There’s nothing quite like a hilarious evening spent with a maniacal floating head ushering you on a journey to certain doom. That’s right, Perth’s own John Robertson has returned and he is bringing the world’s only live-action videogame back with him as The Dark Room 2.0 descends upon Scitech for one night only.
After 4,000,000 YouTube hits and sell-out shows in Edinburgh, London, Bristol, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, THE DARK ROOM returns to Perth for just ONE SHOW in 2015. Using the Planetarium’s colossal screen, The Dark Room is an interactive comedy event like no other – can YOU escape?
Revamped, revised and rewired for 2015, “if you’re the sort of person who enjoys innovative, interactive, nerdy comedy, you go to see The Dark Room…has become the cult hit of Fringe 2015” – Broadway World.
What: The Dark Room 2.0
Where: Scitech Planetarium, 98 Railway Street, Perth
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015. 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Tickets: $30 via Eventbrite
Extra Notes: This event is suitable for 15 years and older, but all children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian. There is a cash bar at the venue and valid ID will be required to purchase alcoholic items from the bar.
For more information, head on over to Scitech’s official event page.
Spring is here, and the blooming plant-based protagonists of BrambleLash are getting ready to venture off into the outside world. This creative co-op game is the work of the ByteSprite crew, who you may remember from such posts as “BrambleLash Demo Out Now” and “Oompf! Games fund Winners Announced“. Now they’re reaching out to you, so why not lend a hand and help bring this game about connecting with friends onto Steam.
BrambleLash is a spritely multiplayer co-op with tactical team-and-swap strategy. Enchanted sprites work together to defeat slimy invaders in a whimsical setting full of glimmering shadows. Connect, co-operate or betray to win!
If you’re keen to see this game grow, head on over to the Steam Greenlight page and give them a green-thumbs up!
Earlier this year FTI announced the OOMPF! Games fund, a one-off members production fund to the value of $10,000. Following a number of submissions from local developers, the judges have made their decision and the winners have been announced!
Offpeak Games will receive $2500 for the development of Valiant, a virtual reality jousting game that uses the Oculus Rift; Stirfire Studios, the folks behind the award-winning Freedom Fall, were awarded $5000 to go towards the development of their next big game D3bug; and last but by no means least, ByteSprite were awarded $2500, which will assist them in completing their cooperative two-player garden game BrambleLash.
For all the details on these games and the Oompf! Games fund, head on over to FTI’s official announcement.
Photograph courtesy of FTI.
This week the good folks at FTI have put together a special edition of Playup Perth. Get ready to grab a drink, meet local devs and play a ton of great games, both prerelease titles and games out now. But that’s not all, the evening will also have a very special guest, Senator Scott Ludlam, plus discussions and presentations from local devs on their experiences making games in WA.
What: Playup Perth: Support WA Games Edition
When: 6pm until late, Saturday 10 October, 2015
Where: 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge (SK Games)
Tickets: $7 (FTI Members)/$10 (regular)
Extra Notes: This is an 18+ Event.
For more information on this special edition of Playup Perth, head on over to their event information page. Alternatively, head straight over to the eventbrite page and book your tickets now!
Are you a student or developer looking for a free space where you can work on projects? Do you want to work alongside other game-makers to stay motivated and learn some new things? Then perhaps it’s time for some Co-Op! Hosted by Murdoch University, Co-Op is a collaborative game development evening about making great games and helping each other learn new skills.
What: Co-Op #9
When: 4pm* Wednesday September 30th
Where: Murdoch University, Education & Humanities Bldg, Room 2.042
RSVP: via Facebook Event Page
[Co-Op]’s a great environment to work on an existing project, to jam on a new idea (we generally use themes from onegameamonth.com), or bring something in for playtesting. In any case, it’s a welcoming, friendly, and busy environment (Unity5, UE4, GameMaker, Construct, and Photoshop available in the lab) – perfect to feel like you’re in good company while you make amazing games!
*As this week (Wed 30th) is study-break for University students, Co-Op will be starting earlier than normal (4pm) and aiming for a fun night filled with game development, pizza, and a little celebratory game-playing. Following Co-Op events will take place at the later time of 6pm.
For more information on Co-Op or to stay up to date with their news and events, head on over to their Facebook Group. All are welcome, regardless of how experienced you are!
REMINDER: Level One is now at a new venue!
