Tucson Game Developers Blog

Teaching Game Design as a Studio Simulation

What was originally a short missive in response to a TGD member on our Discord channel turned into more of an introspective on teaching game development as a studio simulation. It’s not advice, but maybe prospective game dev teachers can spare themselves some wrong turns in the process because of it. Or maybe none of it will apply because they’re teaching high school and not college or have genius teaching methods or whatever. I’ve created seven different game design curricula, and one of them is structured as a studio simulation. Students do feel “all grown up” by taking on a Read More

TGD Vail Meetup on June 7

Despite the previous post, we actually have an upcoming meeting planned at a residential location in the Vail area. Thursday June 7, 7pm. As usual, it’s a chance to share your work (via HDMI display) and see what others are up to. Maybe we can also brainstorm a bit about plans moving forward.

No Monthly Meetings Planned

I apologize for the long pause since the last update. I have made the decision to no longer host monthly TGD meetings. When I initially took on the role of managing this group I had my doubts about whether I could keep this going. It is only with the passion of others who have participated that these meetings have kept going. I do not feel as though Tucson’s game developers are entirely ‘homeless’ tho. The PCC and U of A groups show such strength, and I’m glad to see them continuing to grow. Our Discord server will continue running, and Read More

Feb. 2018 Meeting Recap

We’re off to a great start this year! Our first meeting of 2018 saw a nice turnout of faces both old and new, we shared a good number of our personal projects covering a wide range of topics, and thanks to the generous folks at Xerocraft we have a new home to do it all in. Xerocraft Tucson’s local makerspace and hackerspace, Xerocraft, has graciously offered to host TGD’s monthly meetings with a sizeable space in their basement. There’s plenty of seating and table space, ample lighting, and a nice big projector for all of the sharing we do. And Read More

Next TGD Meeting: Wed 2/21 @ Xerocraft!

I’ve just met with the Xerocraft folks and checked out their space, and they are quite happy to allow us access to their room downstairs for our next meetup. So please come down and show your support! If you haven’t been to Xerocraft, you are in for one hell of a treat. As Tucson’s makerspace, it is jam packed full of so much equipment to make…pretty much anything! And now even video games! :O So come on down and check it out! Got something to show? Show it off. Got some questions? Come by and we’ll be happy to answer Read More

January Update: Still Alive

Is it already the end of January?! Unbelievable how time flies around the holidays. I have been very busy with stuff but I wanted to let people know that I’m actively looking for a meeting location that can suit our needs, and also a potential location for jammin’. We are hoping to return for a February meeting, and I hope everyone will have lots of really cool stuff to show since we’ve all had an extra whole month! Or perhaps you’re like me and you’ve been playing a lot of Eternal, Slay the Spire and Opus Magnum. 😛  

Updates! Tons of them! Meeting moved to Dec. 19th!

Due to a scheduling conflict with Santa, this month’s TGD meeting has been moved to Dec. 19th! And if there is sufficient interest, we might have a festive GAME NIGHT! That’s right, we can sit back and play some fun games together! We are hosting this at CoLab, 7pm,  at 17 e Pennington St in Downtown Tucson. Parking is free on the street after 5pm, and the garage is also a great place to park cheap. CoLab is Moving! I’d like to extend a HUGE thanks to Startup Tucson for hosting us for so long, but their lease is up, Read More

Next Meeting: TONIGHT Nov 28th @7pm

7pm @ Colab Workspace,17 E Pennington St The last Tuesday of the month is upon us! That means that its time for another awesome TGD meeting full of games, cookies and potential randomness. 😀 Topics up for the event: Jams! Jams! Jams! Ludum Dare 40 is this weekend! UEJam was earlier this month and we’ll probably play some of the submissions. Hopefully we will get to check out Andrew’s latest: Luminite! Also Global Game Jam is around the corner and we may want to figure something out. The meeting formats are very informal. Got something to show? Bring it! Just want to lurk? Read More

Next Meeting Early, This Tuesday, The 24th!

This month’s meeting will be occurring a week earlier due to Halloween, although you are still welcome to dress up! 😀 I (Chris) will not be able to attend, but Drew will be holding the festivities again like last month. I hope to be back at it here next month! As always, meetings take place at the Colab Workspace at 13 E Pennington in downtown Tucson. Meetings start at 7pm and end whenever we peter out. Parking is free on the street after 6pm. Drew hopes to see you there!

Next Meeting, September 26th will be Unreal!

Hey all! Our next meeting is happening here on Tuesday September 26th at 7pm. Our next game jam will most likely be the Fall UEJam for the Unreal Engine (which will be announced soon™ by Unreal). Not familiar with the Unreal Engine? Have no fear! The talented Andrew (a previous UEJam winner) will be showing off some basics on working in the Unreal Engine. Come on by and learn about unreal! Also I will be out of town, and our meeting will be hosted by Drew. Drop on by and show him some love. The meeting will take place as Read More