PGF 2018 Call for Exhibitors!

We’re coming up fast on the end of the year, so we’re happy to announce that applications to exhibit at PGF 2018 are now open!

  • When: Saturday the 24th of November.
  • Where: Perth Town Hall.
  • Why: To play and showcase your games with the public!

Now we’re doing something a little different this year, we have both regular exhibitors and a playtest area.  If you’re a business, established developer or otherwise we’re now simplifying the booths to be  with a table, backing boards and a A0 poster to help showcase your games in the best possible light!  If you’re a student or hobbyist we now have a playtesting area, while you have less space, it’s much cheaper!  Especially if you’re just starting out and want to get involved.

If you’re interested in helping out the festival financially or joining BadgeQuest, we now have a variety of sponsorship options for developers who would like to do so!  Just fill out the form and our sponsorship coordinator will be in touch!

And as always, Let’s Make Games wants to help people participate in the festival, if you would like financial assistance to be a part of the showcase send an email through to exhibitors@letsmakegames.org.

So in summary…

  • If you would like to be a regular exhibitor, click here!
  • If you would like to join the playtest area, click here!

The application deadline is October 26th, and the payment deadline is November 9th.

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at the festival this year!

Paul (Logistics and Exhibitor Coordinator)

Any questions? Just email exhibitors@letsmakegames.org 😀

 

Sponsors of Awesomeness!

Another successful Perth Games Festival has been had! So we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the brilliant sponsors who have come together to support the event, and keep it awesome and free.  So join us in saying a super big THANK YOU to…


PRINCIPAL SPONSOR- CITY OF PERTH

The City of Perth has been amazing and accommodating in helping us make this year’s festival a reality.

We hope we’ve made them proud with our efforts this year, and we always look forward to working with them 🙂 Best City! We love you City of Perth and your beautiful Christmas lights too!

PS- We love the new library too!


GOLD SPONSOR- BINARY SPACE

Everyone meet Binary Space….

Thanks to this cool bunch of local developers we were able to secure AUSLAN interpreters for our talks and panels, ensuring that our deaf gamers and devs didn’t miss a word!

Binary Space developed the Zombie Outbreak Simulator – which allows you to customize your own zombie apocalypse from thousands of real locations worldwide on Google Maps.

Be sure to come along to Perth Games Festival to see these guys in action as they show us a sneak peak of their new game – A Zombie Adventure.

Gold Sponsor: Binary Space

Thanks again for being this year’s GOLD SPONSOR- you guys are real champs!


BRONZE SPONSOR – MURDOCH UNIVERSITY

Murdoch University offers a wide range of courses such as Game Art and Design, and Games and App Production. You will learn everything you need to know at Murdoch to get your game idea developed and launched to the global market.

Bronze Sponsor: Murdoch University

Murdoch are a BRONZE SPONSOR this year; thanks to them we can ensure our festival is fun and educational.


SAE is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries, with 53 campuses across 27 countries. Their students receive and outstanding education ensuring they are industry ready.

Thanks to their sponsorship this year we know just like their graduates they have helped give us that competitive edge!

Bronze Sponsor: SAE

Thanks for being a BRONZE SPONSOR this year!

 


GameCloud are the official media partner for the event, connecting with local game developers to bring you all the news on their games, plus interviews, reviews and more.

GameCloud - Media Sponsor
GameCloud is an online games media outlet based in Perth, Western Australia. We aim to deliver detailed reviews, features, and original content that is not influenced by profiteering.

 

You can check out their report on this year’s festival here! : https://gamecloud.net.au/reports/perth-games-festival-2017


Microsoft help us out tangibly by providing a venue for the post-festival “Unconference”, an event for local game developers to discuss their ideas arising from their Perth Games Festival experiences.

This provides valuable networking opportunities in the development community, and strengthens the relationships that already exist. 

Thanks Microsoft for providing your support!


The Nostalgia Box is not only a place to go check out iconic consoles and gaming history, they also host local playtesting events for Playup Perth! Ten happy people snapped up adult passes for this place when they completed Badge Quest this year- certainly the hottest tickets around!

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The
Nostalgia Box is Australia’s 1st interactive Video Game Console Museum, located in Northbridge. A day at The Nostalgia Box promises new experiences, a loving trip down memory lane, and a crash-course in the history of gaming. This is the perfect opportunity to share your childhood with loved ones or just relive it once more!

