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Playup Perth Saturday #11

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Looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend? Playup Perth is back again, this time with a range new locally-made tabletop games for you to try out.

What: Playup Perth Saturday #11
When: Saturday, 30th July, 1-4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street Perth
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an all ages event (Players 12 and under will need to be accompanied by a guardian)

Featured Games

  • Blocaganda, by Eeshwar Rajagopalan
    A 2-4 player strategy game where you blast your message across all forms of media to influence the public to make you into the mayor!
  • Snakez, by RAEZ
    A game where players control snakes around a board gaining size from eating power ups — but where larger snakes become more powerful and harder to control with small snakes more versatile!
  • Monte Carlo, by Darren Broad
    A casino-themed card game for 2-5 players. Play cards in a common area & place chips to manipulate their values to achieve your goals and win money.

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You can grab tickets for this battle of the boardgame via Eventbrite, or at the door on the day.  And if you’re interested in playing more locally-made games in the future, or testing out your very own games-in-progress, head on over to the Playup Perth website.

The Page: June Meetup

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The Page is a back again, with another meet-up event in Perth for writers, narrative designers and creatives interested in games and digital storytelling. The theme for this month’s meetup is “Normal”, so what is normal anyway?

Normality in games means something completely different than normality anywhere else. In a media form saturated in heroics and grand scale derring-do, what does it mean to Press A to brush your teeth?

Let’s talk about how games handle mundanity of everyday life, and what constitutes normality in game worlds. Are we over-saturated with magic and spaceships? What happens when a game embraces mundanity, like Gone Home or Firewatch?

What: The Page – June Meetup
When: Saturday, 25 June. Starting 1pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE!

For more details, head on over to the June Meetup event page.
You can also stay up to date with their plans and all things narrative via their main Facebook page.

IGDA Webinar Wednesday: Contemporary Issues in Game Design

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The International Game Developers Association runs regular handy talks for game developers by game developers. In next week’s #WebinarWednesday on Contemporary Issues in Game Design, WA-based game-maker Matthew Dyet of Citrus Shark will be sharing his experiences of making serious games.

Serious Games Don’t Need To be Serious

Serious Games have a reputation for being boring word dumps ending in a questionnaire asking what you learned. Our games fluctuate between trying to teach too much and being very little fun, or being great fun and teaching too little. In this talk, we’ll find a happy medium between education and fun, examine how a local West Australian company has remained successful by making fun learning experiences, and provide a solid argument for not being so serious about our serious games.

What: Serious Games Don’t Need To be Serious Webinar
When: Thursday, 30th June, 2016. 8am – 10am
Where: ~coming to you via your computer~
Registration: Free via IGDA

Other talks in the series include “The Presence and Absence of Chronic Health Conditions in Videogames” and “A Biologist’s Perspective on Creativity – and Science – in Game Design”. For all the details, head on over to the webinar event page on IGDA’s site.

Playup Perth Friday: Last Night at SK Special Edition

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Never been to one of FTI’Playup Perth event at SK Games? Or have you been to a Playup before and enjoyed your time? Well either way, this is your last chance to join the fun at everybody’s favourite game dev venue! Yes it’s the end of an era, with SK Games hosting its final Playup Perth next month (but fear not, more details on Playup Perth’s new location below!).

The first Playup held at SK was way back in September 2014, and since then it has become a much loved event location for local devs and players alike. We’ll be saying a warm, snuggly and slightly sad goodbye to our friends at SK, who have adventured on to Melbourne. This is of course not the end of Playup Perth though, as this excellent event will be back again next month at the wonderfully caffeinated venue that is Carpe Coffee.

What: Playup Perth Friday: Last Night at SK Special Edition
When: Friday, 1st July, 6pm til late
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an 18+ event

Featured Games

You can check out screenshots for these games below. The full line up for the night has yet to be announced though, so remember to check the Playup Perth website to stay up to date on all Playup related news.

Want to test your games at Playup Perth?

There’s still time! Simply fill out the Playup Perth form here.

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The Page: Talking Narrative in Games

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The Page is a monthly meet-up event in Perth for game writers, narrative designers, creatives and anyone interested in the stories of games. Coordinated by local game designer and writer Anthony Sweet, it’s a chance to talk all things narrative, from writing techniques through to the tales in games you love.

What: The Page – May Meetup
When: Saturday, 21 May. Starting 1pm
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE!

For more information, head on over to the May Meetup event page. You can also stay up to date with their catchup plans, not to mention tune in to all things narrative, over on their main Facebook page.

SK & Friendz 2.0 – Featuring Local Games and Music

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Local creatives Oscar Brittain and SK Games are coming together to put on an evening of great indie games and indie bands, with SK & Friends 2.0. These are the brains behind the likes of World’s Fastest Pizza and Catnips, both of which entertained and amused at the 2015 Perth Games Festival.

