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  • Mar 1, 2013 · 6:00 PM

Hey guys,

Our fellow Unity nerd, Ien Cheng is a head of Grasshopper NYC and is holding a game jam on March 1st to develop games for a cutting edge round multi touchscreen that his company is producing. The main platform? Unity. Highly suggest you don't miss out on this, as you could win a Unity 4.0 license among other bragging rights.

Details Below!


The Grasshopper NYC Round Table Game Jam

Friday March 1 (doors open at 6pm) through Sunday March 3

Location: Grasshopper’s studio at Collab, 304 Hudson Street, 6th floor

Intro: Brad Hargreaves, NY Gaming Meetup organizer

Judges: Frank Lantz, NYU Game Center director

Noah Sasso, BaraBariBall/SPORTSFRIENDS

Matt Parker, IndieCade East chair

Jesse Fuchs, Guts of Glory

Ien Cheng, Grasshopper NYC founder

Prize:Unity Pro 4.0 license
All games will be considered for inclusion in Grasshopper’s game menu

Space is limited -- please sign up here.

Come be part of Grasshopper NYC.

We are creating a game lounge with a stylish and contemporary vibe for the 21st century, focused on face-to-face play and local community. For a brief video introduction, click here; for a recent Gamasutra blog about the project, click here.

This game jam is for creating games for the Grasshopper Round Table, a circular -- yes circular! -- touchscreen table that seats 4 to 6 people and which aims to combine the best features of board games and videogames in a tabletop platform. The goal is to use technology to foster meaningful face-to-face play that’s appealing to a wide audience in an inviting social setting, not another screen-based experience. Check out a video of the table here.

All games created during this jam will be considered (if you want) for inclusion in Grasshopper’s initial games menu, which aims to be a curated showcase of some of the most creative and compelling contemporary game experiences around.

Top prize is a Unity Pro 4.0 license. (Thank you to Unity for providing this!) In addition, we’ll have some oddball prizes -- including the chance to raid Ien’s personal board game collection with all your team members.

Doors open at 6pm on Friday, March 1 for TGIF drinks and mingling. At 7pm, we’ll get started with a brief presentation about Grasshopper and a demo of the Round Table and API you’ll be working with. We’ll help you form teams as needed. Continental breakfast will provided on Saturday and Sunday. Throughout the jam, we’ll have board game, open problem solving sessions, and playtests.

Important note on the API: if you develop with Unity, our native development tool, you’ll have the smoothest experience and be running on the Round Table in no time; otherwise you can use anything that runs on Windows 7, but you’ll have to do some lower-level tinkering to integrate with the table, including handling TUIO messages for input. (We do have some integration code for Flash which you are welcome to use, but it hasn’t been packaged into a neat API yet.)

Please bring your own hardware (apart from the Round Table!), including laptops for development and and iPads/tablets for quick testing for development.

For questions, please email Ien Cheng ([masked]) or Kevin Porras ([masked]).

Don’t forget to sign up here. Hope to see you soon!


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  • Tyson K.

    I had to miss this, but would love to join the next one!

    March 21, 2013

  • Kevin h.

    AWESOME! This needs to be an Annual event. Great people learned a ton, lots of fun. Great inspiration and overall very impressive submissions. My personal fav was the robber vs villagers game design.

    March 4, 2013

  • Johannes K.

    Will be joining tomorrow, have something that I can't miss tonight :(

    March 1, 2013

  • Anthony

    Yes definitly coming to this one...

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome! But I am headed out of town at 6pm and won't be able to make it. I would love to attend the next one. Weeknights are easier. Glad to help organize.

    February 28, 2013

  • Kevin h.

    With the crazy amount of work I have had this week, I might be late tomorrow. If there is a team building phase, Please do not forget about me guys! I will be there just may not be at 6pm.

    February 28, 2013

  • Justin R.

    Hi Guys, I would like to swing past and meet a few people in the NYC Unity community. Im new to town and run a company that is doing some pretty cool stuff with unity. I would not be able to participate in the game jam. Ok if I still attend?

    February 27, 2013

  • Youraj P.

    Hi I'm new to Unity 3D, what is the best book to start with for Unity 3D games development ?
    Thank you

    February 25, 2013

    • Kevin h.

      I would start with Youtube. BZA has tutorials that start from the very beginning and are very robust. You can also go to and learn all of the essentials and beginner stuff. Then you just need resources like Unity Answers and keep an eye on the Scripting docs that come with the program and you are good to go. Note, if you have future questions, this event might not be the place to ask. Comment in the group instead of the event and Unity answers and Unity Community Forms also has this question asked a lot with big lists of answers.

      February 25, 2013

    • Youraj P.

      Yup Thanks !!! Got it

      February 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will only swing by for the beginning to check things out. I can't stay for the full Game Jam

    February 20, 2013

  • Kevin h.

    Looking forward to it

    February 18, 2013

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