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Let’s Celebrate Scott Ludlum at our First Sundowner

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Let’s Make Games will be running our first sundowner event at Level One this Friday July 21st, (un)officially titled “Let’s Make Games and Drink Responsibly.”  This event is the start of a series of casual, semi-regular meetups where developers can come along, share a drink and chat without the need to do any work! Set to run on the third Friday of every month, these meetups will be happening from this point onward unless a Playup Perth event is scheduled to run.

Celebrating Scotty: Due to Senator Scott Ludlam’s recent decision to step down from the Federal Senate, we will also be taking the opportunity to celebrating his career to date. Ludlam has been a champion for the Australian games industry, and a driving force behind the Inquiry into the future of Australia’s video game development industry.

What: Let’s Make Games Developer Meetup #1
Where: Level One, 48 Lake St Northbridge.
When: 5pm – 8pm, Friday July 21st.
What to Bring: Some drinks if you want them, there are liquor stores nearby but please don’t over-do things.
RSVP: via Facebook

This event is being run with thanks to the support of Stirfire Studios.

 

Battlestar Galactica Deadlock AMA

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Black Lab Games will be answering questions from Battlestar Galactica Deadlock fans with a live Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything’ event 11am this Thursday, July 20th. For those outside of Australia, the set your watches for Wednesday 8pm PST / 11pm EST.

The developers of Battlestar Galactica Deadlock will take part in an IAmA on Reddit. Ask Us Anything! From lore to gameplay, no subject is taboo. Don’t be afraid to ask: we will answer all questions at the best of our ability!

It is your chance to learn all there is to know on the game and how it fits in the Battlestar Galactica canon storyline!

To join in this early intelligence-gathering mission, head on over to the main Reddit AMA page and keep an eye out for the Battlestar subreddit this Thursday!

Navigating Interactive Writing, with Christy Dena and Leena van Deventer

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Gain insight into wielding words for interactive mediums in Navigating Interactive Writing, brought to you by the Revelation Perth International Film Festival and Australian Writers’ Guild. Two award-winning writer/ game designers, Christy Dena and Leena van Deventer, will be visiting Perth for this free event to share their knowledge and talk about their experiences writing for games, books, film, digital and theatre projects.

What: Navigating Interactive Writing
When: Saturday, July 15. 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: The Creative Hub, Level 2, 30 Fielder St, East Perth, WA
Tickets: Free via the AWG website

Writing for interactivity can present many challenges to the newcomer, and involves shedding a lot of what we’ve always been taught about storytelling. Are beginning, middle, and end, really essential? Do we need to move in straight lines anymore? Is conflict really essential? Join our guest of games and interactive writing as she leads you through the basics of changing your mindset to level up your writing by including interactivity and reader agency into your stories!

For all the details, or to book your tickets, head on over to the official event page on the Australian Writers’ Guild site or join the facebook event page.

AVRL Virtual Reality Event, Presented by Stirfire Studios

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Delve into the world of virtual reality, and find out what it takes to create and release VR content thanks to AVRN. Meet local developers from Stirfire Studios as they talk about their experience creating a VR game, after which you can try out the PlayStation VRs and an Oculus Rift with Touch controllers yourself!

What: Jamming towards an Ensemble: Creating Symphony of the Machine
When: 
Tues 11th July 2017, starting 6pm
Where: 
UWA Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre (upstairs), Northwest corner of James Oval, between Maths and Reid Library

Cost: Free! Plus free parking in UWA carparks after 5pm. Nearest: Car park 15, 3 & 18

Stirfire Studios will describe how they created one of the first Australian games produced for Sony’s PlayStation VR (PS VR). ‘Symphony of the Machine’ is a virtual reality puzzle game that allows players to regrow a destroyed landscape. Matt Dyet and Brendan Ragan will take you from the original prototype at the 2016 Global Game Jam through to global release on the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PS VR.

For more information, visit the AVRL event page. You can also check out the video trailer for Symphony of the Machine below, to get an idea of the game Stirfire Studios created before you hear their presentation.

Free July Workshops: Intro to Unreal and VR with Unreal

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Let’s Make Games has teamed up with Epic Games to bring two free workshops on Unreal Engine to you! Hosted by SAE Institute Perth, these events are designed to introduce you to using Unreal, as well as run through how you can get started creating virtual reality experiences with it. No laptop necessary – just come along, take some notes and hang out with excellent industry folk.

What: Introduction to Unreal
When: Mon, July 3. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This introductory tutorial assumes participants have rudimentary 3D game development expertise, but no prior experience with UE4. You will learn the basics of creating a game from starter content using the UE4 Blueprint visual scripting system. Blueprints are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome.

