Panels, Auslan Interpreter Tour, and a Festival Expansion!

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. The festival is expanding across three locations this year
  2. The full lineup of our Talks and Panels are listed below, and
  3. Auslan Interpreters will be available at the Panels AND a Auslan Interpreter-supported tour will take place for members of the Deaf community.

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, the City of Perth Library, AND the Cathedral Square Precinct!

 

Perth Games Festival 2016: Featuring Games in the Perth Town Hall, Talks in the City of Perth Library (Auditorium),plus VR Alley and the Chiptunes & Chill space in Cathedral Square. Come Join us 10am-5pm, Saturday Oct 1st!
Yes we have so many great things to show you, that we’re taking over the whole area! 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 will be in a seperate room,

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

  • Panels and Talks throughout the day (more details below),
  • Auslan Interpreters (for all panels and talks)

And in Cathedral Square you will come across:

  • Virtual Reality games and experiences,
  • Pervasive (live-action) games throughout the day,
  • Live chiptunes music and a pleasant space to rest.

 


Next up, here is everything you need to know about the Talks and Panels for the Perth Games Festival! We are absolutely delight to announce that thanks to the support of our Talks Sponsor Health Engine

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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 is as follows:

 

10:15AM – 11:15AM
DONE-GEON & DRAGONS

Hien Pham, Ben White & Emily Smith

Dungeons and Dragons is perhaps the most well known role-playing game system, but what else is out there? This panel highlights niche and unique cooperative story-telling systems, as well as alternative RPGs for newcomers and veterans alike.

11:30AM – 12:00PM
PIXEL SIFT: LIVE SHOW

Pixel Sift’s weekly podcast, but live and in the flesh. Join Gianni, Mitch and Scott as they talk about the games that matter to you and the people who make them.

12:15PM – 1:15PM
YOU CAN CREATE GAMES TOO!

Oscar Brittain, Megan Campbell, Ben Chandler, Matt Dyet & Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie
It has never been easier to get started making games, but with so many resources, where do you begin? Our panelists will share their experiences of getting into game development, along with advice for aspiring developers. Whether you’ve played games your entire life, or are just getting started, there is no reason to stop you from making them too!

1:30PM – 2:30PM
DESIGNING GAMES FOR AN AUDIENCE

Wesley Lamont & Liam Hunt
What grabs a player and retains their engagement? Join local game designers to look at some modern games and the logic to best entertain the audience. Great for aspiring game-makers and students!

2:45PM – 3:45PM
FROM ‘HOBBY’ TO FULLTIME: STIRFIRE’S POST FREEDOM FALL JOURNEY

Lisa Rye, Matt Dyet & Brendan Ragan
On January 11th at 50 minutes past midnight – Western Australia’s first Steam Greenlight title was released to the general public. Today Stirfire is working on two games – both for release next year. What’s the “Stirfire Method”? How has it changed since Freedom Fall? What highs and lows occurred in between and how did they shape the studio?


And last, but by no means least, we will also be hosting a new initiative this year that we are super keen to let you know about. In 2016 the Perth Games Festival will be including an:

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Auslan Interpreter-supported tour of the Festival, for members of the Deaf Community.

 

Join a festival volunteer for a short tour around the event, where you can chat with the exhibitors and get your questions answered. This walkthrough is made possible with the assistance of an Interpreter from the WA Deaf Society. Spaces for this tour are limited, so bookings are essential. If we experience significant demand for tickets, we will look towards adding an additional tour! If you are only interested in attending the general festival and panels, tickets are not required.

When: Starting 4pm

Where: 
Beginning at the entrance of the Perth Town Hall

Cost:
Free! (However places are limited)

Tickets: Tickets for the tour can be booked via Eventbrite
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Please Note: This tour is for people who are Deaf or Hearing Impaired, and their families, to assist them in getting the most out the Perth Games Festival. Attendees who do not require Auslan Interpreter are requested not to book tickets for this tour, but can of course explore the festival at their own pace.

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


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

⍟ MURDOCH UNIVERSITY ⍟
ShowGizmo
PAX 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!

Introducing our Platinum Sponsor, Murdoch University!

It’s not long until the 2016 Perth Games Festival hits, so without further ado we would like to introduce you to the epic, the wonderful, the excellent Platinum Sponsor for the event – Murdoch University. Their staff and students are always enthusiastic about getting involved with the local games community, and we are excited to have them join us again this year. In fact, not only are they backing the festival, their students will once again be showcasing the great games they have been working on this year!

So THANK YOU Murdoch University, for supporting the games community of Western Australia, and training the next generation of game-makers!

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So Murdoch does have to say about their games courses?

