Lesson Night: Storyboarding/Prototyping for VR (October 10th, 6:30pm)

Instructor

Abigail Mathews

Description

Virtual Reality applications present some unique design challenges as well as barriers to communicating the app idea to stakeholders. An effective prototype is a great step towards overcoming these obstacles. Yet, it’s hard to prototype VR experiences using the strategies most common in 2D media. This lesson will discuss appropriate strategies for envisioning and communicating the nature of VR experiences before investing heavily in art assets or development time. We’ll cover the questions that are most essential to address in a prototype, as well as a variety of tools (both software-based and analog) for prototyping.

After hearing about various options in the presentation, stay to try out some of the software tools discussed using TVGS’s VR stations.

Lesson Night: Armory (September 12th, 6:30pm)

Instructor

Jamey Stevenson

Description

While modern 3D game engines like Unity and Unreal are “free” in terms of their initial usage fees, they are still proprietary tools that come with various hidden costs and restrictions. Open-source tools (such as Godot and Blender) are essential, because they remove these limitations and provide true game development freedom.

Thankfully, open-source game making tools are rapidly increasing in both quality and availability. This month’s lesson will focus on Armory, a promising new open-source 3D engine that fully integrates with Blender to provide a unified environment and workflow for game creation.

If you’re already familiar with Blender, this is a great opportunity to learn how to create games directly within the Blender environment. If you have never used Blender, this is a perfect time to get acquainted with a popular and invaluable set of open-source, cross-platform game making tools.

What to Bring

Laptops will be provided, but we suggest bringing your own if possible. You can install Armory at armory3d.org/download.html.

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Game Club: RollerCoaster Tycoon®: Deluxe, hosted by Chris (September 19th, 7:30pm)

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 Will, and their selection is:

RollerCoaster Tycoon®: Deluxe

From the main site: Take a trip to fame and fortune by building the biggest, best, scariest, and most thrilling rides ever seen in any theme park. Can you make money in this volatile business? Can you become the ultimate Roller Coaster Tycoon? One of the best games from acclaimed Tycoon series, with well designed gameplay mechanics, appealing graphics, and really high re-playability value

Link Steam Store Page DeveloperChris Sawyer Productions
Price$5.99 USDGame DurationBelow an hour
RatingEveryone (6 and up)PlatformPC

The discussion will take place on September 19th. As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game is short enough to be played in less than an hour.

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Orbit: 3D Game Design (September 28th, 1:00pm)

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The 3D 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, Godot 3, and more.

The 3D Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 4th Saturday 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.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at forms.gle/f5CgLnsbbTG38YL4A if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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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.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

Orbit: 3D Game Design (August 24th, 1:00pm)

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The 3D 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, Godot 3, and more.

The 3D Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 4th Saturday 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.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at http://goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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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.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

Game Club: Souvenir by Taro (August 15th, 7:30pm)

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 their selection is:

Souvenir

  • Genre: Narrative-Exploration
  • Developer: Robert Yang, Mohini Dutta, and Ben Norskov

The discussion will take place on August 15th. As usual, this selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. The game is short enough to be played in less than an hour.

RSVP at the links below!

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Orbit: 3D Game Design (July 27th, 1:00pm)

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The 3D 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, Godot 3, and more.

The 3D Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 4th Saturday 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.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at http://goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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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.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

Orbit: 3D Game Design (June 22nd, 1:00pm)

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The 3D 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, Godot 3, and more.

The 3D Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 4th Saturday 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.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at http://goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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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.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit/

Orbit: 3D Game Design – MLAgents and Machine Learning (May 25th, 1:00pm)

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The 3D 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, Godot 3, and more.

The 3D Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 4th Saturday 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.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at http://goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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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.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit http://tvgs-wordpress.azurewebsites.net/orbit/

Orbit: 3D Game Design – Scripting a Flow Chart in Unity (February 23rd, 1:00pm)

Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The 3D 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, Godot 3, and more.

The 3D Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 4th Saturday 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.

First time attending this event?

Please sign-up using our short form at http://goo.gl/JwpJzx if you haven’t already done so.

You can also RSVP at the links below!

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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.

For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit http://tvgs-wordpress.azurewebsites.net/orbit/