Ludum Dare 41 games made here at Tech Valley Game Space

Hello, fellow Space Cadets! With Ludum Dare 41 over, we’re here to bring up a list of the latest games created in the capital region of New York from this game jam. The theme this time was, “Combine 2 Incompatible Genres,” which certainly stretched the imagination of these creators. Check them out!

Idle Research Clicker

Do some research, see what happens.

Spike-Stricken Love

What do get when you blend obstacle-avoiding action with text-based dating?

The answer is Undertale. This game is completely different.

SmackTalk! Live Teaches Typing!

Type the text shown for each part of the promo. Take as much time as you need and then press the “Talk Smack!” button. For each segment of the promo, half-credit is given for capitalization mistakes, and no credit is given if there are any other mistakes. If you get enough credit, more than half of the credits possible, after finishing the promo, you will get a good ending for the promo, and otherwise you will get worse endings. Finish all 4 promos to go to the credits and complete the game!

SmackPaint! Combat Painting with Ross Bob

Paintsmack! Combat painting with Ross Bob. NOW WITH CREATIVE MODE!

Grab your paint and tap “A” to do happy little brushes against the canvas. Do your best to finish the painting before all the happy little critters steal away with your paint or the time runs out. Take a picture of your masterpiece afterwards and share it with the world!

Fantasy Fighter

This game is a top-down, turn-based, fighter. The game as an experiment and opportunity to learn C++ and the SFML library. Unfortunately, the best fighter elements weren’t added, but the mechanics are written down in the README.md.

Salty Scuttle

Being the Ludum Dare after Valentine’s Day, it seemed like the perfect time to work on a 2 player cooperative game for gamers to enjoy with their significant others. But, given the theme, what genre could we combine with cooperative play to make a truly romantic experience that would bring couples together the world over? The answer was clear: QWOP. In Salty Scuttle, each player controls one leg of a crab who is trying to migrate to their new home for the new season. Try to help them go as far as possible without flipping them over onto their back!

Ludum Dare 41 with Geek Musica (April 20th, 7:30 PM)

The time has come…to make games for the 41st 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!

Furthermore, we have a special collaboration with the local classical ensemble, Geek Musica, who will help contribute music to teams attending the TVGS real-world meeting. This cross-pollination will result in an Interactive Showcase on a future Troy Night Out, where the music they’ve composed for the Jam will be performed live. Exciting!

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 (including free pizza)! 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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Black History Game Jam 2018 (February 25th, 10am)

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To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: Black History Game Jam tickets

In celebration of Black History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the Black History Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork and stories inspired by African American history and culture. Come join us in recognizing and celebrating African American contributions to history and culture while creating your own game!

Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.

The jam will take place on Sunday, February 25th starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), in room 2411 under the Sage Labs building. The event kickoff starts at 10am on Sunday, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants.

The Black History Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.
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Global Game Jam at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (January 26-29, 2018)

This meetup is merely a reminder. Please RSVP in the Eventbrite link below (admission cost $10):

Albany Global Game Jam 2018

Hosted by Albany International Game Developers Association (Albany IGDA), we’ll be joining the largest game jam in the world, the Global Game Jam!

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 48 hours with a team! Meet up with other rapid game developers! Eat a lot of junk food! And most important of all, have fun!

For more details, as well as to RSVP, check out the Eventbrite page below:

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Ludum Dare 40 games made here at Tech Valley Game Space

Hello, fellow Space Cadets! We’re bringing back an old classic where we list the latest games created in the capital region of New York from game jams.  With Ludum Dare 40 over, here is what’s new!

Rogue

You find a castle, in hopes of gaining treasure, but you find Dracula and he sends you into the deepest of Dungeons. He also turns you into a vampire, laughing as he returns to the highest spire. Being a ninja you escape your cell, but can you avoid the lights, and enemies that come your way while collecting all the gold?

Randomly Relentless Rumble

Get to the door without dying! Watch out for spiders and the things that they carry. If they drop an item, you are cursed to pick it up and use it as a weapon. Not all items are good weapons (glass items, for example) and not all weapons can be used more than once. The more items you have, the more you switch between them! You don’t get to pick which weapon you get to use next (you know, because of the curse…)

Dream Catcher

The idea behind this game was originally to make a beat-em-up where you chose the number of hearts you entered the level with. Your character became more “corrupt” the more hearts you took, however, if you died you would get more corruption than if you just went in with max hearts.

Obviously the game is highly unfinished, but I still wanted to hear what some people might think about where exactly the flaws are or what they would like to see if the game were to continue. I plan on making updates to this game once the rating period is over based on everyone’s feedback, so feel free to keep it downloaded if you’re curious to see where it goes.

Stuck in Parallel

Spelunker Johny discovers one of the greatest world mysteries: colored lanterns that reveals a new world! With the cave’s main entrance closed off, however, he must rely on these lanterns to hop between different parallel universes and reach towards the exit. But what dangers lie behind these unexplored territories?

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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LGBTQ+ Game Jam

To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: LGBTQ+ Game Jam tickets

To sign up as a Mentor: Mentor Sign up

Note: For those taking public transit, the 87 stops at or near RPI on Sundays, at stops #5 and #6.

