Knowledge Week is coming up, with events designed to celebrate Perth’s achievements in technology, education and innovation. For those interested in stepping into the gaming realities of the future, a special workshop is scheduled on Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Games.
Join game designer and entrepreneur Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie in this intensive hands-on workshop, where you will gain direct insight into the future of games. You will think and see the world like a game designer, learn about the most exciting virtual and augmented-reality game projects, and even try your hand at Stirfire Studios’ locally created VR game, Symphony of the Machine. There are limited spaces, so book soon.
What: VR, AR & Games Workshop
When: Friday, 21 October 2016. 9am – 1:15pm.
Where: City of Perth Library, Auditorium
Tickets: $99 (includes light refreshments) available here.
For more details on this workshop, or the other events set for Knowledge Week, simply head on over to the official event page.
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.”
- 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.
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.
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).
Always keen to support the gaming types of Perth, the good folk at FTI have organised another informative event to help us get the best out of our games. Presented by Christy Dena, a writer-designer-director and lecturer with many an award/game/digital project to her name, event will explore the depths depths of games and the messages we can convey through them.
In this lecture and workshop, we will delve into the design of games that have a message, are personal, philosophical, transformational, or focus on the emotional journey. On top of game design techniques, deep games involve different processes and design considerations. To illuminate how they can be designed more effectively, various deep games will be deconstructed to highlight the writing and design techniques employed. In the workshop we will apply different methodologies to develop deep game ideas.
What: Lecture 2:00pm-3:00pm, Workshop 3:15pm-5:15pm.
When: Sunday September 21, 2014
Where: FTI Screen Lab @ State Library of WA, Northbridge
Tickets: via TryBooking.com
- Lecture $15 for FTI/AWG Members, $20 Regular admission.
- Workshop $20 for FTI/AWG members, $30 Regular admission.
- Bundle – Buy a ticket to attend both the Lecture & Workshop and receive a discount. $30 for FTI Members, $40 Regular admission.
About the Presenter
Christy has given keynotes and presentations around the world, mentored industry professionals, and written numerous articles on writing and design. We would definitely recommend checking out her corner of the universe before the event, to get an idea of the many things she knows – and in turn the many subjects on which you can ask her for advice!
For more information on Designing Deep Games, head on over to the FTI event page. But be quick, places are limited and the event is coming up fast!
While we love being a part of the thriving indie games market, there is no denying that this boom also means that our games are constantly competing against hundreds of thousands of others. So while we are all determined to create quality gaming experiences, it is just as important that we ensure people see our game in the first place (not to mention make them want to play it!)
Cue the folks from Surprise Attack, an Aussie indie games label, who are coming to Perth once again to share their knowledge thanks to FTI. This time around Agency Director Travis Plane will be hosting a 2 hour masterclass on the integral game dev aspect that is Indie Game Marketing.
What: Surprise Attack Indie Marketing Class
When: 5.15pm – 7.15pm, September 12, 2014
Where: FTI @ State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis Street, Northbridge WA
Tickets: $40 for FTI Members or $50 for General Admission, via TryBooking.com
In addition to general indie marketing content in the workshop, Travis will be using one WA game as a case study. Travis will also be available prior to the masterclass for appointments for one on one advice. To apply for your game to be used as the case study in the masterclass, or to book a one on one appointment with Travis, contact with either “CASE STUDY” or “SURPRISE ADVICE” in the subject header.
For more information on the Indie Game Marketing event head on over to the FTI information page. Please note however that spaces are limited, so visit TryBooking.com asap to get your ticket!
[Special thanks to Kate Raynes-Goldie for the heads up on the event]
These days games, in all their varying forms, are more popular than ever, and there’s no doubt that they contain value beyond mere entertainment (although we do love that part about them). Around the world games and game mechanics have been successfully integrated time and time again into change-making, social enterprise, business, charity and non-profit organisations, as a means of engaging the community and making a difference.
For those in the Perth community keen on incorporating the good side of games into their work, FTI and Games We Play have a intensive 2-day workshop on this month worth attending, Gamechanging: harness the power of games and play.
What: Gamechanging 2-Day Workshop
When: 9:30am-5:00pm, August 21 and 22, 2014
Where: FTI, 25 Francis Street (State Library of WA Building), Northbridge Australia
Tickets: $750 for FTI Members, $850 for regular tickets via BrownPaperTickets
How would you like to…
- Engage more authentically with your clients or stakeholders
- Raise your profile
- Build and strengthen your relationships with new and existing clients or stakeholders
- Improve fundraising or sales
- Manage risk and increase the effectiveness of your work
In this two day hands on workshop, award-winning game designer Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie will show you how to integrate the power of games and play into your work in an effective and ethical way.
This unique workshop mixes case studies with a hands on approach where you will actually learn about how to use games for changemaking and engagement through direct experience. You will become a game designer by working with a team to create your own prototype (the fancy word game designers use to describe an early version of a game).
For more information on the Gamechanging Workshop, visit the Games We Play official event page.