 

Without the contribution of these sponsors, the Perth Games Festival just would not be possible, so we mean it when we say THANK YOU!

 

Panels, Podcasts and Boardgames, Oh My!

We still have so many exciting announcements for you, so today we’re packing a few into one post. As a quick run down before you get into the full post:

  1. Our full lineup of four talks and panels (all AUSLAN-interpreted)
  2. Two live podcasts on the main stage!
  3. Boardgames, playtesting and chillaxing at the City of Perth Library!

tl; dr: Download the full programme here if you like 😉


Now on to the full details! We are pleased to let you know that this year…

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The Festival will be run across the Perth Town Hall and the City of Perth Library

 

Here are the key details you need to know your way around:

In Perth Town Hall you will find

  • The Welcome desk and beginning of the Badge Quest
  • A huge selection of games on both floors
  • The Mature games on the ground floor
  • Panels and Talks in the Supper Room (with AUSLAN Interpreters!)
  • Live podcasts on the main stage

In the Auditorium of the City of Perth Library there will be:

  • Wesley Lamont, Creator of COGZ, teaching games and chaperoning
  • Board games and card games old and new
  • Playtesting/demonstration of new games currently in development
  • Relaxation space

Next up, here is everything you need to know about the Talks and Panels for the Perth Games Festival!

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The full Talks and Panel schedule is now available below, and Auslan Interpreters will be present at them all!

 

The full Talks listing (taking place in the Supper Room of the Perth Town Hall) is as follows:

10:30AM – 11.30AM
A Chat with Morgan Jaffit

Morgan Jaffit – Director of Defiant Development
Brad Power – Games and Design Lecturer at Murdoch University

Morgan Jaffit has worked in numerous game development studios in Australia including Irrational and Pandemic. Now as the co-founder and director of Defiant Development in Brisbane he has helped bring Ski Safari, Heroes Call, Hand of Fate and most recently the acclaimed and award winning Hand of Fate 2 into our hands. Join us as we talk with Morgan on getting your game out into the world, working with talented developers and creating great games.

11.45PM – 12:45PM
Immersive Sound and Music for VR in FMOD Studio

Josh Hogan Sound Designer and Composer at Soundbyte Studios/ Sandbox Postproduction
Shaun Sandosham – Sound Designer and Composer at Soundbyte Studios /Sandbox Postproduction

Showcasing the soon to be released VR experience “Thalu: The Buried” from Frame VR, Josh and Shaun show you through the nuts and bolts of how FMOD Studio was used to create an immersive and powerful soundtrack. FMOD allows Sound Designers and Musicians to work ‘under the bonnet’ in popular game engines like Unity and Unreal, without the need for a deep scripting knowledge. We’ll look at things like positional 3D binaural sounds, generative music soundtracks that shift with the mood of the experience, as well as complex audio assets that are highly interactive.

LUNCH BREAK (45mins)
1:30PM – 2:30PM
Worldbuilding with The Page

Anthony Sweet – Lead Designer and Writer at Black Lab Games
Ben White – Author and Game Designer
Jacob Janerka – Creator of ‘Paradigm’
Leah Hayward – Crichton- Geologist BSc (Hons)

‘The Page’ is a monthly meetup for interactive writers, game designers, screenwriters and narrative mechanics discussion, and is bringing some of their insights and observations on
World building to Perth Games Festival! With discussion ranging from games attendees have recently played, to projects they are working on, and in-depth analysis of narrative design, The Page is fun opportunity to talk about a common interest in writing and games!

2.45PM – 3.45PM
From Player to Developer

Brad Power – Games and Design Lecturer at Murdoch University
Arsam Samadi – Game Developer at Numbat Byte Games
Sophie Ambrose – Game Creator at Spiral Atlas
Kimberly Larking – Creative Genius at Dark Mirror Games

It has never been easier to get started making games, but with a world full of resources, where do you begin? Our panelists will share their experiences of getting into game development, along with advice for aspiring developers, plus some tips and tricks they have picked up along the way. Whether you have played games your entire life or are just getting started, there’s no reason to stop you from making them too!

auslan_icon   AUSLAN Interpreters from the WA Deaf Society:

Adrian Chia and Christy Filipich


We have two LIVE podcasts recording and broadcasting on the main stage of the Perth Town Hall:

11.30AM – 12.30PM
Pixel Sift

Pixel Sift is a fortnightly podcast based in Western Australia that discusses and analyses the issues and topics making the news in the world of gaming, for both players and game
developers. Each episode features interviews with indie developers from Australia, New Zealand and the world and we ask them; Why do you make games, what does it take to
make a game, and what have you learnt along the way.
www.pixelsift.com.au

1.00PM – 2.00PM
It’s 7LandHand!

