TED Reminder, May meetings!

Heyo, Phoenix devs!

Here’s what’s up for the rest of this month and beginning of next:



TEDx ASU WEST: Saturday, April 30th
8:30 AM – 8 PM at KIVA Lecture Hall, ASU West Campus

This is your friendly reminder that our own localized TED event is coming up soon!  If you haven’t reserved your tickets for it yet, you should get on that! You’ll get to hear from a variety of speakers on the subject of Redefining Video Games: Brenda Braithwaite, for one, along with Cody Furr, Tyler Coleman and Kyle Pulver (all locals!).

The first portion of the event, in the morning, will be dedicated to showing off local games in development. Do you have a game you’d like to present? Did you know you can get a free ticket to TEDx for presenting it? For more info, contact Theresa Devine: theresadevine@gmail.com.

After that, there will be 3 speaker sessions, with a break for lunch in between (provided by the Amnesty International Student Club!) For details and the full schedule, you can also check out this TEDx flier!

For more info about the event, you can check out the TEDx ASU website or RSVP at the Facebook event.

Moving right along, we have our…



MAY MEETING: Wednesday, May 4th
7 PM at Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

We’re still on the lookout for a speaker for this one, so if you have a talk handy, or want to recommend someone, please let me know! (corey@igdaphx.org)

This meeting will also be our elections meeting. We had a few sign-ups at our April meeting so far. Please, for anyone else who wants to run, email me your name and the position you’d like to run for! This is important because I’ll be making ballots prior to the meeting. At the meeting itself, everyone who’s running will have the opportunity to present themselves and explain why they think they’d be a good candidate. If you’d like to run, but can’t make it next month, you can send me your presentation speech so we can read/publish it!

Though the IGDA PHX meetings and events are open to anyone, only IGDA members are allowed to vote, so bring your Member ID to this meeting!

(P.S. We are also looking for a neutral / not running 3rd party to collect and count the votes, so if you are interested in doing that, please let me know!)

Finally, because it’s been way too long, I’m happy to announce…



‘MAY’-KING GAMES (MAY GAME JAM): Friday – Sunday, May 6-8th
5 PM Friday – 8 PM Sunday at University of Advancing Technology (UAT)

By popular demand! We picked the time based upon a poll on our Facebook page. This will be a 48 hour game-making extravaganza! We’ll have more details to come about it as we get closer, but keep that weekend open! It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, so I’m going to give a quick recap on the format of a game jam. This is OPEN TO ANYONE, by the way!

Friday, 5 PM: We meet at UAT. This is the time for equipment set-up, brainstorming, getting to know people, etc. If you want to work with other people, you can pitch ideas and form teams. We’ll also be picking the theme the day of. (A theme is a high-level word or phrase that you must then take and incorporate into your game. Themes can provide a good starting block for brainstorming.) You can start working on the game as soon as you’re ready, but generally…

Saturday til 5 pm on Sunday: is JAMMING TIME! You can use any tool, language, or platform you want and can run your game on any platform. Generally, creating your own assets is encouraged over pulling from the public domain. Teams can be any size.

Sunday, 5PM: Wrap-up and presentation time! This is when people can demonstrate what they’ve been working on for the weekend.

Note: Meals aren’t provided, but we’ll have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand!

Even if you can’t make it for the whole weekend, it’s a great chance to work in a creative, energized environment. So feel free to drop by!



That’s all for now, folks. We’ll see you all April 30th!


Reminder: Meeting Tonight!

Hey guys!

Just a quick reminder, since we’re a week off from our usual time, IGDA PHX is having its monthly meeting TONIGHT! 7 PM! At Rosie McCaffrey’s (with directions if you need them!)

We don’t have a speaker for this month, we’ll just be hanging out, catching up, and trying our new space. But in addition, Senior Designer Ara Shirinian will be showing Dood’s Big Adventure, an awesome new Wii game using the uDraw tablet peripheral.
Dood's Big Adventure!

And don’t forget, elections for the upcoming Board of Directors will be held next month! If you’re interested in running for a position, be sure to let us know!

Hope to see you out there!


The April Report: Acronyms ahoy! VGL, TEDx ASU and much more!

Hellooooo Phoenix-area game developers!

I have some great news and bad news for you. The bad news: there’s no monthly meeting this Wednesday (April 6th). The GREAT news is: we’re having a meeting NEXT Wednesday (April 13th) in a brand new space!

The new venue is Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, located at 7th and Camelback in Phoenix. It’s a little early to say, but this one might really be a keeper… I can already tell you their selection of draught beers is pretty excellent 🙂 Come help us test it out! Get your friends to come out! We want to make sure this place can handle our ever-growing numbers!

Also, I want to announce that we’ll be holding elections for our Board of Directors for the upcoming year! Every position is open (Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer), OR you can add a new position if you can make a good case for it! Throughout the month of April, we’ll be collecting nominations for positions. Candidates will give speeches at our May meeting, which is also when voting will be held.

It’s been a little while since we’ve had an update, so here’s a quick list of events coming up for this month!



VIDEO GAMES LIVE: Thursday, April 7th
7:30 PM at Mesa Arts Center

While not an IGDA-affiliated event, it’s true that VGL is coming to town this week. For those who don’t know Video Game Live, their website gives a pretty good synopsis, but basically it’s a big concert event headed by Tommy Tallarico that play choir and orchestra arrangements of video game music.

You can buy tickets from the Mesa Arts Center’s Box Office, they range in price from around $35-50.

Then next up this month, we’ve got our…




APRIL MEETING: Wednesday, April 13th
7 PM at Rosie McCaffrey’s Irish Pub and Restaurant

This will be a general social meeting, with the intention of catching up and trying out a new bar! We’ll have some announcements to make, including the one above about elections. Again, we’re looking to fill up this space with game developers! Get your friends to come out, it’s a great chance to hang out and network over a few beers!

Finally, to round out the end of the month, we’re happy to announce…




TEDx ASU WEST: Saturday, April 30th
8:30 AM – 8 PM at KIVA Lecture Hall, ASU West Campus

This is an independently-organized TED event. Do you know about TED talks? They’re pretty awesome, and this TEDx event is here to concentrate awesomeness on a local scale! If you haven’t yet, I URGE you guys to check this out. We’ll have our own local speakers: Cody Furr, Tyler Coleman and Kyle Pulver, speaking alongside distinguished names like renowned speaker Brenda Brathwaite. Go support your locals, learn things, make friends! It’s going to be awesome, so be sure you grab your tickets for it ASAP!

We’ll harass you more about this in the coming weeks 🙂 For now, for more information, you can check out the TEDx ASU website or the Facebook event.




Speaking of Facebook, did you know we post all of our events and updates to our Facebook and Twitter accounts? In addition to our blog and e-mail list, you can always catch the latest on your social networking site of choice!


See you on the 13th!