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November Games Events: A Guide to PIGW

Bottom left text reads "A cheeky guide to your #P-I-G-W, xox Sof." In the centre of the image sits a Circular logo for Perth Games Festival 2018, obscuring a blank and white photograph of Sofie Mather, an event organiser within the W.A. game development community. The logo has an angled ring around it similar to the planet Saturn, and a collection of stars sit in the top left corner.

November is packed full of events showcasing West Australian games, and bringing people together in Perth to appreciate them. So local community champion Sof, pictured above, has prepared for you a guide to what is lovingly being referred to as #PIGW – a cheeky reference to a certain popular games week elsewhere that some of you may know…

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SO WHAT’S ON OFFER AT PIGW 2018??
Pronounced “Pig-Wuh” this is the annual developer scramble to relish in the delights of the Perth game scene in all its dimensions. This year we’ve got a humble but tasty line up for you including some hard-hitting questions for local Kickstarter success stories, a questionable but lovable house party to celebrate Perth made games, some high-quality student showcasing, plus much much more!

 

1. Playup Perth – Friday, Nov 9 

As a delicious entrée to #PIGW you’ll be able to catch the latest 18+ Playup Perth event TONIGHT (Friday, Nov 8) at Riff in the CBD. Tickets include entry, nibbles and softies with a cash bar for those who like something a little stronger. Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup, but for more details head to the Playup Perth website.

Thumbnail images from games and studious showcasing at Playup Perth. From left to right, top to bottom these are: Project:Singularity, TeleBlast, Ned, Rhythm Hunter, Bongo Cowbellie, Panda Pilots, Monumental Indonesia, WOOZE – Ladies Who Lunch With Me, and Nurse Shark Games. URL links to Playup Perth event page.


2. Let’s Talk Games – Friday, Nov 16

Back again for a second round of chilled chats and some neato hangz at 48 Lake ST, Let’s Talk Games will be bringing together some Perth success stories to discuss what it takes to make it through Kickstarter alive. Registration is FREE but seats for the panel are limited. For more info check out the Eventbrite page!
This event has been generously supported by Lets Make Games, King Tide Studio and Stirfire Studios.

A room of people sitting, listening to a talk. Over it, the text reads "Let's Talk Games". URL links to eventbrite ticket page for next talk.

 

3. Potluck Bootleg Edition – Saturday, Nov 17

After a big year of trashy alt-game house parties, the Potluck Collective will be celebrating the Perth Games Festival with their Bootleg Edition! They’re matching dev against dev and doing a call to to arms to reproduce, remake or demake the game hits of Perth! Expect heartfelt homages, disappointing sequels, homemade beers and some house party vibes.

NOTE: Why not bootleg a Perth game this weekend and submit it to the party?!

A crude and childlike fan art drawing of a selection of Perth games, from left to right: A red flower person from Bramblelash, a smiling waving yellow cube from Square Heroes, a cat with stomach exposed from Catnips, a blobby headed mutant from Paradigm, and an angry girl all in pink wearing a crown from Freedom Fall.

 

4. Murdoch Senior Showcase – Thursday, Nov 22

Murdoch’s senior students will be bringing us the goods with a full day of games, playtesting and talks. Check out what they’ve been working hard on all year, grab a cuppa and hear from a few industry professionals to round out the day. Come play some senior student games!

Text reads "Murdoch Games Showcase", and Art by Solomon Anthony. A xbox game controller sits in the foreground with the text, in the background an illustration of a samurai-like robotic warrior with a skull face showing beneath his helmet.

 

5. Perth Games Festival – Saturday, Nov 24

YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS! #Perthgamesfest

Perth Games Festival 2018 Logo

 

6. Extended Play – Unconference – Sunday, Nov 25

A Perth favourite [?¿] , if you haven’t been before you should this time; If you haven’t spoken at this before, you should this time. This baby is all goodness. Just a casual afternoon of informal talks, discussions and probably a BBQ.

Text over a doubled image in pink and blue tones, of a square window, an arch window, and a circle window. Text reads discuss/ relax/ BBQ/ chat. Extended Play. Playful Unconference. Sunday 25th November 11am - 4pm.

 

Everything that you enjoy and see at #PIGW is put together with much love and sweat.
Make sure you have a great time and be good to each other.
XOX [Guest blogger] SOF

Travel Funding Grants for Game Devs

Text reads Games Industries. Four Icons below it represent a virtual reality headset, two hands holding and touching a phone screen, two hands holding a gaming controller, and the side profile of a head containing a stylised circuitboard or brain-like outline of Western Australian.