Live recorded show of our fortnightly gaming podcast. Featuring Magic the Gathering, board gaming, war gaming, gaming, movie discussion, geek culture and more. Entertaining,
funny, informative and sponsored by Good Games Australia and run out of Good Games Cannington. Our back catalogue of shows (nearly 4 years worth) can be found on iTunes or on our website.
www.7landhand.com

PS- I hear they will have prizes!


And last, but by no means least, for the first time ever, a dedicated space for chilling out and playing some games:

With COGZ creator Wesley Lamont as your host, try your hand at playtesting some new board and card games currently in development!

Browse (and even learn to play) a wide range of games featuring local stars and inspirational favourites that have made board gaming the popular activity it is today!

Relax away from the hustle and bustle of the town hall 🙂

A lot to take in? Download the programme here 😀

 

If you have any questions, please contact our Festival Coordinator brooke@letsmakegames.org


And of course, we would like to thank the City of Perth for their outstanding ongoing support, and our other amazing sponsors for helping us organise this festival:

*Gold Sponsor*

Binary Space                                Gold Sponsor: Binary Space

*Bronze Sponsors*

Murdoch University                     Bronze Sponsor: Murdoch University

SAE QANTM                                     Bronze Sponsor: SAE

Without the contribution of these sponsors, the Perth Games Festival just would not be possible, so we mean it when we say THANK YOU!

FeaturedSponsor the 2017 Perth Games Festival!

The Perth Games Festival is now seeking sponsorship!

Previous years have seen thousands of people walk through the doors of the Perth Town Hall to play locally made games, and learn how they can make their own. The festival is a volunteer-run event, and part of what makes it so great is that it’s the result of the community coming together to share local works, and support our growing creative industry. The support of local businesses helps all this happen, so come join us to show what Western Australia has to offer!

What do you get out of being a Sponsor?

In addition to that warm fuzzy feeling you get from supporting local creatives, sponsoring the festival has a range of benefits. Depending upon your sponsorship tier you could get yourself a naming-share of the event, direct association with the talks stream, logo placement on our sites and marketing material, or even a half page advertisement in our event programme!

There are of course many other rewards to being a sponsor, so if you’re interested…

Here’s what you need to know:

For all the details on the Sponsorship tiers, check out our 2017 Prospectus!

To apply simply fill out a Sponsorship Agreement Form and we will be in contact with you shortly.

Alternatively, contact these guys if you would like to have a chat first:

Sponsorship Officer Lauren: lauren@letsmakegames.org

Festival Coordinator Brooke: Brooke@letsmakegames.org

We hope you can join us for the 2017 Perth Games Festival!

Call for Exhibitors!

As the date is approaching, we are happy to announce that applications for PGF 2017 exhibitors are finally open! We invite you to join us on Saturday, the 25th of November at Perth Town Hall for the 2017 Perth Games Festival!

The application deadline is October 30th, and the payment deadline is November 6th. Any other questions about the event which are not answered in the application can be sent to paul@letsmakegames.org.

Thank you again for your interest, and we look forward to seeing you at the festival this year.

Paul (Logistics and Exhibitor Coordinator) and Brooke (Festival Coordinator)

Any questions? Just email Paul@letsmakegames.org and/or Brooke@letsmakegames.org 😀

Click here!:  https://goo.gl/forms/QeYiCW7wapbVpDtA2

We Need You!

Hello Everyone,

This is a call out for additional people to be assisting us with this year’s Perth Games Festival on the committee.  The festival’s showcase day will be on the 25th of November at the Perth Town Hall but we have events surrounding that day.  

If you are unsure and do not have the experience, we are willing to work with you to show you what needs to be done.  You just need to have spare time on a regular basis leading up to the event.