The Games Art and Design course at Murdoch University takes you through the entire game development journey, from ideas and concepts through to prototypes, mods, and finished games. Exploring the full art and design pipeline, you’ll look at concept art, character and environment design, 3D modelling, animation and rigging, level design, game engine integration, game studies and critique, and the playtesting methods you’ll need to make sure your games deliver a stunning experience.

For those looking to take their games to the next level, Murdoch’s Graduate Diploma in Games and Apps Production focusses on launching a game into the market. You’ll build entrepreneurial skills in business management and marketing, as well as the specific development best-practices to execute market-driven games and launch them globally.

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

ShowGizmoHealthEnginePAX 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!

More wonderful sponsors join the 2016 Festival!

Say hello to our new sponsors! As we have mentioned previously, the Perth Games Festival remains a free event thanks to the support of local businesses. So please join us in saying “Thank You!” to the businesses who make the Perth Games Festival possible 💕

 


★ GOLD SPONSOR ★

The crew from PAX Aus have jumped in to join the game aficionados of Western Australia as a Gold Sponsor of the Perth Games Festival. There will also be opportunities to get your hands on some PAX passes as prizes on the day, so stay tuned for more details on that!

PAX Aus

 

PAX AUS  is a festival for gamers to celebrate gaming culture. No matter your game, there is something for everyone at Australia’s largest gaming festival.

PAX Aus will be taking place Nov 4-6 in Melbourne. Local developer Jacob Janerka and his game Paradigm will also be on show at the event, as part of the Australian Indie Showcase. It’s worth the trip, so be sure to check it out!

 


 

 ✪ TALKS SPONSOR ✪

Thanks to HealthEngine.com.au, we are pleased to announce that all panels at the 2016 Festival will include Auslan Interpreters, to ensure that their content is accessible to all gamers. HealthEngine.com.au is a site that connect patients and practitioners with healthcare professionals, and we greatly appreciate their eagerness to ensure Perth’s Deaf community can connect with local game developers!

 

Health Engine

HealthEngine.com.au is Australia’s #1 online health destination listing more than 70,000 practices, and attracting over 750,000 unique website visits every month. Each month, we help hundreds of thousands of patients find and book health appointments online. By leveraging the power of internet and technology we are improving the way patients navigate the complex health system and deliver better healthcare experiences for all.


 

 ✪ OFFICIAL MOBILE APP PROVIDER ✪

The Perth Games Festival has partnered with ShowGizmo to ensure that you have everything you need for the event, right in the palm of your hand. Stay tuned for our upcoming announcement on how you can use it to maximum gaming time, get ahead in the badge quest, and win some awesome prizes.

ShowGizmo - Event AppShowGizmo‘s Event App Platform brings all your content together for your events, conferences and meetings. Now all your event participants can plan their event participation with immediate access to Sessions, Schedules, Speakers and ALL event Content before, during and even after an event 24/7. Our CMS will gives event organisers and marketers real-time event data and engagement analytics to not only leverage your current event but every event you do. Get even more in-depth attendee engagement with in-session Q&A, Live Polling, Live Surveys. Mobile Notifications. You’ll benefit with ShowGizmo‘s world class training, event support service and app representative on the ground. Get the ShowGizmoEvent App and CMS for your event.

 


 

Surprise Attack are back again, and this time they are going to be helping you get your hands on some remarkable Australian games from other states. These folks know great games, so we are glad to have them on board.

Surprise AttackSurprise Attack Consulting is a games and technology specialist PR and marketing agency, led by industry veterans and staffed exclusively by gamers and technology enthusiasts. They work with video game publishers and technology companies to promote their products and services in the Australian and New Zealand markets. If you want to reach the gamer audience with your brand or product then Surprise Attack would love to talk to you too.

 


And of course, we would like to once again thank our other sponsors Binary Space, Pale Blue Dot Games, Sentient Computing, and Unity.

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

 

Announcing the first sponsors of the 2016 Festival!

It’s not long to go until the Perth Games Festival hits, giving you the chance to play tons of locally made games for free! But how does such a big event happen, and all for free no less?! Well, it is in no small part thanks to the contribution of our sponsors; local folks and businesses who step up to support the creative game-making community of Western Australia.

So take a moment with us to give some love to the businesses who have joined us to make the Perth Games Festival possible 💖


First up, a big thank you to local game-makers Binary Space.
They were super quick to raise their hand, to return as a Gold Sponsor again in 2016:

Binary SpaceBinary Space - Zombie Outbreak Simulator

Binary Space is an indie game developer, developing the games Class 3 Outbreak and Zombie Outbreak Simulator, which feature a zombie apocalypse played out in real locations on maps. The web versions of these games have been played over 4 million times since they were first released in 2009 to 2011. The iOS and Android versions of Zombie Outbreak Simulator released in 2012 and 2014 have been downloaded by over 1 million people!


