Tucson Game Developers Blog

Next Meeting: Gwen Frey talks about Kine.

Our previous meeting with Startup Tucson and Boss Battle was very informative and super fun. Expect to see the videos from that going live on Youtube soon. This month we have the talented Gwen Frey from Chump Squad talking about her game Kine which just launched on Steam! Kine is a puzzle platformer developed by Gwen using Unreal. Have you ever wondered if it was possible to develop a game without getting deep into code? Kine proves that you can create an amazing game through visual systems. It was coded visually using Unreal’s Blueprints system. Join us Wednesday November 4th...

Ludum Dare 47 Tucson Jam!

We frequently organize around two game jams a year: Ludum Dare and the Global Game Jam. And last year we provided trophies and cash to the top games for Ludum Dare 45. And this year we plan on doing the same for Ludum Dare 47! What is Ludum Dare? Ludum Dare is a game jam that occurs twice a year (historically it used to occur 3 times a year). What’s a game jam you ask? Its when a small team gets together and builds a game over the weekend. Ludum Dare 47 will occur October 2nd-5th. There are two events...

September Virtual Meeting: Freelance Illustration, Game Design

We have a couple great speakers lined up for our second virtual meeting. We hope you’ll join us on Discord to listen to Ashley Stoddard and Andy Clautice speak about their experiences in the game industry. We will also be giving away a Jetbrains Personal Subscription, a Grubhub and a Steam gift card! :O How to attend: Join our Discord server. On Wednesday September 2nd Arizona Time (currently same as PDT) at 7pm join the ‘General’ voice channel. That’s it! You’re in! Ashley Stoddard : Making it as a Freelance Illustrator Have you ever wondered what it takes to get work as...

TGD July Virtual Monthly Meeting

This month Brandan Lee will be joining to talk about his last two modding projects: Save Our Ship and Fallout: New California. We will be hosting our first ever virtual meeting on our Discord server July 1st at 7pm. Join us! How to attend: Join our Discord server. On July 1st Arizona Time (currently same as PDT) at 7pm join the ‘General’ voice channel. That’s it! You’re in! Save Our Ship Just recently launched, Save Our Ship is a fantastic mod of Rimworld which adds endgame content after your survivors have been able to return to space. Fallout: New California...

Covid Update

In general most of the action for Tucson Game Devs occurs on our Discord, but for those just tuning in, TGD is still around! We have postponed meetings until after the corona virus situation has relaxed. I am optimistic that a July meeting is feasible and hope and will post an update shortly!

New Meeting Time and Location!

Tucson Game Developers is MOVING to our new location: Yes, our new meeting location will be the Midtown Bookman’s at 3330 Speedway. That’s Speedway and Country Club, by the Loft Cinema. And our new meeting day will be: WEDNESDAY! So come on out to Bookman’s to see our February speaker: Chris Zukowski talk about writing for games. Chris is the developer of 1 Screen Platformer and Return of the Zombie King, two fantastic platformers available on Steam and Mobile.

Announcing the TGD Patreon!

If you’ve been to a meeting, or been on our Discord recently, you may know that we’ve recently launched our Patreon! We are not a large group, but there have been costs involved for running events. This has been historically paid for by the organizers out of their pockets, and for some of these events, the costs can be significant. But ultimately we want to do more with TGD to increase our presence, and provide resources to the global game development community. Please help support us! For more info about our plans and to donate, please go to our Patreon...

A New Year, A New TGD!

As we come to the end of the year, its great to see the quality of our group improving on every level. The work people are presenting, our guest speakers, and the building of our community keep getting better. Our virtual presenter setup has worked out better than expected. We’ve had an oscar-winning presenter Don Daglow. We’ve had Dan Miller from Unity present on augmented reality. Our caliber of guests this year was fantastic! Our local community is building and presenting some great games. We’ve had some super fun game jams, and found a home with the U of A’s...

Next Meeting January 9th: Flurry!

PLEASE NOTE: Next meeting is not the first Thursday of the month due to the holidays! Our last meeting was ridiculously fun, playing the exciting Boss Battle from Matt & PJ from Phoenix. This month we will be presenting a game in progress from a group of developers here in Tucson codenamed: Flurry! They’ll be presenting their current prototype, concept art, and how they’re going about the process. The meeting is on Thursday January 9th and will start at 7pm sharp! Our meeting will be taking place at Tucson Games & Gadgets at the Tucson Mall. The JC Penney entrance is the best location to...

December 5th Meeting: Boss Battle Playtest!

This month our special guests will be the creators of Boss Battle! They will be driving down from Phoenix and we will take part in a playtest of their game. Boss Battle is a cooperative RPG card game where you work together to take down a ruthless boss! The meeting is on Thursday December 5th and will start at 7pm sharp! Our meeting will be taking place at Tucson Games & Gadgets at the Tucson Mall. The JC Penney entrance is the best location to park. Hope to see you then! Food and Drink Policy: No Outside Food and Drink. Our hosts at TG&G are...