Explore WA Games at PAX Aus and Win!

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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!

SO…

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.

The Dark Room awaits you on Steam Early Access

Scratched Text reads: The Dark Room. On the left, what appears to be a young white-haired man leans in closely and stares as you, with a wide evil grin, intense eyes and a raised brow. On his shoulders sit dark layered armour covered in spikes, and in the distance an eerie yet unrecognisable glowing object.

Comedian and noted Perthonality John Robertson’s “The Dark Room” is a show that many have had the chance to enjoy, but few have had the chance to escape. If you fall into either of those camps you may find yourself dreadfully delighted to see the new PC version of The Dark Room, cooked up by the fine folks at Stirfire Studios. If you haven’t seen it yet? Oh my. Well, we really shouldn’t spoil the macabre surprise.

But we will though. Just a little bit. You will die.

This is the Dark Souls of text adventures, the BDSM of RPGs, it’d be a walking simulator, but only if you were walking through a minefield.

– via Steam

Tasked with finding a light switch buried somewhere in the depths of the logic-defying Dark Room, this love-letter to brutal 80’s text adventures is angling for laughs, but there’s no ignoring Stirfire’s top-notch motion capture work as well.

…to be quiet honest, the team behind producing the game have certainly brought the live show to smaller monitor screens brilliantly.

– via Blazing Minds

If your curiosity is piqued, you can check out the trailer below or pop over to the official website, but to give too much more away would rob you of the twists of gleeful malice that await you in The Dark Room. You can pick the game up on Steam Early Access as of today.

The end is nigh as Final Days hits Steam

Three player characters back up, shooting frantically at a horde of zombies pouring out of the darkness. Numbers fly across the screen as the bullets damage the endless undead enemies. Header URL links to Final Days game Steam page

Grab your mates and get ready to make the most of the apocalypse, because at last Final Days has come to PC. This arcade-stye zombie shooter has been in early access for the past two years on Steam, as developer +7 Software perfected the art of undead destruction. Now the floodgates have opened, and it’s time to battle it out to the very end.

Final Days is an intense arcade-style shooter where you battle relentless hordes of mutants. As the hordes grow into the hundreds, work together with your team to survive the frenetic onslaught.

Annihilate mutants, collect better ammo, rack up your score, and try to stay alive as long as you can. You may die, but your top scores will live on in the leaderboards! Team up with as many friends as you can muster. Add bots if you need some extra backup. Or even go it alone if you’re a total badass!

Can you survive?

To begin your last stand, direct your crew towards Final Days on Steam, or seek out other survivors with which to fight the hordes over at the official forums, or Discord 🧟

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]

Job Opportunity: Game Developer

Top right, St John Ambulance logo. Top left, text "Change Lives".
Job title Text reads: "Game Developer." URL links to job posting

Join the St John Ambulance team as a Game Developer, and be part of a team creating engaging digital and VR experiences. If you are a Perth-based developer familiar with Unity and programming (C# or C+ preferable), we encourage you to apply for this position! The role is on a full time position on a 12 month fixed-term contract.

What you’ll do:

  • Lead the Unity game engine coding development for our digital experiences
  • Manage the game development and technical production from end to end
  • Communicate and collaborate effectively within an fast-paced and innovative development team

Applications close 6pm, Friday 14th of September 2018. For full details visit the position advertisement, or you can visit stjohnchangelives.com.au, email or call 1800 086 751.

Join the Beta Test for DropIt AR App on iOS

Drop It Header Image

Make your mark on the real world with a simple tap of your phone, with new augmented reality app DropIt coming soon to an iPhone near you. Reaching out to the Let’s Make Games community, creators Voyant AR are looking for beta testers to put the app through its paces.

DropIt is an app that lets you create messages in augmented reality and drop them at specific locations in the real world for other people to find. Drops stay alive for 3 days (72 hours) before disappearing. But if you like someone’s drop, its life will be extended for another day (24 hours).

DropIt allows people to create their own augmented reality messages and communicate with friends, leave helpful tips for their community or make a public statement about an important issue.

Whether you’re an early adopter, adept app breaker, or even an otherwise average user, your testing skills will help hone this app prior to its official release. All you need is an iPhone 6S or later. To try your hand at this augmented reality, simply visit www.dropdropdropit.com and sign up!

Screenshots from the augmented reality app dropit, featuring an introductory page, a map, and a demonstration of how an emoji icon and speech bubble can be placed over a camera view from a phone.

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.

Is there something you want to see happen in the WA Games Space?

A photograph oh a room filled with game developers from Western Australia, taken following the Perth Games Festival

Let’s Make Games Wants YOU!

Let’s Make Games is currently looking for new members to fill key posts within the organisation. From the Operational Team (where you can make things happen like meetups, news articles and such), to the Committee (shaping the direction of the organisation), and most notably the Chairperson (keeping LMG organised & on track).

Whether you are passionate about making games of all types (video games, board games, pen’n’paper games and more!), or are just the kind of person who wants to use your skills to support others in the game-making space, WE WANT YOU!

Help guide the vision of the non-profit body that’s dedicated to helping local Game Devs (in all their guises) get the most out of their industry. Let’s Make Games is a volunteer, industry-targeted group built up of enthusiastic figures from within the Perth games ‘scene’ and we would love to see more people from across WA join us in sharing what our state has to offer. We are inclusive and non-discriminatory; if you would like to get involved but require additional support to do so or have any related queries, we are more than happy to assist.

Join us! Ask us how! Simply get in contact with Jess from the Operational Team via to find out more, or to raise your hand to get involved in the local community through LMG.

A large group photograph of the volunteers and organisers of the 2017 Perth Games Festival! URL links to larger version of image on Flickr, which can be downloaded free.

You too can be super awesome like these volunteers from the 2017 Perth Games Festival! What kind of events or initiatives do YOU want to see happen?

Job Opportunity: Platform Engineer

A military commander looks out the window of a space vessel, watching as a smaller craft explodesStudio logo: Black Lab Games

Black Lab Games, WA’s premier strategy game studio, are on the look out for a Platform Engineer. If you want to join a great team of developers, check out the details from the studio below. Application close Thursday, May 31st!

“We are a Perth-based game developer that specialises in strategy games. In 2017, we partnered with UK publisher Slitherine Games and Universal Studios to release “Battlestar Galactica Deadlock” on PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Unity programmer to join our team. The initial contract is for 6 months, with the potential for extension. You will be responsible for creating and maintaining all aspects the non-PC versions of existing and unannounced games.

This is an on-site role in our studio in the Perth northern suburbs.”

Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the games run at their absolute best on current generation console platforms
  • Manage the task of porting games to new platforms
  • Develop tools and technology to assist design and QA team implement gameplay features
  • Enhance and add features to existing game systems
  • Collaborate with other engineers and developers, and abide by teams standards and best practices

Assets:

  • Experience developing games or software with the Unity3D game engine
  • Experience working with non-PC devices, such as embedded systems or mobile devices
  • Double bonus points if you’ve worked with a current generation console!
  • Either a BS in Computer Science, or equivalent experience.

 

If this sounds like your kind of gig, be sure to send your resume to the Black Labs via jobs [AT] blacklabgames.com.au before May 31, 2018. Good luck soldier!

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