August 2017 Meeting – Knoxville Game Design – Game Jam Showoff

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

Host Web Twitter Itch.io
Ruth Ann Manning https://tranzeve.itch.io/
Joe Miller http://doublesquarellc.com @DoubleSquareJoe https://doublesquare.itch.io
Jake Gillenwater  http://jakegillenwater.me/
Levi D. Smith http://levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad https://gatechgrad.itch.io

 

Meeting Links

Ludum Dare 39 Entries

There were four great entries from Knoxville Game Design for Ludum Dare 39.  The theme for this competition was Running Out of Power.  The entries by our group are listed below in no specific order.  Let us know if we missed your game!

Power Transformer by Ruth Ann

Multiple US cities have been hit with simultaneous power grid failures. We are RUNNING OUT OF POWER.

The government has tasked YOU—a PowerTransformer—to put as many windmills as you can back in operation in a limited amount of time in order to get power restored to a maximum number of households.

Created with JavaScript, Processing.js, and BOX2D

Lost Signal by Jacob

Lost signal is game in which you have to find digits to a code to escape a strange abandoned building.

Beware the bats!

Created with GameMaker

Away Team by Joe

Away Team is a resource and squad management simulation game where your goal is to get home. Your ship is stranded 4 jumps from home and each jump takes a certain amount of power and time to charge. You can send an away team on resource gathering missions to nearby asteroids, abandoned ships, and more. You can convert supplies into power and once the jump is charged, make your way home!

Created with GameMaker

Slowbot by Levi

Help Slowbot activate the three lights in each level. Slowbot’s power will gradually decrease over time. Slowbot will become slower and headlight will dim as power decreases. Moving makes Slowbot’s power decrease more rapidly. Picking up a battery will restore some of Slowbot’s power. Touching a mine will drastically lower Slowbot’s power.

Created with Unity3D and Blender

Other Games Recently Created

Abduction by Jake

Capture as many humans as you can before time runs out!

Spin Widgetz by Chad

Spin Widgetz is the ultimate collectible Fidget Spinner experience with true Augmented Reality mode. Spin your spinners to earn gold, then use gold to get new spinners!

Time Lapse Game Development Videos

August 2017 Online Meeting Announcement

Hello to all game developers, designers, artists, and musicians in the Knoxville area!

Thanks to everyone who joined us at Panera Bread for the Ludum Dare 39 kickoff!  The theme for the jam this time was Running Out of Power.

Knoxville Game Design had four great entries for Ludum Dare.

Two great games were developed by Knoxville Game Design for GM48, which had the theme Sacrifice.

Other games released by Knoxville Game Design.

If I missed your game, please send the URL to me (levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org) so I can include it on the front page of the knoxgamedesign.org website!

Knoxville Game Design invites you to attend the online hangout for Sunday August 13, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.

This month we will be showing off the games that we developed since last time, including our experiences with recent game jams.

We will be using Google Hangouts again, which can be accessed at the following URL:  https://hangouts.google.com/call/ni63jloemrd7xdto37z5mayk4uu

Be sure your microphone or webcam is working prior to the meeting.  We suggest using the mic button at the bottom of the window to mute yourself when not talking to reduce the amount of background noise on the recorded podcast.  Firefox no longer works with Hangouts, so please use a browser such as Internet Explorer or Chrome.

Video for last month’s online hangout is now available:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxT0DZ9LWL8

The audio version is available as a podcast on iTunes:   https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/game-design-chat/id1084873107

The audio is also available on Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=142087&refid=stpr

Last month’s podcast had the most listens since the podcast started in January 2016, and the video is on pace to become the most watched episode.  Thanks for everyone’s support!

Follow the Knoxville Game Design Twitter account for the latest updates:  https://twitter.com/KnoxGameDesign

Please direct any questions to levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org

Ludum Dare 39 Kickoff and GM48 Entries

Come join members of Knoxville Game Design for the Ludum Dare 39 kickoff meeting.  We will be meeting at Panera Bread on North Peters Rd at 7pm Eastern Time on July 28, 2017 prior to the Ludum Dare theme announcement.

Meeting location information

Yelp – https://www.yelp.com/biz/panera-bread-knoxville-3?osq=Panera+Bread

Address – 205 N Peters Rd Knoxville, TN 37923

Please contact levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org with any questions.

Below are the entries submitted for the GM48 23rd event this month by Knoxville Game Design.

