Knox Game Design

Knox Game Design

Knox Game Design is a monthly discussion by game creators in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. We share our ideas, show off projects, and discuss current topics related to video game development. Our group explores the many facets of the game design process, such as coding, graphics, modeling, animation, story, and promotion. You can find out more information on the group including future meeting dates at knoxgamedesign.org

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July 23, 2021 39 min
Demonstration of how to play a sound effect in various game development environments. This presentation covers Unity, GameMaker, Godot Engine, Unreal Engine (Blueprints), and Pico-8. Source Code – https://github.com/levidsmith/SoundEffectsDemo Download Slides as PDF Links and Notes Unity – https://unity.com GameMaker – https://www.yoyogames.com/en/gamemaker Godot Engine – https://godotengine.org Unreal Engine – https://www.unrealen...
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This month’s Knox Game Design covers the BXFR tool for generating sound effects for games. A look at different sound effect types, modifying sound effect properties, using the mixer to combine effects together, and an analysis for the various types of wave forms. Download Slides as PDF Links and Notes BFXR – https://www.bfxr.net/ SFXR – … Continue reading Sound Effects with BFXR – Knox Game Design, June 2021 →
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Knox Game Design had two great entries for Ludum Dare 48.  The theme was Deeper and deeper.  Let us know if we missed your game entry and we will add it to the list! Delve Inc. by Jacob You play as a dwarf in a hastily constructed drillship delving deep into an abandoned mining plot … Continue reading Ludum Dare 48 Entries – Knox Game Design, May 2021 →
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Comparison of file types for holding image data for textures and sprites in games.  File types include BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG, SVG, TIFF, TGA, PCX, HEIC, and WebP.  Properties include transparency, compression, lossy vs lossless, and file size.  Demonstration of how to programmatically decode and encode PNG files.  Compatibility of image files with four game … Continue reading Image File Formats – Knox Game Design, April 2021 →
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Overview of comparison of data types, sorting algorithms, and run times. Demonstration of sorting in Unity with C#, GameMaker with GML, Godot with GDScript, Unreal Engine with C++, and Pico-8 with Lua. For each game development environment, examples are shown for sorting integers, character strings (words), and a custom object type. Example code – https://github.com/levidsmith/SortingDemos … Continue reading Sorting – Knox ...
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February 23, 2021 74 min
How to generate mazes using Prim’s and Kruskal’s algorithm. Example implementations in Unity with C#.  Methods for solving mazes.  Demonstration of maze generators available on the web. Demo project in Unity and C# – https://github.com/levidsmith/MazeDemo New and Updated Games by Knox Developers Untitled game by Matthew BlazorRogueLike by Mythik Enfield by LocksmithArmy and Kendra Gomen-nasai … Continue reading Mazes – Knox Game De...
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Demonstration of how to create a simple humanoid armature in Blender to be used in a game development environment.  Explanation of how to assign a mesh to an armature and weight painting.  How to create simple walking and standing animation by adding key frames.  The model and animation are exported into FBX format and imported … Continue reading Animation in Blender – Knox Game Design, January 2021 →
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December 30, 2020 123 min
Overview of the Allegro game programming library.  Compiling a legacy Allegro game with DJGPP through DOSBox.  Installing and building a game with Allegro 5 in Visual Studio.  How to use event and polling based methods for handling keyboard and gamepad input. Explanation of how to create a “Hello World”, Number Guessing game, and simple space … Continue reading Allegro – Knox Game Design, December 2020 →
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Overview of building a Raspberry Pi arcade system.  First build was a Raspberry Pi (1) Model B and the second build was a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B.  Explanation of what components and tools are needed.  Installation the RetroPie operating system and configuration of Retrogame software to convert joystick movement and button presses into simulation … Continue reading Raspberry Pi Arcade – Knox Game Design, November 2020 →
