This month’s topic will be led by Dylan Wolf on his analysis of tabletop game mechanics:
What can a video game designer learn from tabletop games? This talk will discuss the overlap between analog and digital game mechanics. For those new to board gaming, I’ll cover some of the categories and genres of modern board and card games. I’ll also highlight particular games that are good examples of these genres or have interesting implementations of certain mechanics.
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. As always we will start at 2PM and open with 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.
This past August was once again Ludum Dare game jam time, and several Knoxville game designers took part. The theme was “Connected Worlds” and each developer or team had to use this theme some way in their game. Here are the games submitted to the jam, plus another game completed by Ruth Ann who choose not to upload her game but showed it off Sunday night.
This was originally going to be an iOS game that played out over simulated text messages.. Since none of the team knew iOS development, that turned out to be unrealistic. Then, we were hoping to make a “graphical” text adventure, but we’re still getting the graphics together. We may make a more fleshed-out version in Twine after the jam. For now, the text-only version will have to suffice, but the screenshot shows a tease of the style of the graphical version.
A big thanks to Zack Parrish for visiting the group and sharing his experiences creating music for video games. You can check out Zack’s work on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
One of the places mentioned by Zack was TIGSource Forums which is a good place to find or offer help with other indie game creators.
Group member Devon Campbell has launched a new site called PowerUp Games which ultimately aims to help indies get the exposure and coverage for their games. Currently the site has an active blog featuring interviews with gaming journalists like Konstantinos Dimopoulos and Patrick Klepek giving advice on getting your game coverage. This site also has a reddit-style news portal, but at the time of this post was down. I said it was a new site!
A while back I announced a Hearthstone Open tournament and we’ve now held a second and plan to hold them monthly. If you are interested in announcements of future tournaments or to just hang out with some local Hearthstone players check out the KnoxHS facebook group. Unless it’s some really big news, there won’t be anymore Hearthstone announcements to this list.
“Ludum Dare” Game Jam – August 22nd – 25th, 2014
We will again take part in the Ludum Dare game jam this month. If you’ve been to a jam in the past, it will be very similar. Some Notes:
Your game does not need to be complex and you don’t need to spend every hour of the jam devoted to making the game. Simple is better, and seeing friends and family is a good break to keep you fresh. The goal is to finish, and the reward is having completed a game! You can enter solo or as a team and parents, this is a great activity to do together with your kids.
We will meet Friday August 22nd @7PM at the Technology Cooperative – The Ludum Dare officially kicks off at 9PM when the game theme is announced. This will be a good time for any last minute questions on the jam, software, or process you have for making your game.
From Friday until Sunday work on your game. We won’t be keeping the Techco open the whole weekend for the jam (and there is a group that will be using the space Saturday morning).
We will meet again Sunday August 24th @7PM at the Technology Cooperative – The Ludum Dare “compo” ends at 9PM on Sunday, and the “jam” at 9PM on Monday. Your game must be submitted by then, so if you need to skip / come late to finish your game, by all means do. The Ludum Dare servers are notorious for being overloaded in the last moments so do not wait too long to submit your game. We’ll meetup to share our games, war stories of success and failure, and check out other entries.
Our next meetup will feature guest speaker Christopher Rathgeb:
Christopher Rathgeb is a software developer and serial entrepreneur. He spent 3 years with Oak Ridge National Laboratory before leaving to focus on developing mobile apps. He has developed games with: UIKit, Cocos2D, and LibGDX. For the past year, he has been working for Radio Systems Corporation developing web and mobile applications.
Programming the Nintendo Entertainment System by Levi D. Smith (Lightning Talk – Time TBA)
Last, a reminder that the Hearthstone Open is this coming weekend. The event is free, for charity (so donations welcome) and setup for players at all skill levels so don’t worry if you are still learning – come out and have fun! Details on the Hearthstone Open here.
What To Bring: A laptop or iPad with Hearthstone installed – we may have some additional devices on hand, but cannot guarantee enough for everyone
How To Get Ready: Make sure you have your own Battle.net account, and have completed the in-game tutorial. Additionally you may want to “unlock” all the Heroes before the tournament
Who: Anyone with an interest in Hearthstone – all ages welcome
Why: To have fun and raise funds and awareness for the Technology Cooperative The cost is free – donations are welcome!(also attendees should be able to unlock the special Fireside Gathering card back!)
We will be running two different brackets, you can choose to enter either or both:
Open Bracket – A double elimination, best of three, bracket where any deck is allowed and both players can change decks between games. Break out your best golden legendary cards or play a special constructed combo!
Basic Bracket – New to the game and look for a level playing field? This bracket will be a double elimination, best of three, bracket where players much choose a deck from the “Basic Decks” in Hearthstone. Players can change decks between games, but all games must be played from the Basic Deck list.
This is the first event of this kind hosted by us, so things will be kept loose and simple.
We will have water available and may have other beverages and snacks, but no guarantees.
There may be an attempt to record and stream some of the games (in particular the finals) and by attending you agree you are okay with being filmed and/or photographed and that these videos and images may be used by the event royalty free.
Hearthstone is a free to play fast paced strategy card game that’s easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.
About the Hosts:
Knoxville Game Design is a Knoxville, TN based meetup group that encourages people young and old to get involved with game design and development. The group welcomes all levels of designers, from veteran indies to new hobbyists.
The Technology Cooperative is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization founded to create a technology-focused community that will provide computer-related technology access and awareness.
It’s another “fast month” and our next meetup is this weekend. “GameDev Potpourri” may sound like another “open discussion” but it’s really an idea I want to test out this month that is a twist on last month. Instead of one speaker filling the whole meetup, everyone (who wants to) can cover something for 10-20 minutes.
For example, I’ll talk about the new changes in Unity 4.5 that was released last week, and what to look forward to in 4.6.
If you know what you want to talk about, send me an email and I’ll add it to the list on the website.
If everything goes as planned we’ll have some awesome speakers for July and August. Also in July is CodeStock where Dylan and I will both be giving talks on Unity. As of this writing there are only 80 tickets left so don’t wait if you plan to attend.
In TechCo news, the Raspberry Pi meetup group is ending. The group met every 3rd Sunday to discuss and work on projects involving the Raspberry Pi. The group never built a following, so we’ve decided to end the group but keep the meetup. What does that mean? It means every 3rd Sunday from 3PM – 5PM will be an “open lab” time at the TechCo. You can come down and hang out to work on or discuss any project, not just Raspberry Pi related ones.
The Knoxville Game Design 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 will start at 2PM and open with 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.