What we're about

Meet and socialize with local professional and aspiring video game developers to talk about game development, design, and the game industry. Programmers, artists, designers, and anyone else interested in game development are invited to join. Let's show the world that Ohio is the next hot spot for the video game industry! Check out Ohio Game Dev (http://www.ohiogamedev.com/) for a list of companies and games made in Ohio. And check out the OSU Game Creation Club (http://gamedev.osu.edu/) if you're an OSU student. If you're looking for other game developer groups in Ohio, check out the Southwest Ohio Video Game Initiative (http://www.meetup.com/Southwest-Ohio-Video-Game-Initiative/) or The Cleveland Game Developers (http://www.meetup.com/clevelandgamedev/).

Anyone is welcome to show up at a meeting, from hobbyists who want to learn more about the best way to distribute their games, to professionals who want to talk about the newest tech. Our meetings often last 3-4 hours, and discussion topics can range from technical details of shaders to the latest and greatest games to how the market is in mobile space. The focus of this group is mostly social.

Upcoming events (5+)

Global Game Jam 2019

The Idea Foundry

Come join us for our annual Global Game Jam hackathon! Whether you're a professional developer, hobbyist designer, a student, or new to the game; this is a great opportunity to meet new people and use your skills to create something special over 48 hours. Come be a part of the growing Game Dev community and make something cool while you meet new people. Hosted at the Sandbox, this is be best interactive design and game developer co-working space near the MULTIVARIOUS office at the Idea Foundry. This event is the best way to experience game development at its most heightened-hardcore state among friends to support and guide you through the whole process. • Weekend Overview - Weekend Hackathon - High Speed Fiber Internet - Guidance from Game Developer veterans - AND MORE! • Get your tickets - Tickets must be bought at www.thecogg.com/ggj - Sandbox members are free! - ... then, register at: https://globalgamejam.org/2019/jam-sites/coggjam-2019 • What we'll do The GGJ brings together talented individuals from within our local can extended communities. It is a unique opportunity for people to push their skills and challenge their way of working under a crunched time-frame. Participants work concurrently with developers around the globe; we rally around a central theme, and then have 48 hours to create a game. It's our hope that we will see some very experimental yet realized prototypes that you can continue to work on after the jam. Many games developed in previous Game Jams have become fully realized games. The GGJ is an open source event in both hardware & software agnostic and all projects are protected under a Creative Commons license. We encourage people to try out new ideas and push themselves, within reason. We also strongly encourage participants to remember to eat and sleep, to stay at their best! • What to bring Computers, Power Supplies, Creativity For more details, please read the Event Details guide here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CYlY7umDDwMDSw5hLQm-crd8P_3vgHfAlL7t07eQMh0/ --- Special Thanks to Our Sponsors --- MULTIVARIOUS www.multivarious.com Idea Foundry https://ideafoundry.com/ Red Bull https://www.redbull.com Land Grant https://www.landgrantbrewing.com/ Donatos Pizza https://www.donatos.com/

Prototype, Play, and Build Workshops

The Idea Foundry

Come join us at Multivarious Games office for our monthly COGG Prototype and Play! It'll be packed with lots of camaraderie playing your's and other's games at the Idea Foundry. Do you have a game that you would like to get critical feedback? Would you like an excuse to work on a game with other talented artists, programmers, musicians, designers, and writers? Digital, table top, and the like are welcomed! Come to the Prototype and Play workshop and collaborate with other game developers for an evening of epic and raw game play fun! Play works in progress, show off your own game, work with others to add polish to a game, or even lend your talents to other fellow developers. Pizza or other food will be provided!

Game Dev Meetup

The Idea Foundry

PLEASE NOTE NEW TIME!!! Starting in July 2018, we're moving the day to the last Saturday of the month and reducing to 3 hrs, 1pm-4pm. Let's gather round and show off what we've done, what we're doing, and what we plan to do! This is a great time to get to know the other developers here in Ohio and play some awesome games. Who knows, you might even find someone who needs your help to make a game! If you are interested in doing a 15 minute GameDev related presentation, please fill out our form online here: https://goo.gl/forms/lVdTJZiNJewlPJuj1 Or e-mail us at [masked] with the following: Your Name, Company/Affiliation, Name of Your Game/Topic, Description, Tech Needs, and Your Contact.

Prototype, Play, and Build Workshops

The Idea Foundry

Come join us at Multivarious Games office for our monthly COGG Prototype and Play! It'll be packed with lots of camaraderie playing your's and other's games at the Idea Foundry. Do you have a game that you would like to get critical feedback? Would you like an excuse to work on a game with other talented artists, programmers, musicians, designers, and writers? Digital, table top, and the like are welcomed! Come to the Prototype and Play workshop and collaborate with other game developers for an evening of epic and raw game play fun! Play works in progress, show off your own game, work with others to add polish to a game, or even lend your talents to other fellow developers. Pizza or other food will be provided!

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Prototype, Play, and Build Workshops

The Idea Foundry

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