March 2017 Meeting – Knoxville Game Design

Discussion of games currently being developed by game developers in the Knoxville area, as well as an analysis of current topics in the gaming industry.

Host Web Twitter Itch.io
Levi D. Smith http://levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad https://gatechgrad.itch.io
Dylan Wolf http://dylanwolf.com @DylanWolf https://dylanwolf.itch.io
Nich Mebane http://nichmebane.com @Sweet_Niche https://sweet-niche.itch.io

Meeting Links:

March 2017 Online Hangout Announcement

Hello Knoxville Game Designers!

This is Levi D. Smith inviting you to attend the online hangout for March 12, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.  We will be using Google Hangouts again, which can be accessed at the following URL:  https://hangouts.google.com/call/vhh46lj3tncbvinkrztkhw5mfme
Be sure your microphone or webcam is working prior to the meeting.

The agenda for the meeting is now available. I will be talking about adding Video Game metadata to your website, so that your game is indexed appropriately by search engines.

Just a reminder, Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday March 12, 2017, so please remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour prior to the meeting.

Be aware that we are no longer using Meetup for Knoxville Game Design events.  Please use http://www.knoxgamedesign.org/upcoming-events/ to keep track of the latest club events.

Video for last month’s online hangout is now available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osLAoHaxLKs
The audio version is also available as a podcast on iTunes:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/game-design-chat/id1084873107

Direct any questions to me at levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org.

February 2017 Meeting – Knoxville Game Design

The video for the February 2017 online hangout is now available on YouTube.

There were audio recording issues for this hangout, but the level was fixed with Audacity’s features.  However, some echo still remains with part of the audio.

Meeting links:
Khufu’s Delivery Service on iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/khufus-delivery-service/id1200188868?ls=1&mt=8
Khufu’s Delivery Service on Greenlight – http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=821814030
Frog model on Sketchfab – https://sketchfab.com/models/a1f3de599bb447efa31de73d8536268f
Prez NES – http://forums.nesdev.com/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=15507
PAX East – http://east.paxsite.com/
GDC – http://www.gdconf.com/
GDC State of Game Industry 2017 – http://reg.techweb.com/GDCSF17-StateOfGame
Theme music – Ride by Pocketmaster

Host Info:
Levi D. Smith – Web – http://levidsmith.com Twitter – @GaTechGrad
Joe Miller – Web – http://doublesquarellc.com/ Twitter – @DoublesquareJoe

February 2017 Online Hangout

This is a reminder that there will not be an in-person meeting for February or March 2017.  We will be attempting to conduct the next two meetings online with Google Hangouts.  We will plan to meet again at the Technology Cooperative in April 2017 to coincide with Ludum Dare 38.  Be sure to check knoxgamedesign.org for the latest details.

Topics for the online Hangout on Sunday (February 12, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time) are included in the meeting agenda.  There are two options for joining us.  Using Google Hangout will allow you to participate with a web camera or microphone.  Please verify that your web camera or microphone is working before the meeting.  There is also a view only option with YouTube, which also provides a chat room for leaving comments during the group meeting.

Thanks for everyone’s patience while we transition to this new format.  Please direct any questions to levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org

Knoxville Game Design Ludum Dare 37 Entries

Last month, there were eight great game entries that members of Knoxville Game Design created for the Ludum Dare game development competition.  The theme for this competition was “One Room”.  The entries by our group are listed below in no specific order.

Your the only person that matters by Jacob

Your The Only Person That Matters is a game about saving before fighting the final boss.  To win you must confirm you want to save.

Da Vinci’s Revenge by Jax

You are a troll and you are after Leonardo Da Vinci because he killed your family. So go kill him now!

Room by Jeffry

My two sons wanted me to make a game while they made games too. So I made this shmup. All made in game maker studio pro (thanks humble bundle), sounds via sound recorder app on my phone.

Eye in the Sky by Joe

Your goal in Eye in the Sky is to find the requested people using the casino security camera feeds. There are 4 different views set up looking into one room – the casino floor. People will be freely moving around the room and as such you’ll need to look at all the cameras to see where they might have gone. You can click on any of the camera feeds to zoom in on that view in the room, which will help you pick out the correct person. The score is based on how quickly you are able to find each person, with no points given after a certain amount of time. There is no gameover, feel free to play as long as you like!

Isolation Knight by Dylan

Persistence pays as you confront a series of enemies, each requiring their own unique strategy. Learn skills and spells as you try to escape the isolation your captors have placed you into.

Free the Frog by Levi

Help Froggy escape the room by collecting the quantum accelerator artifact. When the artifact is collected, Froggy leaps through time and space to the exact same room in another dimension! Help Froggy avoid the dangers so that he can hope that the next leap will be the leap home!

Zombie Swarm by Jason

Its a twin-stick type shooter set in the mythical zombie apocalypse. While enemies are coming at you from all directions, you will want to watch your shots as your ammunition is limited. Thankfully for you, it appears that every zombie is carrying at least one or two bullets, or a grenade. You only get one life, and the zombies are coming faster and faster, how long will you survive?

Fair Damsel in Distress by Ruth Ann

This platformer game for children was developed using Processing version 2 with Java. Only one level (hardest) is provided here. New feature for touch screens is showcased.

