IGDA Sacramento Newsletter: July 2016
Summer (and the utterly oppressive heat) is upon us! More importantly, the beginning of our next Progressive Game Jam for 2016-2017 takes off later in July!
To prepare for this awesome event, we will have some Meetups earlier in July so we can all network & nerd out to our 8-bit heart’s content!
So, if you’re new to our Chapter, we highly recommend you join us and be ready to be a part of something ever-growing within our Sacramento Game Development community.
Founder & Chair, IGDA Sacramento
I hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July holiday weekend! Before we share our monthly events with you, we have a special announcement. To ensure that all facets of game development are well represented Gabriel and I have expanded our organizer team to include table top gaming, next level business development resources, as well as a club to represent Sacramento area college students!
Nathan Allshouse is one of the masterminds behind the Progressive Game Jam series. His drive to help local independent developers level up and release their games has been a powerful force for our community. Stay tuned for more information on resources that will soon be available.
Our chapter members are focused on giving back to local schools and universities. We want to make sure students have a voice in our group as well, so we have asked the UC Davis Game Development and Arts Club to represent their peers.
As always, Clare and Jateen Bhakta of Ninja Pandas will continue furthering the educational game development programs presented by IGDA Sacramento. Currently, they will be offering after school programs and select summer programs in the Sacramento area starting August 2016.
Now that I've shared a little bit more with you, let's get on to some rad events we have planned for July!
JULY 2016 EVENTS
GamEmerge (2 Day Game Jam Event)
Saturday, July 16th through Sunday, July 17th
Description: IGDA Sacramento is excited to partner with Women Who Code - Sacramento chapter for this two day game jam event! Our goal is to encourage more women to explore the world of game development.
As always, this event is open to men and women.
Are you an artist, coder, game designer, musician, or an idea person? We encourage you to join!
Indie Game Developer Networking Mixer
Thursday, July 21st from 6 to 8pm
Description: Join us on Thursday, July 21st at Yolo Brewing Company for beer, food trucks and games! With an influx of new members to our meetup group and the start of our third annual Progressive Game Jam series on the horizon, we thought now may be a great opportunity to meet your fellow developers and creatives!
Progressive Game Jam 3.1
Saturday, July 30th from 11 am to 6 pm
Description: The difference between a typical game jam and the progressive game jam is that teams will have 9 months to develop their game!
Taking it from the TOP! This is your opportunity to hone your skills and be a part of a dedicated team to make your game come true!
The goal: Present your demo or game at our next IGDA Sacramento Indie Arcade event in early April 2017.
Did you miss the Sacramento Indie Arcade? Read the article by Last Token Gaming! http://lasttokengaming.com/convention-coverage-sacramento-indie-arcade-gaming-expo-2016/
Do you play games? Great! Do you want to help kids at the UC Davis Children's Hospitalsimply by playing games? Awesome! Consider joining our Extra Life team! www.extra-life.org/team/SacIndieArcade
Our goal is to provide quality events that will help each of you thrive. Although there is no cost to be a part of our Meetup group (EVER!), there are benefits for professionals and students to become members of IGDA. Read more here: https://www.igda.org/?page=benefits. Did you know a portion of member dues are invested back to local chapters? Should you choose to become an official IGDA member, this will help us continue to host quality and diverse game development events.
As always, we want to know what YOU want to see in an upcoming IGDA Sacramento event! Let us know which past sessions you've liked, what you didn’t, what you want to learn and what events you’d like to see happen!
GAME ON, SACRAMENTO!
-IGDA Sacramento Board
Gabriel G. - Chairman, gabriel AT igdasacramento DOT org
Briana Aea - Vice Chair
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Extra Life: www.extra-life.com/team/SacIndieArcade