As part of the WA Government’s New Industries Fund and the Games Industry Growth Pilot initiative, up to 10 local game developers will be able to access the new International Access Pass program which provides funding to assist with travel to major industry conferences. Individuals can apply for up to $5,000, and applications are open until until 5pm AWST on Thursday, 22 November 2018.

Free Information sessions will be running for the next week across the Perth metro area, as well as a teleconference for WA developers further afield. Check out the details below, and get ready to head off to the likes of GDC and GamesCom.

Information Session Dates/Times:

For more details on the International Access Pass, including Financial Fact Sheets and Budget Templates, head over to the News Industries WA Website.

Upcoming Event: Playup Perth #15

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

PlayUp Perth is back again, with a selection of nine new local games for you to test out. There’s an excellent lineup of both tabletop and digital games on show, so here’s the full list of the fun things you’ll be able to get your hands on: Fluttering Souls by Nurse Shark Games, Ned by PeeBee Games, Project:Singularity by Glitched Umbrella Studio, Monumental Indonesia by Jeremy Snyder, Panda Pilots by Echidna Studios, Bongo Cowbellie by Nathan Scott, WOOZE – Ladies Who Lunch With Me by Ellie Balson, Rhythm Hunter by Different Game Studio, and TeleBlast by Tim Velette.

What: PlayUp Perth #15
When: Friday, 9th November, 6pm – Late
Where: Riff, 45 St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000 (Wheelchair accessible)
Tickets: $15 via EventBrite

For more details on the games, and the excellent event that is PlayUp Perth, head on over to http://playupperth.org/playup-perth-15/

Boxes of the butterfly-themed boardgame Fluttering Souls, by Joel Lewis. Three are stacked on the right, one is flipped on it's side on the left.A small but grizzled Ned Kelly stands looking at a winding trail of rock-like platforms, dotted with glowing bars of gold. Gnarled trees stretch into the distance, and an ominous green mist hovers over the ground beneath the platforms. URL Links to PlayUp Perth Event Page
A retro styled scene with an orange/yellow sun against a purple/pink sky. Two palm trees sit in front of the large sun, as a bird chaaracter sits on the back of a dashing bear, and looks back at a menacing giant bug boss flying behind them. URL links to Playup Perth event page

Explore WA Games at PAX Aus and Win!

Primary Text reads WA Games Passport, and Let's Make Games Logo. Poster featuring characters fighting, a Robot with blades for hands, a giant ant, a grimacing white-haired man with spikey shoulder pauldron, and a Black woman with a spiked baseball bat.

This week is Melbourne International Games Week and right at the very end is PAX Australia. In 2018 we have five great developers showcasing their games at PAX Aus as part of PAX Rising. Together they decided that doing something neat was the order of the day; So we present to you the WA Games Passport!

The idea is simple, visit any of the booths listed below to pick up your WA Games Passport and start your journey. Each developers will also have one of five secret letter; Find all these WA developers, write each letter down, and it forms a secret URL you can enter here on letsmakegames.org to enter the draw to win one of three EB Games vouchers (valued at $100, $30 and $20 respectively).

To start, just visit one of the five WA Games booths and ask for a passport!

Oh and one final thing, massive thanks to these developers for coming to the table AND to Lisa Rye for doing the brilliant cover art for this project!

 

THE GAMES

TeleBlast LogoTeleBlast

By: Tim Veletta
Stand: AIS4
Website: https://teleblastgame.com

Explosive and fast-paced multiplayer game where you have to teleport and blast to win!

Created by Tim Veletta at this years Perth Global Game Jam, Tim has smoothed off the rough edges, built out the game and it’s now about to hit EA on steam! Oh and it’s part of this year’s PAX Australian Indie Showcase, so they’ve done a great job!

Collateral Damage - Cover ArtCollateral Damage: Battle Over Tyzanite

By: Artisans Games
Stand: Booth 30
Website: https://artisansgames.com/collateral-damage

Fight against your friends as one of many unique robots, brawling to secure the last resources of their crumbling planet.

After having been built over the past year and a bit, the team has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to finish the game which you can also check out here.

Ghoul Britannia Key ArtGhoul Britannia: Land of Hope and Gorey

By: Binary Space
Stand: Booth 50
Website: http://binaryspacegames.com/land-of-hope-and-gorey

The UK has caused the worst to happen, the dead now roam the earth. Help Hope and her zomBFF, Dave, get out safely.

Saxon Druce and the Binary Space team have been working for over a year on this unique point-and-click adventure game. This project has been a joy to watch and you’ll be able to check it out in more detail this weekend!

