[IGDA Albany] Songs of Solitude: Telling More Story with Less (February 14th, 7:00 PM)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month’s IGDA Albany speaker is C.J. Kershner, and he will provide the talk, “Songs of Solitude: Telling More Story with Less.” The presentation will look into creative methods of storytelling utilized in games without using speech or written dialog.

The talk will begin at 7pm, but feel free to arrive around 6 and stay until 9 if you’d like to mingle before and after.

Talk Details

How do you tell a story without words? How do you create a world rich with history without reams of lore? Is it possible to guide players through an emotionally resonant experience if you haven’t even taught them the mechanics? Every so often a game comes along that captures the hearts and imaginations of players, yet uses few – if any – of the traditional elements associated with narrative in video games, or uses them in unexpected ways. This talk studies several minimalist games, attempts to identify common elements, explore the psychological reasons they affect players, and offer suggestions on if, and how, they might be used in our own work.

About the Speaker

C.J. Kershner is the head of Polyhedron Productions, an independent studio and narrative consultancy. By the time you read this, he will have (hopefully) finished work on a point-and-click game produced and set in the Middle East. Previously, he wrote about stabbing people in Victorian London (for which he received a WGA Award nomination), encouraged players to shoot endangered animals in the Himalayas for a fashion show, and attempted to justify a full-scale North Korean invasion of the United States. He likes adventure, arts and crafts, and alcohol. He hates social media.

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Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (November 27, 2015)

Our monthly Troy Night Out continues with an exhibition of locally created games, this time at the Quackenbush building!

The showcase is free and open to everyone, and we welcome you to show off games that are in any state of completion. So bring along your project for some playtesting and feedback, or just stop by and join in the fun!

If you have any questions about the showcase, feel free to send a message to info@techvalleygamespace.com.

For your convenience, we’ve created a reminder at Facebook event and Meetup below:

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out

Friday, Nov 27, 2015, 5:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

2 Space Cadets Went

Our monthly Troy Night Out continues with an exhibition of locally created games, this time at the Quackenbush building!The showcase is free and open to everyone, and we welcome you to show off games that are in any state of completion. So bring along your project for some playtesting and feedback, or just stop by and join in the fun!If you have …

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TVGS 1st Anniversary Celebration (November 11, 2015)

Tech Valley Game Space is one year old, and we’re going to celebrate in style with a 1st anniversary party at the new Quackenbush building. Everyone is welcome to take part in the festivities, regardless of whether you’re a first timer or a loyal space cadet that has attended every TVGS meeting over the past year. The more the merrier, so stop by and join in the fun!

This event will also serve as an informal open house for the new TVGS co-working studio, located inside the Quackenbush building at 30 3rd Street in Troy. Come along and check out our new digs – it’s a great opportunity to learn more about TVGS, and to share ideas for how we can continue to expand our efforts in order to help ensure that our second year is even better than the first.

As usual, please RSVP in the Facebook event or Meetup below:

TVGS 1st Anniversary Celebration

Wednesday, Nov 11, 2015, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

4 Space Cadets Went

Tech Valley Game Space is one year old, and we’re going to celebrate in style with a 1st anniversary party at the new Quackenbush building. Everyone is welcome to take part in the festivities, regardless of whether you’re a first timer or a loyal space cadet that has attended every TVGS meeting over the past year. The more the merrier, so stop by a…

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Ludum Dare 33 games made here at Tech Valley Game Space

Howdy! Apologize for the late post, but two weekend ago, we’ve had an amazing time creating games within the 48 or 72 hour time frame for the Ludum Dare online game jam. This Ludum Dare’s theme was, “You Are The Monster,” and we’re excited to present the results:

Moon Witch

moonWitch
A side Scrolling Shooter starring a witch.

Fly On The Wall

FlyOnTheWall
2-Player Puzzle Game. One player is the Scientist, the other player is the Fly. Entering different teleporters at the same time will combine DNA and give special abilities. The objective is to enter the same teleporter together to become normal again.

Huntingman Championship

huntingmanChampionship
A sport about killing the highest weight of animals!

This game is a top down, single screen arena, where the player moves around the environment looking for animals to kill. The animals will have AI that makes them run away from contact and the direction of damage. Animals will not always die from one hit, and there will be gore and real sounds to make the experience horrifying. The player must drag the bodies back to the house by hand, and will move slower depending on the weight of the bodies. Some weapons will cause the animal to lose weight from overkill. Better weapons can be found in the Shoppee. Are you a monster?

Lardum

Lardum
A quick 5 minute or less game. Even quicker if you don’t like it.

“You are the monster”! All you need to do is hit space and watch it unfold.

There is a secret revealed when you complete the game, so spend those 10 minutes unlocking everything because frankly, it’s worth it.
(There’s been a lot of people stating they can’t figure out the secret… Think of konami, and if you still can’t get it googling “Konami” and “secret codes” should get you there 😉 )

Can I Haz Monsters?

canIHazMonsters
As a traveller in a foreign land, you must learn the language of these strange creatures to let them help you make your way through. Find all the alien words and talk to everyone you meet, and you could unlock the power of the monsters!