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April 2021

Orbit: Digital Storytelling – The Stories People Tell with Your Game

April 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

There are the stories we write into our games, but what happens when they're played? Let's talk about the stories people tell by role-playing, speedruning, or streaming our games. This month's meetup will feature an interactive discussion guided by guest host Klil H. Neori, a professional graphics programmer and amateur tabletop role-playing gamemaster who writes extensively about narrative game design via his blog Redbud Writes (https://redbudwrites.blogspot.com/). Read on for Klil's full description of the group discussion topic: "You write a…

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Orbit: Beginner Game Design

April 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for this month's edition of Beginner Game Design, our monthly series of free online mentorship sessions in game making that are open to all participants (ages 9+). This is the perfect group for beginners who want to learn the basics of game creation. -- NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this is an online-only event. We are hosting it on our Discord server, which you can join using this link: discordapp.com/invite/mrTDyau For more information about how to join…

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Social Night

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us via Discord to socialize with fellow game developers from the Capital Region and beyond! Our social gatherings are a great opportunity for local game makers to interact, meet new friends, and stay connected. We'll be chatting, playing games together, and engaging in other fun-filled social activities. Social Night is hosted as a weekly online gathering on the TVGS Discord every Wednesday from 6:30pm-9pm (except for the third Wednesday of each month, when it is replaced by Community Night).…

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Orbit: Game Art – Let’s Discuss Ludum Dare!

April 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

With the Ludum Dare game jam coming up on April 23rd, now seems like an ideal time for a group discussion about the event! We will also be talking more generally about the art creation process for game jams, and sharing our favorite techniques for rapid production of art assets. If you're considering participating in Ludum Dare, this is a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the event. If you're an experienced game jammer, come along…

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TVGS Annual Meeting & 6th Anniversary Party

April 21 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for our yearly TVGS gathering, and learn more about the flourishing game development community in the Capital Region. This event is open to everyone - yes, that means you! If you are a paying TVGS member, your attendance at this meeting is particularly vital. This is your opportunity to vote on important matters that impact the entire TVGS community, and we need a quorum of members in attendance for the vote. So please save the date, and be…

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Ludum Dare 48

April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The time has come to make games for the 48th biannual online game jam, Ludum Dare! Ludum Dare is a fun community event where participants create games over a weekend based on a shared theme. The theme will be revealed during our kickoff party on Friday evening, so be sure to join us then if you're interested in learning more. No prior experience in making games is needed! This event is purely intended as a fun challenge. It's a great…

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Orbit: 3D Game Design – Ludum Dare Jamboree

April 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Since this month's 3D Game Design meetup coincides with the first day of the Ludum Dare game jam, this gathering will serve as an informal coworking session for jam participants. Even if you aren't participating in Ludum Dare, you are still welcome to join us and bask in the glory of the jam. For anyone who missed our LD jam kickoff event on Friday evening, this will also serve as a second chance to connect with potential collaborators and see…

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May 2021

Orbit: Digital Storytelling – Integrating Ink with Construct

May 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's Digital Storytelling meetup will feature a demonstration of how to incorporate Ink story scripts within a Construct game project. By combining these tools, you can create a hybrid setup that merges the storytelling power of a narrative-focused tool like Ren'Py with the flexibility of a general purpose game engine. Although we will be using Construct as an example, many of the techniques we'll be discussing are equally relevant for integrating Ink with other games making tools like Unity…

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Orbit: Beginner Game Design

May 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for this month's edition of Beginner Game Design, our monthly series of free online mentorship sessions in game making that are open to all participants (ages 9+). This is the perfect group for beginners who want to learn the basics of game creation. -- NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this is an online-only event. We are hosting it on our Discord server, which you can join using this link: discordapp.com/invite/mrTDyau For more information about how to join…

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Social Night

May 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us via Discord to socialize with fellow game developers from the Capital Region and beyond! Our social gatherings are a great opportunity for local game makers to interact, meet new friends, and stay connected. We'll be chatting, playing games together, and engaging in other fun-filled social activities. Social Night is hosted as a weekly online gathering on the TVGS Discord every Wednesday from 6:30pm-9pm (except for the third Wednesday of each month, when it is replaced by Community Night).…

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