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Event: The bird themed Potluck 9.0

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Join the Potluck Collective in making fun and silly games for the sake of creating, with their next event being all about birds! You can make any kind of game you want on the theme, and then showcase it with the crew in July. It’s a great opportunity to meet local developers, have fun and a few drinks.

Event Details…

  • What: Potluck 9.0 – Honk Honk Honk
  • Cost: Free!
  • When: Saturday, 27 July 2019, from 7:30pm till late
  • Where: See the Facebook Event page for more details
    (Location details to be announced closer to the date)

No doubt this ones going to be a hoot – so be sure to check out their event page for more details, or to keep up to date with the collective in future you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter. And don’t forget to join the Let’s Make Games Discord for announcements of more events in future!

Event poster, picturing a variety of birds and the Potluck Collective coordinators. Text reads "Honk honk honk. July 27th. This one is bird themed."

What’s New: Screenwest $100,000 Interactive Pilot Fund & GameDev Meetup

Banner Image of a man in a Virtual Reality Headset, arms extended upwards towards a fantasy city amongst clouds and galaxies.

Join Screenwest on Thurs, June 13th at the local Game Dev Meetup to find out how you can take advantage of their new funding opportunity. Their Interactive Pilot Fund will see $100,000 of financial support go towards the production and development of West Australian interactive projects, and games are front and center in the plan!

About the Interactive Pilot Fund

Screenwest are looking for well-designed procedural narratives, and are open to projects from a wide range of digital mediums. Full guidelines and terms are available on the Fund Information Page, but as a starting point it’s been made clear that Video Games, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, Extended Reality, and Multi-platform projects are all welcomed.

“It is a natural next step for us to introduce this pilot fund. WA’s interactive sector is small, but vibrant and consistently delivers above and beyond what is expected. WA games have consistently won Australian Game Developer Awards nationally for the past few years. We expect to see great projects delivered and be able demonstrate value to the government, developers and community.”

– Screenwest CEO Willie Rowe

Head on over the the Interactive Fund Information Page for all the details, or to apply! Applications close Monday, 1 July 2019 at 5:00pm AWST.

Blocky logo reading "Game Dev MeetUp" flanked by two controller D-pads and a power cable.

Game Dev Meetup Event Details

The Game Dev Meetup is a casual catchup organised by local devs and open to all. Joining them for this event is Screenwest Games & Interactive consultant Vee Pendergrast, for an informal Q&A session on the Interactive Pilot Fund.

  • What: Game Dev Meetup, featuring informal Q&A session on the Interactive Pilot Fund
  • Where: Yes Please Perth, 1/182 James St, Northbridge
  • When: Thurs, 13 June
  • Time: 5pm – 10pm (Q&A Session from 5 – 6pm)
  • Accessibility Note: LMG is unable to verify the accessibility of community-led events, however to our knowledge this venue is not wheelchair accessible.

To stay up to date on the Game Dev Meetup, jump into their facebook event or keep an eye out in the event’s channel on the Let’s Make Games Discord.

Let’s Talk Games: Exploring Accessibility

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After a bit of a hiatus we’re back for another round of Let’s Talk Games. This time we are exploring accessibility for gamers with disabilities, and different methods of supporting a more inclusive player base.

  • When: 6pm, Thursday, 2 May 2019
  • Where: North Metro TAFE, 140 Royal Street East Perth, WA
  • Room: B202 Lecture Theatre Building B

 

A finger pressing a keyboard button labelled "accessibility"

About Today’s Topic

We’ll be opening the night with Amanda Mace from Web Key IT discussing what is being done for gamers with disabilities to better access games, and what else needs to be done.

Then back from a jam-packed trip to PAX East, West Australian developer Brian Fairbanks will be having a chat about his game, Lost and Hound, and his approaches to provide an accessible experience for blind gamers.

 

Spaces are limited, so make sure you head on over to Evenbrite to grab your ticket. If you have any questions, you can get in contact with the via the Facebook event page.

Let’s Make Games Annual General Meeting

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Next month Let’s Make Games will be holding its Annual General Meeting, which is open for the community to attend. LMG exists to foster and support game developers in Western Australia, so if you would like to know more about what we’ve been up to, or you are interested in being on the committee, please join us!

Attendance is free, but tickets are required to confirm numbers. For those interested in a committee position with the organisation, please submit your expression of interest by emailing us via contact [AT] letsmakegames.org before the event.

Please note that Let’s Make Games supports and promotes participation within a safe environment at all times. In line with this we ask that all attendees conduct themselves in a respectful and professional manner, and we reserve the right to remove individuals who engage in inappropriate behaviours. For more details please see our Community Guidelines.

