June 2015 Meeting & Announcements

Summer is in full swing, and IGDA Phoenix keeps going strong! Join us at 7:00pm on June 24th, 2015 at Brickyard Artisan Court in Tempe! Note that this month the meeting is being held in room BYAC 270.


Data Driven Design

The slides from this talk are now available.

Games are full of data, but the degree to which it is easy to change and manage that data can have a huge impact on your team’s ability to iterate and deliver a quality product. This talk will cover many of the tools and techniques Boldly Games has found to maximize the editablity and visualization of the data we use to construct games. Although primarily about Unity tooling, the techniques utilized are broadly applicable.

Presented by David Koontz, and Trenton Greyoak.

david-150x150David started using GW-Basic on his parent’s 286 in the mists of the ancient past. After taking a brief 10 year detour into the seedy underbelly of IT with Java and Ruby, David returned to the ranks of game developers. Before joining Boldly he worked as a Unity3D freelancer as well as working on “impact games” at ASU and for groups like Archaeology Southwest. David has also moonlighted as a teacher of programming and game design at the Art Institute of Phoenix for the past 8 years where he has overseen many successful student projects including the 2012 IGF winner Dust.

Trenton1-150x150Trenton got his start in the industry working for Sony Online Entertainment in the perpetually weird city of Austin, TX. He worked on DC Universe Online for several years mostly as a content designer. After his baby (an unannounced MMO) was sent to purgatory he decided it was time to go indie and make his own bad decisions. Now he spends his days programming in Unity, GMing Dungeon World, and starting a life with Deanna.



Summer Game Jam
The summer game jam at UAT is coming up on July 17th! Make a game in a weekend! Check out all the details on their facebook event.

Warp Playtest
Noah Dyer is working on a small project that will be ready for playtesting immediately following the IGDA meeting on June 24th. Just stick around after the meeting and give it a shot!

Sensatix Positions Available
Sensatix (http://www.sensatix.com) is seeking highly motivated and talented individuals to join their team to create breakthrough serious games. They are currently seeking Unity programmers that have experience with C#, Javascript, Android and iOS, and GIT version control. They are currently looking for contract positions but opportunities for full time work will be available in the future when their Scottsdale office opens later this year. Contact Pierre Bonnat (pierre.bonnat@sensatix.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.

Location and Parking

Brickyard Artisan Court 270

The presentation will be located in classroom 270 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. Yes, the City Hall Garage is FREE if you enter after 6:00pm and there’s no special event happening.

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.