Monthly Archive for May, 2013

Did you miss Tankya’s Adventure?

It’s always exciting when we hear about new developers and games coming from Perth! Today, I’d like to introduce you to Tankya’s Adventure: The Curse of Zoltar by Entropic Entertainment, which was released earlier this year.

Tankya’s Adventure: The Curse of Zoltar Is a cartoon adventure indie game, featuring elements of platform games and shooters. A colourful and exciting journey where players pit steel fists against dark voodoo magic across beautiful landscapes in order to save the island. Play as Tankya, a young pirate girl who has been born with a unique gift; the ability to talk to Steel. She can only talk to steel, as Gold is too snobby and Iron is too boring. Tankya lives on a tropical paradise, enjoying her days in lazy bliss. However, little does she know – deep in the jungle, from the great monkey temple of Ouzumarogaza, a dark magic is growing that threatens to change everything.

Tankya’s Adventure is available now on Desura, and is also up on Steam Greenlight.

Codedam’s Create a Game Workshop this weekend!

Codedam’s Create a Game workshop is on this weekend! The workshop is all about creating your very first game, and will take students all the way from the designing their idea to implementing their own code and art.

The workshop is being held at the Artifactory in Osborne Park, and open to students of all ages (under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). For more details and to book your tickets, visit the Eventbrite page.

Games in Progress Forum is TONIGHT!

A quick reminder that the Games In Progress Forum is TONIGHT. There are still a half-dozen tickets available at Eventbrite, and with eight talks and games & prototypes demonstrations, you’d be crazy to spend your Wednesday night any other way!

WA Screen Awards submissions close Monday!

A quick reminder for game developers that the WA Screen Awards submissions close on Monday!

This is the first time a Games category has been included in the distinguished screen sector awards ceremony. Any project that completed production between 01/01/2011 and 31/03/2013 is eligible.

For more details about the awards and submission requirements, visit the WASA webpage.

Reminder: Games In Progress Forum next week!

This is your friendly event reminder that the Games In Progress Forum is next Wednesday.

When: Wednesday 22nd May, 6:30pm (first presentation starts at 7pm)
Where: QANTM, SAE College, 3-5 Bennet Street, East Perth
Entry: Free!
Tickets: At Eventbrite.
Facebook?: Facebook!

And also, here’s our speaker line-up, ready to give their talks on their current game projects:

Set 1 (7pm)

Aranda Morrison, Gnomic Studios
Jayeson Lee-Steere, Titanium Studios
Jon Hayward, Game Pride
Paul Turbett, Black Lab Games

Set 2 (7:50pm)

Brad Power, RocketHands
Wesley Lamont
Jetha Chan
Andrew Hawkins, DrewFX

Only 14 tickets to the Forum are left, so make sure you get yours at Eventbrite soon!

New Business Workshops for Indie Game Developers

Following on from their successful workshop last year, Business Foundations have two new FREE workshops for game developers in Perth.

A Business Planning & Strategy workshop is being held on Friday 24th May, between 8:30am and 12:00pm, and the Marketing workshop is on Wednesday June 12th, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. Both workshops are being hosted at Spacecubed on St George’s Terrace, and more details and booking links can be found below. Seats are limited, so book early!

Business Planning & Strategy
Cost: FREE
Date: Friday 24th May
Time: 8:30am-12noon
Venue: Spacecubed, Ground Floor, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000
Booking: Bookings can be made via this website.

Presenters:
Jane Garrett
Jane Garrett is a seasoned business professional with many years’ experience in technology company management. She has a degree in Physics and spent many years as an employee learning the ‘ropes’ before embarking on developing her own Internet software business which she floated on London’s AIM in July 2000.

Greg Riebe
Greg is a senior executive with 30-plus years of experience and the CEO of an Investment Management business focussed on emerging technology-based business incorporating investment identification, deal structuring, business development and exit management. The dominant theme in Greg’s career to-date has been ‘bridging the gap’ between technology and other ‘enabling’ practices from marketing, organisational change, human resources and financial disciplines.

Marketing Workshop
Cost: FREE
Date: Wednesday 12th June
Time: 1:30pm-5pm
Venue: Spacecubed, Ground Floor, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth, Western Australia 6000
Booking: Bookings can be made via this website.

Presenter:
Justin Davies
Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors, NIES National Enterprise Workshop, B Bus Marketing and Communications Justin Davies is the Managing Director of Emergination – a consultancy focussed on applying emerging technologies and ideas, coupled with imagination to create value for businesses. He currently works with a range of private sector clients in growth industries.

Mega Game Dev Party for Melbourne PAX

Our good friends (and stylish party fiends) at IGDAM are organising the Melbourne Mega Dev Party for the weekend of PAX.

The party is on Sunday 21st July, starts at 7pm, and is being hosted at the fancy-lookin’ Transit Lounge in the Melbourne CBD. If you’re looking to meet and chat with fellow game developers from around the country, this is the event to do it!

Tickets to the event are available here. The organisers are also looking for a logo for the event – if you’re looking for a three-day pass to the expo, check out details on the IGDAM blog here.

Best Game and Best Interactive Narrative added to WA Screen Awards

The West Australia Screen Awards, hosted by FTI, are including two new categories in this year’s line-up: Best Game and Best Interactive Fiction.

This is a great addition to WASA, and we’re very pleased to hear of the inclusion for games and interactive content in WA’s premier screen sector awards night.

Deadline for entry is 20th May, and an entry fee does apply. Eligible productions must have been completed between 1st January 2011 and 31st March 2013. For more details, visit the WASA FAQ, and we hope to see your games in the nominations list next month!