Leave ‘Em Laughing launches Kickstarter

Leave Em Laughing - Now on Kickstarter

While it’s not uncommon to see a comedic game out there in the world, a game centered around stand up comedy is certainly something you don’t see every day. Cue Perth’s own Oscar Brittain, creator of World’s Fastest Pizza, who not only used this unusual concept as the basis for his new game Leave ‘Em Laughing, but also went one step further by throwing in some unique Western Australian flair; featuring music by Perth-based bands and scenery from our very own suburb of Fremantle, this is undoubtably a game like no other that is sure to leave an impression.

Leave ‘em Laughing is a procedurally generated stand up comedy game that lets you live the life of comedian Nelson Smith as he creates and performs his act, constantly insults people, avoids his ex, and listens to sweet vinyl.

The game has 8 episodes, each with a unique story that changes each time you play it. Each play session feels like an episode of a sitcom like Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, or Clerks: The Animated Series, lasting 20 minutes and with recurring characters and themes that develop Nelson as a character and comedian.

» Those of you who attended the Perth Games Festival may have had a chance to play the game’s alpha. Well, you can now also show your support for this curious comedic tale by backing it on Kickstarter or giving it a vote on Greenlight. If however you missed out, fear not – a beta version will be available to backers, so there’s still time to get in on the act before the show leaves town!

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Final Word on the Perth Games Festival: Photos, Timelapse, Thanks & Tweets

The Perth Games Festival is officially over, and what a huge success it was! The day was marked by 22 exhibitors (with far more games than that on display) sharing their work and knowledge, 3 top notch panels packed with people, a pile of achievement badges retrieved and prizes won, and a massive 1640 people attending to check out Perth-made games. To wrap up this wonderful event we have some write-ups on the day, some great feedback, a timelapse video of the buzzing games floor and a huge collection of photographs of the event and games.

The day that was

The town hall was full of excited attendees throughout the day, with lines in the hallway for half the day. Thanks to a GoPro (and Jon), you can watch the ebb and flow of the festival with this neat little timelapse. Unfortunately the SD card ran out memory before the last half an hour, but that’s what happens when you have a festival that’s so jam-packed.

In the news

The Perth Games Festival gained the attention of a number of sites, as did the developers showcasing their works at the event. Here are some of the write-ups and interviews (both before and after the festival) that we have seen around:

Word on the street

The people of Perth were digging the games and gaming vibe of the festival. Here is just a handful of the feedback shared on twitter via #PerthGamesFestival.

With thanks to…

And last, but by no means least, we at Let’s Make Games would like to take this opportunity to thank all the great Perth people who made this all possible; to the festival organisers for their hard work in putting this event together, the volunteers for lending their time and helping everything run so smoothly, the sponsors for supporting this event, the developers for creating such excellent games, the panelists for sharing their experience and knowledge with everyone, and… of course… the 1600+ people who attend this event and showed how much games and game-making means to the Perth community. Thank you all!!

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And still, more photos!

Here we have presented but a few of the fantastic photos we have from the event. However there are still many, many more, so click here to check out the full gallery of photos from the Perth Games Festival!

Everything you need to know about the Perth Games Festival (On Today!)

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People of Perth, the day of gaming is upon us! This here is one final reminder of the good times waiting for you at the first ever Perth Games Festival, plus we have a quick sneak peak at the prizes available for those who take part in the day’s achievement badge quest.

What: Perth Games Festival 2014
When: Saturday 11th October, 10:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Perth Town Hall
Cost: Free!

BONUS ROUND: After Party and FTI Program Launch!

Before heading our way, feel free to check out the festival Program, to get the low down on the 22 exhibitors ready to show you awesome games and talk with you about game development in Perth. And don’t forget to prime your questions for the wise guests on our panels, who will be talking about Girls Make Games+Tech (11.00am), Parents & Gaming (1.00pm) and Getting Started Making Games (2.30pm).

