November 2017 Online Meeting Announcement

Knoxville Game Design invites you to attend the online hangout for Sunday November 12, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.

This month’s topics:

  • News
  • GM48 Game Showoff
  • Zero Hour Game Jam
  • Ludum Dare 40
  • Any other topics welcome

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

Video for last month’s online meeting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBtjo3SJrdE

Audio podcast

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

Please direct any questions to levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org

October 2017 Online Meeting Announcement

Knoxville Game Design invites you to attend the online hangout for Sunday October 8, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.

This month’s topics:

  • GM48 – October 13-15, 2017
  • LexPlay – October 21, 2017 Lexington, Kentucky
  • IndieCade – October 6-8, 2017 Los Angeles, California
  • Unity 2017.2
  • XBLIG shutdown
  • Unity Cloth component
  • Custom Shaders

Dylan ( http://www.dylanwolf.com/ ) will be speaking at the DevSpace Conference in Huntsville, Alabama October 13-14, 2017.  His two talks are “Game Dev for Business Developers” and “Finishing Your Unity Game”.  For more information on Dylan’s talks at DevSpace, please see http://www.dylanwolf.com/2017/09/12/upcoming-panels-september-2017/ .

For more information on the DevSpace Conference, please see https://www.devspaceconf.com/  It is run by Chris Gardner (@FreeStyleCoder) who has given game development talks in Knoxville, and he is a friend of our Knoxville Game Design group.

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

Video for last month’s online meeting – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0yRxsRAK9s

Audio podcast

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

Please direct any questions to levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org

September 2017 Online Meeting Announcement

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

Knoxville Game Design invites you to attend the online hangout for Sunday September 10, 2017 at 2pm Eastern Time.

Discussion topics

  • Show and tell
  • Dream Build Play 2017 dev log contest
  • Publishing a game with the Creators Program on XBox One
  • Levi Smith will do a demo of Inkscape and Spriter

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=BBZOPiMouOk

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

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 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 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

 

April 2017 Online Hangout Announcement

Hello Knoxville Game Designers!

This is Levi D. Smith inviting you to attend the online hangout for April 9, 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.

April 2017 Meeting Agenda – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RUmSr7_38_18pOojAmp5Pk0GO8OKbceRkxwrWEhWbLeXNg8gbdjA_5gONWL5o8gHDEFHd301nJhzWW4r

Video for last month’s online hangout is now available:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMvZcFUcr-4

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

Please direct any questions to levidsmith@knoxgamedesign.org.

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 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

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.