID-19 around New York State:

Rensselaer County Department of Health

Troy City Hall

Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce

New York State Department of Health

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Tech Valley Game Space will continue to do its absolute best to serve and communicate to our membership throughout this pandemic national emergency. Our cancellations and additional rules for usage are based on compliance with state and national mandates, which are being updated regularly. We encourage members to maintain their memberships if possible; your support is always critical to our existence, but especially needed through this very difficult time.

Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out and let us know at info@techvalleygamespace.com.

Best,

TVGS Team

Notice from TVGS regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Notice from Tech Valley Game Space regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19):

Tech Valley Game Space is a hub for game makers throughout the Capital Region, and our top priority is to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our community. With this in mind, we are taking the following precautionary measures to safeguard the welfare of all community members:

1. We are temporarily suspending all in-person TVGS events and meetings.
Where possible, we will aim to either reschedule these activities or conduct them as online-only gatherings. We will continue monitoring the situation around COVID-19, and we will provide updates regarding our event schedule as circumstances change.

2. Our venue will be temporarily closed to the general public.
Until further notice, only paying TVGS coworking members (and their supervised guests) will be permitted to access the venue.

3. We are instituting additional sanitization measures for those using shared facilities and equipment.
All community members are responsible for washing down and sanitizing communal tables and equipment before and after using them. This applies to all hands-on tools, hardware, and peripherals. Examples include (but are not limited to) mice, keyboards, game controllers, touchscreen devices, and VR headsets.

Additionally, TVGS members must ensure that they abide by all venue guidelines and regulations outlined by the Tech Valley Center of Gravity. Before utilizing the facility, members are required to review the following essential information about TVCOG’s protocols regarding COVID-19: https://www.tvcog.net/about/whats-news

You can help protect yourself and others by sanitizing diligently, washing your hands regularly (for at least 20 seconds), and staying home if you feel sick. That last item bears repeating: If you are not feeling well, or have been in contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have been at a public event that is correlated with a known case of COVID-19, please err on the side of caution by staying home and getting tested.

To help us maintain a safe and healthy community, please take the time to educate yourself on the preventative measures you can take to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This information is readily available via public health agencies such as the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Rensselaer County Health Department.

We are continuing to track the situation around COVID-19 closely, and we will share information as new details become available. To help ensure that you don’t miss any relevant updates, we encourage you to follow us on social media, subscribe to our email newsletter, and join our online chat groups on Facebook and Discord.

We are all in this together, and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out and let us know at info@techvalleygamespace.com.

Best,

TVGS Team

Volunteer Space Cadets

Coordinator Election for August 2018

TVGS Volunteer Coordinator Sign Up

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

The volunteer sign up document will remain open until Wednesday, August 15th. If you volunteer, you will be expected to attend this Coordinator selection meeting on Wednesday, August 29th. The group of Coordinators will be chosen at this meeting, and will serve a term of 3 months.

Volunteer here: Sign Up

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.

[TVCOG] Business in Digital Games (March 7th, 1:00pm)

To reserve your space, sign up at Eventbrite below:
eventbrite.com/e/the-business-of-digital-games-tickets-42889693227

Join us as we explore the depth and breadth of the digital game ecosystem in the Tech Valley and opportunities for creative and technical professionals and entrepreneurs.

Learn about the companies included in this ecosystem, what they do and who they work with and how. Dig a little deeper into the growth and development of one successful business. Then drill down a little more into a targeted discussion of your choice. Finish your day with a Networking Reception complete with opportunities to talk with representatives of game design companies and a TedX-style presentation on “The Intersection of Digital and Media Art.” Here’s our agenda:

Mapping the Tech Valley Digital Games Cluster – a panel of representatives from each game design or related company with each sharing information on the company’s mission and place in the ecosystems, as well as the type of employee and freelancers their company works with and the skills those individuals need.

Starting, Growing, Pivoting and Still Growing a Business in Digital Games, featuring Brian Corrigan of Mad Glory

Dig Down Discussions — Breakouts for Creative, Technology and Entrepreneur

Networking Mixer with workshop attendees and members of the Upstate Alliance for a Creative Economy, with information tables for the digital games businesses and sponsoring organizations

CoGTalk — The Intersection of Digital and Media Arts featuring NYS Council on the Arts Program Director for Electronic Media & Film|Visual Arts Karen Helmerson

This program is free, but space is limited. Reserve your place at the event by registering at Eventbrite (all proceeds goes to the Extra Life charity)! The donations made to reserve a space will benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center through Extra Life, which unites thousands of digital game players around the world in 24-hour fundraising and gaming marathons to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

eventbrite.com/e/the-business-of-digital-games-tickets-42889693227

Extra Life

Extra Life: 24 hours of gaming for charity! (November 4th, noon)

Tech Valley Game Space will once again be hosting a fun-filled marathon of Extra Life festivities in Troy, and we want you to join us! Let’s work together to surpass our fundraising goals and make a difference for the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, as well as other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout North America.

Our team is on a mission to save kids through gaming, and we need your help. Each of us has chosen our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

We’ll be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life and it’s our sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support us with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to that team member’s chosen hospital.Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids. Last year, Extra Life raised more than $8 million dollars to save kids, but in 2016 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher. We can’t do this without your help. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click a participant’s name and then click the “Support This Participant” button on this page. Thank you for caring for our kids!

Join our team!

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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!