November 13th, 2016 Meetup and Website Updates 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, Game Jam Instead

The game jam 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 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.