Monthly Archive for October, 2015

November Dates for Level One Coworking Space

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REMINDER: Level One is now at a new venue!

Co-working Dates for November (updated):

This is FTI’s series of bi-weekly pop-up co-working days.

Until the end of the year, the Level One space will be open from 9:30 to 5:30 every Thursday, and you are welcome to come for the whole day or just part of the day. WIFI, coffee and tea will be provided, and please bring some snacks to share.

Time: 9.30am-5.30pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge WA
Cost: Free, but an RSVP is required!
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Dream of the Djinn appears on Kickstarter

I Dream of Djinn Hits Kickstarter

Tabletop Role-Playing Games are the kinds of adventures that are recounted with brimming enthusiasm or, even better, energetic fury. Remember that room of infinite demons? Oh and that thing with the gravity reversal potion?! Ha ha.. what no? Oh well then lucky for you, you have rolled a 20 and found there is still time to get in on the Kickstarter for Dream of the Djinn, a deadly, puzzle-filled tabletop RPG adventure!

A mysterious djinn called Ammerpand has recently arrived in your local city, claiming she will grant one wish to anyone who can pass her challenge. To add credence to her claims, a newly-famous mercenary has already passed the test and been immediately headhunted into a prestigious position in the King’s guard, a worthy reward in itself. As for the wish, the local gossip circles have only been able to speculate.

What is your wish?

Created by Perth local Kim Larking, Dream of the Djinn is an RPG adventure module that is compatible with systems like D&D 3.5 edition and Pathfinder. If you think you have what it takes to survive the trials and get your wish, head on over to the Kickstarter page now!

 

 

Perth Games Festival: New Sponsors!

Autodesk: We <3 Indies

It’s not long until the Perth Games Festival hits town, so we would like to introduce you to the first set of wonderful organisations who have jumped in to support this great event. Without their contribution the festival just won’t be possible, so we truly mean it when we say THANK YOU!

So let’s start our major sponsor, say hello to the good folks at Autodesk!

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Autodesk tools for game makers. Start making your game now!

It’s never been easier to make 3D games! Have you ever wanted to make your own game but thought it was too hard? Maybe you have great ideas but you didn’t know how to get started? Well, making games isn’t just for elite programmers anymore! We’ve got everything you need to get started.


 

Binary Space

 

Binary Space is an indie game developer, developing the games Class 3 Outbreak and Zombie Outbreak Simulator, which feature a zombie apocalypse played out in real locations on maps. The web versions of these games have been played over 4 million times since they were first released in 2009 to 2011. The iOS and Android versions of Zombie Outbreak Simulator released in 2012 and 2014 have been downloaded by over 500,000 people.

 

Sentient Computing

Sentient Computing is a Perth-based software development company that brings the power of 3D game engines and virtual reality to business applications and training. Their small, passionate and experienced team of developers and 3D artists are also avid gamers and members of the Perth game development community. Sentient are enthusiastic to support our local talent and are excited to see the games coming out of Perth.

 

If you’d like to keep updated on further announcements on guests and exhibitors at the Perth Games Festival, keep an eye here on the blog, or follow the event on Facebook!

COGZ Release Week

Banner Text: Cogz Release Event

Almost one year ago, local mad scientist game designer Wez Lamont of RAEZ hit Kickstarter to bring his clever cognitive tabletop game COGZ to life. In 24 hours the crowdfunding campaign smashed its goals, and the Cogineer got straight to work putting the final pieces into place. Now COGZ is ready to hit the stores, and there are 4 special launch events happening right here in Perth.

What: COGZ RELEASE WEEK!

At each event you will have to opportunity to meet the game’s creator, learn how it’s played, and pick up a COGZ to call your own (local Kickstarter backers can also collect their copies at the launch events). There will however be some special extras planned for each location, from tournaments to game variants, and upcoming-game prototypes to check out. To find out what’s going on at your nearest store, head to the relevant Facebook event pages listed above.

Don’t Miss Out on Sponsoring or Exhibiting at the 2015 Perth Games Festival

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The 2015 Perth Games Festival is edging closer, but there’s still time to get in on the big event. Last year saw more than 1600 people pass through the doors of Town Hall to play locally made games and get a glimpse into the WA-gaming community; this year is going to be even bigger, and we would love for you to join us and have your work shared with the wider community.

What: Perth Games Festival
When: Saturday, 28 November, 2015. 10am – 5pm*
Where: Perth Town Hall, Corner of Hay ST & Barack Street, Perth
Tickets: Free to attend, cost to Exhibit. See below for more details…

*The Festival will be open to the public from 10am-5pm, however developers will be required to attend earlier to setup. Plus there’s an excellent after-party planned so you can celebrate a successful day with your fellow game dev.

 

Want to show your game at the Festival?

If you would like to showcase your game at PGF 2015, simply fill in the Exhibitor’s Application Form here. Premium booths have sold out, however the standard Exhibitor packages are still available. The standard packages is $75, and includes:

  • 1.8m trestle table with exhibition tablecloth
  • 2 chairs
  • Access to Power (for 2 devices)
  • Game featured in the PGF programme & website
  • Game featured in as part of a Let’s Make Games news blog post

Add-ons are also available to cover Public Liability Insurance, Equipment Test & Tag, Lunch and inclusion in the Achievement Badges Quest.

Applications close October 31st, however spaces are limited so get in early.

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We want all WA game-makers to have the opportunity to share their work with the public, and we understand that not everyone can afford the full fees and insurance costs associated with exhibiting. If you are a game developer from regional Western Australia, or otherwise require financial support, please let us know. Simply email Jess with a brief description of the game you want to showcase, and how we can help. We will do what we can to help you get to the festival!

