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September Newsletter

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at aurochdigital.com for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th October.

The Antisocial is back on this month!

After 3 months off, we’re kicking things off with two talks on September 29th at 6.30 PM:

SN Systems – An insight into PlayStation development tool – Bernard James, VP Development will present an overview of SN Systems and its role in the PlayStation development process. SN Systems are a Bristol-based , SIE-owned company with over 25 years of console development tools experience, developing a range of tools including debuggers, compliers, profile analysers and more.

The dark art of R&D and VGTR – James Gibbs will be joining us from F6S to be the champion on your side when dealing with the dark art of VGTR and R&D Tax Credits.

So join us then! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.

Games Hub News

SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory

If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work – put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory

SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page

Find roles and post new openings here…

Monthly Indie Spotlight

Large Visible Machine

Nils Hellberg has been running Large Visible Machine out of Bristol Games Hub since it’s inception in 2014. The main focus is on digital board and card games and the latest project, Lew Pulsipher’s Doomstar, was released on Steam on Friday! Doomstar is a collaboration with fellow hub resident Rich Wallis and the ability to bring in people as needed has been one of the main benefits of being based in the Hub. Other activities apart from games making include beard/black kale growing, beer drinking and watching Pro Wrasslin.

Dev Scene News

 

Mega Best Cat Adventure Kickstarter

Psychedelic twin-stick shooter SUPER MEGA BEST CAT ADVENTURES mixes the crazy intense wave-based action of classic arcade games such as Llamatron 2112 and modern rogue-like exploration of games like The Binding of Issac. Inspired by classic Williams-style arcade shooters and modern rogue-lites, it’s crammed to the brim with kaleidoscopic colours and mind-melting visuals. Hyper stimulating gameplay thrills are a direct result of the focus on fast, unrelenting action through randomised mazes and destructible environments.

SUPER MEGA BEST CAT ADVENTURES is currently live on Kickstarter and Greenlight, check them out!

Auroch Digital

The Steam page for Dark Future: Blood Red States is now live! You can Wishlist our new game here and ICYMI we put together all our vehicle videos from Dark Future here.

We’ve been sharing pre-alpha footage of our digital adaptation of Steve Jackson’s Ogre with Kickstarter backers and receiving a ton of great comments and positive feedback, and in other community news our Twitch channel is slowly but surely picking up pace – you can catch up with any streams you’ve missed by visiting our Youtube channel. Plus a great new podcast called “Futures and Skills” invited us onto their show, and we were interviewed in Programme.

Evil Twin

‘Evil Twin Artworks’, are excited to announce the latest update for our Early Access title ’Man O’ War: Corsair’ and it’s a big one! We have wanted to bring out more of the elements that make the Warhammer world what it is, and so we felt it was time to bring the Dwarfs and Skaven to the Great Western Ocean. Not only that, we are also beginning to introduce the different colleges of magic, as well as allow players to launch flying monsters and shoot flying enemies from the sky with unique and bizarre anti-air weapons. It all really gives the game an extra dimension.

Click here to see the brand new trailer.

Opposable Group

Plans are afoot for VR World Congress 2017! If you don’t already, be sure to follow our VRWC Twitter and Facebook accounts as we’ll be posting all announcements there first. Quick insider tip: keep April 11th, 12th and 13th of 2017 free…

Later this month we’ll also be providing equipment for our friends at Simpleweb as part of their Challenge Hack Day here in Bristol. Well worth checking that out if you’re interested!

Laser Disco Defenders Boogies Its Way Onto PS4 And Steam

After having been out on Vita for a couple of months the first game from Out Of Bounds Games is ready to dance its way onto Steam on the 29th of September, and PS4 the 4th of October. The Vita release received praise for the core mechanic and overall presentation but received some criticism for a lack of variety and the high difficulty. Based on this initial feedback the game now features a brand new zone, enemies and the addition of powerups, as well as having been rebalanced. Sound groovy? Well If you find your way to EGX this month you will be able to play this updated version on the show floor.

Force Of Habit

Last week we revealed and released a new game that’s been bubbling in the pan since January. ‘makenines‘ – an ambient logic-puzzle game, about making numbers equal 9.  Lots of people have been playing and enjoying it, with TouchArcade saying “impressive in its incredible sound and visual design”, “aesthetically beautiful” and “a title that any puzzle fans should definitely download”. It’s completely free too (pay what you want) so give it a shot (AndroidiOS) and let us know what you think.