 

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What: Getting Started in Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine
When: Tuesday, July 4. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

You will learn the basics of creating a VR project from starter content using the UE4 Blueprint visual scripting system. Blueprints are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome. Topics we’ll cover include: project setup, VR peripheral setup, building materials for VR, VR character setup, using the slice tool and configuring UI for VR projects. We will also cover design principles and VR performance optimization techniques.

 

For more information, visit the event pages for Introduction to Unreal and Getting Started in Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine. We hope to see you there!

Serious Games Showcase and Challenge: Open to Students, Indies, Gov & Industry

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For those in the serious business of making serious games and simulations, the Australasian Simulation Congress is coming up in August. Not only is the event an excellent way to connect with other in the simulation space, it also hosts the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge. Finalists in the competition are invited to showcase their games at the event, and are awarded $2,500 funding assistance to present their game at the International Serious Games Showcase & Challenge Competition held at the I/ITSEC conference in Orlando, Florida!

“The Serious Games Showcase & Challenge allows us to see the diversity of the region’s games and simulation community, working together to solve real life problems in an entertaining, innovative and informative way.”

Adrian Webb, Manager of Virtual Worlds, Australian Defence Simulation and Training Centre (ADSTC).

There are two prize categories for the Challenge, Student/Indie and Government/Industry. Submissions for the 2017 Challenge close Friday 23 June 2017, and finalists will be notified in July, 2017. For more details, visit the Simulation Congress Challenge Information page – and if you get into the finals be sure to let us know! GOOD LUCK.

Game Foundry Tabletop Testing on Again

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Play the latest tabletop games-in-progress and test out your own each week at the Game Foundry. This regular event gives you the chance to meet local developers and share your thoughts with them on how they can make their next titles even better!

What: Game Foundry Tabletop Testing
When: 7pm – 10pm, every Thursday
Where: Good Games Cannington, 21 Liege St, Cannington
Tickets: Free!

Head on over the the Game Foundry facebook page to see the details on the next events. If you have a game you want to tested, let them know and next time you could be testing it as well!

Playup Perth: KickstART Special Edition for Kids and Families

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Playup Perth have a special event lined up this Saturday, as part of the KickstART Festival. Coordinated by Games We Play and FTI, this event is set to feature games for kids, including titles made by young local developers! If you or someone you know is a budding young game-maker, be sure to check it out.

What: Playup Perth: KickstART Edition
When: Sat 29th April, 1pm- 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray St, Perth
Cost:  FREE! (RSVP Required)

Featuring games created by local youth, this all-ages edition of Playup Perth is a great way to try out the latest games in development and meet the people behind their creation. Not only will you get to try your hand at the latest unreleased games, you’ll have a hand in helping make them better.

Spaces are limited and the games are entertaining, so be sure you BOOK HERE to secure your place before going! Check out the Playup Perth website for more details of the games on show, as well as future playtesting events.

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Get started in Virtual Reality, with the VR Bootcamp

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Interested in virtual reality but not sure where to start? Check out VR Bootcamp this weekend to get grounded in this new creative space and see where it can take you, thanks to FTI and Frame VR.

What: VR BOOTCAMP
When: Sat 29th April, 10am- 2pm
Where: Northbridge Piazza Community Room, Cnr Lake ST & James ST
Cost:  $85 FTI Members | $100 General
Tickets: via FTI Event Page

The VR Bootcamp is designed for beginners to virtual reality. We will introduce you to the fundamentals of VR: what it is, what it can do, and how it can be applied creatively and commercially. Learn from industry experts, Frame VR, and try the latest VR experiences on cutting-edge hardware. The VR Bootcamp will inspire you with ideas on how to apply VR to your artistic and business endeavours, and you will be ready to bring VR thinking into your own work practices.

For all the details head on over to FTI’s website.
Spaces are limited so be sure to sign up soon!

Playup Perth VR Special

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It’s that time again, where you can test upcoming local games at Playup Perth. This one will be all about virtual reality, and special guest Lisa Chu from HTC Vive will be visiting to check out the excellent games being made in WA!

What: Playup Perth VR Special
When: Friday 24th of March, 6 – 10pm
Where: The Nostalgia Box. Shop 3, 16 Aberdeen ST, Perth
Cost:  $7 FTI Members | $10 General
Tickets: via Eventbrite

Please note: This is an 18+ event only.

Games set to showcase so far include…

1.) Burning Candle Software‘s Boondoggle is a VR music visualizer built on its own small custom engine. It aims to use pretty shadertoy style ray-marching to make unique visual effects to music.

2.) Scott Ludlam‘s WA 2.0 is an experimental showcase of models, scenarios and possibilities for taking back our future.

3.) Smash It Out‘s yet to be titled multiplayer team death match.

4.) Stirfire Studio‘s Symphony of the Machine. An ancient machine controls the weather and its creators are long gone. You must perform the ritual and come to understand its workings to save your crops.

For more details on Playup Perth and their special VR event, head on over to their website. If you’re a developer and have something you would like playtested, be sure to email