Tucson Game Developers Blog

October 3rd: This Monthly Meeting is Augmented!

This Thursday our virtual speaker will be Dan Miller from Unity. Dan is an Augmented Reality specialist who is going to be presenting AR techniques in the Unity engine and how YOU can augment your game. The meeting is on Thursday October 3rd 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! We have a new policy: No Outside Food and Drink! Our hosts at TG&G are gracious enough to provide this space Read More

Ludum Dare 45, Tucson Comic-Con, and Augmented Reality!

Last month’s meeting with Blake was chock full of cool stuff! He showed us some great tips on rigging and animating characters in Unity. By setting up bones in Maya and animating in Unity he showed how you can get some great results and preview the work in-game, instead of going back and forth between the engine and Maya. Next Monthly Meeting: Augmented Reality with Dan Miller! Next month’s virtual speaker is direct from Unity themselves! Dan Miller, who is a Virtual and Augmented Reality evangelist at Unity will be speaking to the group about AR in games. Come by Read More

Next Game Jam: Ludum Dare 45, extended!

It’s time again for another game jam event! This time we’ll get together to participate in the 45th Ludum Dare, which runs from October 4-7. This will be a solid 48 hours of video game making, and it’s always better with friends and free food! Of course, anyone who’s participated in a weekend game jam can attest: 48 hours is never really enough. That’s why we’re going to change things up a bit, and extend this LDJam with our own local competition! We’re going to add the rest of the week to our local submission deadline, giving you an additional Read More

Game Night, September 12th 6:30pm @ Dillinger Brewing Company

Come join us for games and brews at the Dillinger Brewing Company (Google Maps link: https://tinyurl.com/yxbj2wh8). They’re open to about 9ish, so we can get two hour long games in. They have a great beer selection and allow outside food, so bring a meal to soak up those brews! Come join the #game-night Discord channel for more info. This is a casual gathering, focused on playing games rather than making them. Anyone and everyone is welcome to come out and play welcome! We’ll focus on board games, but if you want to come play some video games, feel free to! Read More

September 5th: Animation and FX for Games!

Last month’s meeting was fantastic! Andrew Seward presented his new Unity asset Player Prefs Anything, which allows for much better player prefs functionality than the out of the box version you get with Unity. Andrew is still looking for testers interested who will get a free copy of the asset! Drop in to our Discord and ask him! Brandon Lee and Brandon Yongbanthom gave a very educational presentation on photogrammetry coming from both the amateur and professional perspectives. Brandon Y used meshroom and Blender to convert some cell phone pics into a high-res model, and Brandon L used these high-poly Read More

Game Night, August 15th 6:30pm @ Dillinger Brewing Company

Come join us for games and brews at the Dillinger Brewing Company (Google Maps link: https://tinyurl.com/yxbj2wh8). They’re open to about 9ish, so we can get two hour long games in. They have a great beer selection and allow outside food, so bring a meal to soak up those brews!Come join the #game-night Discord channel for more info. This is a casual gathering, focused on playing games rather than making them. All are welcome! Board games and video games both welcome!

August 1st Meeting: Making Game Assets with Photogrammetry & Saving Games In Unity

Last meeting’s speaker Don Daglow was a blast! His experience is so broad, I think everyone in the room left with useful advice. We have a few short presentations this month, and I hope everyone gets something out of it this month as well. Making Game Assets with Photogrammetry Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to take things from the real world, scan them, and put them into your game? Enter photogrammetry! We’ll talk about some of the unique details of this process and by the end of the night you’ll know what photogrammetry, de-lighting, and retopologizing are! While Read More

Next Meeting, July 11th with Don Daglow!

We are quite excited to have our first speaker with an Emmy talk to our group, Don Daglow! He helped shape games as we know them by creating some of the very, very first games in the 70s. He developed the first graphical MMORPG Neverwinter Nights. And he’s written the highly rated book Indie Games: From Dream to Delivery. We highly recommend you attend, to get the opportunity to hear Don talk about his long and illustrious career. And if you have a burning question about how to get your game off the ground, feel free to ask that as well! Read More

Next meeting, May 2nd: Nano Paper Jam!

We had a great meeting last month, with a lot of updates and a couple presentations of games in progress. Next month we’ll be doing something a little different, holding our first ever ‘Nano Paper Jam’. What is a nano paper jam, you may ask? Watch the video below to find out! Come on by, meet some people, and make a game in a very short period of time! You’ll have fun, and maybe learn something by accident! Meeting Info When: May 2nd, 2019 at 7pm. Special meeting note: Due to the short time frame, the meeting will start at Read More

Next Monthly Meeting: April 4, 2019

Monthly meeting time! As always, it’s on the first Thursday of the month (April 4) at 7pm. Everyone with an interest in game dev is welcome! Join us at Tucson Games & Gadgets inside Tucson Mall (not the Park Place location!). Go into the Gaming Dungeon in the back of the store. See you there!