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Ludum Dare – Game Jam 4/25th 6pm – 4/27th 8pm

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Game Dev Lou will be participating in it’s first ever Ludum Dare event and second to date Game Jam overall with many more to come!!!

The event will be held here at the LVL1 Hackerspace

Prior to the event please be sure to:

  • Create an account on Ludum Dare’s website  (Required hash tag for account creation -> #ld48)
  • Sign up to our meet up so we can get a head count HERE

There will be two kind of jams going on:

The Competition is the familiar “make a game in 48 hours solo competition” that Ludum Dare is known for. Specific details can be found below. After the competition ends, participants are given 3 weeks to play and rate games created by their peers. After those 3 weeks, winners are announced.

The Jam is the new “relaxed” Ludum Dare. It was created to make Ludum Dare even more inclusive. You can work in a team, borrow assets from your other projects, or do things that would normally be against the rules. You also get one extra day, giving you up to 72 hours to submit an entry. This is helpful for those times real life gets in the way, or for games that need just a bit more time to become something great.

Check out the rules for more info.

LVL1 is MOVING!

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The rumors are true! LVL1 is moving! This spring, we’ll be moving from our current home (814 E. Broadway), to a new building, The Pointe in Butchertown.  We’ll be moving into the basement space formerly occupied by The Alley Theater. Everyone is very excited to see what the new space will become! Right off the bat, the new space features:

  •  9000 sq. ft. of flat, level concrete floor
  • 13′ ceilings
  • Plenty of electricity
  • 3 Phase Power
  • Heat throughout
  • Windows!
  • A concrete “bunker” area, suitable for indoor welding and metalworking
  • A floor which does not flood
  • A ceiling which does not leak

Along with plenty of other perks, including being co-located with plenty of other creative Louisvillians!

We’re currently working to develop a moving plan, as well as kick off a crowdfunding campaign to help us defray some moving expenses. If you’d like to help us move, drop us a line! We’ll be posting updates to this blog, our twitter account, and our public mailing list throughout the process.  Expect a complete move-out plan sometime in the next two weeks.

 

Prusa i3 Buildoff – May 31st – June 1st @ LVL1!

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On May 31st, Sonny Mounicou will be returning to LVL1 to teach another Build Your Own 3D printer workshop! You might remember Sonny from a similar workshop last March, in which 10 people came together, and build 10 Prusa i2 printers in just 2 days. From seasoned makers, to newbees, to father-son teams, everyone walked out with a working 3D printer. It was a really great event, and we’re happy to bring it back to LVL1, with even more expanded options! Seating is limited, however, and Sonny needs deposits early, so sign up ASAP!

Sonny has lead 42 builders across 4 build events to create their 3d printers.  In a weekend worth of time, you could have a 3d printer as well!  Please see the details below.

 Purpose
The goal is to start with a set of parts that we provide and end the weekend with a working printer.  This normally takes people months to get worked out.  At the event, we’ll provide you with the guidance to get it built, the familiarity  to use your printer going forward, and experts to help troubleshoot any issues that arise.
Timing

We are presently looking at the weekend of May 31st for the build.  This date is only moveable by a unanimous vote of all attendees!
Logistics
In order to make this viable, we’ll need at least 12 – 15 (or assembled) printers being build.  In addition, to make the upgrade option viable we will need 5 participants.  The slots filled up quickly last time.  I would urge you to reserve your seat ASAP.
Pricing
We will be building an aluminum frame I3 for this build event.  There will be three different options to choose from:
Conversion: $300
If you have been part of one of my previous build events, I will offer an upgrade option to convert your I2 to an I3.  The instructions I provide will make the assumption that you have kept your I2 as built.  If you have customized it, you can still participate but will need to improvise.  You will need to print your own plastic parts.
New I3 Printer: $950
This will be an aluminum frame I3 with Rambo electronics, precision bearings and shafts, an electronics enclosure, and a heated build platform.  I am working to include an all metal hot end in this price so that you can print any plastic material.  I am also looking to include an LCD control.  I will confirm that as we get closer to the event.
Assembled I3 Printer:$1450
For this build I’m going to offer an special option for those who don’t want to do it themselves.  I’ll assemble, calibrate, and bring the I3 with me to the event.  It will be identical to the new I3 above, but ready to go.
Payment

