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!

Social Night: Doodle Fail (April 11th, 7:00 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!

This month’s optional theme is a locally developed card game titled, Doodle Fail. It’s a silly party game about sketching a picture based on a sentence generated by 3 cards. Come check it out!

RSVP at the links below!

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Social Night: Pre-GDC Party (March 14th, 7:00pm)

It’s social night again and let’s network before Game Developers Conference (GDC) with our favorite analog and digital games! Come and show off either games you’re developing, or absolutely love playing with others! 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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Extra Life

Extra Life: 24 hours of gaming for charity! (November 4th, noon)

Tech Valley Game Space will once again be hosting a fun-filled marathon of Extra Life festivities in Troy, and we want you to join us! Let’s work together to surpass our fundraising goals and make a difference for the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, as well as other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout North America.

Our team is on a mission to save kids through gaming, and we need your help. Each of us has chosen our local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital where thousands of children are treated each year, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. These kids are facing scary stuff like cancer, cystic fibrosis, and injuries from accidents to name just a few.

We’ll be part of a huge international celebration of the social impact of gamers with Extra Life and it’s our sincere hope that you’ll find it in your heart to support us with a monthly pledge or one-time gift that will go directly to that team member’s chosen hospital.Your donation is tax-deductible and ALL PROCEEDS go to help kids. Last year, Extra Life raised more than $8 million dollars to save kids, but in 2016 our goals, just like the needs of the kids we serve, are much, much higher. We can’t do this without your help. Donating online is safe and easy! To make an online donation please click a participant’s name and then click the “Support This Participant” button on this page. Thank you for caring for our kids!

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Game Club: Life is Strange

Every month, participants pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games. Our host for this month is Robert Denner, and their selection is all 5 episodes of Life is Strange, developed by Dontnod Entertainment for PC, Mac, Linux, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Join Max Caulfield, a photography student whose life gets turned upside down when she returns to her hometown of Arcadia Bay, Oregon and discovers that she has the innate ability to rewind time. You’ll take a very emotional journey across five days as all your actions have consequences that make the story all the more personal. So grab some tissues, turn the lights down low and get ready for that cinematic experience that proves without a doubt that, well, life is weird.

Game Club – Episode 26: Life is Strange
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Audio Editing: Constant Hackney

Intro and Outro Music: Robbie Singley

Social Night: Overcooked!

Let’s get together for a fun community & social night, right before the holidays! We’ll talk about games, development, and other topics.

Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your current favorite game? Let’s discuss it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

This week we’re playing Overcooked, a fun multiplayer “couch game” where you work together to cook food for finicky customers. If you have any spare controllers or a copy of the game that you don’t mind lending out for the evening, please bring them with you!

RSVP at the links below!

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TVGS Cibele

Game Club: Cibele & Emily is Away (hosted by Abi)

If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club!

This month’s host is Abi, and she has selected a pair of games: Cibele (http://ninasays.so/cibele/) and Emily is Away (http://emilyisaway.com/).

Game Club – Episode 18: Cibele and Emily Is Away
Youtube version | MP3 download | OGG download
Intro and outro music: “Turn On” by Decky Coss

Extra Life

Extra Life: 24+1 hours of gaming for charity! (November 5)

Tech Valley Game Space will once again be hosting a fun-filled marathon of Extra Life festivities in Troy, and we want you to join us! Let’s work together to surpass our fundraising goals and make a difference for the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center, as well as other Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals throughout North America.
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Social: Mario Kart 8

Social: Mario Kart 8 (October 12)

Let’s get together for a fun social night! We’ll talk about games, development, and other topics. The game on the big screen will be the Wii U multiplayer racer, Mario Kart 8!

Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your current favorite game? Let’s discuss it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every gaming news item, project, idea, and gadget are welcome!

