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IGDA Nov 2017 Meeting - Utah Game Developers Choice Awards

Posted By Josh Jones, Friday, November 17, 2017
Thank you to everyone that nominated games and came out to attend the Utah Game Developers Chioce Awards 2017, and the Final Burn after party!
This event was made possible by Utah Geek Events (https://www.utahgeekevents.com)! Please check them out and consider volunteering to speak or mentor at their events!
We had about 16 people, with 5 studios and indie companies represented. We enjoyed the nicer Falls Event Center https://thefallseventcenter.com/location/salt-lake-city-ut/ space for the awards. Feel free to give them a nice review if you enjoyed the space! Thank you to the volunteers for providing our nice drinks and snacks for the event as well.
We tallied up the audience votes and found that the Audience Choice went to Crashnauts!
We announced the award winners:
Pushing Boundaries: The Irregular
Best in Show: Crashnauts
Congratulations!! We discussed plans for the new year, including an organizer open discussion meeting coming Jan. 11th for those that want to help and provide feedback to the chapter. Then after that is Global Game Jam on Jan 26-28th: https://globalgamejam.org/2018/jam-sites/ggj-usu-center-women-and-gender
Then we moved to the Desert Edge Brewery http://desertedgebrewery.com which had everything ready for us and set up Crashnauts and had a fun and relaxing after party! Thank you to Desert Edge for sponsoring prizes!
Check out the photos below and see you in the new year!

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IGDA Sept 2017 Meeting - Building a Studio in an Indie Apocalypse

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 13, 2017
What a great meeting! Thank you to Apocalyptic Games for sponsoring and hosting!
We had 14 people total, with 5 studios represented. We enjoyed some tacos thanks to the sponsors and donations, and Tyler gave us a lot of great content from his view in the trees of an indie startup.
Hopefully they share a video, be sure to follow them here for more of their (zombie love) story:
http://apocalyptic.games/

Tags:  apocalypse games  cedar hills  chapter meeting  meeting report  Meeting Reports  salt lake city  tacos  utah  zombies 

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IGDA July 2017 Meeting - Business & BBQ

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Thanks to the hosts and for everyone that brought food we had a great barbecue event! The event attendance was capped due to space constraints and we had about 12 people in attendance. I heard a few comments after saying that they learned a lot from the networking and discussion, so thank you to those that shared and offered insights in the discussions. See you again in two months, if not sooner at one of the other upcoming industry events!

Tags:  bbq  chapter meeting  meeting report  Meeting Reports  picnic  salt lake city  social meeting 

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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:

https://www.meetup.com/utahstartup/

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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 https://hubsaltlake.com/ 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 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/p/momentum/c063h9r4th4c, 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!!

Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/119722151406040/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1423763161001926

Final Presentations Video:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9y2yIUpwYWtdDhlbGZTOVRfUkk/view?usp=sharing

Thanks again everyone and see you at the next one!

Tags:  global game jam  ninjabee  power outage  salt lake city  the game crafter  track 36  utah games guild  utah geek events 

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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 thevoid.com 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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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 d20studios.com 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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUjtDdKM6oc

Tags:  artificial intelligence  chapter meeting  game design  meeting report  Meeting Reports  Ross Przybylski  salt lake city 

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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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