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Playup Perth: Global Game Jam Edition

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Making games can be a long process, but did you know it’s possible to make a game in just days? Last month game developers around the world took part in Global Game Jam, an intense event where you have just one weekend to make a themed game. This year more than 20 local games were made across two sites; Now thanks to FTI and SK Games, you can check them out at a special edition of Playup Perth!

What: Playup Perth Global Game Jam Special Edition
When: 7pm – late, Friday 26 February, 2016
Where: 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge (SK Games)
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

If you want to find out more about this special edition of Playup Perth, simply join the Facebook event or head on over to their website. Tickets are also available for this and future playtesting events right now via Eventbrite.

BONUS ROUND:

Curious about the creative chaos that was Global Game Jam 2016? Check out this special report by the folks over at Gamecloud who joined in on the fun.

Global Game Jam 16: Report by GameCloud

Playup Perth #9 featuring SOON, Northanger Abbey & Ballad of Crater

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The penultimate playtesting event that is Playup Perth is back again in 2016, and this next one is an all ages event! So get ready to go behind the scenes and check out some yet-to-be-released local games. Bonus News: The first four events for the year are already in the works, so if you’re super keen you can grab your tickets now for the January, March, May and July Playups!

What: Playup Perth #9
When:
Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee (526 Murray Street)
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

The Games:

This is an All Ages event, however players aged 12 and under will need to be accompanied by a guardian. Also note that light snacks and drinks will be available for purchase from the cafe. If you would like to find out more about the games on offer, head on over to the official Playup Perth page.

To register for Playup Perth #9, or any of the future events, simply visit their Eventbrite page.

SOON!, by Spiral Atlas Northanger Abbey: The Game!
Ballad Of Crater

 

Playup Perth: Support WA Games Edition

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This week the good folks at FTI have put together a special edition of Playup Perth. Get ready to grab a drink, meet local devs and play a ton of great games, both prerelease titles and games out now. But that’s not all, the evening will also have a very special guest, Senator Scott Ludlam, plus discussions and presentations from local devs on their experiences making games in WA.

What: Playup Perth: Support WA Games Edition
When: 6pm until late, Saturday 10 October, 2015
Where: 167 Fitzgerald Street, Northbridge (SK Games)
Tickets: $7 (FTI Members)/$10 (regular)

Extra Notes: This is an 18+ Event.

Featured Games

Prelaunch Previews

For more information on this special edition of Playup Perth, head on over to their event information page. Alternatively, head straight over to the eventbrite page and book your tickets now!

Get your Game in Playup Perth #8

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It’s not long until the next Playup Perth, where game developers and gamers get together to playtest the latest Perth games-in-progress. If you are a local game developer, there’s still time to get your game on the list of titles to be tested.

What: Playup Perth #8
When:
September 12, 2015
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Where: Carpe Coffee, 526 Murray Street
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

Extra Info: This is an all ages event, but kids aged 12 and under need to be accompanied by a guardian.

To find out more about the games already set to feature at event #8, or for more info on Playup Perth, head on over to their official website.

Playup Perth: After Dark 3

playupperthThe third Playup Perth: After Dark is happening tomorrow! Playup Perth is teaming up with SK Games to bring another night of playtesting local games, chats with game developers and cheap drinks.

Four games will be tested on the evening. More details and tickets are available via Eventbrite. Please note that Playup Perth: After Dark is an 18+ only event.

FTI’s new Director of Interactive Programs and all the details on Playup Perth #2

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The Film and Television Institute of Western Australia, the organisation behind the WA Screen Awards, have recently appointed Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie to the role of Director of Interactive Programs. This position is the first of its kind for a non-government, Australian screen resource association, and with Kate at the helm the FTI is reaching out to embrace the local games, interactive and app communities.

kate-raynes-goldieKate brings a wealth of experience to the role, not only as a developer but as a champion for the potential of games and gaming. Kate is the co-founder of Atmosphere Industries, which specializes in experimental and pervasive games, and developed WA’s very first pervasive game, Ghost Town. She is also a Research Associate at Curtin University, and has spoken at a range of international industry and academic conferences, including SXSW Interactive and TEDxPerth.

We would like to congratulate Kate on her appointment to the role, and look forward to even more FTI and game developer interactions in the future!

And while we are on the subject of Atmosphere Industries, the studio is running an event this weekend…

 

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Playup Perth #2!

What: A playtest experience of Atmosphere Industries’ brand new game
When: 1pm – 3pm, Saturday March 1, 2014
Where: FTI lawn (92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle)
Tickets: Free!