Jobs & Opportunities

 

Slitherine – Junior Art and Programmer

Epsom based publishers Slitherine are looking for a junior artist and programmer to join their team. Email career(at)slitherine.co.uk for more info and how to apply.

Alto’s Adventure – Unity Programmer

Seeking a talented Unity Programmer to join Team Alto in the South West, for the full list of requirements and ideal qualities click here.

Creative England – Tech & Digital Funding

Follow @TechDigital_CE on Twitter to keep up to date with business investment info, case studies, technews and innovations.

Plus… South West Games Dev Jobs

There is a Facebook group for devs to post opportunities; South West Games Dev Jobs. It’s for companies seeking new people, freelancers and the like. It’s free to use but please don’t use it to ask for work. Currently it has opportunities from Game Debate, Rendermedia and PQube.

Events Diary

Grrrl Gamers Group (20th September)

This month’s Grrrl Gamers group has been moved to the 20th. A welcome get together for women working in games. Click here for more details and to RSVP.

Antisocial (29th September)

See above for full details or RSVP on the meetup page.

Games For Better: 48hr Games Jam (30th September)

The theme for this years Games For Better Games Jam is ‘Antibiotic Resistance’, an international issue and a genuine threat to humanity. For full details and to register for free visit their EventBrite page.

Grrrl Gamers (4th October)

Next month’s Grrrl Gamers meetup will be back in its usually spot, first Tuesday of the month. Click here for full details and to RSVP.

XX+ Game Jam (14th October)

REFIG UK is running an international, 24hr Games Jam for women on 14th to 15th October. This is a great opportunity for women who like  games and want to create one to get together, network and have fun. There are 4 other UK sites, along with sites in Canada. Click here for more info or to register. Registration closes on 24th September.

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Thanks all!

August Newsletter

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at aurochdigital.com for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th September.

The Antisocial is on Summer Holiday for one more month so won’t be on this month, it will be back in September!

The usual Meet Ups will still be on, see the Events Diary below for more details on those.

So join us then! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.

Games Hub News

SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory

If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work – put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory

SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page

Find roles and post new openings here…

Monthly Indie Spotlight

Sora Sabi

‘My name is Rory Doona, I create 2D digital art and graphic design as a freelancer, I’ve been doing it for over 10 years and have been based in the Bristol Games Hub for nearly a year. About half of my commissions are for game assets which you can see on my website.

I’ve had a really diverse mix of clients and commission types over the years, including Aardman Animations, Manga Entertainment and Demon Music Group.

When I’m not working on commissions I’m interested in creating work that entertains others. I started my own webcomic a few years ago, it currently has over 4,000 subscribers and 250,000 views on Tapastic.com. However most of that is now behind me as I’ve decided to become a full time Pokemon Go trainer so please don’t contact me unless you know a good Oddish nest in Bristol!

Dev Scene News

Opposable Group

We mentioned last month that we’d be releasing new info on our own VR game, Salvaged. As promised, you can now view our new teaser trailer and also check out our new blog for the latest update on the game.

This month was an unusual one for Opposable, as we headed for the Welsh Hills on a team camping trip. You can see some of our snaps (in 360!) on our Facebook page.

We’re also hard at work on a variety of projects ranging from a brand new company website (which will be up soon and is looking very, very cool) to new VR experiences. Hopefully we’ll be able to share the details on our BIG project very soon…

Auroch Digital

We launched our Twitch channel! We’ll be using it to highlight our games and titles from around the Bristol Games Hub. We’ve already streamed Last Days of Old Earth,Chainsaw Warrior: Lords of the Night, and The Battle for Sector 219.

Backers of Elections of US America Election: The Card Game will be pleased to know that the game is currently in the office and almost ready for distribution, Chainsaw Warrior fans should check out the amazing entries from our haiku competition, and readers of Develop can flick to page 39 of the August issue to find our Producer, Peter Willington, talking about his role.

Phew! Busy! But we did get the chance to get a game of Ogre in. For work purposes, obviously.

Ground Shatter

Ground Shatter has teamed up with Ant Workshop to bring fiendish puzzle-platformer, Binaries, to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One at the end of the month.

In the game you control two lovable balls of different colours across 100 levels of platforming… but you control them both at once. It’s breathtakingly simple in its idea but absurdly difficult in its execution. It’s basically like playing two different Super Meat Boy levels at the same time with the same controller. If you can play it without inventing a brand new set of swear words you’re doing very well.

