April Meeting and Announcements

IGDA Phoenix never stops! Join us at 7:00pm on April 29th, 2015 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe!


Slow-Cooking Games with Talent from your Community

Why do we stress to finish our games ASAP – why not let a project take five/ten/fifteen years to fully gestate at its own sweet pace? If we allow a game to develop over a longer period of time, a lot of interesting possibilities open up for us as devs to live more balanced lives, harness the power and talent of an organically-grown community, and pull off much more ambitious projects. Dan will talk about his experience (accidentally) doing this during his 13-year career, and the lessons learnt on how to avoid getting bored of/burnt out on your project, managing expectations of your community, and to build a talented team from around the globe to help realize your vision.

IMG_3507Dan Tabár was born in Sweden and nurtured by its enchanted waters that have caused a rash of indie game developers to emerge from the deep forests of that relatively small kingdom. While still finishing high school in the motherland, he started working as a contractor at NASA Ames Research Center, eventually moving to the U.S. permanently to try a series of entrepreneurial ventures and game industry gigs. One of these ventures is the independent studio Data Realms; a distributed operation with a dozen team members spread over nine countries and four continents. Its debut project, Cortex Command, won the Technical Excellence and Audience awards at the 2009 Independent Games Festival.



Sketchcross Launch
Congrats to Spiky Fish Games on releasing their first title Sketchcross on the Playstation Vita! Check out the details on their website.

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.

April Fools Game Jam
The University of Advancing Technology is hosting an April Fools game jam on April 17th. Anyone is welcome to attend and make a game in just 48 hours! This also syncs up with Ludum Dare which is a global game jam event!

Super Fun Games Seeking Artists
Super Fun Games is currently seeking 3D and Concept artists. If this is you then contact PJ Vilsaint (pjvilsaint@superfunproductions.com) for more details.

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

Two Local Projects Seeking Collaborators
Angela Bennett is looking for any developers interested in contributing to some projects she’s involved with: In-Kind Donations gamification (Make-A-Wish), or an iOS Mobile app for a talking calendar named CAT. If you’re interested in either of these projects contact Angela (anastasia099@hotmail.com) for more details.

Location and Parking

Brickyard Artisan Court 150


The presentation will be located in classroom 150 in the Brickyard Artisan Court building at ASU. The entrance is located at the fountains right next to Ike’s Place on Mill. After the presentation we’ll be heading upstairs to Endgame for food, drinks, and hanging out!


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.