Events at the Tech Valley Center of Gravity

December 15, 2018
  • Beginner Game Design Orbit -- TVGS12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game Design Orbit group meets every Saturday morning at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to get feedback and advice on your game project for first time game creator. Join us and learn about how to create 2D games using tools such as Construct 2. After learning the basics, you'll apply your knowledge by working on your own game project alongside peers, with ongoing support from experienced mentors. Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! About Orbit Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building. For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

  • Tech Valley Game Space Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!

December 16, 2018
  • Tech Valley Game Space Transmissions Livestreams3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Welcome to TVGS Transmissions! This is our weekly livestream event where we'll be playing video games with the TVGS community! You are welcome to be a part of the stream by coming by the the space during the stream, or by joining online on our Twitch or Youtube channels! Please be aware that if you participate you will be audibly and possibly visually recorded.

December 17, 2018
  • Zone Coordinators Meeting6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    This is the regular monthly meeting of Tech Valley Center of Gravity's Zone Coordinators.

December 18, 2018
  • Capital District Technology Education Association Tour and Gathering5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity, get a feel for this amazing creative community, and tour our makerspace, coworking facilities and prototyping center. Come learn how you can get access to our 3D printers, laser cutters, fiber arts and electronics equipment, woodshop, welding area and metal shop, in addition to our children's makerspace and STEAM lab, The THINQubator.

  • Tech Valley Game Space Community Fair & Social6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

    Come down to the Tech Valley Game Space’s (TVGS) Community Fair & Social! This social activity encourages everyone to bring games--analog or digital--to play. Have a work-in-progress projects, and looking for feedback from other game makers? Or just have a really cool game you’d like to introduce to the community? Feel free to bring it in!
     
    This event also doubles as a time to receive the latest updates on what is happening with the local game-making community, TVGS. For more details, check out meetup.com/TechValleyGameSpace.

  • Wood Shop Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Zone Orientations are designed to introduce new members to the equipment and safety rules of each technology zone at the Center of Gravity. Before using equipment in a zone, you must attend that zone's orientation. Members who want a refresher are also welcome to attend!

    This orientation must be attended before using the equipment in the Woodshop zone. 

December 19, 2018
  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

December 20, 2018
  • 3D Printing Syndicate6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Contribute to the Monthly Printing Challenge, show off, tell stories- hang out with other 3D Printing enthusiasts!

  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

  • Tech Valley Game Space Game Club7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    If you enjoy discussing games, come to the Tech Valley Game Space for Game Club! Every month, participants Game Club meeting pick a game to play, then get together and talk about their experiences! Think of this group as being a traditional book club, but with video games instead of your usual hard-covers and paperbacks. Participants discuss various aspects of the game that they liked, disliked, or simply found notable; everything from music, character design, and storytelling, to the in-game physics, level creation, or graphics quality. Anything and everything about the game can be talked about, and no matter one's viewpoint, their input will welcomed and listened to. Anyone can attend - no memberships necessary. So long as you've got the right equipment at home, and enough time and interest to play at least a little of the game, then you're welcome to join in! We will meet in the Board Room and begin the discussion after 7:30 pm.

  • TVGS Game Club7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


    Get ready, space cadets, because our next monthly Game Club is starting! Game club is a group discussion on a game chosen by a selected host; a book club for games, essentially.

    The discussion will take place on the third Thursday of the month. Each selection is meant to be played before the time of the meeting. 

    To check what the upcoming selection is, be sure to visit our Meetup page at meetup.com/TechValleyGameSpace

    If you'd like to host for a future Game Club event, just sign up in the form below! 


    goo.gl/forms/Cn1uEEme5Uw1XDh63

December 22, 2018
  • Beginner Game Design Orbit -- TVGS12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game Design Orbit group meets every Saturday morning at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to get feedback and advice on your game project for first time game creator. Join us and learn about how to create 2D games using tools such as Construct 2. After learning the basics, you'll apply your knowledge by working on your own game project alongside peers, with ongoing support from experienced mentors. Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! About Orbit Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building. For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

  • Tech Valley Game Space: 3D Game Design1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

  • 3D Game Design Orbit1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


     
    Looking to step up your game development skills by diving into 3D? This mentorship group is for you! The 3D Game Design Orbit mentorship group can help provide you answers and resources to any questions you may have on a variety of popular 3D game engines, including Unity 3D, Godot 3, and more. Feel free to come in with questions, or even a project!

     The 3D Game Design Orbit group will meet on the 4th Saturday of the month at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide opportunities for participants to share information, discuss projects, ask questions and obtain guidance from experienced mentors. 

     First time attending this event? Please sign-up in our short form over here: goo.gl/JwpJzx

    About Orbit

    Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! 


    The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building. 


    For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

  • Tech Valley Game Space Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!

December 26, 2018
  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

December 27, 2018
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

December 29, 2018
  • Beginner Game Design Orbit -- TVGS12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game Design Orbit group meets every Saturday morning at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to get feedback and advice on your game project for first time game creator. Join us and learn about how to create 2D games using tools such as Construct 2. After learning the basics, you'll apply your knowledge by working on your own game project alongside peers, with ongoing support from experienced mentors. Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! About Orbit Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building. For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

January 1, 2019
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity, get a feel for this amazing creative community, and tour our makerspace, coworking facilities and prototyping center. Come learn how you can get access to our 3D printers, laser cutters, fiber arts and electronics equipment, woodshop, welding area and metal shop, in addition to our children's makerspace and STEAM lab, The THINQubator.