 

Interested in becoming a Sponsor?

Last year’s inaugural Perth Games Festival was a huge success, and sponsoring the 2015 Festival will help us make this year’s event bigger. There’s plans for a larger space, more talks and panels, guest speakers, and of course more WA-made games. There are a number of benefits to being a Festival Sponsor, including showcasing your business to thousands of Perth locals.

To accommodate a recent reshuffle in the Festival Committee, the cut-off date for Sponsorship has been extended. Sponsor information (including business logo, bio and website info) and payments are now required by October 26th.

To find out more about the Sponsorship benefits, tiers, and the Festival, please refer to our 2015 Prospectus. To become a sponsor, simply fill in a Sponsorship Agreement form and we will get back to you shortly. Alternatively, you can contact Jess and Jon directly via email if you would like to have a chat first.

 

New Release: CAKIE Free on Mobile

Cakie Banner (by Zloph)

As kids, we thought adulthood was all about doing what you want. Parents telling you to eat your vegetables? Oh yeah, well when I grow up I’m going to eat ice-cream for dinner and cake for breakfast. Ha! Yet alas, as adults we often find ourselves rushing around from responsibility to responsibility. So now, more than ever, it is important that we not forget the little pleasures in life.

Lucky for us Cakie, the debut game by local developer Zlop, is all about seizing the moment and living the dream that little-you had… by eating as much cake as humanly possible.

Rokjaw jr. is craving cake and he cannot wait for dinner, no longer. While behind Granny Rokjaw’s back, Rokjaw plans to get his fill of the Cake. Get as much cake into Rokjaw jr before Granny Rokjaw turns around and brings in the punishment.

GrannyRockJaw_CakieCakie is available right now for free on AndroidiOS and Windows Phone. So if you’re craving a quick sugar rush, why not give your dear old Granny Lockjaw a visit over on the official website.

Scitech Hosts The Dark Room 2.0

The Dark Room 2.0

There’s nothing quite like a hilarious evening spent with a maniacal floating head ushering you on a journey to certain doom. That’s right, Perth’s own John Robertson has returned and he is bringing the world’s only live-action videogame back with him as The Dark Room 2.0 descends upon Scitech for one night only.

After 4,000,000 YouTube hits and sell-out shows in Edinburgh, London, Bristol, Hong Kong, Singapore and Sydney, THE DARK ROOM returns to Perth for just ONE SHOW in 2015.  Using the Planetarium’s colossal screen, The Dark Room is an interactive comedy event like no other – can YOU escape?

Revamped, revised and rewired for 2015, “if you’re the sort of person who enjoys innovative, interactive, nerdy comedy, you go to see The Dark Room…has become the cult hit of Fringe 2015” – Broadway World.

What: The Dark Room 2.0
Where: Scitech Planetarium, 98 Railway Street, Perth
When: Saturday, October 17, 2015. 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Tickets: $30 via Eventbrite

Extra Notes: This event is suitable for 15 years and older, but all children must be supervised by a parent or legal guardian. There is a cash bar at the venue and valid ID will be required to purchase alcoholic items from the bar.

For more information, head on over to Scitech’s official event page.

 

BrambleLash reaches out on Steam Greenlight

BrambleLash

Spring is here, and the blooming plant-based protagonists of BrambleLash are getting ready to venture off into the outside world. This creative co-op game is the work of the ByteSprite crew, who you may remember from such posts as “BrambleLash Demo Out Now” and “Oompf! Games fund Winners Announced“. Now they’re reaching out to you, so why not lend a hand and help bring this game about connecting with friends onto Steam.

BrambleLash is a spritely multiplayer co-op with tactical team-and-swap strategy. Enchanted sprites work together to defeat slimy invaders in a whimsical setting full of glimmering shadows. Connect, co-operate or betray to win!

If you’re keen to see this game grow, head on over to the Steam Greenlight page and give them a green-thumbs up!

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Oompf! Games fund Winners Announced

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Earlier this year FTI announced the OOMPF! Games fund, a one-off members production fund to the value of $10,000. Following a number of submissions from local developers, the judges have made their decision and the winners have been announced!

Congratulations to…

Offpeak Games, Stirfire Studios, and ByteSprite!!

Oompf Games Fund Winners 2015

Offpeak Games will receive $2500 for the development of Valiant, a virtual reality jousting game that uses the Oculus Rift; Stirfire Studios, the folks behind the award-winning Freedom Fall, were awarded $5000 to go towards the development of their next big game D3bug; and last but by no means least, ByteSprite were awarded $2500, which will assist them in completing their cooperative two-player garden game BrambleLash.

For all the details on these games and the Oompf! Games fund, head on over to FTI’s official announcement.

Photograph courtesy of FTI.

Playup Perth: Support WA Games Edition

Play Up PerthPhotograph of Senator Scott Ludlam

This week the good folks at FTI have put together a special edition of Playup Perth. Get ready to grab a drink, meet local devs and play a ton of great games, both prerelease titles and games out now. But that’s not all, the evening will also have a very special guest, Senator Scott Ludlam, plus discussions and presentations from local devs on their experiences making games in WA.

What: Playup Perth: Support WA Games Edition
When: 6pm until late, Saturday 10 October, 2015
Where: 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge (SK Games)
Tickets: $7 (FTI Members)/$10 (regular)

Extra Notes: This is an 18+ Event.

Featured Games

Prelaunch Previews

For more information on this special edition of Playup Perth, head on over to their event information page. Alternatively, head straight over to the eventbrite page and book your tickets now!