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Paradigm Kickstarter Ending Soon

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Paradigm is the peculiar point and click adventure game that has been intriguing and confusing people the world around since the start of its Kickstart campaign last month. We would like to extend a big congratulations to local developer Jacob Janerka, as the game has not only reached its funding goal, it has smashed its target, reached several stretch goals, and been Greenlit on Steam!

There is however only 12 hours left in the Paradigm Kickstarter campaign,  so now is the time to get in and support this local developer to help him achieve one last stretch goal, allowing him to live the dream and work on the game full time.

If you’re eager to play a weird and wonderful point and click game, there’s still time to put your name down for a copy of Paradigm, some fancy extras and even have your own floating head in the game. So head on over to the Kickstarter page, or download a copy of the alpha on Windows or Mac (10.9) to try it out now.

Paradigm - Floating Head of Jacob?

Point and Click Paradigm hits Kickstarter

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Every so often a game will come along that is so peculiar that you just can’t look away. Paradigm is one such game, as it draws you in with its curious cast of mutant characters and vibrantly coloured post-apocalyptic world. Spawned from the mind of Perth’s own Jacob Janerka, this point and click adventure is now out in the world looking for love.

Paradigm is a surreal point-and-click adventure game for Windows, OSX and Linux set in the strange and post apocalyptic world of Krusz; a land inspired by a mix of Eastern Europe and the 70’s & 80’s.

Play as unattractive yet over-confident mutant Paradigm; who must prevail through a series of inconveniences on an adventure to overcome the insecure and tyrannical sloth antagonist, Olof!

» The game’s alpha is available now, so you can get to know Paradigm and his mutant friends (not to mention enemies). You can also show your support for this unusual adventure by backing it on Kickstarter or giving it a vote on Greenlight.

Perth, it’s point n’ click time~

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Kickstart some Collateral Damage

Orange over a purple futuristic screen, reads Collateral Damage, Battle over Tyzanite. In the background is the shape of a robotic skull.

Grab your buddies and prepare for battle! There is only one month left in the Kickstarter for Collateral Damage, the well-oiled robo brawler by local studio Artisans Games.

“In an environment that is slowly collapsing and the gravity spectrum has started to shift to the point where rock platforms have started to float around the molten core; robots known as the Gizma fight over the last remaining resources available. Welcome to the world of Collateral Damage: Battle Over Tyzanite, a devastating battlefield of robotic carnage”

Check out the video below for some beautiful bot battles and chaotic combat, then head on over to the Kickstarter page to stake your claim.

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

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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

Explore WA Games at PAX Aus and Win!

Primary Text reads WA Games Passport, and Let's Make Games Logo. Poster featuring characters fighting, a Robot with blades for hands, a giant ant, a grimacing white-haired man with spikey shoulder pauldron, and a Black woman with a spiked baseball bat.

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!

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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.

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.

 

Banishment Card Game Launch Night

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Celebrate the release of a locally made demon-denouncing card game, Friday August 25, with the Banishment Launch Party. Host by Dark Mirror Games, folks who supported the game on Kickstarter can pick up their copies, or if you have yet to try it out now is the best time to get in on the otherworldly action!

What: Banishment Launch Party
When: 7pm – 10pm, Friday August 25th 2017
Where: Quenda Games, 31 Victoria St, Midland WA, Australia

For more details, check out the official facebook event. You can also head to the Dark Mirror Games website to find out more about this exciting game of rituals and unruly demons.

The Sweet Sounds of the Outer Colony

Text Logo reads "Outer Colony". In the background, a planet takes up three quarters of the image. It has swirling clouds, blue oceans, and green and yellow continents. Beyond the planet are stars and the edge of a warm glowing sun. Image url links to Outer Colony game Kickstarter.

Etch out an existence on the edge of space in Outer Colony, a real time strategy game currently on Kickstarter. Developed by Voyager Games, it features an original sound track by West Australian audio extraordinaire Daisy Ale Soundworks, with music that is out of this world (ha, sorry we couldn’t help ourselves)

Text reads "Outer Colony". A square image, made up of a collection of screenshots from the game Outer Colony. The game graphics are blocky, and colourful, featuring outdoor spaces and insides of buildings. Linked URL goes to attachment page with larger version of this image.Outer Colony is an open ended, real time strategy game with a focus on artificial intelligence and simulation-derived mechanics. Set in a sci-fi universe, players command expeditions of spacefaring colonists in an effort to establish settlements on remote worlds.

Much of the core gameplay revolves around providing for your expedition’s NPCs, managing its fledgling society, freeform building, and tactical combat. Whatever you do in OC affects the persistent game world, so everything from driving species to extinction to terraforming whole regions is possible.

This game of galactic settlement has already been Greenlit on Steam, so all you need to do to get behind it is share and support their Kickstarter. You can also surround yourself in the sounds of outer space right now, by listening to the Outer Colony OST on Bandcamp or in the video below.

 

Paradigm Releases to Positive Reviews

Text: "Paradigm" and Russian/Cyrillic script translation "Парадигма". Image Description: Behind the text are the faces of mutant main character 'Paradigm' (facing forward) and antagonist toupee-wearing sloth 'Olof' (Looking to the right)

Sliding onto Steam earlier this month, the locally-made Paradigm is pulling in rave reviews thanks to its unique humour and phat beatsies. Created by Jacob Janerka after a successful Kickstarter, the high praise heaped upon it so far includes a 9/10 from Destructoid, 9/10 from Press Start, and an 8/10 from IGN.

Paradigm is as traditional a point-and-click as I’ve played in a while, with a design, structure, and sense of humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in the genre’s heyday of the early ‘90s. Channelling the anything-goes spirit of LucasArts and Sierra’s comedy classics like Sam n’ Max Hit the Road and Space Quest with a touch of the truly surreal, it presents a fun story that I won’t soon forget. Because hey, a talking sloth named Olaf wearing a Trump-like toupee that vomits candy bars is inherently unforgettable.
 – Kosta Andreadis (IGN)

So if hanging out with handsome mutants like Paradigm sounds like your kind of thing, simply head on over to Steam and let the point-and-click adventure begin.

Local game Paradigm makes it into the PAX Australian Indie Showcase

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Pax Australia is back in Melbourne this November, and it has just been announced that WA-made game Paradigm will be featured in the Pax Australian Indie Showcase. This specialised showcase is designed to highlight the best indie games from across Australian and New Zealand, with the titles on show selected by games industry veterans.

The work of local developer Jacob Janerka, Paradigm is a highly anticipated hand-crafted game that featured at the 2014 Perth Games Festival, and was successfully Kickstarted back in 2014.

Paradigm is a surreal point-and-click adventure game set in the strange and post apocalyptic world of Krusz; a land inspired by a mix of Eastern Europe and the 70’s and 80’s.  You play as the unattractive yet over-confident mutated Paradigm; who must prevail through inconvenient trials to overcome the insecure yet tyrannical sloth antagonist, Olof! Imagine a cross between The Mighty Boosh, Lucas Arts adventures and Fallout.

So congratulations Jacob (and of course the handsome mutant Paradigm) on securing a place at PAX! To find out more about Paradigm, head on over to the website. Or simple visit the PAX Australia website to get the low down on the Indie Showcase and grab your tickets to the big event!