October Meeting and Announcements

IGDA Phoenix is moving to a NEW LOCATION for our October meeting! Join us at Endgame in Tempe at 7:00pm on October 29th.


Two Teams, Two Ideas, One Game

We all know making a game can be quite challenging. So making a game with two different game studios with two different ideas of the game can seem impossible. From production to game design Crystal Catacombs has evolved and changed in many different ways before it became the game it is today. Join us on a tale of two studios working together to bring this Kickstarted game to life.

Presented by PJ Vilsaint and Matt Martin

PJ Linkedin picPJ Vilsaint is the president and founder of local game studio Super Fun Games. From project management, business relations and game design, PJ has been in charge of it all over the past four years. The most recent published title, Crystal Catacombs, has been the largest game to date for the studio.

Beyond Super Fun Games, PJ stays involved with the gaming community. Whether it’s GDC, Indiecade or a local game jam, he’s always sharing his gaming passion with others.

Matt Martin PicMatt Martin is an IT consultant who just happens to have always wanted to make games for a living. After graduating from Collins College and working on several small projects, ended up at the Global Game Jam 2013 where he met PJ. Shortly after he started at Super Fun Games working as a Level Designer on Crystal Catacombs.


Location Details


Endgame is located at 699 S Mill Ave Suite 201, Tempe, Arizona


There are several parking lots near the Brickyard at ASU that cost $2.00 an hour. There are also some ASU lots that no longer require permits starting at 7:00pm. Here is a map of the ASU lots. According to their website, Lot 3, 55, 58, 59, and 59E don’t require a permit after 7:00pm.

Most of the metered parking spots not directly on Mill Avenue are free after 6:00pm. Be sure to double check! Here is a map of Mill Avenue parking with highlighted sections of free parking after 6:00pm.

The 5th and Farmer lot does not require a parking permit after 6:00pm. Also The City Hall Garage is free when entering after 6:00pm.

Please double check when parking anywhere to confirm that these details are correct. Also be aware if there happens to be a special event taking place during the night of our meeting some of these free parking spots may actually be charging event fees.


UAT Tech Forum Jam (sponsored by Xamarin)
From 5pm on November 7th until (approximately) 9pm on November 9th, UAT will be hosting a game jam! This is going to be a good one: not only is it sponsored by Xamarin, but devs Mike Bluestein and James Montemagno will be onsite to answer whatever questions you’ve got!

New to game jams? That’s all the more reason you should come! You can read through our FAQ for more info. The jam will be held in various classrooms at University of Advancing Technology, you can find directions here. You can also find more details on their Facebook Event.

CodeDay Phoenix
CodeDay Phoenix is seeking volunteers for the event on November 8th and 9th at CA+HOOTS in downtown Phoenix. Sign up to be a volunteer here!

Open Unity Position
Chris Toepker is seeking a Unity developer experienced with networking for a short term or a full time position on a small virtual world project in Scottsdale. If you’re interested contact Chris at ctoepker@safecommunications.com.

Grave Trailer
The team behind Grave has released a new trailer for their upcoming horror survival game. Check it out here.

Unity Contract Position
Tripwire Arts is currently seeking a highly experienced Unity dev for short term contract work. Contact Monty Edmonds at Montrose@tripwirearts.com for more details.

Dwell on Steam Greenlight
The locally developed MMO Dwell is now up for voting on Steam Greenlight! You can vote for it here.

From Last Month…

BNC Design Studios Needs Support!
BNC Design Studios has applied for a $150,000 grant from Chase as part of a newly launched program: Mission Main Street. They must receive at least 250 votes to be eligible for the grant. You can show your support by voting for BNC Design Studios on the Mission Main Street Grants website.

Design Works Gaming Position
Design Works Gaming is currently looking to hire a QA Analyst. If you’re interested you can contact Design Works Gaming for more details.