What the F* is
Dev Night is a once-a-week throwdown for game developers in Philly. We talk games, play games, make games, compete, collaborate, and share. Dev Night is a creative time for creative people in a creative space. Intrigued?
Every Thursday starting at 5pm, we open up the studio to the local game community. Cipher Prime Studios is located at 239 Chestnut St. in Ye Olde City. Look for the Drink Philly sign at the door and head up to the 2nd floor!
Yup! Do you make games or do anything related to creation of games? Ever wanted to make a game of your own? 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!
In addition to monthly 12-hr Game Jams, we're now also hosting monthly Q&As with other developers, and something akin to a book club for video games.
Upcoming Game Club Selections
Thomas Was AloneMay 16, 2013
"A minimalist game about friendship and jumping and floating and bouncing and anti-gravity." Forge surprisingly intimate relationships with rectangles in this endearing puzzle-platformer.
Previous Dev Q&A's
Brian Provinciano, Retro City Rampage designerApril 18th, 2013, 8:00 PM
Brian Provinciano guides us through Theftropolis.
Final Form GamesApril 4th, 2013
Tim and Michael Ambrogi discuss Jamestown: Legend of the Lost Colony and "The Loop."
Dejobaan GamesFebruary 28th, 2013
Ichiro Lambe and Rohit Shenoy (the makers of such charming titles as Drunken Robot Pornography and Drop That Beat Like an Ugly Baby) hung out with us on Skype, and it was awesome.
Previous Game Club Selections
Retro City RampageApril 11th, 2013
Delight in hedonism! Then come talk about it!
ProteusMarch 7, 2013
Proteus, by Ed Key and David Kanaga, is a pixelicious exercise in wanderlust. Discuss it with us!
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Monthly 12-hr Jams
Once a month, Cipher Prime hosts a different game jam during Dev Night, starting at 5pm and running till 5am. Topics are decided upon and announced at least a week in advance. Everyone gets 12 hours to come up with a working prototype based on the topic. Completed games are then played at the following Dev Night. Everyone votes for their favorite project and the winner takes home a prize!
Previous Game Jams
Options Jam!May 2, 2013
This very special game jam is being sponsored by the Intel Level Up Competition, and its winner will receive a 200+ GB Solid State Drive! So bring your game face! This month's theme is "options"; use it as you will. You could make a game about moral choices, or create a game about in-game options menus. Get creative!
Networking JamMarch 21, 2013
In honor of the upcoming Game Developers’ Conference (GDC), this jam’s theme is networking. Practice your schmoozing by programming a schmooze simulator! Or create some other, less soul-crushingly lonely game related to networking!
VacationFebruary 21, 2013
Dain's on vacation, so this week we'll pretend we're on vacation too. The game jam theme is vacation, just so you're clear we're not on actual vacation.
Dafont JamJanuary 17, 2013
Go to Dafont. Pick a font. Make a game that is 1. inspired by the font, that is 2. named after the font, and that 3. uses the font! No fonts barred.
Games On RailsDecember 13, 2012
You decide how you want to roll with this. You could have rails in the game, it could be a rail shooter, or maybe you'll decide to make it a rail shooter where you ride along rails while shooting rails out from in front of other players and lay your own rails down in their place. It's all up to you!
F*ck This JamNovember 15, 2012
F*ck This Jam is a jam centered around the theme of making a game in a genre you hate. Through utter ignorance for conventions and hate for the established rules of a genre, beautiful things will happen. The jam lasts from Friday November 9th 18:00 until Saturday November 17th 18:00.
Racing GameOctober 18, 2012
For our inaugural Monthly 12-hour Dev Night Game Jam, we're making games on the topic of racing. Be creative. Have fun. Ready. Set. GO!
What to bring to
Cipher Prime provides the power, a WiFi connection, and the table space. We have room to fit up to about 30 people (snugly).
Because every office needs a good team building exercise. If you play, join us!
This is the bread and butter of our shop. If you're interested in learning, this is the perfect opportunity. Download the basic version from Unity's website. Don't worry if you feel like you're in over your head. Everyone here is a student. And speaking of, also check out the tutorials over at Unity3Dstudent.com.
We're loud. If you want to concentrate and find noise distracting, we recommend plugging in and tuning out.
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!