  • TVCOG General Membership Meeting7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

  • 3D Printing Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Zone Orientations are designed to introduce new members to the equipment and safety rules of each technology zone at the Center of Gravity. Before using equipment in a zone, you must attend that zone's orientation. Members who want a refresher are also welcome to attend!

    This orientation must be attended before using the equipment in the 3D Printing zone. It covers the safety rules, operational restrictions, and basic software operation for the 3D printers available at the COG. 

January 2, 2019
  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

January 3, 2019
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

January 5, 2019
  • STEAM-Powered Saturday --10:00 am - 1:00 pm

    Every 1st Saturday children ages 4-12 and their families are invited to join us for a fun, creative hands-on project. Brought to you through the generous support of the Albany Society of Engineers Foundations, these mind-expanding projects help children discover creative play through science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics.

    Check back soon to see this month's project!

    This project is FREE, but donations are welcome. This is a drop-in program with no pre-registration required.

  • Beginner Game Design Orbit -- TVGS12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game Design Orbit group meets every Saturday morning at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to get feedback and advice on your game project for first time game creator. Join us and learn about how to create 2D games using tools such as Construct 2. After learning the basics, you'll apply your knowledge by working on your own game project alongside peers, with ongoing support from experienced mentors. Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! About Orbit Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building. For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

  • TVGS Digital Narrative Ortbit1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

January 8, 2019
  • Social Night, Potluck and Open House TOURS6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    This is the PERFECT night to come by the Center of Gravity, get a feel for this amazing creative community, and tour our makerspace, coworking facilities and prototyping center. Come learn how you can get access to our 3D printers, laser cutters, fiber arts and electronics equipment, woodshop, welding area and metal shop, in addition to our children's makerspace and STEAM lab, The THINQubator.

  • Laser Cutter Zone Orientation7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Zone Orientations are designed to introduce new members to the equipment and safety rules of each technology zone at the Center of Gravity. Before using equipment in a zone, you must attend that zone's orientation. Members who want a refresher are also welcome to attend! This orientation must be attended before using the equipment in the Laser Cutter zone. It covers the safety rules and operational restrictions for the 60W laser cutter.

  • Electronics Zone Open Hours8:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    Free for CoG Members | $5 for Non-Members

    If you need any help with your Arduino project, next circuit layout, or any electrical project, bring it by to get some help from fellow CoG Members. Hosted by Konstantin Avdashchenko. If you are planning on attending, please email admin@tvcog.net; registration is not required, but we would like to get a rough estimate of attendees. The $5 drop in fee is for use of TVCOG equipment; if you are planning on just coming in to discuss problems and are not using the equipment, the drop in fee is not required.


    This is a regularly occurring event, on the second Tuesday of each month. 

January 9, 2019
  • Dungeons & Dragons Group Play6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    This group is open to new players and non-CoG-members. Come any Wednesday evening! For more information, contact Steven Nordhauser at themightydragon08@hotmail.com. CoG members participate free; non-members pay a $5 weekly fee.

January 10, 2019
  • Open Hack6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Looking for an excuse to work on that project you've been putting off? Want to build something awesome but need some help? Join your fellow hackers on Thursday nights to initiate creative collisions and concoct contrivances of every conceivable kind! If you have questions about Open Hack, contact Samson Bonfante at samson@bonfante.org.

  • Tech Valley Game Space Lesson Night7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    The Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) Lesson Night is a free monthly lesson on skills useful for game development. These lessons are appropriate for participants of all ages and backgrounds. There is no prior experience required, and no need to feel daunted! Every month, we release a poll at http://www.techvalleygamespace.com/learn/ to determine what the next lesson is going to be. Keep an eye on that space for more details about upcoming topics!

    You can also view the livestream of the lesson at twitch.tv/techvalleygamespace

    For more information, please contact info@techvalleygamespace.com

January 12, 2019
  • TVGS Art Orbit11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • Beginner Game Design Orbit -- TVGS12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

    If you're interested in learning to make your own digital games using a simple and intuitive creative tool that doesn't require any prior experience with computer programming, this is the group for you! The Beginner Game Design Orbit group meets every Saturday morning at Tech Valley Game Space and will provide a place to get feedback and advice on your game project for first time game creator. Join us and learn about how to create 2D games using tools such as Construct 2. After learning the basics, you'll apply your knowledge by working on your own game project alongside peers, with ongoing support from experienced mentors. Participants of all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun! About Orbit Orbit is a community-driven mentorship program designed to provide greater opportunities for learning and collaboration at Tech Valley Game Space than ever before! The goal of Orbit is to bring local game makers (and aspiring game makers!) together based around mutual interests, and provide a consistent environment for sustained skill development, personal growth, and community building. For more information about Orbit, including a list of all the currently active groups, please visit techvalleygamespace.com/orbit

  • Tech Valley Game Space Volunteer Coordination Meeting3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Everything we do at Tech Valley Game Space (TVGS) is enabled by our enthusiastic members and volunteers. We are so grateful for your support, and we're always striving to find new ways to leverage our collective energy to help the Capital Region game dev community thrive. We believe that the key to doing that is empowering all of you to take on a more active role in helping our local game development scene grow and flourish. With that in mind, we want to invite everyone to attend our volunteer coordination meeting. Many of you have been asking how you can get more involved with our group efforts, and this meeting will be a great chance to do just that. We've done so many great things together, and there's no limit to what we can accomplish as long as we remain dedicated to improving. So, let's get organized!