Fall ’22 Knox Game Jam kickoff meeting

Knox Game Design will be meeting at Panera Bread on North Peters Rd on Friday September 30, 2022 for the Knox Game Jam kickoff.  The theme announcement is at 6pm Eastern Time.

The kickoff will just be for theme discussion and brainstorming.  We will not be developing games on site, but will be happy to answer any game development questions in general.  We have typically worked on solo projects, but people are welcome to work in groups if desired.

Guidelines

  • The goal is to create a game in 48 hours, but use as much time as needed.
  • The theme is announced at 6pm Eastern Time.  Make a game based on that theme, or just ignore the theme and make whatever you want.
  • Extra challenge – Don’t use any pre-existing assets (graphics, sound effects, music, etc).  You create everything during the jam.
  • Submit your game to any other game jams as you like.
  • There will be no voting/judging/ranking, but everyone is encouraged to play each other’s games.  You are free to submit your game to any other game jams with voting/judging/ranking.
  • No prizes.  Your game is your prize.
  • Use any game engine or library.  Some examples are Unity, GameMaker, Unreal Engine, Godot, MonoGame, and Allegro.

https://locations.panerabread.com/tn/knoxville/205-north-peters-road.html

Spring ’22 Game Jam – Knox Game Design, April 2022

Games created by Knox area developers for Spring ’22.  Theme was “delay the inevitable”.

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2D Collision – Knox Game Design, February 2022

Explanation of 2D collisions for points, lines, rectangles, and circles.  Overview of each collision type along with examples and code.  Explanations are general in nature so that they can be implemented in any game engine or programming language.  Demonstration of Javascript web application that calculates collisions between the four types of objects, along with review of code functionality.

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2D Collision - Knox Game Design, February 2022
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Particle Systems in Unity – Knox Game Design, December 2021

Explanation of particle systems in Unity, along with modifiers such as emission shape, bursts, color over time, custom shapes, and size over lifetime.

Demo project and code – https://github.com/levidsmith/ParticleSystemDemo

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Particle Systems in Unity - Knox Game Design, December 2021
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Distributing Your Game – Knox Game Design, September 2021

An overview of various ways to distribute your video game.  First, a historical look at various physical media that can be used for distributing digital content.  Then a look at multiple online sites that provide hosting and marketplaces for video games.

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June 2020 Online Meeting Announcement

Knox Game Design invites you to attend the online meeting and podcast recording for Sunday June 14, 2020 at 2pm Eastern Time.

This month Levi D. Smith will talk about the basics of Pygame and Python programming.  He will also demo a simple game created with Pygame.

Important – This month we will try the new Discord video meeting.  Join the Knox Game Design Discord channel at https://discord.gg/XxEPVYx and then join the General voice channel.  If it doesn’t work out, we will revert back to Hangouts.  Video is not required to join or participate in our meeting.

Video for last month’s meeting on the Spring ’20 game jam Entries and Leaderboard Security – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYDKLYk55K0

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Chat with us on Discord – https://discord.gg/XxEPVYx

Follow Knox Game Design on social media for the latest updates:  https://twitter.com/KnoxGameDesign

Please direct any questions to levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org

May 2020 Online Meeting Announcement

Knox Game Design invites you to attend the online meeting and podcast recording for Sunday May 10, 2020 at 2pm Eastern Time.

This month we will show off our games created for the Spring ‘ 20 game jam.  Levi D. Smith will also talk about leaderboard security.

Join us using at the following URL:  https://hangouts.google.com/call/ni63jloemrd7xdto37z5mayk4uu

Video for last month’s meeting on Spring ’20 game jam Kickoff – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvOmEfi2ghk

Subscribe to the audio podcast

Chat with us on Discord – https://discord.gg/XxEPVYx

Follow Knox Game Design on social media for the latest updates:  https://twitter.com/KnoxGameDesign

Please direct any questions to levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org