We are moving into Spring with an excellent article about PODS Game Design in the Fargo Monthly! PODS has expanded our offerings in the Spring even more since our last post!
- We have a class being held February 11th in Kindred, ND! Register online!
- We have a Beginner class at Eagle Elementary scheduled in May! Eagle elementary students and parents, keep your eyes peeled for registration!
- We have a Beginner POP-UP class scheduled with InspireLab starting in February and a PODSter class, Mechanics and Formulas, starting in March! Register online!
See our schedule for a complete listing of our Spring classes!
We also welcome interested parties to download our Demo Game, The Quest for the Bedazzled Mirror to see the sorts of games we would design with our Beginner and PODSter classes!
Grandparents are always sending their grandchildren on dangerous adventures! – The Quest for the Bedazzled Mirror
Our Spring calendar is full of exciting classes in communities all across the region! We have a wide assortment of one day classes and Beginner level courses being offered in both large and small communities.
- In Moorhead, we are offering Beginner level classes at each of the elementary schools, as well as a class specifically for adults starting in late February!
- In Fargo, we are offering two Game Maker Studio classes in April!
- In Breckenridge, we are offering a Beginner level class starting in March after school!
- We have a new Game Maker Studio game debuting in Barnesville (February) and in Perham (March) – Penguin Panic!
- We have two upcoming Game Maker Studio classes in Fergus Falls, one in February and one in March!
- In Detroit Lakes, we will learn how to blast alien donuts out of the sky with Donut Invaders in March!
- Finally, at the end of April, Hawley will navigate Mouse Maze to find all the cheese in one of our favorite Game Maker Studio classes!
Please check our schedule page for links to register for these classes!
Also, our Summer is going to be jam-packed with awesome classes, including the debut of our new Summer Camp classes!
We are excited to announce that we are holding our first Pop-up class at the Prairie Den!
Class: Coding Minigames
Dates: December 27, 28, 29
Time: 8:30 – 12:00
What is Coding Minigames?
Coding Minigames is one of our PODSter classes best suited for students who have taken the Beginner level class. In this class, which uses RPG Maker MV, students will work with coding to create functional minigames to give their games some extra fun! In the world of video games, minigames are basically games within games. They can range from hide and seek games to timed object collection games and from a simple coin-toss games to more advanced dice games. Students will walk away from class with an advanced understanding of coding and how to think abstractly to design these games within games.
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We have recently released the demo for our first PODS Game Design game! The Quest for the Bedazzled Mirror is a humorous adventure that follows Ash and Callie as they attempt to recover a mysterious artifact – the Bedazzled Mirror! Check it out here! We have downloads for both Windows and Mac computers.Try it out today!
The Quest for the Bedazzled Mirror – Ash checks an engraving left by the local association of dungeon designers and architects regarding the random yields of the nearby chests.
We are also in the midst of updating our Spring schedule. We have classes scheduled this fall in Hawley and Barnesville and more classes in Moorhead! More will be announced soon!
PODS Game Design has finished moving to a new location! We are now in the Black Building on Broadway in Downtown Fargo.
The main seating area
This move has been very positive for us. The downtown business community has been very welcoming to us and we are excited to grow as downtown Fargo continues to thrive and develop. Our new space gives parents the option to stay in our main seating area or check out all the shops up and down Broadway!
The Coffee Station. The Stat Boost is correct.
We’re aware that parking downtown during the week is a concern. However, our upcoming classes are going to be held on Saturdays, and parking downtown is free on weekends! Also, there’s a convenient parking lot behind the Black Building with direct access into the building. Access to this parking lot is right off 2nd Ave North.
Our NEW classroom!
Our new classroom is much cozier and has plenty of space. Speaking of classes, our new schedule for the Fall is up! Our classes will be held on Saturdays. We will hold a Beginner class and an advanced PODSter class each month. We are also looking into the possibility of holding new special classes aimed at children aged 7 to 9 and for adults on Saturdays. Stay tuned for more updates!
By the way, we’ve already hosted two awesome birthday parties in our new space! If you need a birthday party venue for your video game-loving child, you know where to go!
The PODS Team
Say hello to the new home of PODS Game Design! Very soon, we will move from the Moorhead Center Mall to the Black Building in Downtown Fargo! Check out our new space on the skywalk level!
We will be sure to take lots of pictures of the transition and we hope you visit us once we are up and running!
PODS Game Design is hosting an Open House on June 1st at 7:00 PM. If you’re interested in taking classes from PODS Game Design, but want to learn more about us first, this event is for you!
This comes right after our first Sunday Fun Day! This Sunday, the 29th, we will have $5 unlimited play from 12:00 – 5:00 at the arcade! Come play some vintage systems or get some friends together for Minecraft!
This next week, Emerging Prairie has quite a bit going on the week from May 31st to June 2nd. Our event comes after the end of Startup Drinks, held from 5:30 to 7:00 at the Stage at Island Park Atrium in Fargo, ND. If you’re going to that event, it’s a hop, skip, and a jump to come to the PODS Game Design Open House!
At our Open House, we are going to talk about the educational benefits of video game design, the impact it has on students, and some previews of what we offer!
Not to mention there will be coffee, cookies, and juice!