Monthly Archive for November, 2009

iParty 2.0 photos

iParty 2.0 was a great success with around 100 people attending!

Thanks to everyone who attended (you make organising these events worthwhile), our volunteers (Stewart, Brett, Alex, Saxon, Steve, Nigel, John, Sam, Simon, Anthony), and our sponsors (Different Methods, the Innovation Centre, Subversive Games, Rockethands, Black Lab Games, and Reveries Virtual World):

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Special thanks also to all companies that contributed to the showreel (apologies to Binary Space for not getting their “Class 3 Outbreak” teaser in) and to Game Pride for bringing along some laptops to demonstrate their latest game “Boo!”. Thanks also to Ben, who took most of the photos.

Here are some photos from the night in chronological order:

It’s time to iParty!

iParty 2.0 is finally here.

Here are the details:

  • 6pm – 9pm TONIGHT (Friday, 27 November)
  • Innovation Centre, Technology Park (see map below)

And now for a few notes…

What should you expect tonight? You’ll be met by the organisers and volunteers at the glass-enclosed reception area (nametags will be waiting for those that have RSVP’d). Drinks and snacks will be served throughout the night and raffle tickets will be available for a prize draw at the end of the night. Over in the main party room (the Enterprise room), a video projector will be showing off some recent work from local game developers – who you can meet up with for a chat! There will also be a few tables setup for people to demonstrate their work live. (If you have something to demonstrate, try to arrive a little early – around 5:30pm – so that we can get you setup).

And now for some statistics…

We have: around 600 fancy snacks (sushi, spring rolls, mini-sandwiches, tempura, korrokke, karage), around 400 drinks (juice, soft-drinks, beer, and wine), around 80 RSVPs, 6 raffle prizes, 1 awesome show-reel, 4 tables for demonstrations (bring your laptop!), 12 volunteers in matching t-shirts, and a million butterflys in our collective tummys.

And now for some thanks…

Thanks to everyone who has RSVP’d. Feel free to bring your partners and invite other game developer types (it’s not too late). We’re planning on around 100 people. Those who work nearby should feel free to stop by from 5:30pm (so you don’t have to wait around!).

Obviously we’d also like to extend a HUGE thanks to our sponsors: Different Methods, the Innovation Centre, Subversive Games, Rockethands, Black Lab Games, and Reveries Virtual World:

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Finally, here’s a map that shows how to get to the Innovation Centre (so that everyone can actually make it there! – click for a larger image):

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It’s going to be awesome. 😀

2 days to go!

iParty 2.0 is in just two days time (Friday, 27 November) and everything is coming together: Paul is compiling the video showreel; Minh is taking care of food, drinks, and pretty much everything else; We have a bunch of people helping out on the night and I’m bringing the volunteers’ t-shirts – fashionably modelled here:

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We’re planning for around 100 people (based on 44 confirmed attendees on Facebook and around 30 RSVPs via email or the contact page; we usually get around 50% more people than RSVPs), and we will have food and drink to accommodate. If you know game developers, related industry professionals, or game development students who aren’t attending – please spread the word and ask them to come along!

That said, it’s always better to have better numbers. So if you haven’t yet RSVP’d, but expect to attend (I’m looking at you James and Cameron), please RSVP ASAP!

Are you ready for iParty 2.0?

iParty 2.0, the end-of-year party for the Perth game development community, is on this Friday (27 November), so make sure that you are free from 6pm-9pm!

The response to our call for volunteers has been huge, so a big thank you to everyone who replied. All required positions have been filled in record time!

We’ve been asked a few times about whether people will be able to demonstrate games at the event. We will have a few “demo tables” setup with powerboards. Also please plan to arrive a little early (5:30pm) if you are bringing something to demo and make sure that you have all required equipment (laptop, cables, speakers, game controllers etc.)

We’ve extended our showreel deadline to 5pm Tuesday. It’s easiest if you just upload your video to an online host (such as YouTube) and send us a link. Remember that videos are to be no longer than 1 minute (unless you are a sponsor) and you can only submit one per company and product.

That’s all for now, but be sure to check back throughout the week (or subscribe to our RSS feed) for more details on the event (including easy-to-follow directions to the venue).

See you on Friday!

iParty 2.0 volunteers needed!

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iParty 2.0, the end-of-year party for Perth game developers, is next Friday evening (27 November) and it’s going to be so huge… that we’re looking for volunteers to help ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible!

We’re looking for 4-8 volunteers to help:

  • Welcome and greet attendees
  • Help people with demo machines to get setup
  • Sell raffle tickets
  • Usher attendees to the function room (when things get going)
  • Help out in the kitchen and with drinks
  • Make cleaning less of a chore when it’s all over!

If you would like to volunteer, just let us know (via the email – see image above – or the contact page) and we’ll let you know when to turn up on the night (possibly earlier depending on what they are going to be helping with). When you arrive, introduce yourself to someone with an organiser name-tag and we’ll let you know how you can help! 😀

As an added bonus, if you volunteer by this weekend (Saturday 21 November) – you can get an strictly limited edition iParty 2.0 volunteer t-shirt!

We’d like to thank…

We’re such big fans of our iParty 2.0 sponsors that we sleep with the following image under our collective pillow:

sponsors

iParty 2.0 wouldn’t be possible without the kind support of our sponsors. When we put the call out a few weeks ago, we didn’t know what sort of response to expect. We’re incredibly appreciative and humbled by the level of sponsorship offered by the following local organisations, companies, and individuals:

  • Different Methods: Apparently Simon is not content with just organising local and global Game Jams, hosting and maintaining Planet PIGMI, and undertaking some of the most amazing games-related work in Perth. He’s also come on as our biggest sponsor, making us feel all warm and fuzzy with his support.
  • Innovation Centre: Always keen to lend a hand to local industry groups (such as ours!) the Innovation Centre kindly offered the use of their fantastic professional events venue. Our drinks will be kept cool in their fridges and our work will be displayed on their projector and plasma screen. It’s great!
  • Subversive Games: Subversive creates training games and advergames for the rapidly expanding serious games market. One of a handful of larger professional games companies with a studio in Perth, Subversive Games continues to show it’s strong support for the local scene.
  • Rockethands: If the group shot on their website is anything to go by, Rockethands are the coolest game developers in Perth… ever. You can tell that they keep it real, and evidently put their money where their mouths are. We know that money can be hard to come by for indie developers and it means a lot to us that you guys have sent some our way!
  • Black Lab Games: The latest game development initiative by one of Perth’s veteran game developers (Paul started his first games company back in 1992!) Paul has an infectious passion for games and independent development, which he shares with others as a founding committee member of IGDA Perth Chapter.
  • Reveries Virtual World: Avril is obviously a real trend-setter, jumping right in as our first financial sponsor. Reveries has all of us at Let’s Make Games very excited with anticipation. Thanks for being so forthcoming in supporting our community events Avril!

With all this support iParty 2.0 is shaping up to be the best night of the year for local game developers. If you haven’t yet RSVP’d, please do so using the contact page or by registering for the event on Facebook. It’s a free event with food and drinks provided (thanks to our awesome sponsors!).

See you all in just over 2 weeks!