The game, which was released earlier this year on Steam, is being launched on consoles on August 30th. Find out more at PlayBinaries.com

Jobs & Opportunities

BDH – Freelance Unity Developer

BDH are looking for a freelance Unity dev for a few weeks in September to refine the user experience and mechanics of a VR project. Email dan(at)bdh.net for more info or to apply.

Pitch@Palace – Funding

Pitch@Palace offers tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their ideas to an influential audience of global investors who can catapult them to the next level. This year’s theme includes media, communications and entertainment technology so for more info and to apply, go to their website.

Playable City Award

Open call for ideas themed around ‘journeys’ for Playable City. The winner will receive a £30,000 commission, practical support, residency at PM Studio in Watershed and more. For full details for to apply, click here.

Reach Robotics

Reach Robotics, creators of MekaMon, are looking for a freelance contractor with game design experience to support a few areas of the project. Collectable card game and balancing experience is highly desirable. Email Silas(at)reachrobotics.com for details or to apply.

Plus… South West Games Dev Jobs

There is a Facebook group for devs to post opportunities; South West Games Dev Jobs. It’s for companies seeking new people, freelancers and the like. It’s free to use but please don’t use it to ask for work. Currently it has opportunities from Game Debate, Rendermedia and PQube.

Events Diary

Bi-Monthly Board Game Night (16th August)

The first Board Game Night in June was a huge success so don’t miss out in August! Feel free to bring along any games you want play, otherwise between Bristol Games Hub and the venue we have a huge range of great games. To RSVP go to the Meetup page. As long as you are on the list, you will receive an email with the location at lunch time on the 16th.

Bleep Your Heart Out – 8 Bit Festival (20th August)

Free entry to this music festival dedicated to music created on old school Game Boys and other consoles/computers. Go to the Facebook event page for all the info.

Unity Meet Up (24th August)

James Parker of Ground Shatter will be talking at this month’s Unity Meet Up, looking at console porting for indies. Click here for more details or to RSVP.

Unreal Meet Up (1st September)

Join the Unreal group to talk all things Unreal, from programming and assets to dev queries and latest news. Click here for full info and to RSVP.

The Internet of Us: What Does Privacy Mean in the Digital Age? (1st September)

Gregg Latchams’ Digital Media & Technology team invite you to join them for an afternoon of exploring and debating one of the pivotal social issues of our generation. Book your place here.

Women In Games Conference (7th September)

This year’s WIG Conference will be held at the University of Greenwich. With a host of great speakers, it’s not to be missed! Click here for more info and to register.

Grrrl Gamers (9th September)

The monthly Grrrl Gamers will be held from 7:30pm onwards and is open to women at all levels of the industry. Click here for more info or to RSVP.

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Thanks all!

July Newsletter

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at aurochdigital.com for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th August.

The Antisocial is going on Summer Holiday so won’t be on this month or August, it will be back in September.

The usual Meet Ups will still be on, see the Events Diary below for more details on those.

So join us then! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.

Games Hub News

SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory
If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work – put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory

SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page – Find roles and post new openings here…

Dev Scene News

Opposable Group

It’s been a while since we spoke about Salvaged, our own game due for release soon on Steam Early Access. We’ll be releasing a new trailer and some new info for the game this week, so keep an eye on our social media channels (Twitter / Facebook) for the latest word.

Alongside our game antics, we’ve also been keeping up to scratch on our events-focused prospects. An event we co-hosted in London this month was featured in Event magazine, showing the world how VR can be used in events and for businesses in general.

We were also in Shanghai this month, helping out with the running of our own experience for the GSMA at Mobile World Congress! Plus, it’s not too long until we can start talking about our super-secret big project…

Auroch Digital

It has been a busy month for us. We released the first piece of in-game (pre-alpha) footage of Dark Future: Blood Red States, as well as launching the Chainsaw Warrior haiku competition, where fans had a chance to win a 30″ by 20″ canvas print of John Blanche’s classic 2nd edition 40K cover! See here for the full list of submissions, including the winning entry by De Selby!

We are very excited to announce that out of over 200 applicants we are going to be one of the lucky recipients of the UK Games Fund, not only that but GameReactor mentioned us in their article about it. For now though, you’ll have to wait and see what we’re using the money for! We’ve also signed a new project with the legendary Steve Jackson Games!

Finally with Develop just wrapping up, our Design and Production Director, Tomas Rawlings gave a very well-received talk about the importance of number crunching before launching a crowdfunding campaign, which was then featured on Develop.

