Tucson Game Developers Blog

Next Meeting: Bezier Games’ Ted Alspach!

Happy Holidays! After your festivities we hope that you are available to join the merriment at our January TGD meeting. We are pleased to have the CEO of Bezier Games, Ted Alspach, speaking at our latest meeting. Ted is a veteran of the games industry, having published numerous high-profile and well regarded board games such as Ultimate Werewolf, Suburbia, and Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Ted will be speaking about his latest projects such as Maglev Metro and Whistle Mountain. Come and ask your burning game design questions, or just hang out! Meetings are currently taking place virtually in our Discord. For more...

Next Meeting: Creating Great Character Designs with Ted Lockwood

What does it take to make memorable creative character designs? Join us as we talk with character artist Ted Lockwood about his amazing work and process. Ted currently works at Stoic Studios and has also worked on the beautiful and unique moba Gigantic. Check out Ted’s ArtStation for examples of his great work. Join us Wednesday December 2nd at 7pm in our Discord server. We will also be giving away some sweet freebies as always! Hope to see you then!

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...