The mission of the Albany IGDA Chapter is to enrich the lives of game developers in upstate NY with educational and networking events.
News / updates
At our April 4th meeting, Alex Allen from independent developer North of Earth will be presenting Omegalodon - a multiplayer game he developed from scratch in Unity about a giant monster shark attacking a city. 5 Copies of the game will be given away at the event.
This event is free to attend and open to All. Food and drinks can be ordered from the Bootleggers menu during the meeting.
When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 6p.m. - 9p.m.
The Global Game Jam starts in 50.5 hours! Tomorrow is the last day for discounted Online Registration. On Friday the price increases to $15 for walk-in registrations.
The Opening Ceremonies begin at 5 PM.
For more information about the event, go to the official IGDA Albany GGJ Event Information Page. For anyone planning to install development software ahead of time - check out the GGJ Promotions page for discounts and time-limited professional versions of Game Maker, Unity, Corona SDK and Brass Monkey.
Thank you to our local sponsors for this event!
The Global Game Jam is returning for it's 4th year to Upstate NY. Join us on January 27-29th at SUNY Albany for 48 hours of game development. This annual event attracts over 6,500 developers in 44 countries. 1,500 games were created in 2011 with 14 of them coming from Albany, NY. Now - go sign up and save $5 off of the walk-in price!
|SIGN UP: Global Game Jam 2012 Online Registration Page (only $10)|
The signup page has information on this page about an IGDA Member Discount and also Volunteering if you can't pay the registration fee.
SUNY Albany Uptown Campus
1400 Washington Ave
27 games have been created at the Albany, NY event over the last 3 years of the Global Game Jam. Here's the full list of games from the GGJ Game Browser. Click on the game name to a link to the game and more information about each one:
Thursday, October 20th is the next meeting. The event will take place at Bootleggers, 200 Broadway, Troy (same place as last month).
RedCandy Games is going to present their award winning XBox Live indie game, 'TIC'. They just won second prize in the Dream.Build.Play challenge.
Time: 6pm - 9pm (presentation starts at 7)
Date: Thursday, October 20th
Location: Bootleggers, 200 Broadway, Troy (in the backroom)
Food and drink can be ordered from the bar during this event. The chapter will not be sponsoring food.
If you haven't filled out the survey to express you interests and have any feedback, please take a moment to fill this out.
The Albany NY IGDA chapter is kicking off the fall with a Board Game Social night.
We're kicking off the fall with Board Game nigtht at Bootlegger's in Troy. Bring your board games and video games and ideas for future meetings. The chapter will be providing finger foods and Bootleggers has a full bar and dinner menu. Check out the attached image of the room, which includes 2 pool tables and a stage. Anyone interested in volunteering and helping to run the chapter, we are planning to have elections by the end of this year.
This event is free to attend and open to All.
When: Wednesday, September 21st 2011, 6p.m. - 9p.m.
The Annual GameFest and Symposium is happening at RPI tomorrow and Saturday and members of the local game dev community are invited to attend. Friday from 5-9 PM there will be a showcase of student projects including a table showing off the games developed at the 2011 Global Game Jam. Saturday will feature a full day of lectures and panel sessions (from 9:45 AM until 5:30 PM) including talks by esteemed game designers Lee Sheldon and Brian Reynolds and a panel session with local game industry entrepreneurs. This event is free and open to the public. More information including a detail schedule can be found on the GameFest 2011 Symposium and Exhibition website.
This event will take place on the RPI Campus at 110 8th Street in Troy, NY (Google Maps link)
- GameFest (Friday May 6 from 5-9 PM):
The GameFest will take place in the Armory at the Alumni Sports and Recreation Center (#37 on the Campus Map).
- Symposium (Saturday May 7 from 9:45-5:30 PM):
The Symposium will be in the Atrium and Auditorium at the Biotech Center (#74 on the Campus Map).
In preparation for the Global Game Jam - we will be hosting a Pre-Global Game Jam Mixer at Crowne Plaza in downtown Albany on Tuesday, January 25th 6-9PM. This free event is a great opportunity for people who are planning to participate in the 2011 Global Game Jam (pre-register for the GGJ at the Albany GGJ Registration Page by Jan 23 for a $10 discount). We'll demo some games from previous years as well as give a rundown of some of the software available.
Join us for the 2011 Global Game Jam, January 28 - 30th.
- 48 hours of fun and challenges
- Computer labs available.
- WiFi network accessible
- Small conference rooms available.
- Pre/Post Jam large conference room.
- Board game development support.
For more details and to register:
Early Bird Registration (Before Jan 23rd) : $5.00
Standard Registration (Jan 24th - Jan 27th) : $10.00
Walk-ins (After Jan 27th) : $15.00
Campus Center Rm. 375
SUNY Campus Rd.
If you missed the November Chapter Meeting then check out this youtube video with a great presentation by James Silva and Dustin Burg about Ska Studios. Big thanks to Mark Abrams and John Mahar for their camera and video editing skills!
You can download the slides to go with James' talk in the files attached to this post.
Join us next week for our Fall 2010 meeting with indie developer James Silva from Ska Studios (based in Schenectady NY). Ska Studios is best known for its Xbox Live Arcade game The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai and Xbox Indie Game I MAED A GAM3 W1TH Z0MB1ES 1NIT!!!1. At the meeting James will be telling his "Big old indie story" and have demos of titles he has developed.
40 Lodge Street
We are hosting this event at the Troy Boys & Girls Club, 1700 Seventh Ave, Troy, NY 12180. The Boys & Girls Club has a free parking lot which can be entered at the back of the building along 6th Street.
The 6th Annual RPI GameFest is coming up next week on May 11th from 5-9 PM at the EMPAC Building. This is a great opportunity to see inspiring experimental projects student teams have put together over the last school year. It is free and open to the public. Stop by the IGDA table during the event to see some of the games made at the Global Game Jam and also participate in a free raffle.
This event will be taking place in EMPAC Theater Level 4. See the EMPAC Website for Directions.
As many of you are aware GDC is right around the corner, but before everyone catches their flight to sunny San Francisco we'd like to invite you all to come out for a pre-GDC Albany IGDA meeting. There's certainly a lot to talk about... what with the Board of Directors Elections currently underway, plans for chapter formalization, and future events being scheduled, this is one social night you won't want to miss. So come join us on Monday, March 1st 2010 at Browns Brewery in Troy.
Brown's Brewery (Look for us upstairs)
417 River Street
Troy, NY 12180
This is the last weekend to pre-register for the Albany location of Global Game Jam 2010!
SUNY Albany will be the host site in Albany for the Second Annual Global Game Jam, from January 29th through January 31st, 2010. Other sites around the world will run game jams with similar rules and limitations, each starting in its own time zone. Theme & constraints for participants will be announced at 5:00pm on Friday, January 29, 2010.
Please visit the GGJ 2010 page for more information.
Let's ensure November gets off to a great start with an Albany IGDA social night!
The Albany IGDA social night is a great excuse for game industry folks of all experience levels to get-together and network in a relaxed atmosphere. Come on out and meet other professional game creators in the area. There's no agenda or schedule - just show up, have a drink or two, and chat with like minded developers.
During the event we'll also be speaking to attendees about what types of IGDA events they would like to see over the coming year.
Brown's Brewery (Look for us upstairs)
417 River Street
Troy, NY 12180