I will be offering a payment schedule to help make this more achievable for participants.  Please send your deposits via paypal to “sonny@mounicou.com”.
New Printers:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due with color choice (choose one of the selections from this page https://ultimachine.com/catalog/print-materials/pla/pla-175mm)
April 16th: $450  First installment
May 15th: $400  Final installment
Conversion:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due
April 16th: $200  Balance due
Assembled I3:
April 4th: $100  Deposit due with color choice (choose one of the selections from this page https://ultimachine.com/catalog/print-materials/pla/pla-175mm)
April 16th: $1350  Balance due
Any questions? E-Mail Brad at BradLuyster@gmail.com or Sonny at sonny@mounicou.com.  Sign up early, or you’ll be left out!

Map Reading for Beginners

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Ever get lost in the woods? ever get lost in the woods even with a map and now want to know how to read it. Here is the chance to learn the skills you need to read that map and get someplace. If you have a compass bring it. If you know what a scale is and have one bring it. If you have neither then you will know enough to go get them after the class. This class is for the novice to learn how to read a USGS 7.5 minute map and the corresponding Geologic Quadrant Map (GQ). This class is for anyone that would like to learn enough to get out into the woods and start doing a few simple hikes or understand the geology in an area.
Monday March 17th at 6:00. Free class. Will go until we run out of questions.

Suicidal Robots: A 24hr Hack-A-Thon

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In another exciting hack·a·thon event, nine sleep deprived teams will work for 24 hours straight, pushing the limits of technology and human creativity to design and build a robot with only one purpose… to destroy itself in the most spectacular and innovative way possible.

Kicking off Saturday, March 22, 2014 at noon with demonstrations happening Sunday, March 23 at noon.

Sign up here and download the poster here.

Team size and budget is unlimited. A winner will be decided by a vote of other teams and probably some kind of hastily constructed trophy will be awarded. Participants should have a reasonable plan to demonstrate their robot without damaging people or property or otherwise violating the law.

LVL1 / GE Hackathon Recap

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This past weekend a big group from the LVL1 community and GE Appliances engineers teamed up for an appliance hackathon at WaterStep.

Everyone had a great time tearing up appliances and bending them to our will. LVL1 team LineCook brought home the gold for “Best User Experience” for our UPC / QR-code reading, auto-temperature profiling Knight Riderish oven. FOR THE GLORY OF LVL1! Best of all, we got to keep the oven! Hopefully we’ll get some 240V run soon at the space to hook it up. The next step will be adding a KITT soundboard :-).

Thanks to GE and Waterstep for hosting this event! Insider Louisville provided a great write-up of the event if you want more details.

Drone Meetup at LVL1, 1/23 (and every 4th Thursday), 8pm

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Did you get your first taste of Quadcopter blood at our QUACC event? Are you a seasoned RC veteran, a curious bystander, or a fervent naysayer? Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about the (semi-)autonomous flying vehicles commonly known as drones. As these vehicles become more popular among hobbyists, and grow into commercial markets, LVL1 is there for you.

On January 23rd (and every 4th Thursday thereafter), we’ll be getting together to talk about drones. Whether you’re interested in building your own, or just have some questions about how these devices work, show up for the meeting. We’ll have hobbyists, start-ups, and professionals talking shop well into the evening, and plenty of fun toys to show off! Meetup RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/LVL1Hackerspace/events/159276392/

Global Game Jam at LVL1, 1/24-1/26

On January 24th, 5pm through January 26th, 5pm (that’s right, 48 hours), LVL1 will act as a site for the Global Game Jam! Mike and Alex are organizing this great event. Think of it as a collaborative Game Development Hackathon! Come together, hone your game dev skills with like-minded folks, and build some great games!

