COGZ makes the shortlist for Boardgames Australia’s Best Aus Game Award

Logo: COGZ. A Christmas ribbon, bordered by holly, sits on the top left edge, with the text "Gift Option". 3 Smaller logos across the top read "Color-blind accessible," "RAEZ" and "Mensa Endorsed". URL links to the boardgame's online store.

Festival favourite COGZ, the tabletop game of gears and cogineers, was recently shortlisted in Boardgames Australia’s Best Australian Game Award. Congratulations to the cognizant creator RAEZ, for being recognised on the list for the second year running!

What factors into the deciding the ultimate tabletop game in the Best Australian Game Awards? Well, Boardgames Australia take into consideration such factors as replayability, scalability, value for money, quality components, a good skill vs. luck dynamic, anything that makes it stand out. So we think it’s fair to say that this particular Perth-made game must be a top prize for any tabletop aficionado to take home.

For the complete catalog of high-quality Australian games, head on over to the 2017 Best Australian Game Award shortlist. And of course if you’re looking for a excellent extra christmas gift why not order yourself a copy of COGZ! 🎄🎁

Card game Evolve: Lights of the Deep advances on Kickstarter

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Explore ocean depths while advancing your little amoeba-self, with Evolve: Lights of the Deep, a new card game by Lionfish Games. Nearing their Kickstarter goals as we speak, this evolutionary experience for 2 – 4 players is a beautiful offering from the studio, and no doubt an excellent addition to any tabletop collection.

“Evolve: Lights of the Deep is fast-playing card game set in the abyssal depths of the ocean. Within the all-consuming darkness of the sea, each player begins life as a single-celled organism and must go through evolutionary progressions to become the most complex life form. Evolve is a competitive game that involves aspects of hand management, tactical decision making and a take-that style of sabotage.”

Watch the Kickstarter video below for an intro to the game, complete with fancy glowing amoeba, or head on over to the Kickstarter campaign. For more information on the studio, as well as a screen-reader compatible description of the game, head on over to the Lionfish Games website.

Let’s Make Games: 2017 End of Year Party

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2017 is coming to a close, and what a year it has been! WA has seen award winners at the Tokyo Games Show, the Australian Game Developer Awards, and a shortlisting in Board Game Australia’s Best Australian Game; not to mention several Women in Games Awards recipients! There have been a wide range of events throughout the year to keep us entertained, from PlayUp Perth to the Game Foundry, PotLucks to The Page, and of course the Perth Games Festival, Unconference and Global Game Jam. New opportunities have arisen through successful Kickstarters, microgrants, and jobs, but so too have some doors have closed.

So we would like to invite you, dear community, to join us in celebrating the year that was on Friday, Dec 8th. This is a casual event for all game-makers; come along and say hello, meet new people and have some fun!

What: Let’s Make Games End-Of-Year Gathering
When: Friday 8 December, 7pm till late
Where: The FireHouse, 48 Lake Street (corner of Francis & Lake) Northbridge
RSVP: via Facebook

Other Info: Light nibbles will be supplied, but BYO refreshments (alcohol or otherwise); a drinks fridge is available onsite.

 

♿ Accessibility: This venue is not wheelchair accessible, due to steps at each entrance. Volunteers are available to assist in moving mobility scooters or wheelchairs over these threshold, but we understand that this is not an optimal situation. We apologise for the inconvenience, and efforts will be made in future to better accomodate all community members.

 

The Draft Banquet serves up on Kickstarter

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Plan your dinner while playing cards with friends, in Draft Banquet, the latest from Dark Mirror Games now on Kickstarter. A popular meal at the recent Perth Games Festival, this game ends with an ingredients list that’s partially planned, a little bit arbitrary, and will result in some creative cooking!

“The Draft Banquet combines card drafting game mechanics and social cooking to bring you this short game for potlucks, feasts and banquets where you get to eat the results. Creative foodies who love a challenge may also find it useful as a solo inspirational tool.”

Find out how to play the game by watching the video below, or heading over to the Kickstarter page here. You can also check out Dark Mirror Games’ previous tabletop release Banishment over on their website.

PlayUp Perth Microgrants

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Local playtest initiative PlayUp Perth are working hard to help up-and-coming developers take their projects to the next level, with new funding packages for showcased games. If you are a local developer who has shared your game at any of their testing events in the last two years, you’re eligible to apply!

Playup Perth, in partnership with City of Perth is proud to announce a pilot funding initiative designed to accelerate Perth’s games and creative innovation sector, including the burgeoning VR/AR/MR (virtual, augmented and mixed reality) industry. Currently the only funding available to WA game creators, Playup Perth – supported by the City of Perth — are giving out 3 microgrants to prototypes that have been featured at Playup Perth over the past two years.

Applicants will be judged on innovation, creativity, market potential and most impactful use of the funds. Winners will be announced at the final PlayUp event for 2017, with one local developer walking away with a $1000 grant, and two more receiving grants of $500 each.

How to Apply…

» Head on over to the Playup Perth Creative Innovation Micro Grant Application.  You can also check out their original announcement for their media release and insight into the goals of the initiative.

Applications close Dec 8 2017, 11:59pm Perth Time!

LMG Statement on Community Conduct

Let’s Make Games (LMG) in a non-profit association that supports the game development community of Western Australia. Games are a common thread that link people from all walks of life, and in line with this LMG actively supports a safe environment for all to come together around this craft.

We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that harassment, intimidation and abuse have no place in the games community.

Members of the game development industry in Western Australia, whether experienced veterans or aspiring students, are expected to conduct themselves with maturity and professionalism. Similarly, we encourage gamers to be respectful of others in this space, players and creators alike, as this is a community formed around a shared appreciation of the medium.

