Dev Night is a once-a-week event geared towards anyone interested in playing or creating games. It doesn’t matter if you’re an aspiring game developer, artist, writer, or even just a gamer; Dev Night will probably have something to offer. We talk games, play games, make games, compete, collaborate, and share. Dev Night is a creative time for creative people in a creative space.
Every Thursday night starting at 7Pm, we open up the studio to the local game community. Cipher Prime Studios is located in the Philly Game Forge at 239 Chestnut St. in Ye Olde City. We typically stay quite late, but we consider closing time to be around midnight.
Yup! Do you make games or do anything related to creation of games? Ever wanted to make a game of your own? Do you just want to play a game or see how they’re created? Join us! Programmers, artists, designers, writers, students, hobbyists, full-time devs, and board-game makers alike; if you’re ever in Philly, stop by and see us at Dev Night!
Nope! Every Thursday offers a different kind of event. Here’s a little list to get you started.
What to bring to Dev Night
Cipher Prime provides the power, a WiFi connection, and the table space. We have room to fit up to about 30 people (snugly).
Anything you want to play or show off
We’re here to hang out, learn and goof around. We want to see what you’re working on.
We’re loud. If you want to concentrate and find noise distracting, we recommend plugging in and tuning out.
Whatever you make your games in, bring it on by. Unity, GameMaker, MonoGame, XNA, Flash, two sticks tied together — if you can build in it, it can come. Unity3D happens to be the bread and butter of our shop, so if you’re interested in learning it, this is the perfect opportunity. Don’t worry if you feel like you’re in over your head! Everyone here is a student. Join us for Dev Night and we’ll provide you with a weeklong temporary license for Unity Pro (renewable if you attend weekly). See you then!
Starcraft 2 or Counter Strike
Because every office needs a good team building exercise. If you play, join us!
How about a little History?
Years ago now, Shawn Pierre( @ShawnPierre ) and Will Stallwood( @willstall ) accidentally started Philly Dev Night. Rather than make plans every week, it just seemed easier to have a single night of the week we could get together. Soon enough, other friends joined us. After awhile, we realized most of our friends were also game developers. Due to its success we even folded the local Unity3d User Group (which Will co-ran with Jake O’Brien) into Dev Night.
Now, we run all kinds of events and use Dev Night to share, play, plan, talk, and generally just hang out. No need to be an expert game developer; you need zero experience. Dev Night has organically turned into our favorite night of the week.
We have a pretty active Skype community now with over 40 people daily. We also have a google group: Philly-Dev-Night.