Ludum Dare 40 (December 1st, 8:00pm)

The time has come…to make games for the 40th 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 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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[IGDA Albany] December Interactive Showcase (December 6th, 7:00 PM)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional networking meeting every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month, the organization is celebrating the end of the year with an Interactive Showcase, where local developers bring in their game–analog or digital–at any point in development and show it off to other like-minded individuals! Of course, this event is open to all game developers, from hobbyists to professional, from all around the Capital Region of NY. The showcase will begin at 7pm, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if you’d like to mingle before and after.

Please RSVP using the links below:

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[Orbit: Intermediate Game Design] Unity Tilemaps (December 7th, 7:00pm)

First time attending this event?  Please sign-up in our short form over here: goo.gl/JwpJzx

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The Intermediate Game Design Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on a variety of popular 3D game engines, including Unity 3D.

This session, Taro Omiya will talk about the new Tilemap feature in Unity to quickly create a level for a 2D game.

The Intermediate Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 1st and 4th Thursday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

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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TVGS Community Night (November 29th, 6:30pm)

With the 4th Wednesday being the night before Thanksgiving, we moved it to the 5th Wednesday for this month.

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.

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?)

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[Orbit: Intermediate Game Design] Q & A (November 30th, 7:00pm)

First time attending this event?  Please sign-up in our short form over here: goo.gl/JwpJzx

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The Intermediate Game Design Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on a variety of popular 3D game engines, including Unity 3D.

We will have a questions and answers session where mentors can help answer any game development problems you may have. Remember to bring your own project and questions!

The Intermediate Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 1st and 4th Thursday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors.

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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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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TVGS Transmissions: Epistle 3 Jam (Nov 17th)

Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we’ll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded.

This week we’ll play through some games created during the Epistle 3 Game Jam – games based on the “leaked” “Half-Life 3” plot. Find them here: https://itch.io/jam/epistle-3-jam

RSVP at the links below!

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