Sunday, July 26, 2015

July Meet-Up Recap and Other News

The Fargo Game Makers meet-up returned this month to the newly established Prairie Den space (formerly CoCo co-working space) with a record attendance of 35 people this month!

Attendees got to check out the games that were created during the 24 Hour Game Jam. One playable game was a version of the classic Warlords game for Atari, that could have 4 people play at once. A sci-fi level was playable, and new fun variations were planned.

Another playable game was a digital graphic novel, where players would navigate a series of conversations and learn more about a group trying to cause the eventual collapse of the universe.

Next, we got to hear from Dave Binkard about his new game design class for kids, PODS Game Design. While teaching a game design class for kids at MSUM this summer, he saw the large amount of kids interested in game creation. With the PODS, they can now offer game design classes outside of the summer camp. Currently, Dave is running a Kickstarter campaign to help out with his business.

We also got to play test Dennis Frohlich's dice game SHIELDS at the end of the meet-up. It's a short two-player game about destroying your opponent's shields, mixing strategy and chance. Dennis unfortunately is moving to Pennsylvania next week, but we wish him and his work on SHIELDS the best of luck!

Upcoming Events and News

- Tuesday July 28th, the MSUM Planetarium is putting on its first gaming event. Come Play Artemis Spaceship-Bridge Simulator on the dome. There will be door prizes and refreshments. More info here

- Tech Tailgate was a great success last week, we had 9 meet-ups represented and over 150 people attend the tailgating at Fargo Brewing Company. Fargo Game Makers was there to represent the game making community here in Fargo-Moorhead.

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