February Meeting & Announcements


Due to circumstances beyond our control “Gravity Ghost: A Spooky Design Talk” will now be happening MARCH 25th 2015! Sorry about that!

Unfortunately we will not have any AV equipment available, so instead of the presentation we will be meeting at Endgame for drinks, food, and games!

We will still be meeting up at Endgame at 7:00pm on Feb 25th, but there will not be any presentation, or AV equipment to use.  We hope you can understand, and still join us for a more informal hang out with Phoenix game developers!

It’s time for another monthly Phoenix game developer meet up! Join us at 7:00pm on February 25th, 2015 at Endgame in Tempe!


Gravity Ghost: A Spooky Design Talk

Local indie game developer Erin Robinson shares the experience of designing her game Gravity Ghost. She provides an overview of the decisions necessary for turning a simple physics toy into a complete commercial game. Three design tenets were used: 1) Always abandon ideas that don’t work, 2) Learn what to listen for when playtesting, and 3) Stay true to a theme in every aspect of the art, design, and story.

erinrobinsonErin Robinson has been an independent game developer for 10 years. Her games include Gravity Ghost (2015), Puzzle Bots (2010), Nanobots (2008), and Spooks (2006). She was recently named as one of Fast Company’s most influential women in tech, and she lectures, writes, and teaches about independent games all over the world. She holds a degree in Psychology from Queen’s University.



UX/Design Meetup hosted by GoDaddy
While not directly games-related, GoDaddy’s hosting a meetup in Scottsdale on Tuesday the 24th for anyone interested in software (UI) design and UX. It’s a totally open invite so feel free to attend or pass the word around! Details and RSVP info can be found here: http://aztechbeat.com/event/godaddy-scottsdale-dribble-meetup/ 

Zapcon 2015
The 3rd annual ZAPCON is happening April 18 and 19th at the Mesa Convention Center. For more details check out their official event page.

Reflections Greenlit
Local dev team Broken Window Studios has announced their new title Reflections and passed Steam Greenlight in just 7 days! Check out the trailer here

Wiblits is a new start up founded by a local Phoenix developer which hosts quick and simple games that can be played in real time from others from around the world. Players can win real prizes like $10 gift cards, and it’s a new game each time. Check out their website!

Want to make an announcement?
Email the details to chair@igdaphx.org.  Please keep announcements related to the local game development community.  If you’d like to give your announcement at the meeting, please include a picture and a small amount of text for a powerpoint slide.  You’re welcome to give your announcement at the meeting yourself as long as it takes less than 3 minutes.

From Last Month

Gravity Ghost Launches on Steam
Local developer Erin Robinson and her team have launched Gravity Ghost on Steam for Mac and PC! Check it out on the Steam Store.

Crystal Catacombs Launches on Steam
Super Fun Games have released Crystal Catacombs on Steam for Mac, PC, and Linux. Check it out on the Steam Store.

Wizard Golf on iOS
Floor 27 Industries have released their newest game Wizard Golf on the iOS app store.

Location and Parking


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.


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