Professional Development

This year's workshop is devoted to exploring and celebrating the release of Quorum 8 and Quorum Studio 2.0. With this release comes an accessible 2D and 3D game editor and attendees will finish the week with a game they've programmed themselves. The Quorum team will lead two tracks live on Zoom and slack: a beginner track for attendees new to programming or to Quorum, and an advanced track for returning or advanced programmers.
Each day attendees will focus on select programming goals and build upon the previous day's experience. Miss a session? No worries, we will record, transcribe, and post every session on YouTube for attendees to review and develop skills on their own. This year is more accessible and easier to get started with gaming than it ever has been before. Come join us and have some fun creating games!

Daily Schedule Overview

8 AM PST to 12 PM PST - Quorum Sessions hosted on Zoom

The Quorum team will lead sessions in two tracks:
Beginner Track - For attendees new to programming or to Quorum
Advanced Track - For returning or advanced programmers.

1 PM to 3 PM PST - Office Hours

Interact with the Quorum team and EPIQ community in Slack and Zoom breakout rooms to chat about Quorum, answer your questions from the day's sessions, and collaborate with other attendees on personal or group projects.

4 PM to 5 PM PST - Social Hour

Raise a glass of water, soda, beer, wine, or whatever you prefer and socialize with the EPIQ Community, Quorum Team, EPIQ Steering Committee, and EPIQ Curriculum Committee

Daily Goals

We want to make programming easier than we ever have before and to do this, we've changed EPIQ to have daily goals. This year, it is all about building your own role playing game in our accessible visual editor. Each day builds on the last, starting with very little programming and pushing toward learning more by the end of the week. Anyone, and we mean anyone, can learn this system with no experience needed. The daily goals are as follows:

Day 0: Installing Quorum Studio - Optional Installation Help with Quorum Studio, slack & Zoom

Sunday, July 12th, 1-4 PM PST
Personal Goal: Quorum Studio 2.0 exists and I have it installed

Day 1:Introduction to Quorum Studio

Monday, July 13th, 8 AM to 5 PM
Personal Goal: I can load up Quorum Studio, create a project, and make a map
Social hour: One Drink Minimum (Water, soda, beer or wine, whatever you prefer)

Day 2: Input, Placing and Moving Characters

Tuesday, July 14th, 8 AM to 5 PM
Personal Goal: I can set properties on a map and write a program
Social hour: Two drinkies minimum

Day 3: Placing Objects, Good and Evil, and Background Music

Wednesday, July 15th, 8 AM to 5 PM
Personal Goal: I can use control flow to trigger behaviors
Social hour: Threesies

Day 4: Object Sounds, Spatial Sounds, Quests, and Behaviors

Thursday, July 16th, 8 AM to 5 PM
Personal Goal: I can use sounds and create quests
Social hour: for i > dink; minimum; Hic! (Administrative Meeting)

Day 5: Finish Your Game - Work with the Quorum Team to complete your game

Friday, July 17th, 8 AM to 12 PM
10 AM - 11 AM - EPIQ Showcase - Presentations form Pioneers in the EPIQ Community
11 AM - 12 PM - Game Showcase - Project Presentations from EPIQ 2020 Attendees

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