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The Return of Loading Space Coworking

Image Header, photo of the entrance to Studio 001 in the State Library with a sign for Loading Space on the door.

Loading Space is back again, providing a free space for game-makers to come work every Thursday, thanks to the State Library of WA.

For just over a year now, Let’s Make Games has been running Loading Space, a free co-working space for game developers. We were very kindly powered by Stirfire Studios at that time, thanks to the excellent space they provided us for events and learning.

Now we are receiving help from a new group, the State Library of Western Australia! They have very graciously allowed us to utilise their Studio.001 space in the State Library and now we’re doing all kinds of things.

Weekly Loading Space

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Also this Sunday we will be trialling the first Sunday Session of Loading Space. Basically at an alternative time for people to attend the session!

At 2pm we will also be talking about events for Let’s Make Games so if you want to contribute ideas or chat about getting involved, join us!

Sunday Session Trial

  • What: Sunday Session of the co-working space to create cool things!
  • Where: Studio.001 Space. Level 1, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000.
  • When: Sunday the 26th of May from 12:00pm to 5:00pm.
  • Cost: Entirely Free!
  • What to Bring: Anything you are working on (paper, laptop etc), there is internet, power and tea/coffee so we’re covered for the basics.

Event: North Asia Market Insight Session

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Interested in learning methods that will aid you in breaking into the North Asian markets? Government agency Austrade will be holding a market insight session on the opportunities, events and market entry pathways for Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and Korean digital game markets on Wednesday the 8th of May.

  • What: Austrade North Asia Market Insight Session
  • When: Wednesday, May 8 starting at 12:30pm
  • Where: Level 5, 40 St Georges Tce, Perth.
  • Cost: Free, but you must send RSVP to Austrade WA rep Kristian Raston kristian.raston [at] austrade.gov.au.

Featuring an excellent group of speakers, the session will be broadcast across all states simultaneously. Time is running out though, so be sure to send Kristian your RSVP email asap and head on over to the Austrade’s Perth office to tune in.

We hope to see you there!

Travel Funding Grants for Game Devs

Text reads Games Industries. Four Icons below it represent a virtual reality headset, two hands holding and touching a phone screen, two hands holding a gaming controller, and the side profile of a head containing a stylised circuitboard or brain-like outline of Western Australian.

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.

Winners of the PAXAus WA Games Passport

On the left, a man sits facing a screen with a game controller in his hands. Two other men stand watching the screen, their backs facing the camera. On the monitor is the game Teleblast; for green oblong obstructions are present, with triangular player characters present.

Well PAX Australia was a whirlwind of a three days; All five of the West Australian devs who attended were literally swept off their feet and made to feel welcome, so thank you all for the amazing experience. But now we are down to the brass tacks in terms of prizes for the WA Games Passport, with three gaming explorers being rewarded for their successful navigation of the showroom floor in search of our local studios and secret codes. So without further adieu the winners are…

    • First Prize: Joshua L from Delaney.
    • Second Prize: Jansen W from Somewhere South of Murdoch.
    • Third Prize: Leah J from Castlemaine.

Congratulations! Keep an eye on your inboxes as we will be in contact with you shortly to ensure you get your prizes. And once again, we appreciate you keeping an eye on the WA game developers for us while they were busy representing at PAX Aus.

BONUS: BEST FROM THE WEST

As part of the WA Games Passport draw, we also surveyed participants on their favourite title as a bit of extra fun. It was a fairly even field all up, but at the end of the day the most popular game was TeleBlast followed closely by The Dark Room! We would like to extend a massive thank you once more to all the studios involved, as they helped make this quest possible: Collateral Damage: Battle Over Tyzanite, Ghoul Britannia: Land of Hope and GoryLittle Bit Lost, TeleBlastThe Dark Room.

We hope you enjoyed our little passport quest and remember you can join us at the 2018 Perth Games Festival later this month!

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

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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?

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.

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.

Desert Child races onto Kickstarter

An animated image from the game Desert Child. A character dressed in jeans and a shirt races across the desert of mars on a hoverbike, swerving past catci, with dust trailing and explosions flying past. The bike speeds past the words "Kickstarter"

Dust off your hoverbike, because Desert Child is up on Kickstarter and needs your help to race to the finish. Created by Oscar Brittain, the developer behind World’s Fastest Pizza and the Fremantle-featuring One Night Only, it got a lot of love as part of Indiecade @ E3 and this Kickstarter campaign is set to take it to the next level.

Desert Child is a Racing RPG set in a dusty world where your only friends are a vintage hoverbike and a bowl of ramen noodles. ​

A screenshot from the game Desert Child. A plain-clothed character is riding a hoverbike across the water in a large underground tunnel. Water sprays up behind the bike, as they avoid passing pillars and fire off laser shots.It’s the rags-to-riches story of a broke young racer who fights through gangsters, bounty hunters and pancake cravings to enter the Championship and get off Earth before it E-X-P-L-O-D-E-S (metaphorically).

Feast your eyes upon the Kickstarter video below, try out the demo on GameJolt or head straight on over to the main page to get behind it.

WA Games on Sale Now

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It’s sale season in the world of PC games in the form of the Steam Sale, so it’s a great time to get your hands on some discounted games made by West Australian developers. If you have been looking for something new to play, now is definitely the time because from July 1st all Steam purchases from Australia will have an additional 10% GST on it!

So here is a list of games on sale right now, all of which have been contributed to by local developers:

If you know of any other titles created by Western Australian game-makers, be sure to let us know so we can include them on the WA Released Games list. Until then, we hope you have fun playing these!

 

Asymmetrical card game Banishment slays on Kickstarter

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Dark Mirror Games are taking their demon-fighting card game to the world, with Banishment summoning a Kickstarter campaign and swiftly destroying its target. Created by the minds behind the Dream of the Djinn RPG adventure, this entertaining exorcism simulation saw the light of day at the 2016 Perth Games Festival and proved to be a bewitching experience.

An asymmetrical, semi-cooperative card game about exorcism for 2-5 players. Embrace your dark side.
In Banishment, one player takes on the role of an accursed Demon, and the rest are Exorcists trying to banish them. This is a fast, highly interactive card game involving strategic thinking and eternal damnation.

If you’re a tabletop game kind of person, head on over to the Kickstarter page to get all the details and get everything you need to start exorcising demons!