RSVP at Facebook or Meetup:

Social: Mario Kart 8

Wednesday, Oct 12, 2016, 6:00 PM

Tech Valley Game Space
30 Third Street Troy, NY

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Let’s get together for a fun social night! We’ll talk about games, development, and other topics. The game on the big screen will be the Wii U multiplayer racer, Mario Kart 8!Got a new project to show off? Bring it in, and let’s play it! Want to talk about your current favorite game? Let’s discuss it! Want to bring your own VR? Everyone and every …

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TVGS presents: #include <Local History Jam>

For this event, please reserve a free ticket on Eventbrite: Local History Game Jam tickets

The latest event in our #include series is the Local History Game Jam, a weekend “hackathon” dedicated to creating games and interactive prototypes inspired by the history of Rensselaer County. Historical themes and settings have been incorporated into many popular games, ranging from commercial titles such as Civilization and Assassin’s Creed to educational classics like The Oregon Trail. Whenever historians and game developers get together, we always end up making history!

Jammers are invited to gather at The Arts Center (located at 265 River Street in Troy) over the weekend in order to participate. The jam will begin at 12pm on Saturday, September 19th with a kickoff event featuring members of the Rensselaer County Historical Society, who will be joining us to share some interesting local lore and provide an overview of the incidents, people and overall trends that have played an integral role in shaping the development of the Capital Region. From there, jammers will have the opportunity to work alone or in teams in order to create projects inspired by local history over the rest of the weekend.

Even after the weekend is over, the jam won’t be relegated to the history books just yet! Jammers will have multiple opportunities to share their creations over the following week, including a post-jam reception at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity featuring a group of international game design students and faculty, and a prominent showcase as part of the Hyperplace Troy festival, during which the games created by jam participants will be projected onto the outside of The Arts Center building.

The event is open to all game developers, students, graduates, industry developers and even those with no experience of game development. 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.

 

Dates and times:

Kickoff

  • Saturday, September 19th @ 12pm – The Arts Center (265 River Street, Troy)

Jam Hours

  • Saturday, September 19th 12pm-9pm
  • Sunday, September 20th 9am-4pm

Post-Jam Reception

  • Monday, September 21st 7pm-9pm – Tech Valley Center of Gravity (30 3rd Street, Troy)

Showcase

  • Friday, September 25th 5pm-9pm – The Arts Center (265 River Street, Troy)

 

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 12pm on Saturday, September 19th and the jam will run for the rest of the weekend. The jam will be centered around the theme of local history, with relevant information provided during the kickoff by members of the Rensselaer County Historical Society. However, participants are free to interpret the theme as they see fit and explore any ideas they wish over the course of the jam.

The jam will embrace healthy working practices, and therefore the venue will be closing during the evening to encourage participants to get some rest. The jam times are 12pm-9pm on Saturday, September 19th and 9am-4pm on Sunday, September 20th.

The Arts Center is located in close proximity to a variety of dining options, but there is no eating or drinking allowed inside the jam venue itself, so please take this into consideration when planning for meals and snack breaks. Also, if you are able to bring your own laptop, please do so! We have a finite supply of desktops available for the event, and once these are claimed we will only be able to accommodate more participants if they are able to supply their own machines. Wi-fi passwords will be provided, and desktop access will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

During the week following the jam, there are two separate events that jammers are invited to attend for the purpose of showing off their creations. The first will be a post-jam reception held at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity, located at 30 3rd Street in Troy. The reception will take place from 7pm-9pm on Monday, September 21st and will offer an opportunity to showcase our local history games to an audience of international game developers, including RIT faculty and a group of visiting game design students from Germany.

The final, culminating showcase event will take place at The Arts Center from 5pm-9pm on Friday, September 25th during the Hyperplace Troy festival. As part of the festival, the games we have created during the jam will be featured in playable form, and will be projected in large scale on the side of The Arts Center building.

 

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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.

At TVGS, we believe that a more diverse and nurturing game development community is also a more sustainable one. There is a vital need for new voices within the game development space, and our mission is to help address that need by providing support and mentorship for creative people that are interested in developing new artistic and technical skills that they can then reinvest back into the local community.