IGDA PHX: April Announcements!

Hey!  It’s time for some updates from IGDA PHX!

 
 
MCC and ASU Present: Ken Rolston!
Monday, April 9th
10 AM at Studio 4 [CLCC 239] at ASU West
7 PM at Mesa Community College

On April 9th Ken Rolston is visiting the Studio 4 [CLCC 239] at ASU West in the morning at 10 am, and speaking at Mesa Community College in the evening at 7pm.  His talk on campus will be “A Narrative Designer’s Toolkit.”

Ken Rolston, the last in MCC’s speakers series, “Games as a Force and Art Form: Teaching, Learning, and the Creative Economy,” has over thirty years of experience in the games industry.  He is, among other things, the internationally celebrated lead designer of two Elder Scrolls games (the standard hit Morrowind and the mega-hit Oblivion), as well as the IP massive-RPG (Role-Playing Game) Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, released by 38 Studios/Big Huge Games.  Early on in his career, Ken was the principle designer on the classic tabletop game Paranoia, as well as many fine analog games.  He will be talking about the interface between board and video games and designing vast narrative games (stories that build upon one another and intertwine in such a way as to build entire self-contained worlds, much like Lord of the Rings, only in game form).  Ken has a Master’s Degree from NYU and is a member of the Science Fiction Writers Association.  He has been a professional game designer since 1982.
 
 

Indie Game: The Movie!
Tuesday, April 10th
7 PM (Doors open 30 minutes prior) at Madcap Theaters in Tempe!

Indie Game: The Movie – The Tour Presented by Adobe®
Presented in association with IGDA PHX

The 96 minute film follows the dramatic journeys of game developers as they create and release their games to the world. The screening includes an in-person Q&A with the filmmakers and Adobe® prizes.

Indie Game: The Movie is pretty baller, and has accomplished the following things:
2012 Sundance Official Selection World Documentary Competition
2012 Sundance Winner for Best Editing in World Cinema
2012 South by Southwest Official Selection

Labelled  “A big hearted celebration of the artistic spirit!” by IndieWire and a “Must See” by Ain’t It Cool News, Indie Game: The Movie is a must see for anyone interested in the world of games, and game development!

Buy tickets at http://www.indiegamethemovie.com/

Use special promo code IGDAPHXIGTM to get a ticket price discount.
 
 

April IGDA Meeting!
Thursday, April 12th
7 PM at Claim Jumper Restaurant in Tempe!

PJ Vilsaint will be making another appearance as a speaker for April’s meeting.  Come listen to the wise words of the President of Super Fun Games as you enjoy the food and drinks of Claim Jumper, and the company of your fellow game developers.  Don’t miss it!

You can find out more about Super Fun Games at http://www.superfunproductions.com

Please note that this month’s meeting is on Thursday!
 
 


Other Announcements!

 
 
Offspring Fling

Offspring Fling has been released into the wild!  Developed by Kyle Pulver, Offspring Fling is the tale of a poor forest creature that has lost all of her children.  She’ll have to run, jump, and fight her way through over 100 levels of puzzle platforming action to save them!  Come to the April meeting for a chance to win a free copy of the game!

Play a sample of the game, or buy the full version of the game at http://offspringfling.com
 
 
Pizza vs Skeletons

Pizza vs Skeletons has been released on iOS!  Developed by Tucson based RiverMan Media, Pizza vs Skeletons is a fresh look at a rivalry that’s as old as time.  Take control of a 25 foot tall pizza as it battles a horde of undead rivals on land, sea, and in outer space!

To find out more, visit http://www.rivermanmedia.com/games/pizza-vs-skeletons
 
 
Now Hiring Artists!

Mike Giam, the co-creator and one of the lead designers of the Twisted Metal series, Warhawk, Jet Moto 1/ 2, War of the Monsters, and many others is looking to create a small pitch prototype to shop around to his connections at major publishers like Activision, Square Enix, and Disney.  He’s looking for capable Artists (2d or 3d). If anyone is interested, please email jjohnstongames@gmail.com for more information.
 
 

That’s it from me!  See you at the next meeting : )

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