Monthly Archive for July, 2015

Free Storytelling Workshop: The Hero’s Journey

The Heroes Journey Diagram

In stories told across the world (be they in games, books, on screen or otherwise) there are iconic elements that appear time and time again. The reluctant hero, the wise guide, the trials of an adventure and the triumphant return; these are all part of The Hero’s Journey, a common structure for tales of adventures, from Star Wars to Assassin’s Creed, Harry Potter to The Legend of Zelda.

FTI, together with the International Screen Academy, are offering a free 3-hour workshop on The Hero’s Journey for game designers, animators, film-makers and other creatives. Presented by screenwriter, director and producer Simon David Hunter, this accelerated intro course aims to provide insight on creating engaging plots and characters, while avoiding cliches.

What: The Hero’s Journey – Free Open Workshop
When: Thurs, 6 August. 6pm-9pm
Where: Theatre, State Library of WA, 25 Francis St Perth
Tickets: Free! RSVP required via Eventbrite

For more information on this workshop, head on over to the Eventbrite event page, or the FTI website (Please note: Event is now being held in the State Library Theatre, not the Training Lab).

Play Up Perth: After Dark #5

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It is time once again to go behind the scenes and check out some up-and-coming local games. Grab a drink, chat with developers, and play some new games and prototypes!

What: Playup Perth: After Dark #5
When: 
Friday 31st July, 2015
Time: 6pm till late
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

Extra Info: This event is 18+, so look forward to some cheap drinks and fun times.

There’s a whole bunch of games on offer this time around, the largest number for a Playup event so far in fact! So get ready to get your hands on Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, Time Chasers,  Robots Game, Rogue Blitz, Dwarven Topaz, Farter Surfer, Scavenge The Wastes, Ancient Guided Exploration, and Mr Nibbles Forever~

For more information head on over to the official Playup Perth page, or to register simply sign up over at Eventbrite.

Reminder: Level One Co-working & Oompf! Games Funding Pitch Night

This post is just a quick reminder of the cool things on today thanks to the folks at FTI, namely the fortnightly free co-working games space, followed by a pitch night for keen funding applicants.

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First up, it is once again time for the co-working goodness of the Level One space. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your team, be inspired by other industrious devs, and work on your pitches/applications for the Oompf games fund (more on that in a moment)!

What: Level One Co-working Space
When:
 Today! 23 July, 2015
Time: 9.30am-5pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, Level 1, State Library of WA Building

Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required.
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Oompf! Games LogoThen following of from the creative co-working times, tonight is also Pitch Night for the Oompf! Games funding! While attendance is not a requirement of the funding application, this event does gives you the opportunity to practice your pitch in front of an expert panel. There even a prizes for the evening’s best pitch!

What: Oompf! Games Pitch Night
When:
Tonight! 23 July, 2015
Time: 6-8pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, Level 1, State Library of WA Building

Cost: Registration is free for pitchers, and $10 for spectators (ticket includes 1 free drink at the bar)
Tickets: via Eventbrite

The Perth Games Festival Returns in 2015

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The Perth Games Festival is back, and it is bigger than ever! Set to be held at Perth Town Hall on November 28, this free event is about showing off locally made computer games, tabletop games, mobile games and virtual reality experiences.

Last year’s inaugural Festival saw over 1600 people pass through the grand hall to play your games, and this year it’s levelled up. We will be taking over two floors, so there will be more space for developers and their games, plus more time for folks to get through and play them all! We at Let’s Make Games could not have made the 2014 Festival without you, the game-makers and gaming aficionados of Perth. So, once again, we are asking you to join us in celebrating the greatness of our local creative community!

What: Perth Games Festival 2015
When: Saturday 28th November, 10am – 5pm
Where: Perth Town Hall
Tickets: Free to attend; cost to exhibit.

You can connect with the Perth Games Festival on Facebook and Twitter, and if you know any WA developers keen to share their games (or Perth people who would like to play games) then please spread the word!

For more information, simply head on over to the Perth Games Festival site or check out the official Media Release.

BONUS ROUND:

Are you a game developer, studio, student or related organisation? We are currently taking expressions of interest for Exhibitors at the 2015 Festival! For all other inquiries, including volunteers and sponsorship questions, simply send us an email; we would love to hear from you!

Arbalest 3035 Out Now

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We do our best to keep an eye out for new games made right here in WA, but alas, every now and again something cool slips under our radar. One such game is Arbalest 3035 by Bear-Tooth Studios, which combines beautiful abstract patterns and chaotic friend-destroying local multiplayer.

“Arbalest 3035 is a local multiplayer space shooter. With a fast paced movement and abstract art style, this game is a visually stimulating chaotic experience for you and your friends. Being built and developed in a party setting this game works best when played locally at parties with friends.”

Not only does the game have its own sense of style, it also has a unique power-up system that allows you to ‘build your own’ powers based on the different coloured orbs you collect. So if you’re interested in trying out a shiny space shooter, Arbalest 3035 is available now on PC, Mac and Linux for $2.50 over at their itch.io page. Or if Steam is more your gaming-space, head on over to Greenlight and give it a vote!

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Tech Industry Taster Event for Women #WeSpeakCode<systers>

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Image via: FreeImages.com/pakizeöztürk

Ladies of Perth – are you interested in finding out more about technology and the tech industry? Whether you are completely new to the field, an experienced tech looking to branch out, or a digital native looking to network, the Australian Computer Society (ACS) has you covered. Coordinated by the ACS Women and Microsoft, the #WeSpeakCode<systers> event is a technology industry taster that is sure to have the information you need.

Sessions are expected to include Games Design 101, PowerShell Primer, C# for Dummies, Blogging for Beginners, Pitch Perfect, Start with .Net, Learn App Design, Entrepreneurship, Sketchnotes, Introduction to Cloud and more. Come along and try and few different things, network with other women and get a Free T-Shirt and Keyring to celebrate the day.

What: #WeSpeakCode<systers> Tech Taster Event
When: Saturday, 18th July, 8:30am – 5pm
Where: Microsoft Office Level 3, 100 St Georges Terrace Perth
Cost: Free (RSVP Required!)
Tickets: Available via the ACS Website

So if you are interested in expanding your tech horizons, simply head on over to the Australian Computer Society Women’s event page to sign up!