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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!

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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?

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

Full Perth Games Festival Wrap Up for 2017

A young boy in the foreground wears a virtual reality headset and is punching his arm forwards. In the background is a crowd of people playing computer games at the Perth Town Hall.

Once again the Perth Games Festival has been and gone, thanks to the involvement of great local developers, brilliant volunteers, and the WA game-making community. As the year comes to a close and you take a break to spend time with family (and perhaps play some of those games on your backlog), look back with us at the big event that was the 2017 Festival.

Get ready to find yourself in the photos, assess all the hubbub in the timelapse and showfloor videos, listen in to podcasts from the day, and prepare yourself for a whole new year of making and playing games in Western Australia!

Interviews with the Game-Makers  Logo: GameCloud. Url links to gamecloud website.

Perth-based games news site GameCloud have once again taken the time to get to know every exhibitor at the festival. You can read their 2017 Festival Report, plus the full coverage of interviews with the all game developers.

Find out how releasing free episodes affects development for a game like The Adventures of Squarewhat are the challenges of making a fandom-based game like The Coins of McGuffin TCG; and how do you make custom physical controls for a virtual game like Pinball VR+!

 

Photos

Here’s a small selection of the fun-filled Festival photos. Be sure to check out our full album on flickr (where you can grab copies of your pics), or you can tag yourself in our facebook album and send them to your mates.

 

Podcasts

A number of lovely local purveyors of game-related podcast joined us on the day, both on the main stage and wandering the show floor. Listen in as they talk about the event, and give you some insight into games to watch out for!

 

Timelapse

And of course we once again have the full Festival experience for you, in the form of the 2017 Timelapse below. Don’t blink, or you may miss seeing yourself zoom past!

 

Special Thanks

The Perth Games Festival is a free, volunteer-run event that simply would not be possible without the support of the Western Australian community. Let’s Make Games would like to say THANK YOU to all the Volunteers who step up to help make this event a reality, as well as the Festival Committee who spend their free time planning the event each year!! Remember if you are interested in making-games and working with the local gaming industry, be sure to join our facebook discussion group!

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.

Thank you Festival Volunteers!

 

We would also like to once again recognise the contribution of the amazing 2017 Festival Sponsors and supportive organisations, whose backing mean that Western Australian game-makers get the opportunity to show their works to the wider community, and take their projects to the next level.

 

Logo: City of Perth. Url links to City of Perth websitesText Logo: Binary Space. URL links to Binary Space website.

Logo: SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute. URL links to SAE main website.  Logo: Murdoch University. URL links to main Murdoch' Game Arts & Design webpage

Logo: Stirfire Studios. Url links to Stirfire main website.  Logo: Microsoft. Url links to Microsoft Australia's website.

Let’s Make Games: 2017 End of Year Party

The Let's Make Games logo, featuring a party hat and party horn. Image links to facebook page for Let's Make Games end of year party.

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.

 

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.

Free July Workshops: Intro to Unreal and VR with Unreal

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 to bring two free workshops on Unreal Engine to you! Hosted by SAE Institute Perth, these events are designed to introduce you to using Unreal, as well as run through how you can get started creating virtual reality experiences with it. No laptop necessary – just come along, take some notes and hang out with excellent industry folk.

What: Introduction to Unreal
When: Mon, July 3. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This introductory tutorial assumes participants have rudimentary 3D game development expertise, 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: Unreal Engine PERTH. The right side of the image is rendered in Unreal game engine. It depicts an action scene from a video game, futuristic solders hide with guns drawn behind cars. In the distance, a robot is has thrown a car which is exploding.

What: Getting Started in Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine
When: Tuesday, July 4. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

You will learn the basics of creating a VR project 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. Topics we’ll cover include: project setup, VR peripheral setup, building materials for VR, VR character setup, using the slice tool and configuring UI for VR projects. We will also cover design principles and VR performance optimization techniques.

 

For more information, visit the event pages for Introduction to Unreal and Getting Started in Virtual Reality with Unreal Engine. We hope to see you there!