We are in need of people in the following areas;

Sponsorship Officer

In charge of speaking with potential sponsors, finding sponsorship opportunities and ensuring PGF is implementing the sponsorship correctly.

Marketing Manager

Does working with graphic designers, advertising distributors, media sources and facebook sound up your alley? We need someone willing to help design and wrangle our marketing program.

Volunteer Coordinator

We need someone wanting to help handle the masses of awesome people who help us out each year.  Make sure the volunteers are well informed, fed and looked after for any of the events we run.

If you’re interested drop a line to jon@letsmakegames.org

p.s: pictured are the amazing Jess and Cassie, our Festival Coordinator and Exhibitor Wrangler for 2016.

And we Return for 2017

It’s been a slow road to preparing the 2017 Perth Game Festival, but now thanks to the City of Perth, we’re happy to announce that we will be back at the Perth Town Hall and Perth Library on…

2017 Perth Games Festival
Saturday, November 25th

Last year’s event was rather intense with fantastic local developers like; Stirfire on stage demonstrating Symphony of the Machine; Outback Pixels packing them in with Thwart Geo, Sentient Computing letting us peek at their serious VR and students from all over showing their amazing games.

Now we’re back and working to make this year amazing.  We’ve got a bunch of exciting things lined up already but we can’t talk about that yet. The weather should be better this year enabling us to do more things outside.  Also there’s no sportsball finals scheduled to coincide, let alone two like last year 😉

So what do you need to know?

Are you a game playing enthusiast?  You can jump on our facebook event right now and be reminded when we get closer to the event!

Are you a game developer or organisation who would like to showcase or be involved with the festival?  Fill out the Expression of Interest form here and we’ll be in contact.

Finally, are you someone who would like to help out the community?  We always need people to help us run this year’s event.  You can ping us at hello@perthgamesfestival.com.au to join our team.

Thanks again for your continued support and watch this space as we organise this year’s festival. It’s going to be a blast!

The Badge Quest Returns, with Excellent Prizes

The Achievement Badge Quest is back again, giving you the chance to win prizes just by playing games! Around the Perth Games Festival a number of developers have exclusive festival badges for you to collect – here’s what you need to know to get your badges and win some awesome things.

How does it work?

The Badge Quest is free to take part in; here’s what you need to do to get involved:

  • Get your 1st Badge from the Welcome Desk (and take a peek at the prizes),
  • Play games at the all the badge booths to earn the other Badges (a total of 6 for kids under fifteen, and 10 for everyone older),
  • Return to the Welcome Desk to show them all the badges…
  • PICK YOUR PRIZE!!

What can you win?

We once again have an excellent range of prizes available for you to choose from, including lots of games, tickets, and books for both adults and kids on making games, coding and art. Prizes are limited though, so be sure to get in early and get playing so you can have your pick of the best!

Here are some of the super cool prizes offer…

  • PAX Australia 3 Day Passes3 Day PAX Passes!

Yes that’s right, thanks to PAX Aus you could get yourself a full pass to attend the massive PAX Aus event in Melbourne (valued at $165 ea).

(Note: Only two 3-day passes are available. These tickets are for the PAX Aus event only, and do not include flights or accomodation for the event.)

 

  • Tons of Australian Games!

Our friends over at Surprise Attack have put together a solid selection of Australian-made games for you to get your hands on, including Hacknet, ScreencheatSuper Mutant Alien Assault, Western Press,Dungeon League and Vertiginous Golf!

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Nostalgia Box Retro GamesGet yourself a family pass to The Nostalgia Box, and check out over 100 consoles from the 1970s through to the 2000s. Plus you can actually play iconic and awesome games, including Pong, Space Invaders, Super Mario Bros, Sonic the Hedgehog, Crash Bandicoot and many more. This is a great way to go behind the scene and uncover the ‘making’ of present-day consoles as you read the stories of each console. You are sure to find most if not all consoles from you childhood as well as many you have never seen before.

 

Realmz Escape GameJump into a mystery, with free tickets to the Realmz Curse of the Mummy escape room. It’s like being inside a point-and-click adventure game, only the puzzles are all too real. Upon receiving a diary owned by your great, great grandfather you find clues that link him to an ancient legend of a great and almighty pharaoh… and so begins your journey into mystery.

 

  • Books, accessories, vouchers, and much more!

