Monthly Archive for August, 2012

LMG Showcase 2012 Photos

Thank you to everyone who came to the showcase! We had a great turnout with just enough room to fit everyone into the venue. If you missed our event, we recorded some of the short talks and panel discussions from the live stream and will put them online soon. Votes for the our $300 game development prize are currently being tallied and we will announce the winner shortly. We can’t thank our sponsors Qantm, FTI and eCentral enough for supporting this event.

For those who weren’t able to make it or would like to relive the day, here are some captured moments of the showcase:

 

Showcase Today! Sites Updates Tomorrow!

In case you’ve somehow managed to miss the news, the annual Let’s Make Games Showcase of Western Australian games is on today from 1:30pm at CIT’s eCentral (East Perth) campus. It’s a free public event that will dazzle and amaze you, your friends, your family, and possibly even your pets actually, please don’t bring pets). For more details, see our last post.

The organising team have put a huge amount of effort into this event and the response has been fantastic. Over the last week or so, we’ve received a lot of emails and messages from new (and old) local developers. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to report on all news (including Handwritten GamesHalfling Heist pre-launch party and Headsoft‘s release of Windoze Solitaire) or update our links directory.

So for those of you waiting for your links or news to appear, please bear with us. We’ll be getting onto site updates after the showcase (although probably not actually “tomorrow”!). Hey, and if you’d like to help out as part of the team, be sure to apply for our Web Writer position. We will love you forever for it.

 

LMG Showcase Tomorrow

Let’s Make Games Showcase is on tomorrow! We’ve got 18 local games being showcased at our event and we’re expecting a good turnout so come down and check out some of the local produce on display. In case you missed all the info or what’s going on, where and when, here it is again for your viewing pleasure:

Event Details

Showcase Schedule
  • 1:00pm Showcase setup and Showcaser Registration
  • 1:30pm: Showcase starts!
  • 3:00pm: Short Talks: “Showcase Spotlight”
    • Connectorium – Poya Manouchehri
    • Freedom Fall – Garth Pendergrast and Lisa Rye
    • Legacy of Barubash – Kamil Czajko
  • 3:30pm: Discussion Panel: “What’s Wrong with this Game?”
    • Tim Colwill
    • Martin Smith
    • Liza Shulyayeva
    • Nick Lowe
  • 4:30pm: Event ends
Very light refreshments available.
This event would not have been possible without the help of our awesome sponsors Qantm College and Film and Television Institute as well as Central Institute of Technology for being our venue sponsor.
See you there!

LMG Showcase Sneak Peek

The Let’s Make Games Showcase is this Saturday (!) and the line-up is looking fantastic. We’ve got everything from board games to arcade games and web-based games, so there will be something for everyone. 😉

Here’s a sneak preview of some of the games that will be on display:

And a list of our current registered showcase titles:

It’s not too late to showcase your game to get constructive feedback and be in the running for $300 towards further development of your game! Just contact us at

Aside from the showcase, we’ll also running a panel discussion (deconstructing some famous games) and a number of our showcase game developers will be giving brief presentations on their experiences.

We really appreciate your facebook RSVPs because they help us make sure we have enough food and drink. You can also help spread the word by inviting your friends.

LMG Showcase Update

Update: Remember to read the event FAQ and to invite your friends and RSVP on facebook!

$300 Prize Update

It’s the last weekend before the showcase and here’s an added incentive to get those games extra polished. We’ve updated the conditions of the $300 prize. Now you can use the prize towards further developing your game. Registered showcase games are automatically in the running. To register your game for the showcase, email events ‘at’ letsmakegames.org with the following details of your game:

  • Team Name:
  • Game Title:
  • Platform:
  • Game Status: e.g Beta/Unreleased/Released
  • Genre:
  • Links:
You are more than welcome to show more than one game at the showcase, however only one game can be entered for the prize per team and voting will be casted by showcase teams, sponsors and committee members and you cannot vote for your own game.
Showcase Schedule
  • 1:00pm Showcase setup
  • 1:30pm: Showcase starts!
  • 3:00pm: Short Talks: “Showcase Spotlight”
    • Connectorium
    • Freedom Fall
    • Legacy of Barubash
  • 3:30pm: Discussion Panel: “What’s Wrong with this Game?”
  • 4:30pm: Event ends
Very light refreshments available on the day. $1 drinks will be on sale.
Transport and Parking
If you are driving to the event, there is ample free parking behind the campus which can be accessed from Fielder St near the corner of Kensington Rd. The eCentral campus is also near a Yellow Cat bus stop and the Claisebrook train station.

LMG Showcase FAQ

With the showcase just under 2 weeks away, we’ve had a few questions about qualifying for the prize and registering for the showcase. So here is a quick FAQ:

  • We’ve been working on our game for some time (prior to July 2011), does it qualify for the prize?
    • If it hasn’t been officially released or released after July 2011, yes.
  • My game is not fully complete but playable, does it qualify for the prize?
    • Yep
  • I RSVP’d on Facebook, is that enough to register to showcase my game for the event?
    • No. We have limited showcase space so please email us at events ‘at’ letsmakegames.org if you plan on showcasing your game (even if it’s a maybe) so we can make sure we’ll have enough space for everyone.

Huge thanks goes out to our sponsors Qantm and FTI and our able and willing volunteers Mark Mennell and James Strauss aka BBQ Baron. If you missed out on your flyer you can find it out here.

