Monthly Archive for August, 2011

All the Good Bits

Thanks to everyone who came down to Show Us Your Bits! It was an awesome afternoon, and we’d like to thank our sponsors ECU (SCA), Westralian Bookkeeping and Black Lab Games for helping us make it happen.

With an estimated 90+ attendees, the event was bulging at the seams all afternoon. We didn’t even make it out with any BBQ hot dog left-overs – it was all sold out! It was great to see lots of new faces as well; we had our most diverse demographic attend to date with gamers from primary school to retirement age representing.

We ended up having to shut down the showcase during the presentations due to both rooms being packed wall-to-wall. With topics ranging from codetalk to playtesting and music genre games to creating art for internationally acclaimed projects, there was a lot of good information for everyone to take in.

Got something to say about Show Us Your Bits? We welcome feedback on our events and if you have ideas of what you would like to see at these events. Feel free to comment to this post, email us via the Contact page or hit us up on Facebook.

And before the “pics or it didn’t happen” troll gets in, here’s a gallery of our fine-looking event attendees and volunteers. Keep an eye out for the time-lapse video coming soon!

Reminder: Show Us Your Bits is on TODAY

Dear local game creators, enthusiasts, and the public-at-large,

This post is a quick reminder that our 2011 Perth games community showcase is on TODAY (Saturday 27 August) from 12:30pm-4:30pm at ECU (Mount Lawley campus).

“Show Us Your Bits” is a free public event and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon. We’re taking advantage of the sunny weather and running a student-friendly BBQ ($1 drinks and $2 hot dogs).

There will be a bunch of locally developed games on display and playable in the showcase room, and six local game creators will be giving brief presentations and answering questions in the presentation room.

Finally, there will be a free paper prototyping workshop in which you can create your own game in just one hour!

Good times will be had by all, and we hope to see you there. ūüôā

Regards,

– Let’s Make Games

PS. Here’s our event flyer, which includes more details and a map so that you can find the event!

PPS. A huge thanks to our sponsors for making this event possible: ECU (School of Communication and Arts), Westralian Bookkeeping Solutions and Black Lab Games.

 

Show Us Your Bits this Saturday!

We’re in the final stretch now for organising Show Us Your Bits for this Saturday at ECU Mt Lawley! In case you forgot, the flyer looks like this:

There will be a lot happening on the day, including:

Amazing Showcases! See the latest work on games from a range of Perth developers and students! There’ll be over a dozen games for PC, mobile and tablets to try – all you have to bring is your opposable thumbs to play them with.

Insightful Presentations! Six game creators will talk about their unique experiences making games in Perth. Listen, ask and learn!, featuring:

  • Dean Herbert (@peppyhax) about his music game osu!,
  • Ben Macmillan (Fragsoft) about Fragsoft’s upcoming Nordic mythology RPG,
  • Josh Hogan is going to converse with your earboxes about music, games and Beat Salad!,
  • Anthony Carriero will talk about creating items for the Team Fortress 2 marketplace,
  • Chris McCormick (PodSix) on jsGameSoup, and making cross-browser games with open web technologies, and
  • Anthony Sweet (Handwritten Games) will mumble something about playtesting and how it can be your friend.

Delicious Sausage Sizzle! The weather is promising to be bee-yoo-tiful, so we’ll have some volunteers chilling under the ECU pagoda dishing out cheap hotdogs and drinks from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Vegetarian options available!

Paperjam?! Bring a pack of standard playing cards and join in on this one hour workshop about paper prototyping. Bring a whole team or rock your game design skills solo! This workshop is suitable for anyone and everyone, just bring your cards and some stationery.

So come down and spend the afternoon with us!

Show Us Your Bits 2011 is a FREE event and open to the public. The event wouldn’t be nearly as awesome if it weren’t for our generous (and handsome!) sponsors: ECU (School of Communication and Arts), Westralian Bookkeeping Solutions and Black Lab Games.

Sponsors, we salute you!

To our newest sponsors, Westralian Bookkeeping Solutions and Black Lab Games:

You are champions, and Show Us Your Bits will be an ever better event as a result of your support! Yeah!

Following are few words from our sponsors and a few quick updates on the event.

Westralian Bookkeeping Solutions

“Westralian Bookkeeping Solutions is the chosen end-to-end bookkeeping service for over 70 West Australian businesses. All of our clients, whether they’re a statewide franchise or a sole trader, enjoy a level of professionalism and diligence that only 50+ years of team experience can provide. With a qualified team of Authorised MYOB consultants, QuickBooks experts and friendly staff, Westralian Bookkeeping can solve your bookkeeping, BAS and payroll problems.

Black Lab Games

“Black Lab Games, a boutique game development studio¬†specializing¬†in modern downloadable games with a hint of nostalgic¬†flavor. Headquartered in the city of¬†Perth, Western Australia, the company was established in 2008.

Black Lab Games is an authorised Sony PSP¬ģ¬†“minis” developer.

Star Hammer Tactics, a sci-fi themed strategy battle game,¬†was released in 24 European territories in June 2010, and in North America in May 2011.”

Black Lab Games is currently working on Star Hammer Tactics for iPad.

Show Us Your Bits update!

Everything is coming along smoothly and we can hardly wait for August 27!