30 Jumps by Joe Miller

Welcome to 30 Jumps! The goal is to slingshot drag and release the player through the platforms to try to get to the top!

Junk Food Blaster by Levi D. Smith

Blast the junk food and make your way to the exit!

 

Time lapse Development Videos

July 2017 Meeting – Knoxville Game Design – Godot Engine

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

Host Web Twitter Itch.io
Joe Miller http://doublesquarellc.com @DoubleSquareJoe https://doublesquare.itch.io
Dylan Wolf http://dylanwolf.com @DylanWolf https://dylanwolf.itch.io
Levi D. Smith http://levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad https://gatechgrad.itch.io
Jacob

Godot Engine for Unity Developers Notes:

 

Meeting Links

July 2017 Online Meeting Announcement

Hello Knoxville Game Designers!

Knoxville Game Design invites you to attend the online hangout for Sunday July 9, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.

Discussion topics:

  • Show and tell
  • Dylan’s talks at Devspace (Huntsville, Alabama)
  • Dream.Build.Play 2017
  • Upcoming game jams
    • GM48 23rd (July 14)
    • MiniLD #74 (ends July 24)
    • Ludum Dare 39 (July 28)
  • Demo of the Godot Engine

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.

June 2017 Meeting – Knoxville Game Design – RPG Maker

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

Host Web Twitter Itch.io
Dylan Wolf http://dylanwolf.com @DylanWolf https://dylanwolf.itch.io
Levi D. Smith http://levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad https://gatechgrad.itch.io
Joe Miller http://doublesquarellc.com @DoubleSquareJoe https://doublesquare.itch.io
Jake Gillenwater  http://jakegillenwater.me/

RPG Maker presentation slides by Dylan Wolf:

Meeting Links

June 2017 Online Meeting Announcement

Hello Knoxville Game Designers!

Knoxville Game Design invites you to attend the online hangout for Sunday June 11, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.

This month, Dylan (www.dylanwolf.com) will be presenting RPG Maker:

Learn how to customize your RPG Maker VX Ace game using Ruby scripting. This presentation will cover RPG Maker’s (not always well-documented) scripting feature, assuming some basic knowledge of RPG Maker itself.

We’ll talk about what scripting can do, when it should be used instead of Events and other features, and some general strategies for skimming through and diving into the default project’s large code base.

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.

Other discussion topics:

  • Show and tell
  • Momocon experience
  • Steam Direct
  • XBL Creators Program
  • Upcoming game jams

 

May 2017 Meeting – Knoxville Game Design

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

Host Web Twitter Itch.io
Dylan Wolf http://dylanwolf.com @DylanWolf https://dylanwolf.itch.io
Ruth Ann Manning https://tranzeve.itch.io
Levi D. Smith http://levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad https://gatechgrad.itch.io
Joe Miller http://doublesquarellc.com @DoubleSquareJoe https://doublesquare.itch.io

Meeting Links:

Ludum Dare 38 Entries and May Meeting Announcement

There were three great entries from Knoxville Game Design for Ludum Dare 38.  The theme for this competition was “A Small World”.  The entries by our group are listed below in no specific order.  Let us know if we missed your game!

Tiny Planet Dash by Dylan

Caught next to a star about to go supernova, low on fuel…

Outrun the supernova, stopping at small planets along the way to collect fuel.

 

Hopperbot by Joe

Long ago the race of Hoppers populated the galaxy. Now all thats left is a few Hopperbots still trying to complete thier exploration of the planets they are left behind on. Can you help the Hopperbots complete their mission of collecting data on their small worlds?

 

World Fighter by Levi

Classic beat ‘em up action. You must guide the planet and defeat the evil planets to save the universe!

Time Lapse Videos

 

Gameplay Video

May 2017 Meeting Announcement

We will meet online using Google Hangouts on Sunday May 14, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.  No agenda this month.  We will be showing off our Ludum Dare 38 and other games that we have been developing.

Hangout link – https://hangouts.google.com/call/vhh46lj3tncbvinkrztkhw5mfme

Be sure your mic is working prior to the meeting.  Also, please mute your mic when not speaking, especially if you are in a place with a lot of background noise.  There is a little mic icon in the Hangout window that will allow you to mute yourself.

We are still exploring other options for holding our online meetings.  We may move to Skype or some other service, but Hangouts is nice since it doesn’t require invitations to be sent.  Any other suggestions are welcome!