What: SK & Friends 2.0
When: 7.30pm Saturday, May 7.
Where: Babushka Leederville, 742 Newcastle Street, Leederville
Tickets: $10, available at the door.

Deliver pizza with the pride and professionalism of a Paper Boy with Freo made World’s Fastest Super Pizza and partner your Pizza with the salami loving boys of Hip Priest. Jump on Bear Surfin Mega Wave and compliment your ride with the telepathically sculpted sounds of Sealamb. Smash out some rounds of Downwell as your ears fall into the arms of Yaqui Yeti. Finally be mesmerized by the visuals of Panoramical and the sounds of People Like Us.

To stay up to date with the details, and to find out more about the indie games and bands set to feature, head on over the Facebook event page.

Playup Perth: Interstate Arcade Edition

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This month the Playup Perth love has been spread across the country and over the seas in what will be the very first Interstate Arcade Edition! Thanks to FTI, SK Games and The Interstate Game Exchange (an initiative which helps developers showcase their games at meetups across the country) you have the opportunity to try your hand at games made by local, interstate and international devs.

What: Playup Perth Interstate Arcade Edition
When: Friday, 29th April, 7pm til late
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald Street Northbridge
Tickets: $10 (regular) / $7 (FTI members) via Eventbrite
Extra info: This is an 18+ event

Featured Games

For all the details on the games, head on over to the main event page here. Don’t forget to visit the Playup Perth website to stay up to date with all Playup-related news. See you there!

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White Noise Underground: Free Workshops on Augmented & Virtual Reality

Northbridge Innovation Month: April 2016

For those interested in expanding their technological repertoire, there is a series of Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality Workshops on this week as part of the City of Perth’s Innovation Month.

“…Imaginarium VR will be presenting a series of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality workshops and experiences which will be held at the White Noise Underground Event in a unique secret venue within the previously disused underground tunnel at the Perth Concert Hall.”

What/ When:

  • VR Demos and Workshops – 13th April, 2016
  • AR Maker Day – 14th April, 2016 
  • VR Demo Day (plus 360 VR Cinema) – 15th April, 2016

Where: The Tunnel – Perth Concert Hall 5, St Georges Terrace
Tickets: Free via Eventbrite.

The spaces for each workshop are limited, so be sure to register! For all the details on this curious world of VR, AR and underground tunnels, head on over to the Eventbrite page.

Making Games in Perth: The Indie Story

Oz ComicCon Panel: Making Games in Perth

This weekend is the super cool geek fest that is Oz Comic-Con, and one of the panels for the day will be looking at our local gaming industry. Moderated by Ceri Hutton of Pixel Expo, the discussion will be covered by Perth-based game developers Aranda Morrison (Gnomic Studios), Garth Pendergrast (Stirfire Studios), Jess Watson (Let’s Make Games), and Liam Hunt (ByteSprite).

What: Making Games in Perth – The Indie Story (Oz Comic-Con Panel)
When: Sunday, April 3rd. 1.30pm
Where: STAGE 4 @ Oz Comic-Con, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
Tickets: Full details via the Oz Comic-Con website

A Panel of Perth’s own game developers talk about what it takes to get a game out there in the world and discuss all the trials and tribulations they personally went through to turn a concept into a fully playable product.

If you, or someone you know, are heading to Oz Comic-Con and are interested in finding out more about Perth’s games industry, then this is a panel worth catching. Invite them to the facebook event, or simple send them a link to the info page – we hope to see you there!

BONUS: The folks over at Pixel Sift (who regularly interview local game devs) will be hosting a live show on the day as well. Be sure to check it out too!

Come see us at Oz Comic-Con (2-3 April, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre). Buy your tickets today at Ozcomiccon.com

Workshop: Intro to Roleplaying Games

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Want to know more about the realm of Roleplaying Games, but don’t know where to start? Let local developer Eeshwar of Tripleqmark Productions help you get started in this upcoming workshop, hosted by the Rotaract Club of Rossmoyne.

What: Introduction to Roleplaying Games
When: Friday, April 15th. 6.45pm – 8.15pm
Where: Rossmoyne Senior High School. Keith Road, Rossmoyne, WA
Tickets: $5 via Rotaract, which covers the cost of nibbles!

Ever wondered what tabletop roleplaying games are about? Why do you use all those weird looking dice? And is that a balance sheet in front of you? In this light and friendly introduction to roleplaying games we’ll discuss all of these things and more, and you’ll get the chance to play a hero in a short game!

You can find out more about the Introduction to Roleplaying Games workshop via the Facebook event, or the Rotaract information page.