You can find our more info at the Louisville Game Jam Micro-site: http://louisvilleglobalgamejam.github.io/

You can sign up at the Game Jam Website: http://globalgamejam.org/2014/jam-sites/lvl1-hackerspace-game-jam

And you can ask your questions on our mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/lvl1/hdfmEwR_YfM

LVL1 Awarded $23,500 Community Foundation Grant!

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Spacers, I am unbelievably excited to announce that LVL1 has been selected as one of the recipients of a $23,500 award from the community foundation! This is a huge achievement for anyone who is part of the LVL1 community, and we cannot thank you enough for making this space the wonderful community that it is!

This grant program is for “capacity building” upgrades, so we’re exploring paths which will help us better help you make the cool stuff that you want to make! Per the budget submitted to the Community Foundation, we’ll be working on upgrades including: Professional cleaning services (so you don’t have to spend time scrubbing toilets or taking out trash!), Public “Open Hours” (we’re still not sure how this will work, but it will probably include a maker-in-residence being available to help you make stuff), an 80 watt laser (so you can cut through twice as much stuff!), an upgraded precision mill, more A/C upstairs, more storage shelving (and less collapsible), and a wheelchair ramp for the main entry.

We receive the money at an awards ceremony on January 7th. Shortly afterwards, expect to see lots of stuff getting upgraded!

Until then, you can help us get another $2,500 for space upgrades by participating in this Facebook Poll: http://t.co/nAnlVGS9PR

You can vote once a day, so remember to vote early and often! Thanks again for everything you do, LVL1 depends on it!

Are you ready to QUACC?

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This is it, the moment you’ve all been waiting for: LVL1′s first Quadcopter Ultimate Aerial Combat Competition (QUACC). This is STRICTLY limited to 16 competitors, so sign up now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quacc-2013-tickets-9602803243

Don’t want to compete? All comers are welcome!

On December 21st, at 6pm, LVL1 is hosting its first ever Quadcopter Destruction Competition!  Test your aerial skills in the ring of battle in this single-elimination tournament of destruction! For $40, you get a quadcopter, and entry into this one-of-a-kind competition.
Here’s how it works: On December 14th, you’ll receive your Quadcopter (A Syma X1 Model).  You have 7 days to train up and modify your drone however you see fit. On the day of the competition, all competitors will be placed in a single elimination tournament. Before each round, a 3 foot crepe-paper streamer will be attached to your drone.  The match begins by a signal from the event organizer, and ends when one competitor’s quadcopter can no longer take flight, OR one competitor’s quadcopter runs out of battery power. If one quadcopter is rendered unable to take to the skies, the remaining quadcopter is the winner.  if both survive, the winner is the quadcopter with the longest streamer remaining.
Contest Rules:
1. The event organizers may disqualify any quadcopter at any time for any reason.
2. Any modifications applied to the quadcopter must pass the following test: “You must be willing to remain in the same room as the quadcopter if the controls are given to a psychopathic 12 year old.”
Q/A:

Q: May I use a controller other than the one that comes with the quadcopter?
A: Yes

Q: May I use a quadcopter other than the one provided?
A: No

Q: May weapons be ground based?
A: All weapons must be physically tether to the quadcopter.

Q: Will extra batteries be provided?
A: Extra batteries will be provided to those moving past the first round. You may keep the extra batteries provided to you.

Q: Do I get to keep the quadcopter?
A: Yes, or what remains of it.

Q: Can I change out motors/batteries/etc?
A: Yes, provided the entire assembly is under 100 grams (this is the total lifting capability of the original quad)

Q: Is this a competition of battery life?
A: No. Batteries dying only signal the end of the round, not who wins.

Q: If I crash, am I out?
A: No. If your quadcopter is still capable of flight, you may retrieve it and relaunch.

Q: If I toss a net over the opponent, do I win?
A: Only if they can’t untangle the net before your batteries run out.

Q: May I bring tools into the battlefield?
A: No.

Q: May I use a controller other than the one that comes with the quadcopter?

A: Yes
Questions? Drop us a line BEFORE DECEMBER 14th!

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