August Meeting and Announcements

August Meeting: AAA to Indie

Welcome to August!  It’s time to get things going on another IGDA Phoenix get together.  We’ll be meeting on August 22nd at 7pm in the Theatre Room at the University of Advancing Technology.  Please take note that this meeting falls on a Thursday night!


Our feature presentation this month will be from two former AAA game industry vets!

deannatrent1Deanna Nygren worked as a Senior Artist at Certain Affinity on Halo 4, Halo Anniversary, and Crimson Alliance (XBLA). Trenton Kennedy worked as a systems and content designer at Sony Online Entertainment on DC Universe Online and an unannounced MMO. Together they decided the craziest thing they could do was quit their jobs, move from Austin to Phoenix, and form Boldly Games.

Nygren and Kennedy will be presenting AAA to Indie: How the jump from big studio to tiny two person team changes everything. They’ll talk about their time in the industry, the good and the bad, and the lessons they’ve learned.

As always we will be providing free pizza to the meeting. A big thanks to the University of Advancing Technology for helping cover a large cost of the pizza, and another big thanks to all of the generous IGDA members that have been pitching in to the pizza fund over the past few months. If you’d like to contribute, please consider buying a Pizza Sponsor ticket to the meeting, or make a cash donation at the meeting.


See you on August 22nd, 7pm at UAT!


IGDA Phoenix Meeting Archive
Miss a meeting? Check out the archive of recorded meetings provided by the University of Advancing Technology. The archive is available here at UStream.

Phoenix Devs at PAX Prime
PAX Prime 2013 is quickly approaching. In just a few weeks thousands upon thousands of players and devs will invade Seattle for the 4 day long celebration of all things gaming. Some local developers are going to be there showing off their projects, including Steve Swink with Scale, Erin Robinson with Gravity Ghost, and Ben Ruiz & Matthew Wegner with Aztez.

Future is Games Conference
The Future is Games Conference is coming to Phoenix in October. Check out the Kickstarter and help support bringing an amazing event to the Phoenix area.

Slides from July’s Meeting
Michael Katic uploaded his slides, and additional data from our last meeting at the Game CoLab. If you want to dig into the juicy bits of info you might have missed, download the slides here and the additional Kickstarter data here.

Corey Nolan Releases Growing
You might know Corey Nolan as the Chair of IGDA Phoenix. She’s been working on her project Growing since the Mothers Day Jam in 2011, and just recently she finally put the finishing touches on it and sent it out to the world. Check out the details of Growing’s development on Corey’s blog, and download the game at her website.

Crystal Catacombs Beta
The folks at Super Fun Games have been working away at Crystal Catacombs, and they’ve just recently reached their official beta status. Check out the details at the Super Fun Games website.

Noob Jam in August
The Game Jam crew over at UAT is looking to hold their annual Noob Jam sometime this month. If you’re a game jam veteran and you’d like to pair up with a complete rookie to show them the ropes of jamming then stay tuned for more details on the UAT Game Jam facebook page, or right here on

Indie Game: The Movie Special Edition
Check out Indie Game The Movie’s Special Edition to see some extra footage featuring some developers from our Phoenix community!

2nd Wind Games Looking for Programmers
2nd Wind Games is a startup looking for two programmers with 1 to 2 years of experience that would be interested in working with a small team to develop a digital living card game for iOS. If you would like to hear more, send an email to

Your Announcement Here
Want your announcement here? Email with the details.

July Meeting Slides Available

In case you missed our July meeting, we have all the details you need right here!

Download the slides here (ppt) IGDA Talk – Michael Katic – Kickstarter and then check out some additional Kickstarter Statistics provided by Michael Katic.

Special thanks to Game CoLab for the photos, and the event space.  Stay tuned for details on our August meeting coming up at the end of the month.