Monthly Archive for December, 2017

Chicken Farm 2K17 hatches on Steam

Logo text: Chicken Farm 2017. Background screenshot shows the inside of a wooden barn, with stacked shelves that have two chicken in it. One chicken is selected, showing stats such as egg value, egg rate, fat, fat rate and value. At the bottom of the screen a money counter is ticking up, and there is the top edge of a Market sign. URL links to game on steam.

Enjoy farming gold without laying down any cash in Chicken Farm 2017, by Jakal Studios. Out now on Steam (free), it features a range of curious clucking characters that you need to keep track of in order to keep your farm profitable and have a bit of fun.

“Chicken Farm is a management game with clicker aspects, where the goal is getting as much cash as you can. To grow your farm you’ll need to catch eggs from the chickens, work at the market to gain income, sell your fatter chickens for a tidy profit and cash in on the egg catching combo meter.”

Collect yourself some free-range fun by heading over to Chicken Farm 2017 on Steam, and if you have an eggsellent idea for the game the developer is currently taking suggestions on new chicken types over on twitter!

 

Playup Perth #13 + Creative Innovation Microgrants

PlayUp Perth Logo, with text "Accelerating creative innovation in WA since 2013". URL links to PlayUp Perth event page.

Play the latest in local games at the final PlayUp Perth for the year – test out games before they are released, meet the developers behind them, and be the first to hear about the winners of their Creative Innovation Microgrants!

What: PlayUp Perth #13
When: Friday, December 15, 2017 – 6pm till late.
Where: The Nostalgia Box, 3/16 Aberdeen St, Perth
Tickets: $10 via Eventbrite

“Playup Perth is Perth’s premier bi-monthly playtesting event. We facilitate playtesting of new games and game prototypes. At each playup, we playtest games, VR/AR, immersive and interactive experiences currently in development and give feedback to the designers so they can make them even better.”

Below is a sneak peek of some of the games you will be able to get your hands on, but be sure to visit the PlayUp Perth #13 event page for all the details and grab yourself a ticket over on Eventbrite! BONUS ROUND: If you’re a game developer, you could also showcase your games-in-progress at future events; so be sure to peruse the application page and start preparing for 2018.

The Page – December Meetup

Image Text: The Page. In the background is a set of glasses resting on a keyboard, with a pile of books behind it. The image is scratchy, and appears as though it is placed on parchment paper. Image links to The Page facebook event page.

Prepare your mind for a discussion of all things narrative design this Saturday, at the final meetup of The Page for 2017. This free meetup event is open to everyone who wants to talk about this engaging world of writing, including (but not limited to) game designers, interactive writers, screenwriters, narrative mechanics… and YOU.

“Let’s talk about how writing and narrative design can be used to create, or help enhance, those moments in all things game related! Be it stylistic choices that build up a sense of the new and unknown, story beats that are based around surprise and excitement, or how narrative design can work together with things like level design to help players feel excited about the little things they find in the game world.”

What: The Page – December Meetup
When: Saturday, 9 Dec. 1pm – 3pm.
Where: 48 Lake St, Northbridge
RSVP: via Facebook event

The Page is a regular event that runs on the first Saturday of each month, so be sure to join their Facebook group if you want to get involved with future interactive discussions!

COGZ makes the shortlist for Boardgames Australia’s Best Aus Game Award

Logo: COGZ. A Christmas ribbon, bordered by holly, sits on the top left edge, with the text "Gift Option". 3 Smaller logos across the top read "Color-blind accessible," "RAEZ" and "Mensa Endorsed". URL links to the boardgame's online store.

Festival favourite COGZ, the tabletop game of gears and cogineers, was recently shortlisted in Boardgames Australia’s Best Australian Game Award. Congratulations to the cognizant creator RAEZ, for being recognised on the list for the second year running!

What factors into the deciding the ultimate tabletop game in the Best Australian Game Awards? Well, Boardgames Australia take into consideration such factors as replayability, scalability, value for money, quality components, a good skill vs. luck dynamic, anything that makes it stand out. So we think it’s fair to say that this particular Perth-made game must be a top prize for any tabletop aficionado to take home.

For the complete catalog of high-quality Australian games, head on over to the 2017 Best Australian Game Award shortlist. And of course if you’re looking for a excellent extra christmas gift why not order yourself a copy of COGZ! 🎄🎁

Card game Evolve: Lights of the Deep advances on Kickstarter

Text logo reads: Evolve, Lights of the Deep. Imagery shows the top of the letter L splits off into tentacle-like branches. A small amoeba-like creature floats over the text. URL links to game Kickstarter, however please be advised that the game's Kickstarter game description is unfortunately not screenreader compatible.