Time lapse Videos

 

Game Design Chat #12 – Season Finale

Game Design Chat is a monthly podcast by members of the Knoxville Game Design Meetup discussing a single game each episode. Please be aware the full game is discussed and the entire episode should be considered a spoiler for anyone who has not played the game.

This month’s game was Dwarf Fortress, however most of us were not able to get into the game, so we discuss several games played over the holidays.

The hosts this month are:
Levi Smith – @gatechgradlevidsmith.com
Michael Neel – @ViNullvinull.com

January 8, 2017 Meetup – A New Direction

Hello Knox Game Design members!

Normally I’d have the default template here, but I’m skipping all that in hopes you’ll take a moment to read this email closer and join us this Sunday.

This will be the last meetup of Knox Game Design that I will be organizing.  I’m stepping down Lead Organizer (that’s what I’ve called myself if you were curious) after this meeting.

The first meeting of the group, originally called KnoXNA, was February 2010.  The group was part XNA game development and part robotics, mostly Lego Mindstorm bots but with an eye on using Microsoft Robotics Studio and XNA for bigger things.   We met weekly, which was a crazy pace for a group, and held mini challenges for the robots while talk though the XNA examples provided by Microsoft.  Things slowed down, the robotics side tapered off, and we moved to holding the meetings monthly at the newly formed Technology Cooperative (yes, the group is older than the TechCo!).  As Microsoft began to sunset XNA we renamed the group Knox Game Design to match an existing Facebook of local ITT Tech game design graduates.

This is a long time to have run a community group, and though I love it, it is something that takes time.  I’ve been over stretching myself lately and it’s time to dial back.  I want to focus on some of the things I’ve put off because I haven’t had the time and energy to do them.

We seen a lot of game designers, artists, programmers, musicians, and more at the meetups over the years.  I hope that this continues, and so the topic at this meetup will be to discuss the group and where it goes in 2017 and beyond. 

The Podcast

I have to admit I failed this time to play the selected game, Dwarf Fortress.  I gave it several attempts but the legends were true and this is not an easy game to jump into.  I’d still love to record a podcast after the meetup, and open it up to games we played over the break. 

Location and Time

The meetup will be held at the Technology Cooperative located at 13 Emory Place, Knoxville TN.  Parking is available in front of the Technology Cooperative. 

Game Design Chat #11 – Inside

Game Design Chat is a monthly podcast by members of the Knoxville Game Design Meetup discussing a single game each episode. Please be aware the full game is discussed and the entire episode should be considered a spoiler for anyone who has not played the game.

This month’s game is Inside and January’s game will be Dwarf Fortress.

The hosts this month are:
Levi Smith – @gatechgradlevidsmith.com
Joe Miller – @DoublesquareJoedoublesquarellc.com
Michael Neel – @ViNullvinull.com

November 13th, 2016 Meetup and Website Updates

Knoxgamedesign.org Website Updates

Available now on the site is a new Community Forums section and a Directory of local game designers and related roles.  Please take a moment to check these new sections out and if so include, setup an account and add yourself to the Directory.  (note: if you already have an account because you helped test these features, first thank you, and second your account is still there but the forums were reset and the profile fields have changed, including making the Directory opt-in which is why you won’t see yourself listed at first.)

This Months Topic: Unity and GameMaker – Sunday Nov 13th, 2016 2PM

Last month we saw a pretty large turnout of new members and discussed in brief several game creation tools.  This month we’ll look a bit more into two of the more popular tools among meetup regulars: Unity and GameMaker.  If you’re an experienced user of one of the tools, come ready to show off a feature or two (plan on short, 15-20 minutes mini talks instead of a full hour long deep dive).  If you’re interested in using one of these tool, come ready with questions!

No December Meetup, Ludum Dare Game Jam Instead

The Ludum Dare Game Jam #37 will be held December 9th – 12th, 2016.  More details to come as we get closer to the event, but know that we won’t be holding the regular meetup that weekend and instead meeting

Next Game Design Chat Podcast Game is Amnesia: The Dark Descent

This month’s game is Inside (available for Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One)

Hunted and alone, a boy finds himself drawn into the center of a dark project.

The podcast is recorded after the regular meetup ends.  Anyone is welcome to join the discussion with the only requirement being that you have played the game.  I highly recommend taking notes while playing so you have a good set of taking points for the podcast and have less of a chance of forgetting something!

You can check out all previous episodes at knoxgamedesign.org/podcast and subscribe to the show on iTunes, Google Play or via the direct feed.

Location and Time

The meetup will be held at the Technology Cooperative located at 13 Emory Place, Knoxville TN.  Parking is available in front of the Technology Cooperative.  We start at 2PM and open with some roundtable discussion and a Show ‘n Tell where everyone can show a bit of their in progress game, favorite tool, mechanic they love in another game, or anything they find helpful and want to share with the group.

Game Design Chat #10 – Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Game Design Chat is a monthly podcast by members of the Knoxville Game Design Meetup discussing a single game each episode. Please be aware the full game is discussed and the entire episode should be considered a spoiler for anyone who has not played the game.

This month’s game is Amnesia: The Dark Descent and next month’s game will be Inside.

The hosts this month are:
Dylan Wolf – @dylanwolfdylanwolf.com
Michael Neel – @ViNullvinull.com