We look forward to having you with us!

Potluck Event: Dawn of the Age of Aquarius

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Join the Potluck Collective for an ocean-themed evening filled to the brim with entertaining games and art pieces – all created just for this event! Meet local developers, have some fun and a few drinks, and relax as though you were lounging about in a cool body of water.

Event Details…

What: Potluck 8.0 – Dawn of the Age of Aquarius
When: Saturday, 9 February 2019. 7.30pm onwards
Where: See the Facebook Event page for more details

Short Summary…

We’ll be jumping into 2019 with a splash and exploring earths final frontier. So grab you’re snorkels, eat your Gillyweed and jump in your submarine we’re going swimming!

  • Art to be announced along the way.
  • Homebrew provided everything else BYO
  • Ample parking at East Perth train station opposite venue.
  • Accessible Trains and Buses 5 min walk away.

To keep up to date with the collective, you can follow them on Facebook or Twitter. You can check out some swell images of the games lined up for Potluck 8.0 below, but there will certainly be more on the horizon so keen an eye out for their forecast!

Four game screenshots, 1 A dark underwater scene peppered with colourful glowing lights and dark outlines of rocks and seaweed. 2 A car sits parked outside an Aquarium building. On the building sits an enormous smiling dolphin on a wave. 3 A blocky submariner poses dramatically with chest puffed out and arms back, while standing in full diver gear and enclosed helmet on a cliff next water. 4 Text reads a “Cube cat returns as Catfish. Coming Exclusively to Potluck 9/2/19.” Behind the text float two cubes, eat sporting triangle ears atop, a pointed fish tail, and whiskers.

Games by Amos Wolfe, Ellie Balson, Kinsley, & Corrina McBeath

 

Sign up for Global Game Jam 2019!

Text reads: Global Game Jam PERTH. January 25th-27th. Image shows a blocky version of the global game jam Earth logo.

Signup to the 2019 Global Game Jam site, 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!

How do you create a game in just one weekend?? You can form a team of people you know, make some new friends on the day, or work on a project solo if you’re super keen. Then simply listen to the opening keynote to find out 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!

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.

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Special Thanks to…

This event would not happen without the hard work of volunteers in the games community; we would like to extend a special thanks to Imogen and Jon for coordinating the event, and to the most excellent volunteers who work behind the scenes!

November Games Events: A Guide to PIGW

Bottom left text reads "A cheeky guide to your #P-I-G-W, xox Sof." In the centre of the image sits a Circular logo for Perth Games Festival 2018, obscuring a blank and white photograph of Sofie Mather, an event organiser within the W.A. game development community. The logo has an angled ring around it similar to the planet Saturn, and a collection of stars sit in the top left corner.

November is packed full of events showcasing West Australian games, and bringing people together in Perth to appreciate them. So local community champion Sof, pictured above, has prepared for you a guide to what is lovingly being referred to as #PIGW – a cheeky reference to a certain popular games week elsewhere that some of you may know…

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SO WHAT’S ON OFFER AT PIGW 2018??
Pronounced “Pig-Wuh” this is the annual developer scramble to relish in the delights of the Perth game scene in all its dimensions. This year we’ve got a humble but tasty line up for you including some hard-hitting questions for local Kickstarter success stories, a questionable but lovable house party to celebrate Perth made games, some high-quality student showcasing, plus much much more!

 

1. Playup Perth – Friday, Nov 9 

As a delicious entrée to #PIGW you’ll be able to catch the latest 18+ Playup Perth event TONIGHT (Friday, Nov 8) at Riff in the CBD. Tickets include entry, nibbles and softies with a cash bar for those who like something a little stronger. Here’s a sneak peek at the lineup, but for more details head to the Playup Perth website.

Thumbnail images from games and studious showcasing at Playup Perth. From left to right, top to bottom these are: Project:Singularity, TeleBlast, Ned, Rhythm Hunter, Bongo Cowbellie, Panda Pilots, Monumental Indonesia, WOOZE – Ladies Who Lunch With Me, and Nurse Shark Games. URL links to Playup Perth event page.


2. Let’s Talk Games – Friday, Nov 16

Back again for a second round of chilled chats and some neato hangz at 48 Lake ST, Let’s Talk Games will be bringing together some Perth success stories to discuss what it takes to make it through Kickstarter alive. Registration is FREE but seats for the panel are limited. For more info check out the Eventbrite page!
This event has been generously supported by Lets Make Games, King Tide Studio and Stirfire Studios.