The new top secret Atmosphere Industries game, set to debut at the Fresh Air 2014 festival in Melbourne (March 7-10, 2014). A fun game for players of all skill levels that will involve hilarity and teamwork. Plus, if you loved Star Trek: the Next Generation, you will love this game even more.

(Please bring an internet enabled smart phone, a pair of comfortable shoes and be prepared for some walking around town.)

For more information head on over to the main event page. If you would like to find out more about testing your game at the next Playup Perth, please email kate (at) fti.asn.au or tweet @oceanpark

Play Up Perth: After Dark #5

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It is time once again to go behind the scenes and check out some up-and-coming local games. Grab a drink, chat with developers, and play some new games and prototypes!

What: Playup Perth: After Dark #5
When: 
Friday 31st July, 2015
Time: 6pm till late
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge
Tickets: $7 (FTI members)/ $10 (regular) via Eventbrite

Extra Info: This event is 18+, so look forward to some cheap drinks and fun times.

There’s a whole bunch of games on offer this time around, the largest number for a Playup event so far in fact! So get ready to get your hands on Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, Time Chasers,  Robots Game, Rogue Blitz, Dwarven Topaz, Farter Surfer, Scavenge The Wastes, Ancient Guided Exploration, and Mr Nibbles Forever~

For more information head on over to the official Playup Perth page, or to register simply sign up over at Eventbrite.

Play Up Perth: After Dark #2

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PlayUp Perth is here once again, bringing you the latest in locally made games. This time hosted by the good folks of SK Games, this After Dark session gives you the opportunity to relax, enjoy a beer, and play some neat new games. As a bonus, there will also be two Oculus Rifts to try out! Granted, we do not know if it is better to use a Virtual Reality headset before or after imbibing alcohol, but what better time than this to beta test such a thing*.


What:
Playup Perth + SK Games: After Dark #2
When: 6pm til late, Friday 26 September, 2014
Where: SK Games, 167 Fitzgerald St, Northbridge
Tickets: $7 for FTI members, $10 regular admission.
RSVP: via Eventbrite (Please note this is an 18+ Event)
The games on show for this After Dark edition are:

  • Valiant (Occulus Rift), by Offpeak Games
    A medieval team deathmatch game, where you are tasked with riding your horse and wielding your lance in an attempt to send your enemies flying.
  • Defender of the Wood (iOS), by Daragh Robert Wickham
    Show off your skills with the ol’ bow and arrow to impress the King and prove that you have what it takes to defend the forests.
  • Into the Pie (tabletop) by Eeshwar Rajagopalan
    A card game for 4-6 players that tasks you with making pies, surviving the bureaucracy of the neighbourhood bake sale, and of course making some serious $dough$.
  • Astral (arcade), by SK Games
    The latest work by the arcade-building, good time-having guys at SK. You’ll have to come along to find out what it’s all about!

 

For more information head on over to the official Playup Perth page, or to register simply sign up over at Eventbrite.

Valiant - Horse & Knight

*Note: This post does not constitute LMG condoning the act of drinking and riding horses is virtual reality.

 

Play Up Perth: After Dark Edition

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Over the past year Atmosphere Industries and FTI have been giving local families the chance to test out some real-world games at their Play Up Perth events. Now it’s time for the grown-ups to get out and get some serious gaming done, with the first ever Play Up Perth After Dark event. Featuring tabletop games made by local developers, this is an adults only event that allows you to enjoy the finer points of gaming over a nice cold beer or wine.

What: Playup Perth! After Dark #1
When: 4pm – 9pm, Friday July 25, 2014
Where: State Library of Western Australia (25 Francis Street, Perth)
Tickets: Free! (Please note this is an 18+ Event)
RSVP: Places are limited, so head on over to Eventbrite to RSVP

As for the games, thus far the list of playable Perth goodies includes:

  • Breakwater, a game about voodoo, jazz and clockwork for up to 4 players;
  • COGZ, a steampunk themed strategy, pattern matching board game;
  • Colossus Awakes, a strategy-based boardgame about battling to influence a Colossus that has awoken beneath the earth; and
  • Pocket Troll,  a game in which young children must prove the existence of a menacing troll before it eats them and/or their village.

 

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Left, Cogs by Wesley Lamont;     Right, Colossus Awakes by Glen Spoors.

For more information head on over to the FTI Events page, or if you’re already keen to have a drink and play some games, you can RSVP over at Eventbrite. You can also find out all the details on the who/what/why of Play Up Perth at the official FAQ page.

And an extra note for Game Developers: If you have a game you would tested at this, or another Play Up event, please contact FTI Director of Interactive Programs, Dr. Kate Raynes-Goldie on 

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