Little Bit Lost - Ants on a CanLittle Bit Lost

By: King Tide Studios
Stand: Booth 41
Website: http://littlebitlostgame.com

Being small in size means you’re in for a big adventure! You awake to find yourself smaller than an ant, can you fight to survive?

Grae has been working on Little Bit Lost for a while but this year formed a team with other Perth devs. It’s early days but this survival game is shaping up well and it’s already on itch.io!

The Dark RoomThe Dark Room

By: Stirfire Studios
Stand: Booth 55
Website: http://thedarkroomgame.com

YOU AWAKE TO FIND YOURSELF IN A DARK ROOM! The abusive retro-styled comedy puzzler! Drink in the horror of 1980’s gaming!

Gather what’s left of your wit, outsmart and survive the horrors that the dark room has set out for you. From the twisted comedic genius of John Robertson. Also the team will be there with a Pinny-Arcade pin of The Dark Room too!

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In summary, check out these five great games at PAX Rising and there will be plenty of others to play along the way. We can’t wait to see you there!

 

Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article is associated with one of the games listed in this initiative.

Free Unreal Engine Workshops: Getting Starting and Technical Art & VFX

Text reads: Unreal Engine PERTH. The right side of the image is rendered in Unreal game engine. It depicts a both chasing a red kite over a grassy hill. He is facing away from the camera, wearing an orange backpack, a baseball shirt and jeans. In the background are green rocky mountains and a blue clouded sky.

Let’s Make Games has teamed up with Epic Games once again to bring you two free workshops on Unreal Engine. Hosted by SAE Institute Perth, the first event is perfect for beginners looking to pick up or learn more about Unreal and the second dives deeper into visual effects techniques for those who already have a bit of Unreal knowledge under their belt. No laptop necessary – just come along, take some notes and hang out with excellent industry folk.

Getting Started with Unreal Engine

When: Thursday, Sept 27. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 116-120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This introductory tutorial assumes participants have basic 3D game development understanding, 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.

 

Text reads: Technical Art and VFX (Visual Effects) with Unreal Engine. Hosted by SAE Qantm: Creative Media Institute. Logos include Unreal Engine Logo, and Epic Games.

Technical Art & VFX with Unreal Engine

When: Friday, Sept 28. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 116-120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This tutorial assumes participants have basic previous experience with UE4 and will build upon fundamentals to demonstrate how to develop effects, level tools and enhance their existing projects. These effects will be developed using Blueprints which are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome.

 

For more information, visit the event pages for Getting Started with Unreal and Technical Art & VFX with Unreal Engine. We hope to see you there!

[Author: Jon Solmundson]

Upcoming Event: Let’s Talk Games

A room of people sitting, listening to a talk. Over it, the text reads "Let's Talk Games". URL links to related facebook event page.

Listen to interesting talks about making games, while catching up with other WA game-makers at our first Let’s Talk Games event on Friday. This casual evening is for local game-makers, whether you are an indie developer, student, aspiring creator or hobbyist – we want to spend some time with you!

About this Event:

“LET’S TALK GAMES is a semi regular evening of industry talks, casual networking and chilled drinks.
We will be starting off the evenings with a talk presented by our main speaker for the evening followed by games and chit chats.
Light refreshments provided and BYO welcome.

We’re pleased to announce that to kick off the ‘Let’s Talk Games’ series we’re going back to where it all began for Perth game development with Brendan Ragan recaping on the history of our local industry and it’s communities roots. If you managed to catch Brendans talks on our local history at the last few ‘PGF Unconferences’ you’ll know it’s a passionate and insightful story!”

To ensure you get all the updates for this event, join the event on Facebook. If you would like to hear about other events and news for West Australian game-developers, be sure to join the Let’s Make Games discussion group.

Free Game Dev Coworking Space

A television mounted to the wall, with the text "loading.space" with an image of a progress bar filling up beneath it. URL links to game dev coworking space facebook page

Introducing Loading Space!

Let’s Make Games are returning in 2018 with an exciting co-working hub known as LOADING SPACE! This weekly event means everyone can get together, work on cool stuff, and just generally enjoy being a developer in Perth.

What: Loading Space Coworking Thursday
Who: Any and all game-makers (devs, hobbyists, students & more!)
When: Thurs, 10am – 9:30pm (All ages welcome, but 18+ from 6:30pm)
Where: 48 Lake St, Northbridge
Cost: Free!!

For updates, join the Loading Space Facebook page or follow us on Twitter.

What do I need to bring?

If you want to join us just bring what you need to work on, be it tech or analog (pen and paper is still awesome).  Let us know if you need a loaner laptop or PC as we do have some limited capacity there.

