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Next Level One Co-Working Space

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Next Date for August:

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

The space is open from 9:30 to 5:00 every second 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. We also have 10 iMacs available if you don’t want to bring a laptop, as well as white boards and big flat screen tv.

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

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


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
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
 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
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

Perth Games Festival 2015 Logo

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.


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!

Tech Industry Taster Event for Women #WeSpeakCode<systers>

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Image via:öztürk

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!


‘Best Game’ Nominees Announced for the 27th West Australian Screen Awards

The fine folk at FTI have announced the successful nominees for the 27th West Australian Screen Awards (WASA), and 2015 is the third year that a games category has been included. Three local games have made their way onto the list, all quite varied in style and purpose.

As a bit of interesting background information, two of the nominations this year are for games that use novel control schemes, one of the titles has been developed as part of a therapeutic support program, and two of the studios featured have been nominated for the award on previous titles. But enough talk, on to the games!

And the nominees for Best Game are…


Drumbeats Quest - Screenshot

Drumbeats Quest, by HolyOake
(Drug & Alcohol Counselling and Support Service)

The Drumbeat Quest therapeutic program is a new health education resource for counsellors and educators based on the award winning Drumbeat program. Designed as an expansion to the original Drumbeat program, Drumbeat Quest innovates by using a video game as a tool for building social and emotional intelligence.


Catnips - Sk Games

Catnips, by SK Games

Catnips is a 2-team cat milking simulator. Described as “nifty” and “horrifying”, deep down catnips is just about love, nipples, survival and catmilk. Not the easiest to describe in one paragraph, keep an eye out and experience it yourself next time the cats are in town.


Square Heroes - Screenshot

Square Heroes, by Gnomic Studios

Square Heroes is a comical arena shooter featuring Online, LAN, Co-op and local multi-player and an arsenal of weapons to blast your friends out of the sky! Hone your skills and level-up your character in the single-player Tournament, or skip straight to the main event and challenge your friends in one of the hilarious and frantic online skirmish modes.


Congratulations and best of luck to this year’s nominees! The winners will be announced at the 27th WASA Gala Awards Ceremony on 29 June, 2015. This red carpet celebration is set to include special VIP guests, fancy food and drink, and will be attended by film industry leaders, WA screen practitioners, media, sponsors and industry partners. If you’re interested in attending, tickets are available via Ticketek.

The Business of Games Masterclass

Business Of Games Workshop

There is a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes to develop a game, but one important aspect that just doesn’t get enough love from indie devs is the business side of things. To assist local developers in getting the best start for their game, FTI have teamed up with eGroup to present The Business of Games Masterclass. Presented by Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie, this session seeks to give you the business knowledge needed to turn your good game into a successful game.

This masterclass will cover the two fast growing market segments of the games industry — mobile and indie — explaining their business models, value chains and potential investment opportunities. The masterclass will also provide an overview of the Steam platform and provide an initial watch list for investors

What: The Business of Games Masterclass
When: Thursday 18th June, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, 2nd Floor, State Library of WA
Cost: $25
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

If you’re keen to build the basis for a successful game business, this session is certainly worth attending. For more information, or to grab a ticket, simply head on over to the Eventbrite page.

Level One Co-working Space

Level One - Co-working Space Logo

Western Australia may be a far away and expansive state, but still our game development community is thriving. We have honed our skills at working independently and remotely, but we also appreciate the importance of catching up with fellow creators to brainstorm, problem-solve, debrief, and most importantly stay inspired. And it is for this very purpose that the Level One co-working space was created.

[Level One is] Perth’s first ever co-working space just for game makers hosted by FTI in partnership with Murdoch University.

The space is open from 9:30 to 5:00 every second 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. [They] also have 10 iMacs available if you don’t want to bring a laptop, as well as white boards and big flat screen tv.

What: Level One: Popup Co-working for Game Makers
When: Thursday, 11 June 2015, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Where: FTI Training Lab, 2nd Floor, State Library of WA
Cost: FREE (but RSVP are essential)!
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

For more information check out the Level One website, or to get straight in on this excellent event simply head on over to the Eventbrite page.

Grand City: Live-Action Gangster Playtest

Grand City - Gangster Game Banner

We’ve all heard the saying, “The family that plays together, stays together”, but what if your family is a major player in the criminal underworld? Well, then playtime can get a little… intense.

Introducing Grand City, a live-action social game in which 20 players become a part of the sinister 1940’s underworld. Over the course of two hours you will find your place in one of three major crime families, and do your part to ensure they come out on top. The game’s developer, Handwritten Games, will be holding a special playtest event as part of Playup Perth, where you can get in early and act as their informant on the process.

What: Playup Perth #6: Grand City
When: Friday 29th May, 5:30pm – 9pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street Perth
Cost: $12 (FTI members) / $17 (regular) 
Tickets: Available via Eventbrite

Purchasing a ticket will not only give you access to the seedy underworld of Grand City, but also includes the supply of delicious pizza from the old country* to get you in the right mindset. Places are limited, so if you think you got the moxie for the job, head on over to the Eventbrite page now!

*Pizza may or may not be from the old country. Your mileage on authentic mafia pizza may vary. Gluten free & vegetarian options are available however.


Disclaimer: In the interest of transparency, please note that the author of this article (and sole news writer at LMG) is associated with the Handwritten Games studio, as part of a separate games project.