In celebration of LGBTQ History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the LGBTQ+ Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork, and stories inspired by LGBTQ+ contributions to history and culture.

We will have Construct 3, Twine, and Ren’Py instruction available for beginners! We will also have analog game making materials for anyone who wants to make a board or card game!

Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.

The jam will take place on Sunday, October 22nd starting at 10am and ending at 6pm. Participants are invited to gather at The RPI VAST Lab (located at 110 8th St on the RPI Campus in Troy) at 10am on Sunday in order to join in the event kickoff, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants. Then we will get right to making games!

This Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.

WHEN:

Sunday, October 22nd 10am-6pm

WHERE:

The VAST Lab (110 8th St, Troy, NY 12180)

 

About the Jam:

The game jam will take place at The VAST Studio, located at 110 8th St in the Sage Labs building on the RPI Campus in Troy. The kickoff event will take place at 10am on Sunday, February 26th and the event will run until 6pm (at the very latest!). The jam will be centered around the theme of the LGBTQ+ experience, culture, and history, and participants will be encouraged to create games and digital artwork inspired by this theme.

There are variety of dining options on the RPI campus, but there is no eating or drinking allowed inside the venue itself, so please take this into consideration when planning for meals and snack breaks.

In they choose to, participants can also share their games with the public at the Troy Interactive Showcase, which will take place at The Arts Center during the next monthly Troy Night Out celebration to occur after the jam. The showcase will be held from 5-9pm the following Friday, October 27th at the Arts Center in downtown Troy!

Mentors Wanted!
If you are a local game developer or someone with experience in a related field (programmer, artist, designer, musician, etc.) and you have a few hours that you’d be willing to contribute toward volunteering as a mentor during a future #include event, please volunteer using the mentor sign up sheet in order to let us know you’re interested. Once you have signed up using the online form, we will get in contact with you to provide further details on how you can get involved with our upcoming diversity events.

 

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About #include:

#include is a series of diversity-focused, creative events hosted by Tech Valley Game Space that are intended to support aspiring game makers in the Capital Region. The goal of the #include initiative is to provide recurring, local classes and game jams targeted toward groups that continue to be underrepresented within the game development community, in order to demystify the process of digital game creation and make it more accessible and welcoming for everyone.

For more information, please visit http://techvalleygamespace.com/include

Ludum Dare 39 (July 28th, 8:00pm)

The time has come…to make games for the 39th 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!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

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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Ludum Dare 38 (April 21st, 9:00pm)

The time has come…to make games for the 38th 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!

rsvp-facebook rsvp-meetup

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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Black History Game Jam

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To participate in this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: Black History Game Jam tickets

In celebration of Black History Month, the next event in our #include series will be the Black History Game Jam, a day long “hackathon” dedicated to creating games, interactive artwork and stories inspired by African American history and culture. Come join us in recognizing and celebrating African American contributions to history and culture while creating your own game!

Everyone is welcome to take part in this public game making event, and first time creators are highly encouraged to participate. The atmosphere at #include events is fun and collaborative, and a team of experienced mentors will be on hand to help out any newcomers and provide guidance on how you can bring your game ideas to life.

The jam will take place on Sunday, February 26th starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. Participants are invited to gather at The Arts Center (located at 265 River Street in Troy) at 10am on Sunday in order to join in the event kickoff, which will feature a brief word of welcome from the organizers, an introduction to our team of volunteer mentors and a chance for you to meet the other participants.

The Black History Game Jam is open to participants of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels. Tickets are free, but spaces are limited, so please book your ticket early to avoid missing out on your chance to participate in the game jam. Please read all of the event info below before booking your place in the jam.

WHEN:

Sunday, February 26th 10am-4pm

WHERE:

The Arts Center of the Capital Region (265 River Street, Troy)

 

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About the Jam:

The game jam will take place at The Arts Center of The Capital Region, located at 265 River Street in Troy. The kickoff event will take place at 10am on Sunday, February 26th and the event will run until 4pm. The jam will be centered around the theme of African American history, and participants will be encouraged to create games and digital artwork inspired by this theme.

The Arts Center is located in close proximity to a variety of dining options, but there is no eating or drinking allowed inside the venue itself, so please take this into consideration when planning for meals and snack breaks.

Games created by the participants will also be featured at an upcoming showcase event, which will take place at The Arts Center during the next monthly Troy Night Out celebration to occur after the jam. The showcase will be held from 5-9pm on Friday, March 31st in the same room where the jam is taking place.

 

Mentors Wanted!
If you are a local game developer or someone with experience in a related field (programmer, artist, designer, musician, etc.) and you have a few hours that you’d be willing to contribute toward volunteering as a mentor during a future #include event, please volunteer using the mentor sign up sheet in order to let us know you’re interested. Once you have signed up using the online form, we will get in contact with you to provide further details on how you can get involved with our upcoming diversity events.

 

includeLogo

About #include:

#include is a series of diversity-focused, creative events hosted by Tech Valley Game Space that are intended to support aspiring game makers in the Capital Region. The goal of the #include initiative is to provide recurring, local classes and game jams targeted toward groups that continue to be underrepresented within the game development community, in order to demystify the process of digital game creation and make it more accessible and welcoming for everyone.

For more information, please visit http://techvalleygamespace.com/include