Image courtesy of bogenfreund

[Wanted] Volunteer Regular Catch-Up Coordinator


Let’s Make Games Inc. is looking for a volunteer event coordinator to organise a regular casual catch-up events for WA game creators, students and enthusiasts. These regular meetings will occur in addition to LMG’s core regular events. The catch-up events will be open meetups for all game creators to meet casually to talk games and show off their recent builds. This style of regular meetings are going to be a vital cornerstone to the LMG programme of encouraging a thriving indie community. So if you’re keen to run great events to help bring the local indie community together, then we want you!

Requirements:
– Good interpersonal and organisation skills
– Active in the WA game creating community
– Solid writing and grammar skills
– Basic graphic design skills a bonus
– Familiarity with WordPress and social media a bonus
– Solid event organisation history a huge bonus!

Responsibilities:
– Organise venue, schedule and guests for free regular casual meetup events
– Create and moderate social media posts for event (facebook event, twitter, PIGMI)
– Coordinate with LMG web writer and videographers for blogposts and photography
– Propose and coordinate potential budgets with committee
– Manage and facilitate smooth operations at the events
– Provide committee with event reports

What you can expect from the us:
– Written feedback from the committee on event ideas, venues, and organising
– Advice from experienced organisers in planning and marketing your events
– Listing on the Let’s Make Games Inc. website as an event co-ordinator (with a link to your homepage)
– A @letsmakegames.org email address (which can forward to your regular email address)
– Support from our photographers and graphic designers for marketing and event photography

This position is a volunteer position. The required volunteer time is estimated at 20 hours per quarter. The RCC will be relatively autonomous from the operations of the LMG committee, although when required will need to be available for meetings or online chats with the committee, particularly pertaining to event budgets, calendar scheduling and event risk management.

Please send all letters of interest to volunteer[at]letsmakegames[dot]org with the subject “Regular Catch-up Coordinator”, and include any relevant prior experience or portfolio links.

Applications are open until Tuesday 4th of September. The successful applicant will be notified in the following week. The successful applicant will be chosen by the committee based on the above requirements, activity in the community and general competencies.

Also attached here the pdf version for this position.

[Wanted] Volunteer Web Writer

Let’s Make Games Inc. is looking for a volunteer web writer to bring good news on our website to the game creating community of Western Australia. We want to make sure the content of our web site is kept fresh and up-to-date while the committee can focus their efforts on managing better events, programs and other organisation-y things. Does this sound like you? Then read on!
Requirements:
– Solid writing and grammar skills
– Familiarity with WordPress and social media
– Active in the WA game creating community
– Basic graphic design skills a bonus

Responsibilities:
– Source news and write weekly blogposts about releases, events and interesting stories in the WA game creating community
– Monitor automated social media output from blogposts (Twitter and Facebook links)
– Moderate blog comments
– Co-ordinate with LMG event organisers regarding official LMG announcement and reminder posts

What you can expect from the us:
– Written feedback from the committee on story ideas and articles (via email)
– Listing on the Let’s Make Games Inc. website as a website writer (with a link to your homepage)
– A @letsmakegames.org email address (which can forward to your regular email address)
– Free entry to all of our events which you write about
– Support from our photographers and graphic designers for appropriate articles

This position is a volunteer position. The required volunteer time is estimated at 2 – 4 hours per week to produce around one post per week. The web writer position will be relatively autonomous from the operations of the LMG committee, although there will be times that the writer will need to co-ordinate posts with various committee members which may require availabilities for meetings or online chats.

Please send all letters of interest to volunteer[at]letsmakegames[dot]org with the subject “Web Writer Position”, and include any relevant prior experience or portfolio links.

Applications are open until Tuesday 21st of August. The successful applicant will be notified in the following week. The successful applicant will be chosen by the committee based on the above requirements, activity in the community and general competencies.

Also attached here is the pdf version for this position.

LMG Showcase Prize Announcement (Updated Rules #2)

 

Let’s Make Games Inc. is excited to announce that thanks to our sponsors Qantm and FTI, we are able to offer a prize for the best LMG Showcase 2012 game! The prize being offered is $300 sponsorship to go towards attending Freeplay 2012 or towards further developing your game.

If you’d like to enter this competition, email events ‘at’ letsmakegames.org with the details of your game (or game to be!).  Conditions apply (see below).

Voting will be done on the day by showcasers, LMG committee members and sponsors and winners will be announced on the day.

Continue reading ‘LMG Showcase Prize Announcement (Updated Rules #2)’

Let’s Make Games Showcase 2012

It’s that time of the year again to polish off those games you’ve been working on as eager hands await to playtest! Interested in finding out what’s happening in the local game development scene? Come down and check out the local game produce at our showcase. Got some burning questions to ask the local game developers?  Find yourself a seat at our showcase panel discussions (topics and panellists list coming soon). Event details below:
Tentative Schedule:
  • 1:00pm: Showcase registration and setup
  • 1:30pm: Showcase starts
  • 3:00pm: Panels starts
  • 4:30pm: Event ends
Panel discussions will take place in the theatrette and the adjoining meeting room will have display tables, *some* extension cords and power boards for the showcase. If you can BYO electrical cabling that would be great.
We’d like to thank the Central Institute of Technology for being our venue sponsor, and Qantm College and Film and Television Institute for coming on board as our Gold Sponsors!
And here’s a link to our high resolution flyer which we encourage you to print and share. More info coming soon so stay tuned!