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Thanks to Everyone Who Attended the 2017 Made In Rochester Game Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Irondequoit Public Library on Saturday, September 30, and took part in the first-ever Made In Rochester Game Festival. We’re thrilled that more than 500 attendees got the chance to play 30 different games created right here in Rochester.

We also want to thank the chefs from Le Petit Poutine, who served lunch to festivalgoers, and also to the game developers from throughout New York, Pennsylvania, and Canada who made the trip to support the local game development community. And a very special thanks to the entire Sodus Gaming Club, who chartered a bus to attend this year’s Made In Rochester Game Festival.

After seeing the crowds and hearing their reaction to the 2017 ROC Game Fest, we’ve already begun planning an encore event for 2018. Check back in the coming months for more details.

But in the meantime, continue to visit ROCGameFest.com every week to stay updated on all the games being developed in the Rochester area. We’re not going anywhere.

RIT’s Sci-Fi Convention, STARfest, Will Blast Off on March 3

The 2018 RIT STARfest will be held in the Student Alumni Union on Saturday, March 3. Tickets for the first local sci-fi convention of the year are available for $10, and attendees will get to partake in many geeky pursuits. And developers from the ROC Game Dev community will also be on hand to show off their latest projects:

Join us for RIT’s annual sci-fi convention on March 3rd, 2018 in the RIT SAU building, featuring lightsaber duels, virtual reality demos, Artemis: Spaceship Bridge Simulator, Guns Of Icarus, cosplay contest, screenings, panels, performances, vendors, food, music, dancing, and more!

The organizers of the RIT STARfest are currently looking for volunteers to help run the event, as well as sci-fi fans interested in running a panel, and vendors. More information about this year’s RIT STARfest can be found at STARfest.RITSTAR.com.

Rudicon 2018 Will Kick Off on February 16, 2018

The Rochester Wargamers Association and Guild (RWAG) will host their 33rd annual event, Rudicon 2018, at the Rochester Institute of Technology in a few weeks.

Featuring a variety of tabletop events, including wargaming and role-playing, Rudicon 2018 will kick off on Friday, February 16:

Rudicon is RIT’s annual gaming convention! Started over 30 years ago, we have everything from guest speakers to D&D Epics!

Friday, February 16: 6:00 PM to Midnight
Saturday, February 17: 11:00 AM to Midnight
Sunday, February 18: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Admission is free for all RAWG members and RIT alumni. All other attendees will be able to purchase a 3-Day Pass for $5.00.

If you’re interested in running an event at Rudicon 2018, you can sign up using this Google Form. And more information about the event can be found at RWAG’s Facebook page.

The NYS Game Dev Challenge Returns for a Second Year on January 19, 2018

The New York State Game Dev Challenge is coming back in 2018, and a huge Kickoff Event will take place on Friday, January 19, at the MAGIC Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The statewide competition will once again shine a spotlight on indie development teams looking to begin production on a new game.

More information about the Kickoff Event can be found on Facebook, and good luck to everyone who enters the Game Dev Challenge:

The NYS Game Dev Challenge is a statewide competition for both students and indie developers with the goal of bringing your game ideas to production. Entrants can register as either a student or indie developer (solo or team), with the latter category being open to any interested developer in NYS.

The challenge will run from January 1-March 1 when submissions close. We are opening the challenge “early” in advance of our formal kickoff event to give student developers in particular the opportunity to work over their break). You will be able to submit your project beginning February 12. Challenge winners will be announced at a ceremony at Rochester’s The Strong National Museum of Play on April 12 at 11:00AM.

Winners will be awarded cash/funding for their game (drawn from a pool of $25,000 for each category), inclusion in our (or partner’s) on-site incubator, and access to our mentor network.

The challenge website (http://magic.rit.edu/nysgamechallenge) includes: challenge criteria, submission requirements, prizes, deadlines and more. If you have additional questions, please contact Rob Mostyn, RIT Digital Game Hub Coordinator at rob@magic.rit.edu

We will “formally” kick off the challenge with an event at RIT on January 19 at 4 PM featuring video game industry professionals Simon Ebejer and Mitchell Bukowski of the New York-based studio Vicarious Visions.

This event will be streamed and captioned in real-time. It is available via browser at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rit-events. A Ustream app is available for both Android and iOS mobile devices; after downloading, search “RIT Events” to find the stream.