There will be many more prizes for you to choose from, including a massive selection of books about games and game-making (thanks to Boffins), Vouchers for iTunes, GooglePlay and Steam, and much much more!  Just head on over to the Welcome Desk to get everything you need to know, and a look at the other cool items you have to choose from.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Festival Volunteers


 

Shoutout to the Sponsors that make all this possible. In particular, the folks you helped us with prizes are:

PAX Aus   SurpriseAttack_Logo1

 Nostalgia Box - Logo  Realmz Escape Room Game

 

And of course, our other excellent sponsors:

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY ⍟

ShowGizmoBinary Space, ScitechFire Tech Camp Australia, and Autodesk

Pale Blue Dot Games, Sentient ComputingUnity

and Isaac Turner Design.

Final ‘Thank you’ to super cool Sponsors

The games festival is almost upon us! So we would like to do one last thank you to some brilliant sponsors who have come together to support the event, and keep it awesome and free.  So join us in saying a super big THANK YOU to…


Fire Tech Camp are all about teaching kids about tech, so they jumped at the opportunity to be involved! They will also be showcasing at the festival, at booth 12 – be sure to check it out.

Fire Tech Camp

Fire Tech Camp Australia is a leading tech educator, bringing together creativity, innovation and technology to empower children with the right skills and environment so they can build something amazing. Through school holiday tech camps, after school clubs and Saturday tech clubs we put technology into kids hands so they can create their own games, design mobile apps, build robots to their bidding and much more! Fire Tech Camp is proud to support the showcasing of local talent and are excited about developing the tech literacy of our new generations.


Autodesk joined us in 2015, and their back again providing support for the festival as well as connecting with local game developers and animators!

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Autodesk tools for game makers. Start making your game now!
It’s never been easier to make 3D games! Have you ever wanted to make your own game but thought it was too hard?

Maybe you have great ideas but you didn’t know how to get started?
Well, making games isn’t just for elite programmers anymore! We’ve got everything you need to get started.
Check out www.autodesk.com/makegames

 


We all know that Scitech is home to super cool science, but did you know that they share a lot of their information through games and play?

Scitech

Explore your world at Scitech with engaging science and technology experiences for the whole family. Experiment with robotics in the CSIRO Lab, play with the latest gadgets and gizmos in the Rio Tinto Innovation Central exhibition, or see a whole different world using virtual reality headsets. Scitech also has explosive science shows, over 100 interactive exhibits and Australasia’s largest planetarium.

Scitech is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to increase awareness, interest, capability and participation by all Western Australians in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Nostalgia Box is not only a place to go check out iconic consoles and gaming history, they also host local playtesting events for Playup Perth! They will be showing off their excellent ware alongside the Playup Perth booth, over at table 23.

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The
Nostalgia Box is Australia’s 1st interactive Video Game Console Museum, located in Northbridge. A day at The Nostalgia Box promises new experiences, a loving trip down memory lane, and a crash-course in the history of gaming. This is the perfect opportunity to share your childhood with loved ones or just relive it once more!

 


GameCloud are the official media partner for the event, connecting with local game developers to bring you all the news on their games, plus interviews, reviews and more.

GameCloud - Media Sponsor
GameCloud is an online games media outlet based in Perth, Western Australia. We aim to deliver detailed reviews, features, and original content that is not influenced by profiteering.

 


Realmz Escape Game joined us last year with special tickets for the Curse of the Mummy escape room game. Test your mind with an experience that draws you in, and challenges you to escape…

Realmz Escape Room Game

Realmz Escape Game is a fully immersive theme park experience that puts you and your friends as the adventurers in a real life fantasy world. Explore the tomb to discover the clues and solve the puzzles before your time runs out.

 


A special thanks also goes to Isaac Turner Design, who is behind the brilliant designs you will see this year on the festival flyers, program and posters.

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And of course, we would like to once again thank our other excellent sponsors:

MURDOCH UNIVERSITY ⍟

ShowGizmoPAX AusSurprise Attack, and Binary Space

ScitechFire Tech Camp Australia, and Autodesk

Pale Blue Dot Games, Sentient Computing, and Unity

Realmz Escape Room, Nostalgia Box, and Isaac Turner Design.

Without the contribution of these sponsors, the Perth Games Festival just would not be possible, so we mean it when we say THANK YOU!