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July 2020

Social Night

July 1 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: Digital Storytelling – Let’s Discuss Interactive Drama!

July 4 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's Digital Storytelling meetup will feature a group discussion of interactive drama. We will examine the roots of modern interactive drama via forms of theatrical improvisation like Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre, as well as more therapeutic techniques such as Psychodrama. We will also talk about how these ideas have filtered into games via tabletop role-playing and experimental works like Fa├žade. -- NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this is an online-only event. We are hosting it…

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Social Night

July 8 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: Beginner Game Design

July 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. -- If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game Design Orbit group meets…

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Community Night

July 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. -- Join the party! It's time for our monthly Community Night, a chance for local game makers to connect and have fun together. We'll be sharing the latest TVGS community updates, and hosting some interactive social activities to help community members…

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Orbit: Game Art – Let’s Discuss Visual Accessibility!

July 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's Game Art meetup will focus on the topic of visual accessibility design for games. How can you make your games better for players with colorblindness, low vision, and other visual impairments? We will be checking out a few videos that present useful visual design techniques for providing a more accessible user experience. -- 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…

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Social Night

July 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: 3D Game Design – Let’s Discuss Pathfinding!

July 25 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's 3D Game Design meetup will feature a group discussion about AI pathfinding and navigation techniques in 3D games. We will be discussing the fundamentals of A*, navigation meshes, and other essential tools you can use to help your game characters get from point A to point B. -- 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…

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Social Night

July 29 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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August 2020

Orbit: Digital Storytelling – Let’s Discuss Deep Games!

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

This month's Digital Storytelling meetup will feature a group discussion of deep games. The term "deep games" was coined by Doris C. Rusch, and refers to "games that teach us something about ourselves, enable thought-provoking, emotionally rich experiences and promote personal and social change." We will be looking at a few different examples of how designers can convey complex emotions and subjective experiences using game systems and interactive metaphors. -- NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this is an online-only…

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Social Night

August 5 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: Beginner Game Design

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

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. -- ABOUT ORBIT: BEGINNER GAME DESIGN If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using simple and intuitive creative tools that don't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game…

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Social Night

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

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: Game Art – Let’s Discuss Portfolio Creation!

August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's Game Art meetup will focus on the topic of portfolio creation for game artists. Come along to get some pointers from experienced game industry artists about how to build a strong portfolio that showcases your skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to share their own portfolios and gain some valuable constructive feedback! -- 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…

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Community Night

August 19 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. -- Join the party! It's time for our monthly Community Night, a chance for local game makers to connect and have fun together. Working on a game project? You're invited to share it during our community show and tell segment! Come…

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Orbit: 3D Game Design – Meet Unity’s New Visual Scripting System, Bolt!

August 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's 3D Game Design meetup will feature an introductory tutorial from Taro Omiya about Bolt, Unity's new visual scripting system. Bolt enables you to create logic for your game without writing code. It's a helpful tool that allows you to quickly create prototypes, and makes game creation in Unity more accessible for non-programmers. Taro will be covering the basics about how you can get started with Bolt, and how you can use its node-based graph editor to define various…

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Social Night

August 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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September 2020

Social Night

September 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: Digital Storytelling – Let’s Discuss Authoring Tools!

September 5 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's Digital Storytelling meetup will feature an overview of some of the most popular tools available for creating interactive fiction and narrative games. There is a vast landscape of free and accessible tools available to help you bring your ideas to life, but it's not always apparent which option you should choose. Come along to learn more and find the authoring tool that is best suited to your needs! -- NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this is an…

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Social Night

September 9 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: Beginner Game Design

September 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. -- ABOUT ORBIT: BEGINNER GAME DESIGN If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using simple and intuitive creative tools that don't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game…

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Community Night

September 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. -- Join the party! It's time for our monthly Community Night, a chance for local game makers to connect and have fun together. Working on a game project? You're invited to share it during our community show and tell segment! Come…

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Orbit: Game Art – The Making of “The Last Good Boy”

September 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's Game Art meetup will feature a guest appearance from award-winning game artist Terence Tolman. Terence is a concept artist at Against Gravity, working on the hit VR game Rec Room. He is also an independent game developer, and the creative designer behind the celebrated alternative-controller games Slap Friends and Puppet Pandemonium. Terence will be discussing his personal creative process, and sharing some behind-the-scenes info about his forthcoming indie game project The Last Good Boy. -- NOTE: Due to…

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Social Night

September 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 the TVGS Discord, visit techvalleygamespace.com/discord. ----- 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…

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Orbit: 3D Game Design – Godot 3D Basics

September 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This month's 3D Game Design meetup will feature an introduction to the basics of 3D in Godot, a completely free and open-source game engine that is rapidly gaining popularity among game makers. We will be looking at how to create a simple 3D game, and demonstrating how you can set up your own environments and game logic using Godot's intuitive interface and scripting language. -- NOTE: Due to the current circumstances, this is an online-only event. We are hosting it…

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