Co-working Dates for October:
This is FTI’s series of bi-weekly pop-up co-working days.
The space is open from 9:30 to 5:00 every second Thursday, and you are welcome to come for the whole day or just part of the day. WIFI, coffee and tea will be provided, and please bring some snacks to share. We also have 10 iMacs available if you don’t want to bring a laptop, as well as white boards and big flat screen tv.
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite
At last it’s Spring, a time when the weather gets warmer and the cool ocean water becomes more and more enticing. So why not brush up on your swimming and/or sinking skills, with Diver Dash! This latest local game to hit the iOS store is the work of eZone, the guys behind Snow Spin, which won the Best Game & Interactive Narrative award at the 26th Annual WA Screen Awards.
Diver Dash is a fast-paced scrolling arcade game where you avoid sharks and mines on your endless descent to the ocean floor. Press the screen to stop the obstacles and dash through the gaps. Compete with your Game Center friends and collect coins to unlock all the wacky characters and themes. What are you waiting for? Dive in today!
Diver Dash is available now for iPhone and iPad for free, and there are plans for an Android version in future so stay tuned!
Play testing is good for game developers, and playing boardgames is fun for gamers, non-gamers and developers alike. So on that note, why not head to the weekly playtest night for locally made tabletop games that is Game Foundry?
What: Game Foundry Tabletop Testing Night
When: 7pm – 10pm, Thursday September 10, 2015
Where: Good Games Cannington, 21 Liege St, Cannington
There will be a range of WA-made tabletop prototypes to test, plus some already published Australian titles to try out. Thursdays nights with Game Foundry are also open board gaming nights, so you can also join in regular games as well.
WA DESIGNED PROTOTYPES:
- Bloc – Eeshwar’s political strategy game (2 players)
- Tricky Pirates – Andrew’s tricktaking pirate game (2-4? players)
- Country Trains – Andrew’s Tile placement train delivery game (2-4? players)
- Rogue Blitz – RAEZ arcade shooter boardgame (1-4 players)
- Brainzzz – RAEZ zombie olympics (2-6 players)
AUSTRALIAN PUBLISHED GAMES:
- Rise To Power – Rule & Makes City building card game (2-6player)
- El Luchador – Senyac Games – Mexical Wrestling card game (2-4 players)
- COGZ – RAEZ Steam Punk, Mad Science puzzle game (2-6 players)
If you’re keen to test some local games, chat with developers and play a pile of boardgames, head on over to the Game Foundry facebook page.
Earlier this year saw Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, a WEGO space strategy game, hit the Steam and send players off to defend the planet Novus. Now the fight has spread onto the iPad, but before humanity can defeat the armada of space squids Black Lab Games needs your help to defeat bugs by means of beta testing.
The beta test is being coordinated by publisher Slitherine Ltd, so to join the fun and test both Star Hammer: VP and your skills, head on over their sign up page. You will need to create an account, but rest assured your contribution to the people of planet Novus, and the Coalition forces will be greatly appreciated!
Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article (and sole news writer at LMG) is associated with this games project.
It is not uncommon for indie developers to take on multiple creative roles in order to complete games on a small budget. Yet despite our penchant for multitasking, the audio aspect of game development can still come across as quite daunting. Cue Make a Noise! – an 8-week course on sound production for creatives from various backgrounds, including game developers, to come along and level up their audio production skills.
Make a Noise! is a free course presented by the City of Perth’s Northbridge Piazza that provides hands-on experience in producing, mixing, and sound design within the industry-leading software for live sound and music performance – Ableton Live. The course will be led by Perth Composer, Sound Designer and Ableton Live Certified Trainer, Josh Hogan, who brings a wealth of knowledge having composed for film and games, live theatre, and dance.
What: Make a Noise! [8-week Sound Production Course]
When: Wednesdays, from Oct 14 – Dec 2, 2015
Where: Northbridge Piazza, Cnr James and Lake Streets, Perth, Australia 6003
To Apply: Click here to fill in an application!
While this is a free course, places are limited. There are 30 spots in total, but 15 are reserved exclusively for High School age students. The course culminates in a Final Feature Performance, and there will also be awards for most improved students across the course (with the grand prize of a copy of the Ableton Live 9 Standard software)!
For more information, including course schedule and requirements, head on over to the Make a Noise! facebook event.