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IGDA May 2019 - Crashnauts Postmortem

Posted By Josh Jones, Friday, May 10, 2019
Last night we got about 10 people at the Crashnauts postmortem, with about 4 studios represented. The group applauded the postmortem and gave congratulations again to the Crashnauts team for their excellent work.
Check out slides and recording thanks to the Crashnauts team here:
Part 1:
Part 2:

The Slides:

Access Salt Lake for providing the space and furniture and hosting!
WildWorks for providing supplies and volunteer time!

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Tags:  access salt lake  chapter meeting  crashnauts  meeting report  Meeting Reports  postmortems 

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IGDA Mar 2019 - Pi Day Social

Posted By Administration, Friday, March 15, 2019
Thank you everyone for coming out to the Pi Day social! We had over 15 people and ate lots of pie and had a really great in depth GDC roundtable where we got to hear some great stories from veterans like Paul McCarl of classEgames and JenJen of Tiered World Studios. Thank you to classEgames for sponsoring the space! and to those that brought pies to share!

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Tags:  airconsole  chapter meeting  classEgames  GDC  gdc share  gdc tip share  meeting report  Meeting Reports  pi day 

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Global Game Jam 2019 Utah site Report

Posted By Administration, Monday, January 28, 2019
Over 50 Utah game developers swarmed Access Salt Lake this weekend, working on the "Home" theme and laughing and creating. Congratulations to all those that made it to the end and we hope everyone that attended learned something valuable. This year we saw 15 games presented and many more signed up on the website!
Find the games at:
Final presentations video:
Thank you again to all the volunteers and sponsors!

Shovel Jam for leading the organization and providing food!
SpyHop for providing laptops, the workshop, and volunteers for setup/takedown!
Access Salt Lake for providing the space and furniture and hosting!
Utah Geek Events for sponsoring food and gift cards!
Google for sponsoring food!
WildWorks for providing printing and volunteer time!

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Tags:  access salt lake  global game jam  google  presentation  report  spyhop  utah geek events 

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IGDA Jan 2019 Meeting - Chapter Discussion and Board Games

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 11, 2019
For our first chapter meeting of the year, we had eight people and three or so companies represented. We gathered at the library and we discussed chapter business, new volunteers, plans for the year, and the state of the game industry around us. Then we did introductions and broke into groups for networking and one board game. Overall it seemed like there were many great conversations, and we look forward to working with you in the new year!

Tags:  chapter meeting  classE games  double plus games  meeting report  Meeting Reports  murray library  salt lake city 

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Utah Game Developers Choice Awards 2018 - Report

Posted By Josh Jones, Monday, December 24, 2018

This year's Final Burn and Utah Game Developers Choice Awards happened a few weeks ago and we are happy to share the edited video and results with you in our final blog post of the year. We had a turnout of about 40 people and 8 or more companies represented!
Find the full nominee list here:
Thank you to sponsors and volunteers from:
SpyHop for ushering, setup/takedown, creating the nominee reel videos, and editing the post production video of the event!
Access Salt Lake for being a hero last minute and providing venue space, audio/visual equipment, and furniture!
UDEN for help organizing, providing filming and recording equipment and talent, for setup/takedown help, and help promoting the event!
Utah Geek Events for sponsoring the physical awards!
RYE SLC for providing a wonderful gift card prize for the winner and hosting the Final Burn official after-party!
WildWorks for providing printing and volunteer time!

The winners:
Best Indie Game - The First Tree
Best Artistic Achievement - Finding Sutherland
Pushing Boundaries - Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
Achievement in Music and Sound Design - DOTA 2 - The International 8
Game of the Year - Fortnite: Battle Royale
New Gaming Startup - Octothorpe
Utah Lifetime Achievement Award - Jeff Peters
Find more information about these winners on the full nominee list here: Thank you to Coy Compositions and the other volunteers who took photos!
Find the photo album here: FinalBurn2018
Thank you to all the volunteers and for everyone who came out to support the event! Watch the mailing list for more information in the new year including our first chapter meeting and our local site for Global Game Jam!

