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 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 7 PM, 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.
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. Check the upcoming events box to see what’s up!
What to bring to Dev Night
Tools of Your Trade
The Game Forge has power, WiFi and space for you to work. Bring your laptop, tablet, pen and paper, laser cut miniatures, enchanted ritual gems or whatever it is you make games with. Please don’t bring a whole tower and monitor rig, nobody got time for that. All software is welcome, chances are someone here can help you with any problems you are running into. Unity 3D is our staple but maybe you can teach us something new!
Anything you want to play or show off
Whether it’s your first shot at a video game or you are a seasoned card game designer we want to play your game. The best thing for a game is for it to be played, playtesting is a crucial part of the design process. Don’t be shy, this is a safe space.
We’re loud. If you want to concentrate and find noise distracting, we recommend plugging in and tuning out.
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.