Minot Makers

Minot Makers is a budding makerspace filled with people interested in building, learning, and creating projects across a variety of interests. We have people interested in computers, technology, electronics, woodworking, homebrewing, game making, Android & iPhone Dev, digital art, and more.

Radio Shack’s new Arduino products

LearnMoreRadio Shack has added a ton of new products to their inventory including TONS of Arduino goodies, I hope to get some more traffic from people that want to learn about electronics. If you’re interested make sure you comment here, email us, or send a pidgin to our next meeting. We’re in the process of changing meeting times, but if you want to setup an impromptu meeting, we do that quite often :) I somehow got a flyer on the counter of my local Radio Shack but SHHH don’t tell them it’s there!

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Game Design

I’m starting a game, and I’d like the group to get involved!

I’ll be using the XNA framework, you can get the XNA installer here but you need visual studio 2010 installed first and all the downloads are here. You should probably install c# 2010, but i think the ‘Express for windows phones’ might work too. If you want the full Visual Studio, talk to me in person about student pricing.

After you’ve got XNA installed, you can start playing around on your own with XNA and any of the tutorials at Riemers website will help you with that. If you want to download what I’m working on and help out, you’ll need to sign up with GitHub and go to the new Git repository for THE GAME and Fork the Repo. Next, download and install the newest version of Tortoise Git. That should install a git bash as well for some of the more complex commands. Once that’s done, you’ll want to set it up so you can pull from THE GAME repository you’ve forked, and there’s some more information at this website (or this website if you’re brave) to help guide you through that.

Once you’ve downloaded your own fork of THE GAME, start playing around with it and making changes. This is your own working copy so go nuts! when you do decide to contribute, if you’ve got something we just can’t live without, you’ll need to read through the help files on GitHub on Contributing and creating pull requests. That’s a little more involved, but we can cross that bridge when we get to it! I hope that anyone that wants to help isn’t turned away because they think it’s too hard, anyone can learn this stuff. Email me with any questions, post a comment if you need my email and I hope to see some serious forking in the near future!

If you’ve got any ideas on what you want the game to be, or how it should turn out, let me know! post in the forums here and give your input.

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Meeting Tonight!

We’ll be having a planning meeting tonight at the Blue Rider at 7PM .. we hope to decide the future of the group, and hope that everyone can attend!

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Do Cool Shit!

I was reading an article about the Open Source community over on Make and stumbled upon this image. “Do cool shit. Do it well. Write it down.” That got me thinking about how we “Write it down” these days. I’ve always been ‘well connected’ to the internet, and always had space to host my own blog or other experiments but I realized not everyone is so fortunate. That being said, I want to offer this website to anyone that’s part of the Minot Makers group as a place to post your projects and ideas. If you want to make blogposts like these, please let us know. If you want to have your own blog (http://yourname.minotmakers.com) let us know, and with enough interest, we could set up a couple sub-domains. I’ll be reworking the forums here to be a little more functional, and hope to see more posts on there in the coming months. I’ll be posting more, and I want YOU to post more as well!

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Game Dev October

For the month of October, we’ve decided to have a game development class. We’ll be using Java and Eclipse to program some simple games, taught by our own Chad Cuddigan, developer of Delver. Chad isn’t going to make it this week, but we will try to fill in the gaps. This week, we’ll be installing the Java Development Kit (JDK) and if needed, the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). I hope to see some new members, make sure to bring your laptop and some friend! We want to get as many people involved as possible! This class is free to the public but if you like what we’re doing, consider becoming a Member. 7pm in the Sleep Inn Executive Board room (just inside the breakfast area). If you don’t think you can program, we need designers too!
Hope to see you there!

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