This year we have also had a number businesses joining us as Silver Sponsors, and we greatly appreciate their support. These folks are just as excited as we are to show off what the WA community has to offer, so give them some love!

There is local studio Pale Blue Dot Games, who have stepped up to assist their fellow game-makers…

Pale Blue Dot Games - Silver Sponsor

 

Pale Blue Dot Games is all about creating fun mobile games that can educate, raise awareness and support various causes to make our little dot in the universe a better place.  Pale Blue DotGames released their first game, Lumber Larry, free to play on the Appstore in January this year to shed light on global environmental issues. Work is now underway on their second release, Blocky Roll, a fun platforming-puzzler with a central theme of education.  Blocky Roll will raise money to build schools and bring the opportunity of education to children all of the world.

 


Local software developers and virtual reality aficionados Sentient have returned once again to show off what WA has to offer…
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Sentient Computing is a Perth-based software development company that brings the power of 3D game engines and virtual reality to business applications and training. Their small, passionate and experienced team of developers and 3D artists are also avid gamers and members of the Perth game development community. Sentient are enthusiastic to support our local talent and are excited to see the games coming out of Perth.


And Unity, the well-known purveyor of a most excellent game engine, have joined us support local developers…

Unity LogoYou can create any 2D or 3D game with Unity. You can make it with ease, you can make it highly-optimized and beautiful, and you can deploy it with a click to more platforms than you have fingers and toes. What’s more, you can useUnity’s integrated services to speed up your development process, optimize your game, connect with an audience, and achieve success.

 

 

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

Join the Team as a Festival Volunteer!

The Perth Games Festival is about coming together to enjoy great locally made games. This volunteer-run event simply could not happen without awesome folks lending a hand to make sure it all runs smoothly. So this is our official call…

The 2016 Festival is looking for wonderful volunteers (such as yourself) to join us and assist on the day!

 

What does volunteering involve?

Assisting on the day (October 1st) can range from helping set up booths for developers, to welcoming attendees to event, ensuring panelists are prepped and ready, to directing folks around the venue. We don’t expect everyone to be available for the entire day – we want you to get to play games too! So the day is split up into two shifts of morning and afternoon, and there will be a range of jobs to do throughout the day.

As thanks for your hard work on the day, Volunteers will be provided with lunch, receive an exclusive achievement badge, are invited to the Festival after party, and of course will receive the adoration of the Festival Committee. We are also working on some other bonuses, but we shall let you know of those closer to the day.

 

How do I sign up?

→ Simply complete the Volunteer Sign Up Form!

It is our job to make sure that you are well looked after, fed, rested and have every opportunity to also enjoy the day. So if you have any questions, email us and we shall assist!

We look forward to seeing you at the Perth Games Festival~

Sponsor the 2016 Perth Games Festival!

Quick, simple and to the point, the Perth Games Festival is now seeking sponsorship!

Last year over 2600 people walked 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?Sponsorship2016_Preview

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 2016 Prospectus!

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

Alternatively, contact our Festival Coordinator Jess directly via sponsors@letsmakegames.org if you would like to have a chat first.

We hope you can join us for the 2016 Perth Games Festival!

Exhibitor Applications now open: Show your game at the 2016 Festival

Are you a game-maker based in Western Australia? Whether you are a student or studio, indie developer or hobbyist, the Perth Games Festival is all about showcasing locally-made games! This means games for computers and consoles, mobiles and tablets, tabletop and card games, VR experiences, pervasive games and even arcade machines. Come join us on October 1st, and show off your games to thousands of people!

 

How to Apply:

→ Simply fill in the online Exhibitor Application form here!

That’s it! Once your application has been received, we will get back to you shortly to confirm your place at the event. Following this, you just need to send us x3 Screenshots of your game by Sept 7th, and payment is required by Sept 23rd. If you have any questions, our Exhibit Manager Cassie will be happy to assist.