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Tags:  access salt lake  awards  chance thomas  choice awards  events  final burn  huge studios  jeff peters  jon dean  meeting report  Meeting Reports  rye slc  salt lake city  spyhop  uden  utah  utah game developers choice awards  utah game devs choice awards  utah geek events 

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Utah Game Developers Choice Awards 2018 - Nominees

Posted By Josh Jones, Wednesday, November 21, 2018
The Salt Lake City Area chapter of the IGDA announced today the nominees for the Utah Game Developers Choice Awards 2018.
Best Indie Game (Team size < 10)
Celebrity Host: Greg Squire
Best Artistic Achievement
Celebrity Host: Raymond Crook
Pushing Boundaries
Celebrity Host: Marc Call
Achievement in Music and Sound Design
Celebrity Host: Joshua Sohn
Game of the Year
Celebrity Host: John Blackburn
Best New Gaming Startup
Celebrity Host: Laura Schumacher
Utah Lifetime Achievement Award
Celebrity Host: Jon Dean
Jeff Peters - Arcade Owner, Electronic Gaming Monthly Creator, Sculptured Software, Acclaim, Beyond Games, EA Salt Lake, UDEN



Join in the festivities by attending this premier industry event on Dec 1st! Here are some event pages with more details and to RSVP:


Tags:  awards  igda utah  salt lake city  spyhop  utah  utah game developers choice awards  utah game devs choice awards  utah geek events 

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IGDA November 2018 Meeting - Mentor Cafe/Portfolio Review

Posted By Josh Jones, Sunday, November 11, 2018
Thank you to Access Salt Lake for hosting! Access Salt Lake is the premiere coworking space in Utah and has been around a long time and hosted many great community events. Please check them out if you are in the area and looking for an office. Thank you to the mentors: Josh Jones Jeff Peters Ross Przybylski Peter Jones Lyle Cox We had about 11 people. Mentors talked a bit about themselves, then padawans moved from mentor to mentor in order, 10-15 minutes at each desk to ask questions and get advice, and then there was lots of great networking after while we cleaned up. Thanks and see you at the award show in three weeks!

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Tags:  access salt lake  chapter meeting  meeting report  Meeting Reports  mentor cafe  mentor cafes  mentorships  portfolio review  salt lake city 

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Juicing/Testing/Polishing Un-conference Aug 2018

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 17, 2018
The Saltworks Indie Collective and IGDA SLC Juicing/Testing/Polishing Game Dev Un-conference took place last night at the Access Salt Lake coworking space in downtown SLC. Huge thank you to Access Salt Lake for sponsoring and to the speakers Josh, Spencer, Greg, and Drew and organizers Josh, Greg, and Brianne for making it happen! Congratulations to Chute Games on their mobile game release Delivery Time ( and thanks to them for the pizza for their release party / post mortem talk!

Tags:  chapter meeting  chute games  delivery time  juicing  meeting report  Meeting Reports  polishing  salt lake city  testing  unconference 

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IGDA July 2018 Meeting - Summer BBQ

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 19, 2018
Thanks to the hosts and for everyone that brought food we had a great barbecue event! The event attendance was about 16 people from a variety of teams and companies in the area. The central location and Saturday date seemed to help encourage attendance.

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

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IGDA June 2018 Workshop - Narrative/Audio/Art and the intersection of Design - Zach Woolf

Posted By Administration, Saturday, June 23, 2018
Another great workshop was held with about 21 people of different disciplines coming and hearing from a veteran designer, Zach Woolf, who currently works at WildWorks.

Here are some of the rough notes from the lecture to hint at the great presentation that was give. It's like, I dunno, he's good at getting ideas across or something. :)

know your audience and your team
learn your constraints
how will your game stand out?
power of good morale
everyone is a designer

work with your departments
choice is nice for giving players the feeling of control

revisit all your mechanics often (like a regression test)
make sure your systems won't collide as they grow
don't sacrifice your pillars

get them to understand your vision early so that they accept changes easier later in visual, audio, and mechanical details
utilize QA all throughout the production

frame design meeting topics more tightly so you don't rehash stuff over and over
fail often, iteration reveals more details
playtest often after the visuals and prototype at least fills your pillars
meet immediately following any playtest - gather all notes, work with Producer, define direction ASAP

solid teamwork first
know what you don't know

Thank you to Access Salt Lake for sponsoring the venue. Check them out for all your coworking space needs!

Thank you to all the volunteers! Please look forward to the next one in two months!

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