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IGDA May 2017 - Joint Meeting with Utah Startups

Posted By Josh Jones, Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tonight's joint meeting went really well. The crossover seemed to meld fairly well and the shared topic of starting a business was of interest to several developers and indies, with 20+ people showing up. Gene and Eric did a great job organizing and we'd like to thank them and the sponsor Adobe for food and venue. Check out Utah Startups here:

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IGDA March 2017 Meeting - Kelly Harper

Posted By Josh Jones, Wednesday, March 15, 2017
This time we were hosted by Impact Hub SLC and they were a great host. Please check out their offerings and show them your support!

The speaker this time was Kelly Harper and he gave a candid presentation of his released indie game Momentum, including sales figures, development methodologies, and helpful tips and tricks.

We chatted afterwards a little while, swapping stories about GDC and what everyone is working on. All in all a great night was had by all who attended and we hope to see you again at the next meeting!

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Global Game Jam 2017 Report

Posted By Josh Jones, Friday, January 27, 2017
We survived the dark, we survived the cold, we persevered and in the end even the teams with incomplete games triumphed. From nothing we pulled together and the beginnings of many games were created.

Thank you to Broadview Entertainment Arts University for hosting and being a major sponsor!
Thank you to Track36 Studios for hosting and being a major sponsor!
Thank you to Utah Games Guild for volunteer and organization support!
Thank you to Utah Geek Events for sponsoring food and drink!
Thank you to NinjaBee for sponsoring food!
Thank you to The Game Crafter for sponsoring board game prototyping materials!
Thank you also to all the tireless volunteers from the IGDA Salt Lake City/Provo Area Chapter and the Utah Indie Games group. Also thank you to the volunteers who pitched in as needed to make things run smoothly!!


Final Presentations Video:

Thanks again everyone and see you at the next one!

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IGDA January Meeting - Roundtable @ The VOID

Posted By Josh Jones, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
A big thank you goes out to Joe Bourrie and The VOID for hosting. Find out more at and give them your support!
The roundtable was a great success! I felt like we hit a few very interesting and insightful talking points during the night. It was well attended! We had to cap it at 16 due to space reasons. I saw four or so studios represented. We got to see the nice new location and meet some of the team. Great people, good times! Thanks to everyone for coming out!

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Tags:  chapter meeting  hyper reality  joe bourrie  lindon  meeting report  Meeting Reports  new frontiers  salt lake city  the void  utah  virtual reality 

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Utah Game Developers Choice Awards 2016 and Final Burn 2016

Posted By Administration, Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nearly 50 people gathered in the Natural History Museum of Utah to enjoy some industry chat and catered food and awesome award announcements at the Utah Game Developers Choice Awards 2016! Congratulations to React Games for Audience Choice Award for Super Dungeon Bros, KickBomb Entertainment for Pushing Boundaries Award for Legacy of the Elder Star, and Projectile Entertainment for Best in Show Award for Momentum.

Thanks again to the judges for helping out for the event, and to Utah Games Guild for sponsoring and organizing!

Afterwards we gathered at Desert Edge brewery and pub for more chat, games, and drinks. Momentum was set up and shown and lots of great chat and networking went on. Thanks again to Desert Edge for their prize donation of a $30 gift card to the grand prize winner!

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IGDA Sept Meeting - Ross Przybylski

Posted By Josh Jones, Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thanks again to all who came out and a big welcome to the new faces! We had just over 10 developers gather at the SLC Library, representing a few studios in the area.

We were excited to hear from Ross Przybylski who is the founder of and came to talk to us about How to Create AI for Strategy Games.

Ross has recorded the video and you can find it on youtube here:

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IGDA July Meeting - Tyler LaGrange

Posted By Josh Jones, Thursday, July 14, 2016

This was a great meeting! Huge thank you to React Games and Tyler LaGrange for hosting and speaking and providing refreshments. We had about 4 studios represented and over 20 people. The presentation was a candid and informative technical director postmortem of Super Dungeon Bros, the AAA indie title you may have seen at GDC. The React studio was great to visit, very spacious and fun decor, and there were lots of great people in attendance and I saw lots of great networking and socializing. Join us again in September for our next meeting!

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IGDA May Meeting - Tabletop Social

Posted By Josh Jones, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Thanks to everyone that found and attended the meeting this month! We had about 10 people with three studios represented. We played a lot of FRIGHT which is a fun party game coming up and was presented by Jeff Peters. There was also some King of Tokyo played, and some drinks and root beer floats. We also unveiled our new banner which we'll be using in the Pride parade in June. 

Special thanks to Holodeck and Assorted Nuts Games for sponsoring, and Jon Dean, Brianne Christiansen, and a few others for their volunteer help! 





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IGDA March Meeting - Kimberly Unger

Posted By Josh Jones, Friday, March 11, 2016

Kimberly is on her flight back home and the event was a major success! We had over 40 people in attendance and were able to fit in a lot of Q&A time and quality networking time. Attendees told me the speech was helpful and the tips she gave were good. Once again a huge thank you to the IGDA Foundation and UVU for making this possible.





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GGJ 2016

Posted By Josh Jones, Monday, February 1, 2016

Global Game Jam was organized by our chapter and was held this past weekend at Broadview Entertainment Arts University. We had 78 attendees and made 20 games! 

Here you can check the games out: 

Thanks again to our sponsors, Utah Geek Events, and NinjaBee!

Photos courtesy of Josh Sutphin:

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