  1. We’ve updated the flyer in the original event post to include our new sponsors and to make it clear that the event is free and open to the public.
  2. We’ve got half a dozen confirmed showcase games and we will be confirming our speaker lineup and posting a schedule next week.
  3. Our showreel is pretty sparse, but we’ve heard from a bunch of people that they’re putting videos together, so thanks for your hard work!
  4. We still have a number of sponsorship opportunities still available. Please contact us for more information.
  5. We’re also looking for one more volunteer to help out with the BBQ. Please contact us if you’d like to help out!
Please be sure to use the updated flyer if you want to print out copies and spread the word throughout your community, and remember that we really appreciate RSVPs in comments, via the contact form, or on the Facebook event page.
Important: Be sure to pre-register for the showcase (via the contact form) even if you are a “maybe”. This allows us to ensure that we have enough space and power sockets!

Call for volunteers and showreel videos

Show Us Your Bits (2011) is shaping up to be our biggest event thus far and a great opportunity to showcase some of the games being created right here in Western Australia. If you’re local and making games,¬†we’d like you to show them off!

By showcasing or presenting, you’ll be joining the likes of:

We’ve put together a brief PDF information sheet (Showcase Participant Requirements)¬†for potential showcasers. Check it out for more information!¬†We still have a bunch of sponsorship options available. Please contact us for more information!

Volunteers

Thanks to¬†Matthew¬†for volunteering to help out on the day. We’re still looking for 2 more general volunteers and 1 photographer assistant.

General tasks will include helping out with: giving directions; helping with the BBQ; showcase registration; event setup and cleanup.¬†Photography tasks will include: keeping an eye on the time-lapse camera, and more stuff depending on skills and experience. ūüėČ

We only need help on the day and will be briefing volunteers (and assigning tasks) in the Showcase room (3.111) at 11:45am. So you just need to be get there a little early and be available until 4:30pm.

Showreel

Getting your work added to the showreel is easier than… something that’s really easy. Just upload your (1-4mins) video to youtube (if you already have a video on youtube, you’ve already taken care of this bit) and send us a link to it by replying to this post! BAM! Added to showreel.

Show Us Your Bits (2011)

Update: Check out the new flyer!

We are very happy to announce our third event for 2011: Show Us Your Bits!

Last run in 2009, Show Us Your Bits is all about showcasing locally-developed games and local game developers. If you make games, we encourage you to come on down and show off your work. If you’re interested in games, this is a great opportunity to meet local game makers, play their creations, learn more about how games are made, and even make your own!

As with all of our events, this is a¬†free public event.¬†Please download our hi-res flyer, print it out, and post it wherever you think it will be of interest. ūüėČ

Details:

An RSVP isn’t necessary if you just want to stop by and see what’s happening, but we really appreciate them because they help ensure enough space and food!

Activities:
  • BBQ (12:30pm-1:30pm):¬†Our popular BBQ returns with $2 hot dogs and $1 soft drinks (or water). Catch up with local game developers in a casual and friendly environment. (Vegetarian options available.)
  • Showcase (12:30pm-4:30pm): Game developers are encouraged to bring their laptops (and other devices) to show off their games, and everyone is invited to play some games and meet the people who made them.
  • Presentations (1:30pm-3:30pm):¬†There will be six ten-minute presentations from local game creators on topics such as: game engine development, and card game prototyping and design.
  • Paper Jam (3:30pm-4:30pm):¬†Bring a deck of standard playing cards, ten sheets of paper (cardboard preferred), scissors, and pencils (or markers) and make a game in this free hour-long workshop!

Registration:

You only need to register (via the contact form) if you would like to present your work in the showcase or give a presentation. Here are some quick details on what you will need to do:

  • If you would like your work shown in the show-reel (which will be played on a large projector during the showcase, and embedded on this website), just upload a video (1-4 minutes) to YouTube and send us a link. ūüėČ
  • If you would like to show off your work as part of the showcase, please send us a title, screenshot, and team name (and logo if you have one). We’ll send you more information (such as when to setup etc.).
  • If you would like to give a presentation, please contact us with a title, your team name, and (very) brief description. (Our presentation places fill up pretty quickly, but we try to give everyone a chance to present and will keep you in mind for the next event if we can’t fit you in this time!)
Sponsorship:
Firstly, we’d like to extend a huge “Thank you!” to our Platinum sponsor,¬†ECU. They have¬†been a fantastically supportive venue sponsor and great to work with!
Secondly, we’re looking for Gold and Silver sponsors and any other donations to help make this event the best event it can be (and to ensure that we can keep running these events in future).
Every little bit helps! If you’d like to help us out and get your name or brand in front of hundreds of local game developers (students, hobbyists, and professionals), please contact us for more information.
That’s all for now. See you at Show Us Your Bits on Saturday 27 August!

Let’s Make Games Inc.

It’s official

You may have heard the news, we’re officially an incorporated non-for-profit organisation: “Let’s Make Games Inc.” Woohoo! We’ll make our constitution available some time in the future (most probably when we re-launch our website).

Save the date! 

That is, Saturday 27th August, 2011! The details of our next showcase event are coalescing. ¬†Thanks to ECU Mt Lawley School of Communication and Arts for providing the venue for us. We’ll be making a call-out for showcasers, presenters, show-reelers, paper-jammers and volunteers very soon.¬†More details (in the form of an event flyer) to come.