Loading Space is operated by Let’s Make Games and powered by Stirfire Studios.  We are able to run this initiative thanks to a group of dedicated and reasonably cool volunteers. We will be looking to grow this space over time, so if you’re a developer or studio interested in seeking a long-term work space solution, email the group at  loading.space@letsmakegames.org

Play games that were made in just one weekend at After the Jam!

Global Game Jam 2018 went off amazingly well with the theme of “Transmission,” making for great collection of interesting games. 80 jammers created over 30 games across one weekend (which you can check out here), but alas we did not get time to play each other’s games after the event!  Therefore Let’s Make Games shall once again be having an annual “After the Jam” event, where everyone is invited to come enjoy this eclectic mix of creative games made super quickly.

Global Game Jam Perth: After the Jam!

  • Where: Nostalgia Box, 3 18/16 Aberdeen St, Perth WA 6000
  • When: 6pm to 9pm, Saturday 10th February
  • Tickets: Free for Jammers, $10 for everyone else via Eventbrite.
  • RSVP: via the Facebook Event
  • Please note: This will be a alcohol free event.

Without the assistance of our sponsors, SAE Institute Perth and The Nostalgia Box, Let’s Make Games could not have had this years’ global game jam at all. A special thanks also goes to the very kind people at Pixel Sift who wrote up an article about the jammers, and Gamecloud who sent serial jammer Nick Ballantyne to jam with us and tell everyone how it all went down.

We hope to see everyone at After the Jam!

Global Game Jam Hits Perth for 2018

#GGJPerth (Global Game Jam Perth) at SAE Institute, Northbridge

Signup to the 2018 Global Game Jam site in Northbridge, to join us for a full weekend of making games! No experience necessary, and you can work with folks you know or team up with new friends. Brought to you by Let’s Make Games and SAE Institute Perth!

What kind of game can you make in 48 hours (give or take) of crafting, creating, testing and enjoying game development with like minded colleagues and friends?  Come join us and find out! Either grab a team of people you know, or make some new friends on the day; listen to the opening keynote, note the theme and get to work!  You’ll have until Sunday afternoon to create one or more games surrounding the theme.  All rules are off (unless you like rules) and you can create anything from tabletop, analog, experimental, physical, AR and of course video game wise.  Your imagination and sleep are the only restrictions!

  • Where: SAE Institute Perth, 116-120 Roe St, Northbridge WA 6003
  • When: From 3pm Friday January 26, through to 7pm Sunday January 28.
  • Cost: $15 a ticket to help cover costs.
  • Signup: Get started at the Global Game Jam Website.

How does it work?

Everyone gathers on Friday late afternoon, watches a short video keynote with advice from leading game developers, and then the secret theme is announced. All sites worldwide are then challenged to make games based on that same theme, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon.

As per always, we will have plenty of space for you to bring your laptop or desktop to hook up and jam away. You can order food with us when you sign up, and there will also be eating spaces, room to sleep, and on-site security.

What do I bring?

  • Computer(s)/laptop(s)
  • Art tools
  • Software tools and APIs
  • Snack food and drinks (water!) [limited snacks provided]
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Various changes in clothes
  • Anything required for sleeping arrangements

For More Details…

More information can be found on our Global Game Jam page, however if you have any specific questions please contact

Test out Augmented Reality with West Coast Mixed Reality

Header text: Testing Augmented Reality App. On the right, the logo for West Coast Mixed Reality, on the left an icon of a scientific beaker with liquid.
West Coast Mixed Reality has been creating great augmented reality (AR) experiences for a while now and they have been working hard on an AR app that places interactive experiences in the real world. This Saturday, December 23rd, they are looking for people to come into Forrest Place to playtest their latest Augmented Reality project!
No prior experience necessary, and they will supply you with the device and headphone for the full experience (though you can bring your own headphones if you prefer). So if you’re in the city this weekend, why not try out some fun new tech for 5 to 10 minutes? Your feedback will help shape the development of a local app.

What: AR App Testing for West Coast Mixed Reality
When: Saturday December 23, 12-1pm.
Where: City of Perth “iCity” Information Booth (cnr Forrest Place and Murray St Mall)
Tickets: Free!

About the App:

A circle with the text "Chombo" within it.Project Chombo is an iOS app that plays with the idea of location-based content, placing interactive AR experiences at specific geolocations in the real world. Blurring the boundary between what is real and unreal, Chombo is an exciting playground for creators, developers and audiences to explore.

Chombo will be released in early 2018.”

Be sure to head to the iCity Info Booth in Forrest Place (Perth City) this Saturday to check out West Coast Mixed Reality’s neat AR app for free. For more information on this event, drop an email to the WCMR crew via hello [at] westcoastmixedreality.com