Ludum Dare 42 games made here at Tech Valley Game Space

It was an exhausting, 72-hour long journey, but we’ve returned from Ludum Dare 42 successfully, Space Cadets! The theme this time was, “running out of space,” where each team took a very different perspective on. Here are the latest games created in the capital region of New York from this game jam:

Open Spaces

Agoraphobia is the abnormal fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas, sometimes accompanied by anxiety attacks. This is a visual novel designed to create awareness for this form, and other forms, of anxiety and depressive disorders. Your character decides how to interact with other characters, who either show you support or impatience. If you make decisions to isolate yourself, or let the negative thoughts take you, the dark mass of “Fear” creeps further and further into your mind. There are many ways to combat anxiety, and there is no single solution for everyone, but seeking support is always a good first step. This is the first game I have written and designed and it could not have been completed without the incredible talent of the members of Tech Valley Game Space in Troy, New York.

Trigger Warning: This game includes depictions of anxiety through audio and visual elements which may be difficult for some.

Thinning the Herd

Human overpopulation is becoming a major problem, time for nature to thin out our numbers. Click any part of the world to call forth natural disasters and monstrous creatures to bring down the human population as it continues to go up. All art and audio is original.

Hachi Block

Hachi Block is a combo-focused Tetris-based puzzle game! Score high by dragging blocks into a grid and creating a three-in-a-row horizontal or vertical block formation. Stay alert, however; don’t let the blocks rise to the top of the screen!

Ludum Dare 42 (August 10th, 5:30 PM)

The time has come…to make games for the 42nd 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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Social Night: Ice Cream Potluck! (August 8th, 6:30 PM)

It’s social night again and let’s celebrate with board games, card games, social games, and of course, video games! Time to get together, gather ’round some games, and get social! Feel free to bring in some of your own games and ice cream, too!

Got a project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

RSVP at the links below!

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Volunteer Space Cadets

Coordinator Election for August 2018

TVGS Volunteer Coordinator Sign Up

TVGS is looking for volunteers to fill seven key Coordinator roles! Please consult this info document for details about each role: Coordinator Info

The volunteer sign up document will remain open until Wednesday, August 15th. If you volunteer, you will be expected to attend this Coordinator selection meeting on Wednesday, August 29th. The group of Coordinators will be chosen at this meeting, and will serve a term of 3 months.

Volunteer here: Sign Up

[IGDA Albany] Nina Stanley (August 1st, 6:30 PM)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month’s IGDA Albany speaker is Nina Stanley, as she discusses her experience in the industry as an artist.

The talk will begin at 7 pm; feel free to come in as early as 6 or stay until 9 if you’d like to mingle.

About the Speaker

Nina Stanley started out rather by accident working for a small 8bit Nintendo games developer called Color Dreams, later rechristened Wisdom Tree. After 3 years of doing a variety of 8bit games, half of them religious, she went on to work on games for PC, Sega Genesis, stand up arcade, Nintendo 64, PS 1 and 2, Game Boy, GBA, and DS. After 15 years she transitioned out of games and into teaching, following her passion for providing real and meaningful foundation training in the arts as the basis of all good Visual Communication. She has been teaching on ground and online in a wide variety of concentrations, from Typography, Photoshop, and entry level 3d to storyboarding, character development, UI, basic animation, and of course, drawing and painting, especially the figure with a special interest in anatomy. Currently full time faculty for the Art Institute of Pittsburg Online Division in Game Art and Design and Media Arts and Animation while moonlighting in the Art Foundation department teaching Observational Drawing. She takes on a few passionate and motivated private students for painting and drawing in her studio in Albany.

RSVP at the links below!

Social Night: Post-Steam Summer Sale (July 11th, 6:30 PM)

It’s social night again and let’s celebrate with board games, card games, social games, and of course, video games! Time to get together, gather ’round some games, and get social! Feel free to bring in some of your own games, too!

Got a project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

RSVP at the links below!

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[IGDA Albany] Communicating Your Way to a Better Sounding Game (June 6th, 6:00 pm)

IGDA Albany usually has a professional talk every 1st Wednesday of the month. This month’s IGDA Albany speaker is Amanda Laven, and she will provide the talk, “Communicating Your Way to a Better Sounding Game.” The presentation will provide a list of unique game design challenges VR brings to the table.

The talk will begin at 7 pm; feel free to come in as early as 6 or stay until 9 if you’d like to mingle.

Talk Details

They say music is a universal language, but at times trying to discuss audio can feel more like sending a transmission into deep space and hoping an alien lifeform can decipher it. In this talk, Amanda will discuss how to communicate with a composer, including how to structure a deliverables list and the best (and worst) ways to talk about how you want your game to sound. The discussion will include an interactive component for those interested to see how a composer might interpret their musical requests as well as a glimpse into the pre-composing process.

About the Speaker

Amanda Laven was born with an NES controller in her hand…not really, but she was handed one shortly thereafter and has been a rabid gamer ever since. She has a BA in Music from Union College, then went on to earn her MFA in Music Composition with a focus on scoring for media from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is a member of the Game Audio Network Guild, the International Game Developers Association (Albany, NY chapter), and the Materia Collective.

RSVP at the links below!

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Social Night: The Settlers of Catan (June 13th, 6:30 PM)

It’s social night again and let’s celebrate with board games, card games, social games, and of course, video games! Time to get together, gather ’round some games, and get social! Feel free to bring in some of your own games, too!

Got a project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

RSVP at the links below!

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The Arts Center of the Capital Region

Interactive Showcase @ Troy Night Out (May 25th, 5:00pm)

Our monthly Troy Night Out with The Arts Center continues with an exhibition of locally created games. Macs and PCs will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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.

RSVP at the links below!

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Special Extra Social Night! (May 30th, 6:30 PM)

What’s this? A 5th Wednesday in the month!? Time to get together, gather ’round some games, and get social! Feel free to bring in some of your own games, too!

Got a project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!