Whether you look at games on a global scale or locally, this is neither a new nor young industry. Games have been made in our state alone for over 25 years, and we require diverse, creative and inquisitive people in order to continue to mature and grow. It is solely through the support and efforts of compassionate local developers that this community exists today; individuals who refuse to exhibit a basic level of common decency towards others are not welcome at our events or in community spaces.

We would like to thank the developers of Western Australia who are working to improve the industry, and who stand against racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia and any other form of discrimination. Let’s Make Games will endeavour to create a positive and safe environment for those who enjoy making games and experiences.

We encourage all game-makers and players within our community to support one-another, so that we can continue to appreciate games together. More details on our Community Guidelines are available on our website.

Job Opportunity: Snr iOS Developer

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Perth startup Formalytics are working on an augmented reality training app for soccer, and are looking for a Senior iOS Developer to join their squad. Utilising computer vision to track the ball, the app calculates the speed and trajectory in order to help users improve their kicks over time. Here’s what Formalytics are looking for in their latest recruit:

We’re seeking a senior iOS developer to help take us to global release. Specifically, we’re looking for a developer who has experience with Swift, Git, unit testing and has a few apps under their belt. Bonus points awarded for a strong background in maths and/or 3D graphics.

Check out the app trailer below for more details on the app itself. To apply for the Senior iOS Developer position, send your resume and/or a link to your portfolio to tech [at] formalytics.io

Pot Luck 2.0 – My First Game

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Join the Pot Luck Collective for an relaxed evening playing some of the very first games made my local artists and developers. From games developed in the DOS era, to early tales in Twine, this lo-fi games initiative is about appreciating all creative mediums and coming together to have some fun!

Event Details…

What: Pot Luck 2.0 – My First Game
When: Friday, 17 November 2017. 7pm – 10.30pm
Where: See the Facebook Event page for more details

Short Summary…

Keeping it real ‘Perth’ this time, we’ll be exhibiting a collection of local devs ‘first’ games.
Where did they come from? How did they get here? Perhaps their first game will tell you. Perhaps it’ll will just be bad.
It’s going to be hilarious and insightful and if its neither of those at least there will be leaft over homebrew.

 

To keep up to date with the collective, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can check out images of some of the games lined up for Pot Luck 2.0 below, but there are still more to be announced (plus future creative capers) so stay tuned to their channel!

SAVE THE DATE: Perth Games Festival 2017 takes on Town Hall Saturday, Nov 25th

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On November 25th, the Perth Town Hall will once again be filled to the brim with Western Australia games that you can play for free, as the Perth Games Festival returns for 2017! Here’s what you need to know to have a day of awesome free fun.

What: Perth Games Festival
When: 25 November, 10am – 5pm.
Where: Perth Town Hall, cnr of Barrack St & Hay St, Perth
Tickets: Free!! Invite your friends via the Facebook Event Page.

♿ Accessibility: The Perth Town Hall is wheelchair/ mobility scooter accessible, and will include Auslan interpreters at all Panels. For more information, including Visual, Hearing, Mobility features and Additional Support, visit the PGF Accessibility page.

 

[ unCONFERENCE: EXTENDED PLAY ]

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To celebrate the end the Perth Games Festival Weekend for 2017, we’ll be hosting our third ever Extended Play Unconference on Sunday, 26 November. This casual afternoon is set to feature informal talks and discussion on game development. It’s a free event, and all are welcome – but please note that spaces are limited so book your ticket to Extended Play via Eventbrite.

 

[ PRESS (A) TO JOIN ]

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This event simply could not happen without community support; so why not be a Perth Games Festival volunteer this year? Whether you enjoy making or playing games, are an aspiring developer or seasoned veteran, have gotten involved before or are new to all this; now is a great time to get involved and help us show off the great games (and games community) we have in Western Australia.

Find out more about being a Festival Volunteer here!

 

For more information on this upcoming event of local gaming excellence, check out the official Perth Games Festival website. You can also keep an eye on the Perth Games Festival main Facebook page, 2017 event page, or Twitter.

BrambleLash branches out and takes Tokyo Game Show’s Indie Grand Prize

Image text reads: Tokyo Gam Show 2017 A poster for the game Bramblelash, with a large sticker stating "Indie Prize Nominee: 4Gamer.net". The Bramblelash banner image depicts two of the games playable plant-creatures with vines outstretched towards each other in a style mimicking Michelangelo's famous painting "The Creation of Adam".

Taking the world by storm, Perth-made game BrambleLash was recently awarded the Indie Grand Prize by 4Gamer.net at the 2017 Tokyo Game Show, alongside another Australian title Yonder: The Cloud Catcher Chronicles! The purpose of these awards is to ‘discover new stars’, and local studio Bytesprite have no doubt ensnared a thicket of new fans from their travels.

Here’s what 4Gamer.net had to say about it…

“「BrambleLash」は,2人のキャラクターの間に生まれるゴムのような物体を敵に当てて倒していくアクションゲーム。マルチプレイではもう一方のキャラクターと息を合わせてのプレイが必要で,試遊台では初対面のプレイヤー同士の間でも笑顔や歓声が生まれ,非常に盛り上がっていたのが印象的だった。”

BrambleLash is an action game where you destroy the enemy by stretching a rubbery object between two characters. In multiplayer, it’s necessary to breathe alongside the other character, and smiles and cheers were born even between players who met for the first time at the test stand; it was impressive how exciting it was.”

(Note: This is a very loose translation; don’t hold us to the exact wording!)

If you’re interested in some co-op chaos of your own, Bytesprite is available now on Steam! You can also check out some of the photos from the event below, with thanks to the Bramblelash crew and Abylight Studios on twitter.