Tag Archive for 'Let’s Make Games'

Event: September Loading Space Sunday Session

Header Image, screenshot from game Little Bit Lost. It shows a warm sun dipping below the horizon, over a bed of daisies.

Let’s Make Games are returning to the State Library for Sunday Coworking in September! And better yet, we are also running a Playtesting Session, so please read on for all the details…

Sunday Session

What: Sunday Coworking Session
When: Sunday Sept 29, 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Where: Studio.001 Space. Level 1, State Library of Western Australia, 25 Francis St, Perth WA 6000.
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.

Playtesting

For the first time we will be doing Loading Space Playtesting! With thanks to the State Library of Western Australia, we’ll be opening our doors to anyone interested in checking out your games (and hopefully a few game developers as well).

How to submit your game for playtesting:

Simply fill out the google form below and we’ll get back to you ASAP!
https://forms.gle/TigSyC2EAxiB1KJg6

P.S. Today’s Header image is from local game Little Bit Lost. You can find the team and their game at http://littlebitlostgame.com

Let’s Make Games Statement regarding Abusive Behaviour in the Industry

This past week has seen people locally and internationally sharing experiences through social media of sexual assault, abuse and misconduct from within the game development industry. It is never easy to talk about past trauma, but we hear you, and we believe you.

Let’s Make Games exists to support the local games industry, and that means we cannot and will not tolerate abusers within our community. The LMG Committee recognises that in the past, the organisation has not had the kind of policies or powers in place to allow for clear and enforceable consequences for abusive behaviours. This is something we have been working on changing for several months now, and these updates will soon be in place alongside the existing community guidelines and safe space policy.

Let’s Make Games will continue to work to represent, support, and provide a welcoming community, for every game developer in Western Australia. If you have been a victim of abuse, we offer our help and support. We also encourage anyone impacted by these discussions to reach out to professional services that can help you through this time. You are not alone, and we are here for you. Please do not be afraid to reach out to us, whether it be in person, through our social media channels, or via email on contact [at] letsmakegames.org.

Event: August Loading Space Sunday Session

Header Image: Entryway to Loading Space coworking

July’s Loading Space was oddly enough disrupted by the Disrupted Festival, so in August we have returned once again for game dev coworking at the State Library. Come on down and join us for the afternoon; bring your pens, paper, laptop, ideas or whatever. There will be good people there!

Event details: Coworking Sunday Session

What: Loading Space Coworking Sunday Session
When: Sunday 25th of August. 12:00pm – 5:00pm.
Where: Studio.001 Space. Level 1, State Library, 25 Francis ST Perth
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.

You can also find this event on our Facebook!

Let’s Talk Games: Embracing Failure

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Brace yourself for another round of top-notch talks by and for local game developers. It may seem like a taboo topic, but discussing failure is just as important as sharing success; so why not join us for the latest in the Let’s Talk Games series to find out why, and hear about some of the lessons learned from less-than-successful projects.

What: Let’s Talk Games: Embracing Failure
When: Wednesday, 7 August. 6pm – 8pm.
Where: SAE Institute, 120 Roe Street, Northbridge.
RSVP: via Facebook event

At some point, we will all experience failure. It might be a failure to ship, a failure to make the right decisions, or just a failure to release a financially successful product. No matter just how talented or experienced you may be, something will always inevitably go wrong, and you will have to contend with the fallout of what took place. But in an industry terrified of talking about failure and so focused on successes, it can be very easy to feel like you are alone in your experience. This leads to a great deal of fear of failing, and as Yoda once said: Fear is the path to the Dark Side.

In this edition of Let’s Talk Games, Matthew Dyet (SAE, Stirfire) and Brendan Ragan (Titanium, Stirfire) will talk frankly about their personal experiences with failure, the lessons they learned, and how you can learn to overcome your fear and embrace failure to become a better Game Developer.

If you have any questions, queries, or would just like to stay up-to-date with this event, simply head on over to the facebook event page.

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.

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!

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!

Free Unreal Engine Workshops: Getting Starting and Technical Art & VFX

Text reads: Unreal Engine PERTH. The right side of the image is rendered in Unreal game engine. It depicts a both chasing a red kite over a grassy hill. He is facing away from the camera, wearing an orange backpack, a baseball shirt and jeans. In the background are green rocky mountains and a blue clouded sky.

Let’s Make Games has teamed up with Epic Games once again to bring you two free workshops on Unreal Engine. Hosted by SAE Institute Perth, the first event is perfect for beginners looking to pick up or learn more about Unreal and the second dives deeper into visual effects techniques for those who already have a bit of Unreal knowledge under their belt. No laptop necessary – just come along, take some notes and hang out with excellent industry folk.

Getting Started with Unreal Engine

When: Thursday, Sept 27. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 116-120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This introductory tutorial assumes participants have basic 3D game development understanding, but no prior experience with UE4. You will learn the basics of creating a game from starter content using the UE4 Blueprint visual scripting system. Blueprints are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome.

 

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Technical Art & VFX with Unreal Engine

When: Friday, Sept 28. 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: SAE Institute, 116-120 Roe Street Northbridge
Tickets: FREE but spaces are limited. Book your tickets via Eventbrite

This tutorial assumes participants have basic previous experience with UE4 and will build upon fundamentals to demonstrate how to develop effects, level tools and enhance their existing projects. These effects will be developed using Blueprints which are easily leveraged by all game development disciplines, so artists, designers, and programmers are welcome.

 

For more information, visit the event pages for Getting Started with Unreal and Technical Art & VFX with Unreal Engine. We hope to see you there!

[Author: Jon Solmundson]

Upcoming Event: Let’s Talk Games

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Listen to interesting talks about making games, while catching up with other WA game-makers at our first Let’s Talk Games event on Friday. This casual evening is for local game-makers, whether you are an indie developer, student, aspiring creator or hobbyist – we want to spend some time with you!

About this Event:

“LET’S TALK GAMES is a semi regular evening of industry talks, casual networking and chilled drinks.
We will be starting off the evenings with a talk presented by our main speaker for the evening followed by games and chit chats.
Light refreshments provided and BYO welcome.

We’re pleased to announce that to kick off the ‘Let’s Talk Games’ series we’re going back to where it all began for Perth game development with Brendan Ragan recaping on the history of our local industry and it’s communities roots. If you managed to catch Brendans talks on our local history at the last few ‘PGF Unconferences’ you’ll know it’s a passionate and insightful story!”

To ensure you get all the updates for this event, join the event on Facebook. If you would like to hear about other events and news for West Australian game-developers, be sure to join the Let’s Make Games discussion group.

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?