Coal Creek Game Developers is the Youngstown Community Group for Youngstown Game Developers. It was found in December 2014 as Youngstown Game Developers by Kendra Corpier and Bill Jones. Kendra became the Leader and hosted game jams, meetups, speech panels, and more to help the Youngstown Community grow within the game development industry.
The group grew so quickly, that in January 2018, Kendra stepped down as Leader and asked Alex Nischwitz, a Youngstown area native and fellow indie game designer, to take over as Leader so that she could focus on the development of the industry in the Youngstown area. The two decided to rename the community group to Coal Creek Game Developers and push for the website to represent the Youngstown gaming and game development community as a whole.
About Coal Creek Game Devs
CCGD hosts monthly Meetups, networking events, and works with other game communities across Ohio to help the game industry grow in the Youngstown Area.
Some of CCGD’s Events include:
- Hack Nights
- Social Nights
- Game Jams
- Projects & Pizza at Oak Hill Collaborative
Who Should Join CCGD?
The best part about CCGD, is basic membership is free. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn about game development and be able to make their own games.
So check out Coal Creek Game Devs on:
Coal Creek Game Devs Meetup
If you don’t know what Meetup is, it is a website full of community groups that gather together to discuss and do like-minded things. The Coal Creek Game Devs meetup for social nights, hack nights, game jams, and much more. This is where you can meet local gamedev professionals, hobby game makers, and fellow game developer students and network with each other, learn from each other, and grow as a Youngstown Game Dev Community Group.
Coal Creek Game Devs Website
The website is new and lists all of the upcoming meetups for CCGD, as well as some resources from your fellow Youngstown Gamedevs. It has a listing of all of the networking channels that you can chat with other gamedevs from the area.
Coal Creek Game Devs Discord Server
This server is a place for you to share your works in progress (WIP projects), talk with fellow gamedevs and ask for some advice if you need it. Jump on and join the conversation. CCGD also uses this server for their group game jam projects. Go ahead and see what they are up to!
Coal Creek Game Devs GitHub
If you don’t know what GitHub is, in a quick statement, it’s a development platform to host and review code, manage projects, and build software. It’s free for anyone to use. Make sure to read the details on GitHub page about their use policies. CCGD uses it to push and pull code from, share projects, and have fun coding.
Coal Creek Game Devs Resources
This is a shared Cloud Drive where local developers share resources with other fellow game developers. CCGD members are welcome to use and upload resources from and for others to use! Maybe you need a tileable grass texture, or are looking for a 3D character, or maybe something else? Or maybe you created some game assets for a project that you don’t plan on using? Check out what’s available!
It’s free to join, so what are you waiting for! We hope to see you at the next CCGD gathering!