But wait, that’s not all! (yes, I really did just say that).
What are the prizes for the achievement quest, I hear you ask? Well, dear reader, if you collect all 8 of the achievement quest badges at the festival (kids only need 6, as they can’t play the Mature Content games), you could have your pick of one of the following prizes:

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That’s right, we have some top notch game development and gaming books (thanks to the good folks at Planet Books), vouchers for Steam, Google Play and iTunes that can be used to buy yourself some new games… maybe even Perth-made ones? (hint hint, nudge nudge), plus goodies from Creedforge (the cool folk over at table 21), and some vouchers for tasty food at Grill’d. It’s first in – best dressed, so head on over to the exhibitors with badges (marked out on the Program map) and achieve the in-game goals they have set for you!

And last, but by no means least, we just want to take this opportunity to once again say thank you to the City of Perth for supporting the festival through their Arts and Cultural Sponsorship program, to our super kind sponsors (part 1 and 2), awesome exhibitors, the great writers at GameCloud, brilliant volunteers and clever coordinators who made this day possible.

That’s all from us for now – so come one down to the Festival, and feel free to say hi to the Let’s Make Games team!

Paradigm Kickstarter Ending Soon

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Paradigm is the peculiar point and click adventure game that has been intriguing and confusing people the world around since the start of its Kickstart campaign last month. We would like to extend a big congratulations to local developer Jacob Janerka, as the game has not only reached its funding goal, it has smashed its target, reached several stretch goals, and been Greenlit on Steam!

There is however only 12 hours left in the Paradigm Kickstarter campaign,  so now is the time to get in and support this local developer to help him achieve one last stretch goal, allowing him to live the dream and work on the game full time.

If you’re eager to play a weird and wonderful point and click game, there’s still time to put your name down for a copy of Paradigm, some fancy extras and even have your own floating head in the game. So head on over to the Kickstarter page, or download a copy of the alpha on Windows or Mac (10.9) to try it out now.

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Perth Games Festival – Panels and Program

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Program

Viet and Jon have been hard at work creating the festival program, with details on all of the panels, developers and goings-on for Saturday. There’ll be print versions available on the day, but for now you can feast your eyes on the visual digital delight for download right here.

Panels

As game developers, many of us have a lot to say! So in order to help get rid of this excess opinion, we’re hosting a bunch of panel discussions at the Perth Games Festival.  If you want to find out how to make games, what games you could be playing with your kids, or how girls are rocking the games and tech scene, be sure to make the following times in the supper room at the festival.

  • 11:00am – Girls Make Games+Tech

Are you interested in making tech or creating games? A parent who would like to know more about what your daughter could do in the games and tech area?  Or do you have stories from the field you’d like to share?  Join Daniela Mattheys, Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie and Karen de San Miguel as they discuss their careers, useful resources and what you can do to get involved or supported as a woman in games and technology.

Panellists
- Daniela Mattheys (Panel Chair), Chair of the Women in Technology WA Techtrails and the Director of Edoceo Futures.
- Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, Director of Games and Interactive at FTI and Founder and Creative Director of Games We Play.
- Karen de San Miguel, Co-ordinator of CoderDojo WA, supporting free computer programming clubs for young people aged 7-17.

  • 1:00pm – Parents & Gaming

We all love gaming, and playing games with our kids can be quite a lot of fun. But what games (digital or otherwise) could you be playing with your kids? What should you look out for when choosing a game? And just when should they start playing Catan instead of Monopoly? Join Dr. Glen Spoors, Anthony Sweet and Mike Browner for a discussion on all of the above and more.

Panellists
- Anthony Sweet (Panel Chair) – Game designer, General Manager of Let’s Make Games, Writer and Parent.
- Dr. Glen Spoors – Game Designer, Writer and Lecturer at Edith Cowan University.
- Mike Browner – Battle-worn Game Store Manager and previous President of Wai-Con.

  • 2:30pm – Getting Started Making Games

Games are easier than ever to create; both kids and professional developers make games because it’s fun! There’s no reason why you can’t make games regardless of what you’re doing. Jon Hayward, Wez Lamont, Megan Campbell and Matt Dyet will discuss the tools, tips and techniques to create games both in and away from the computer. All you need to start is a pen and your imagination.

Panellists
- Jon Hayward (Panel Chair) – Producer at Developers at Large, EIC of Anime News Network Australia.
- Wesley Lamont – Game designer, creator of the board game COGZ and all round mad genius.
- Megan Campbell – Game designer at SK Games.
- Matt Dyet – Producer, Game and graphic designer with Developers at Large

 

And as always, thanks to our sponsors! City of Perth, Central Institute of Technology, Spacecubed, Hungry Sky, Sentient Computing, Reparo, and Westralian Bookkeeping.

