November Meeting Details

Our November meeting is coming up on November 19th! It begins at 7:00pm over at the University of Advancing Technology, inside the little theatre. (Due to a scheduling conflict, we’re meeting on a Tuesday instead of our usual Wednesday.)


Deconstructing Free to Play

Presented by Ara Shirinian

Ara ShirinianAra Shirinian is a game designer. His most recent role worth writing home about was Design Lead on Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion (3DS).

He also co-hosts Chatterbox Video Game Radio. He is most interested by mechanics and player psychology. You can find out more about him at

Deconstructing Free to Play will focus on a deep analysis of the dynamics of some of the most popular F2P games, especially with regard to learning, engagement, and psychological effects. He will present several hypotheses and predictions for the long term sustainability as well as unintended side effects of these dynamics.

Heads Up! This talk is going to cut deep, and runs about 90 minutes, so plan on staying a little bit later for this one!


Kickstart SCALE!
Local developer Steve Swink and his team CubeHeart is looking for funding on Kickstarter. As of right now they have over 100% of their goal, but still need your help! Check out the details and back SCALE over at Kickstarter.

Local developer Kyle Pulver has released his new 2d game making framework, Otter. It’s currently a beta release, but he plans to continue working on it and keeping the full source available to the public.  He also released the very first game using Otter, All the King’s Men.

Life-Skills Transition Game
A Research Specialist at ASU is looking for someone to help develop a game based on a life-skills transition curriculum for incarcerated youth (  This is a pilot with limited funding at the moment, but has the potential to expand substantially.

Please contact Heather Griller Clark at for more information.


Your Announcement Here Send an email to with the details of your announcement and we’ll place it right here! If you’d like to give an announcement at the meeting, please provide an image for the slide and a few lines. Each announcement can be up to 3 minutes at the start of the meeting.


October Meeting Details

Miss the meeting? Don’t worry, the slides are right here!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 23rd! IGDA Phoenix will be meeting at 7:00pm in the theatre at the University of Advancing Technology.

Our featured speaker for this month is David Koontz, and he’s going to be dropping knowledge bombs on the crowd about his recent experiences in the wild world of multiplayer game architecture.


Multiplayer Game Architecture

What makes the development of a networked multiplayer game different from a single player or local multiplayer game? Come learn about the issues around the world of networked multiplayer games. This is a relatively high level talk and is suitable for all game development persuasions (yes, even you artists!). The focus will be on the concepts and big picture gotchas. Examples will be given of specific implementations and tools for popular development environments such as Flash and Unity.

IGDA Phoenix and UAT will be partially sponsoring free pizza for the event. If you’d like to make a donation toward the pizza fund, please consider buying a Pizza Sponsor RSVP on Eventbrite, or make a cash donation at the meeting.

October Announcements

Future Is Games
Future is Games begins on October 9th at the Phoenix Convention Center and runs until October 11th. Check out the details here.

Have an announcement?
If you have an announcement you’d like to give then please email with the details. If you’d like to present your announcement at the meeting, please provide details for 1 powerpoint slide and a very brief (1 to 2 minute) announcement.

If you’re planning on attending the meeting, please RSVP to the meeting here. This helps us with future planning of meetings as well as get a proper head count for ordering pizza!