Board Games Night – tonight!

Posted: October 26th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

If you’ve got time, come on out to Goodwin 247 tonight at 8:00pm to play some board games with us! Bring your games, we’ll do the same.

Hope to see you there!


Contest: Develop a Game in a Week

Posted: October 20th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

The Queen’s Game Developers Club is holding a contest to develop a game in just one week! This is your chance to test out your game development skills. The rules for the contest are simple:

  1. Any type of game is allowed (e.g., video game, tabletop game, card game).
  2. Use whatever tools you like.
  3. Game assets must be new as of the start of the competition.
  4. Games must be yours.
  5. Spend no more than one week on development.
  6. Individuals and teams allowed.

The deadline for the contest is November 9, 2010. We will hold a club meeting to peer-judge the games and hand out prizes for the top rated games!

Since the timeline for this contest is so short, we have a few words of advice:

  • Think more along the lines of a prototype; don’t try to develop a full-featured game.
  • Keep it simple! Complicated games are not necessarily better. Avoid the complex stuff such as physics, 3D  graphics, and networking.
  • Focus on making a working game, not the polish.
  • Use the tools you are comfortable with.

Here are some useful resources for one-week game development:

Have fun, and good luck!


October 19th meeting at 8:00pm in Goodwin 247

Posted: October 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Hello friends,

The Queen’s Game Developers Club is set for our next meeting, and we’ve got a good one. You have to consider the fact that we might be biased when we say it, but we think it’s alright. 🙂

We’ll be meeting in Goodwin 247 on Tuesday, October 19th at 8:00pm. (that’s next Tuesday, the Tuesday of next week, and not this past Tuesday – you need time travel for that, and we exhausted our quantum goodies last meeting) It’s a different room than last time, but on the same floor, so just walk through the doors on the second floor of Goodwin and look for all the game fans. Actually, just look for Tad, he’s a pretty tall guy.

The rough agenda includes the following:

A brief presentation by Scott in which he will talk about his experience at EA Games and discuss the video game industry. Good times if you want to consider a career in games.

Tad will talk about the club’s plan to hold a “develop a game in a week” contest to be held in mid-November. He will also try to help connect club members who might be interested in playing board games together, and discuss the Games Night planned for October 26th. That’s right, we’re finally hosting a night to get people actually playing games. Do you like board games? We sure do.

(Did you know we have forums? They’re at http://forums.qgdc.ca – you should sign up if you’re not Doug, Tad, Scott, Chris, or Matt)

We might also have a mystery speaker, but since we haven’t asked him yet, that’s still in the works. Anyway, he has a really neat game, and he’s going to show us sometime. Hopefully that time is this upcoming Tuesday.

Sure do hope to see you there, and if you’d like to come out, come on out! As always, there are no club fees, no explicit memberships, and you are always welcome to bring your friends whether or not they’re Queen’s students, gamers, or Tamagotchis that need love on a fairly rigid schedule.

See you on Tuesday,
The QGDC folk (Scott & Tad)


New Announcement List

Posted: October 5th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

We’ve set up a mailing list for announcements, so if you’d like email notifications when we’re doing something, you can add your address to the list here:

http://qgdc.ca/announcement-list/

It’s not a spam list, we’ll only be using it when there’s something real to talk about. If you want to unsubscribe too, you can do it at that link.

See you at the talk tonight!


Forums are live

Posted: October 1st, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

If you want to get a handle on what’s going on with the club, and stay connected to fellow students with similar interests, take a look at the forums. We should have some good conversation there, and you can help us figure out what kind of events and activities we should be running.

Take a look: http://forums.qgdc.ca