Perth Games Festival – Achievement Badge Quest

It’s now one week until our very first Perth Games Festival! While organising the event, the team have come up with their very own game to play at the festival; the Achievement Badge Quest! Badge_TownHall-01 The Achievement Badge Quest is a treasure-hunt of gaming goodness. A selection of developers throughout the Festival will be holding stashes of badges to award to players that achieve incredible feats in their games. The achievement will be different at each game – you might have to reach the top of the leaderboard, or play three different game modes, or even beat the developer at their own game!  Badge_GunDash-01

There are eight badges in total to collect throughout the festival. The first ten players to collect all of the badges and return to the welcome desk will go in the running to pick from the prize pool of Steam vouchers and game development reference books.

Badge_SquareHeroes-01To take part in the Achievement Badge Quest, just come up to the welcome desk on the day and ask for your first badge – getting the first one is that easy! More details and clues will be available in the festival program available from the welcome desk.

Note for parents: We will also have a version of the Achievement Badge Quest for children under the age of 12, which includes its own prize pool. Just let us know on the day, and we’ll let you know which rules are changed for the kids version of the quest.

Jeff Gomez “Transmedia Storytelling” Masterclass – Australia Tour 2014

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This week Perth will once again be visited by the world’s foremost transmedia producer Jeff Gomez, CEO of Starlight Runner Entertainment, as part of the “Transmedia Storytelling” Masterclass – Australia Tour 2014. Jeff has shaped the stories of many a well-known series, having worked with the likes of Microsoft, The Walt Disney Company, Sony Pictures Entertainment, 20th Century Fox, and Nickelodean – just to name a few; now he’s sharing his knowledge so that you can create successful story worlds that translate into revenue for your business.

What: One-day Transmedia Storytelling Masterclass + Networking Reception
When: 9.30am – 5.00pm, Monday October 6, 2014
Where: Art Gallery of WA, Theaterette
Tickets: $275 Industry Guild Members, or $302.50 standard ticket via Amiando.
(Event includes catering, refreshments and closing networking reception)

Why you should attend:

  • 6-hour survey of best practices in multi-platform narrative creation.
  • Unique opportunity to spend a full day with the world’s Number One transmedia guru.
  • Practical hands-on training with a specific focus on the AUSTRALIAN context.
  • Learn how to write, design and create highly successful transmedia storyworlds – no matter the size of your budget.
  • Learn skills that you can apply to your business to increase revenue streams with transmedia storytelling – immediately.
  • Incredible networking opportunity with a gathering of Australia’s leading transmedia producers and creatives.

For more information, check out the tour video below, head on over to X Media Lab’s site or download a copy of the event brochure.


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Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games and Interactive Program Launch!

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The Perth Games Festival is  fast approaching, but still we have more exciting news about what you can expect from this day of celebrating the games and game-makers of our fair city. Following the fun times spent playing Perth-made games, checking out game-centric talks, and chatting with game developers, we would like you to join us to party the night away AND share in the launch of a new games program!

What: Perth Games Festival After Party + FTI Games & Interactive Program Launch!
When: 5.30pm, Saturday October 11, 2014
Where: Canton Lounge Bar, 532 Hay St Perth
Tickets: Free, but be sure to RSVP at Eventbrite!

You have no doubt noticed in recent times the significant efforts of the folks at FTI, in particular the ever industrious Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, in supporting game development and developers in our fair state. This has been leading towards the development of a new game-specific segment at FTI, the Games and Interactive Program, which has been designed specifically to address the needs of West Australian game developers.

Join us for the official launch of this excellent program, chill out with fellow game devs and game aficionados, and help us celebrate with some drinks after the Perth Games Festival.  Plus FTI will be presenting the key findings from their Game Dev survey earlier this year, and will detail a range of new development initiatives, advocacy / networking events, and opportunities that FTI are planning to provide for the WA games community in the future.

For more details on the Program launch check out FTI event post.
And if you’re keen on partying it up with us, don’t forget to RSVP on Eventbrite so that we at LMG (and the folks at FTI) can start getting psyched about seeing you at this super-awesome After Party / Launch Event!