Explore ocean depths while advancing your little amoeba-self, with Evolve: Lights of the Deep, a new card game by Lionfish Games. Nearing their Kickstarter goals as we speak, this evolutionary experience for 2 – 4 players is a beautiful offering from the studio, and no doubt an excellent addition to any tabletop collection.

“Evolve: Lights of the Deep is fast-playing card game set in the abyssal depths of the ocean. Within the all-consuming darkness of the sea, each player begins life as a single-celled organism and must go through evolutionary progressions to become the most complex life form. Evolve is a competitive game that involves aspects of hand management, tactical decision making and a take-that style of sabotage.”

Watch the Kickstarter video below for an intro to the game, complete with fancy glowing amoeba, or head on over to the Kickstarter campaign. For more information on the studio, as well as a screen-reader compatible description of the game, head on over to the Lionfish Games website.

Let’s Make Games: 2017 End of Year Party

The Let's Make Games logo, featuring a party hat and party horn. Image links to facebook page for Let's Make Games end of year party.

2017 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! WA has seen award winners at the Tokyo Games Show, the Australian Game Developer Awards, and a shortlisting in Board Game Australia’s Best Australian Game; not to mention several Women in Games Awards recipients! There have been a wide range of events throughout the year to keep us entertained, from PlayUp Perth to the Game Foundry, PotLucks to The Page, and of course the Perth Games Festival, Unconference and Global Game Jam. New opportunities have arisen through successful Kickstarters, microgrants, and jobs, but so too have some doors have closed.

So we would like to invite you, dear community, to join us in celebrating the year that was on Friday, Dec 8th. This is a casual event for all game-makers; come along and say hello, meet new people and have some fun!

What: Let’s Make Games End-Of-Year Gathering
When: Friday 8 December, 7pm till late
Where: The FireHouse, 48 Lake Street (corner of Francis & Lake) Northbridge
RSVP: via Facebook

Other Info: Light nibbles will be supplied, but BYO refreshments (alcohol or otherwise); a drinks fridge is available onsite.

 

♿ Accessibility: This venue is not wheelchair accessible, due to steps at each entrance. Volunteers are available to assist in moving mobility scooters or wheelchairs over these threshold, but we understand that this is not an optimal situation. We apologise for the inconvenience, and efforts will be made in future to better accomodate all community members.

 

The Draft Banquet serves up on Kickstarter

Text reads: The Draft Banquet, Where food meets fun.

Plan your dinner while playing cards with friends, in Draft Banquet, the latest from Dark Mirror Games now on Kickstarter. A popular meal at the recent Perth Games Festival, this game ends with an ingredients list that’s partially planned, a little bit arbitrary, and will result in some creative cooking!

“The Draft Banquet combines card drafting game mechanics and social cooking to bring you this short game for potlucks, feasts and banquets where you get to eat the results. Creative foodies who love a challenge may also find it useful as a solo inspirational tool.”

Find out how to play the game by watching the video below, or heading over to the Kickstarter page here. You can also check out Dark Mirror Games’ previous tabletop release Banishment over on their website.

PlayUp Perth Microgrants

PlayUp Perth Logo, with text "Accelerating creative innovation in WA since 2013". URL links to PlayUp Perth Website.

Local playtest initiative PlayUp Perth are working hard to help up-and-coming developers take their projects to the next level, with new funding packages for showcased games. If you are a local developer who has shared your game at any of their testing events in the last two years, you’re eligible to apply!

Playup Perth, in partnership with City of Perth is proud to announce a pilot funding initiative designed to accelerate Perth’s games and creative innovation sector, including the burgeoning VR/AR/MR (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) industry. Currently the only funding available to WA game creators, Playup Perth – supported by the City of Perth — are giving out 3 microgrants to prototypes that have been featured at Playup Perth over the past two years.

Applicants will be judged on innovation, creativity, market potential and most impactful use of the funds. Winners will be announced at the final PlayUp event for 2017, with one local developer walking away with a $1000 grant, and two more receiving grants of $500 each.

How to Apply…

» Head on over to the Playup Perth Creative Innovation Micro Grant Application.  You can also check out their original announcement for their media release and insight into the goals of the initiative.

Applications close Dec 8 2017, 11:59pm Perth Time!