(Note: All Australian developers are welcome to apply, however priority will be given to WA game-makers)

So what do you get when you showcase at the Perth Games Festival? Well there are two types of tables available, as well as option add-ons. These are the…

 

Exhibitors at PGF 2014STANDARD TABLE ($75)

  • 1.8m trestle table with exhibition tablecloth
  • 2 chairs
  • Access to Power (for 2 devices)
  • Game featured in the PGF programme & website
  • Game featured as part of a Let’s Make Games news blog post

 

PREMIUM TABLE ($225) *Limited Number Available*feature_gf2014_09

  • Prime booth position
  • 2 partitions for booth backing (for marketing)
  • Priority placement in games listings (programme & website)
  • Inclusion in the Festival ‘Badge Quest’, with feature in the quest section of the Programme
  • 100 Promotional Achievement Quest Badges (25mm) featuring imagery from your Main Game.
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  • 1.8m trestle table with exhibition tablecloth
  • 2 chairs
  • Access to Power (for 2 devices)
  • Game featured in the PGF programme & website
  • Game featured as part of a Let’s Make Games news blog post

ADD ONs [More Information Available in the Application]

  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Equipment Test & Tag
  • Lunch
  • Achievement Badges

 

Assistance Packages

If you are a game developer from regional Western Australia, or otherwise require financial support, please let us know. Let’s Make Games is a community organisation focussed on supporting Western Australian developers; we want all WA game-makers to have the opportunity to share their work with the public, and we understand that not everyone can afford the full fees and insurance costs associated with exhibiting. To find out more, email our Exhibit Manager, and we will do what we can to help you get to the festival.

Closing Date:

Applications close September 7th. We understand that this is a relatively short timeline, so if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us directly. We want your game at the festival, so rest assured we will do all we can to get you there!

Call for Speakers now open!

We are pleased to announce that the call for speakers for this year’s festival is now open!

Here at the Perth Games Festival we’re all about celebrating the amazing talent of local game makers and being able to help them share their hard work and awesome creations with players of all ages. With that in mind we have decided to open suggestions for festival content up to the community this year. Have an idea? Then submit it here!

Session submissions covering all aspects of game development and related topics are welcome, from design to marketing, coding to community support and everything in between.

Sessions may take the form of a lecture, panel discussion or workshop. Or if you have an idea for something a little different don’t hesitate to suggest it too!

Following the close date for submissions (Friday 26 August), the Perth Games Festival Committee will evaluate all session suggestions and choose those considered most suitable for the festival. Approximately 6-8 sessions will be selected, 3-4 for the festival day and 3-4 for the week leading up to the festival.

If you have any queries regarding festival content please direct them to our Content Manager at vivien@letsmakegames.org

The Perth Games Festival Committee extends their appreciation for your interest in being involved with this year’s event. See you there!

Guess what, we’re back and not a moment too soon!

After a successful festival in 2015 with a massive turnout of visitors (somehow 2500 people!) the amazing CoderDojo awards and the support of many great people and businesses in Perth and Australia, we here at Let’s Make Games were absolutely blown away. Having Amani Naseem over from Melbourne to run the Whistler (with thanks to FTI), seeing the launch of Nekograms, checking out all the amazing games from up and coming developers from all walks of life and watching Ludicrous Cogz being played by all ages made for an amazing day.

So we’re doing it again!

With thanks to the City of Perth and the Perth Town Hall for allowing us to return, we would like to officially announce the…

2016 Perth Games Festival
Saturday, October 1st

 

To all the game makers out there…

If you’re someone who devs in their spare time or have been working on games with a group, at work or at school, we want to hear from you! And even if you’re not from Western Australia we’re interested in chatting to you. We will have applications open soon if you want to show off your hard work to the awesome people of Perth!

And to all the game fans…

We are also planning other events for the lead-up to the Perth Games Festival, so if you have an idea for an event to tie in with the festival be sure to drop us a line either on the website or hello@perthgamesfestival.com.au.

And we’re always on the lookout for people to help us organise the festival.

You can find us here on twitter and facebook and even add the event into gcal.
We look forward to seeing you in October!

Perth Games Festival Poster and Colouring Page now Available for Download!

PGF2015 Poster - by Hien PhamThe Perth Games Festival has been and gone, and what a wonderful experience it was. In the coming weeks we will have an event recap up on the site, plus recordings of the panels from the day for those who missed it.

On Saturday, you may have noticed the fantastic Perth Games Festival Poster adorning the entry way; this artwork was created by local illustrator Hien Pham, and features characters and references from all the games at the Festival, plus some of the committee members hiding in the crowd! On the day you could pick up the fancy version for a small donation, which will go towards supporting the artist and the local community.

Free versions of the poster are now available for download, as well as a super neat colouring in edition, so you can print your own at home. We would love to see how creative you (or the kids) can get with the colouring in version, so please show us how it looks when you’re done with it!

Click to download:

  2015 Festival Poster (A3)
→   2015 Festival Poster (A4)
→   Colouring In Edition (A4)

To get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating the Poster, head on over on Hien’s blog.
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