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Ludum Dare – Game Jam 4/25th 9pm – 4/27th 11pm

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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.