 

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Perth Games Festival: The Boss Guide (Meet the Team)

The Perth Games Festival is fast approaching, and it wouldn’t have been possible without an amazing team behind the scenes making it happen! And in case you were intending to get the high score of the Festival, Jon has written this handy tactical guide to defeating the bosses for maximum points.

Becky LeeVirtualiis

becky2Embracing innovative technologies and adapting them for real-world applications is Becky’s passion. Five years ago, this meant customising online platforms for the unique needs of Perth businesses. Today, this passion has evolved to a new phase of marketing – augmented and virtual reality. Virtualiis, is a marketing tool for off the plan developments helping architects, town planners, developers and real estate agents promote constructions to their clients. Becky is also a supporter of the arts, serving on the Art Rage board and spending her spare time helping LMG’s marketing for the Perth Games Festival.

Weaknesses: Social posts of her dog, Gilbert.

Jon HaywardDevelopers At Large

jonRunning a mercenary crew of developers is a tough job, but someone has to do it.  Jon spends his time working on all kinds of weird web and game based projects with the rest of his contract crew as Developers At Large and retires to write for Anime News Network Australia as the Editor in Chief.  One day he might actually figure out how to make a living from it all.

Weaknesses: He is his own worst enemy; pause and go do something else, he’ll be gone by the time you return.

Viet Nguyen - Profile

vietIf you’ve ever seen some of Let’s Make Games’ recent event posters, chances are you’ve been looking at Viet‘s hard work! He’s been helping out with LMG’s graphic design in between his work as a graphic designer for FORM (the group for creative and artistic excellence in WA).  As a matter of fact, if you’re on the Perth Games Festival website, you’re viewing his work right now and you didn’t even know.

Weaknesses: Steaming BBQ pork buns.

Jess Watson - Profile

jessAnimation and games design student by day, mastermind by night, Jess spends almost every waking moment immersed in the art of making video games.  So when Jess says “HEY LISTEN!” it would be wise for you to do so.  Jess is also the writer behind the mega-posts for the Let’s Make Games blog.

Weaknesses: Supply some kind of distraction; ideally fun, shiny or with a high sugar content.

Anthony SweetHandwritten Games

anthonyOne of the few people that had a career in a field tougher than game development, Anthony now creates worlds and builds board games. He’s responsible for the board game Halfling Heist, the transmedia crime fiction Grand City and is currently under the hammer writing content for Black Lab Games’ latest project.  In his spare time Anthony is the general manager of Let’s Make Games.

Weaknesses: Take out guards, then distract with discussion on narrative structure.

Play Up Perth: After Dark #2

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PlayUp Perth is here once again, bringing you the latest in locally made games. This time hosted by the good folks of SK Games, this After Dark session gives you the opportunity to relax, enjoy a beer, and play some neat new games. As a bonus, there will also be two Oculus Rifts to try out! Granted, we do not know if it is better to use a Virtual Reality headset before or after imbibing alcohol, but what better time than this to beta test such a thing*.


What:
Playup Perth + SK Games: After Dark #2
When: 6pm til late, Friday 26 September, 2014
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge
Tickets: $7 for FTI members, $10 regular admission.
RSVP: via Eventbrite (Please note this is an 18+ Event)
The games on show for this After Dark edition are:

  • Valiant (Occulus Rift), by Offpeak Games
    A medieval team deathmatch game, where you are tasked with riding your horse and wielding your lance in an attempt to send your enemies flying.
  • Defender of the Wood (iOS), by Daragh Robert Wickham
    Show off your skills with the ol’ bow and arrow to impress the King and prove that you have what it takes to defend the forests.
  • Into the Pie (tabletop) by Eeshwar Rajagopalan
    A card game for 4-6 players that tasks you with making pies, surviving the bureaucracy of the neighbourhood bake sale, and of course making some serious $dough$.
  • Astral (arcade), by SK Games
    The latest work by the arcade-building, good time-having guys at SK. You’ll have to come along to find out what it’s all about!

 

For more information head on over to the official Playup Perth page, or to register simply sign up over at Eventbrite.

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*Note: This post does not constitute LMG condoning the act of drinking and riding horses is virtual reality.