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A recap of the Ludum Dare 47 game jam plus a post mortem. Also what others on the Knox Game Design Discord have been developing. If you are interested in attending a Knox Game Design meeting either virtually or in-person, let us know! Links and Notes Ludum Dare 47 keynotes – https://ldjam.com/events/ludum-dare/47/$212263/welcome-to-ludum-dare-47-ps-we-start-early Circuitus Infinitus entry … Continue reading Ludum Dare 47 Recap – Kn...
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An overview of creating a game with MonoGame.  Installation of MonoGame development environment using Visual Studio.  Handling input devices such as keyboard, gamepad, and mouse. How to load assets such as sound effects, music, fonts, and sprite images.  Examples of simple number guessing game and space shooter in MonoGame and C#.  How to convert an … Continue reading MonoGame – Knox Game Design, September 2020 →
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An overview of BBS (Bulletin Board System) games from the 1990s.  How to connect to a telnet BBS to play DOOR games.  Creating ANSI graphics with ACiD draw in DOSBox.  VT100 color codes explained.  A simple telnet server created in Ruby, which displays system time, counts to ten, displays an ANSI file, and has a … Continue reading BBS Games, VT100, and ANSI Graphics – Knox Game Design August 2020 →
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An overview of color for game developers.  How various colors are made on the computer using RGB and HSV formats.  The color spectrum and the ROY G BIV order for colors.  Where visible color exists on the electromagnetic wavelength scale.  Color displays on CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) and LED (Light Emitting Diode) devices.  Converting between … Continue reading Color – Knox Game Design, July 2020 →
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This month we learn how to create games in Python using the Pygame library. 1:30 – News 6:13 – Showoff: Unity Helper and new leaderboard features 11:47 – Pygame (feature presentation) Hosts Jacob ldjam.com/users/jacobturn/games gamejolt.com/@Big_Ol_Tom Jeffry http://www.thingiverse.com/insane66 Levi D. Smith levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad gatechgrad.itch.io Links and Notes Pygame examples (Number Guess, Shooter, Koi-Koi) – http...
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This month we show off our games created for Ludum Dare 46. Levi D. Smith also talks about leaderboard security. 0:58 – News – BitBucket discontinues Mercurial, migration to GitHub 9:43 – Raising Cerberus by James 15:54 – Machina by Jacob 23:50 – Potted Plant Simulator by Dylan 46:02 – Chicken Little by Levi 52:33 … Continue reading Ludum Dare 46 Entries and Leaderboard Security – Knox Game Design, May 2020 →
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Jacob, Dylan, and Levi get together before the Ludum Dare 46 theme announcement to talk about their thoughts on the possible themes. 0:52 – Possible game jam night in Tennessee 7:10 – Dylan’s water color work 19:08 – Ludum Dare theme discussion 59:05 – Tools we are planning to use for the game jam 1:15:30 … Continue reading Ludum Dare 46 Kickoff – Knox Game Design, April 2020 →
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This month we talk about ways to promote your game and how to handle feedback on your game. Hosts Dylan Wolf www.dylanwolf.com/ @DylanWolf dylanwolf.itch.io Levi D. Smith levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad gatechgrad.itch.io Ruth Ann http://meemawsurrendered.com/ https://tranzeve.itch.io/ Jared github.com/BlackJar72 jaredbgreat.itch.io Links and Notes East Tennessee Content Creator event at Token Game Tavern (March 15, 2020) – http...
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This month’s topic is Creating Games with Java.  We discuss the basics of Java and how to create simple games with the language. Source Code for Java Examples Hosts Jared github.com/BlackJar72   jaredbgreat.itch.io Jacob ldjam.com/users/jacobturn/games   gamejolt.com/@Big_Ol_Tom Jeffry www.thingiverse.com/insane66     Dylan Wolf www.dylanwolf.com/ @DylanWolf dylanwolf.itch.io Levi D. Smith levidsmith.com @GaTechGrad gat...
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This month’s topic is Blender for Unity.  We will go over the basics of modeling and texturing an object in Blender.  Then we will import that model into Unity and add behaviors through C# code. Hosts Ruth Ann http://meemawsurrendered.com/ https://tranzeve.itch.io/ Jeffry http://www.thingiverse.com/insane66 Jacob http://ldjam.com/users/jacobturn/games https://gamejolt.com/@Big_Ol_Tom Dylan Wolf https://www.dylanwolf.com/ @D...
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This month’s topic is SDL with C.  Before Unity and GameMaker, there was the Simple Direct Media Layer.  It can be used to create 2D and 3D games on a wide variety of platforms.  C is still one of the most widely used programming languages.  We will discuss how to get a simple game running … Continue reading SDL with C – Knoxville Game Design, December 2019 →
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