A room of people sitting, listening to a talk. Over it, the text reads "Let's Talk Games". URL links to eventbrite ticket page for next talk.

 

3. Potluck Bootleg Edition – Saturday, Nov 17

After a big year of trashy alt-game house parties, the Potluck Collective will be celebrating the Perth Games Festival with their Bootleg Edition! They’re matching dev against dev and doing a call to to arms to reproduce, remake or demake the game hits of Perth! Expect heartfelt homages, disappointing sequels, homemade beers and some house party vibes.

NOTE: Why not bootleg a Perth game this weekend and submit it to the party?!

A crude and childlike fan art drawing of a selection of Perth games, from left to right: A red flower person from Bramblelash, a smiling waving yellow cube from Square Heroes, a cat with stomach exposed from Catnips, a blobby headed mutant from Paradigm, and an angry girl all in pink wearing a crown from Freedom Fall.

 

4. Murdoch Senior Showcase – Thursday, Nov 22

Murdoch’s senior students will be bringing us the goods with a full day of games, playtesting and talks. Check out what they’ve been working hard on all year, grab a cuppa and hear from a few industry professionals to round out the day. Come play some senior student games!

Text reads "Murdoch Games Showcase", and Art by Solomon Anthony. A xbox game controller sits in the foreground with the text, in the background an illustration of a samurai-like robotic warrior with a skull face showing beneath his helmet.

 

5. Perth Games Festival – Saturday, Nov 24

YOU KNOW WHAT IT IS! #Perthgamesfest

Perth Games Festival 2018 Logo

 

6. Extended Play – Unconference – Sunday, Nov 25

A Perth favourite [?¿] , if you haven’t been before you should this time; If you haven’t spoken at this before, you should this time. This baby is all goodness. Just a casual afternoon of informal talks, discussions and probably a BBQ.

Text over a doubled image in pink and blue tones, of a square window, an arch window, and a circle window. Text reads discuss/ relax/ BBQ/ chat. Extended Play. Playful Unconference. Sunday 25th November 11am - 4pm.

 

Everything that you enjoy and see at #PIGW is put together with much love and sweat.
Make sure you have a great time and be good to each other.
XOX [Guest blogger] SOF

Travel Funding Grants for Game Devs

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As part of the WA Government’s New Industries Fund and the Games Industry Growth Pilot initiative, up to 10 local game developers will be able to access the new International Access Pass program which provides funding to assist with travel to major industry conferences. Individuals can apply for up to $5,000, and applications are open until until 5pm AWST on Thursday, 22 November 2018.

Free Information sessions will be running for the next week across the Perth metro area, as well as a teleconference for WA developers further afield. Check out the details below, and get ready to head off to the likes of GDC and GamesCom.

Information Session Dates/Times:

For more details on the International Access Pass, including Financial Fact Sheets and Budget Templates, head over to the News Industries WA Website.

Upcoming Event: Playup Perth #15

PlayUp Perth Logo, with text "Accelerating creative innovation in WA since 2013". URL links to PlayUp Perth Website.

PlayUp Perth is back again, with a selection of nine new local games for you to test out. There’s an excellent lineup of both tabletop and digital games on show, so here’s the full list of the fun things you’ll be able to get your hands on: Fluttering Souls by Nurse Shark Games, Ned by PeeBee Games, Project:Singularity by Glitched Umbrella Studio, Monumental Indonesia by Jeremy Snyder, Panda Pilots by Echidna Studios, Bongo Cowbellie by Nathan Scott, WOOZE – Ladies Who Lunch With Me by Ellie Balson, Rhythm Hunter by Different Game Studio, and TeleBlast by Tim Velette.

What: PlayUp Perth #15
When: Friday, 9th November, 6pm – Late
Where: Riff, 45 St Georges Tce, Perth WA 6000 (Wheelchair accessible)
Tickets: $15 via EventBrite

For more details on the games, and the excellent event that is PlayUp Perth, head on over to http://playupperth.org/playup-perth-15/

Boxes of the butterfly-themed boardgame Fluttering Souls, by Joel Lewis. Three are stacked on the right, one is flipped on it's side on the left.A small but grizzled Ned Kelly stands looking at a winding trail of rock-like platforms, dotted with glowing bars of gold. Gnarled trees stretch into the distance, and an ominous green mist hovers over the ground beneath the platforms. URL Links to PlayUp Perth Event Page
A retro styled scene with an orange/yellow sun against a purple/pink sky. Two palm trees sit in front of the large sun, as a bird chaaracter sits on the back of a dashing bear, and looks back at a menacing giant bug boss flying behind them. URL links to Playup Perth event page

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.