Orange Rage Games – Hero 2 Zero

Two University of the West of England graduates have come together under the moniker ‘Orange Rage Games’ to make a board game concept as part of a past coursework assignment into reality as a digital board game. Hero 2 Zero has up to four players taking control of very famous Heroes aiming to compete with each other to lose all of their fame, in order to become ignored (or hated) enough to begin living a normal life. Fame is lost through random event cards and purposely throwing combat with Monsters, while sabotaging their rivals with spells and items in order to become a civilian first!

Hero 2 Zero is aimed at a PC release through Steam, more information can be found through the Kickstarter campaign page.  Those with a Steam account may also wish to show support on the accompanying Greenlight page.

Jobs & Opportunities

Creative England – Greenshoots

As we mentioned in last month’s newsletter, applications for the Greenshoots funding are now open. For the third year running, Creative England have teamed up with Microsoft to offer independent games developers up to £50k, links to Xbox is open to all of England outside greater London.

To read more or to apply click here.

Rocket Lolly Games – Environment Artist

Ella Romanos from Rocket Lolly Games is looking for a freelance 3D environment artist to work on The Rocky Horror Show mobile game. Send CV / portfolio to ella(at)rocketlolly.com.

UWE Seeking Lecturer
UWE are looking for a senior lecturer in Games Technology. Closes on 22nd July. Info here.

Infinite State Games – PS4 Coder

Infinite State Games are looking for a PS4 coder to do some freelance work, mainly someone who would be able to port their Xbox / PSVita game, Wing King, onto PS4. Get in touch through their website for more info or to apply.

Plus… South West Games Dev Jobs

There is a Facebook group for devs to post opportunities; South West Games Dev Jobs. It’s for companies seeking new people, freelancers and the like. It’s free to use but please don’t use it to ask for work. Currently it has opportunities from Game-Debate, Rendermedia and PQube.

Events Diary

Unity Meet Up (20th July)

This month the Unity meet up has a special treat in store, a talk on 2D animation tool Spine, which is gaining more and more traction as the go to solution for making animations for 2D Unity games. Click here for more details or to RSVP.

Games for Health UK Conference (21st July)

See above for more details or click here.

Grrrl Gamers (2nd August)

The monthly Grrrl Gamers will be held from 7:30pm onwards and is open to women at all levels of the industry. Click here for more info or to RSVP.

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BGH – June Newsletter

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at aurochdigital.com for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th July.

The Antisocial is going on Summer Holiday and will be back in September.

The usual Meet Ups will still be on, see the Events Diary below for more details on those.

So join us then! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.

Games Hub News

BGH Board Game Night Successfully Launched

Tuesday night saw the first Bristol Games Hub Board Game Night open to the public. It was a huge success with a great turnout. They will run every other month from now on so keep an eye on the Meet Up page for the next one and discussions about games to play next time!

SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory
If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work – put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory

SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page – Find roles and post new openings here…

Monthly Indie Spotlight

Aaron Ashbrooke

“I first started in the industry (aside from a short stint as a tester at Lionhead) about 4 years ago, leaving my engineering software job to join Goldhawk Interactive to work on their 2D indie X-Com alike ‘Xenonauts’ as an artist and general production and design helping hand. We are now working on the follow up, ‘Xenonauts 2’, as a Unity title. I also started a company, Slow Blade Systems, to work on my own game project called ‘Aloft – Airship Pioneers’ which is a 2D physics based game where you design and fly airships. I maintain a dev diary of progress on that which can be found here.

Dev Scene News

Demon Apathy – Critter Fritter

Demon Apathy rebuilt their old game, Critter Fritter, from the ground up and it’s better than ever. It has everything: new graphics, smoother gameplay and farting skunks. Truly everything! The premise is that you, the player, are an alien having to abduct zoo animals (or rescue them, you’re not quite sure) that need to be organised, so you can fit them into your spaceship.

See it for yourself: get it on your iPad / iPhone or Android device or even on Amazon, for whatever reason.

Auroch Digital

If you’re heading down to Develop this July, then make sure to come see our talk there! It’s titled “Second Generation Crowdfunding: How to Make Crowdfunding & Kickstarter Work” and will cover all sorts of details about our experience with crowdfunding for Elections of US America Election: The Card Game. In equally exciting news, we’re proud to announce that our card-based PC strategy game Last Days of Old Earth has now left Early Access and the full 1.0 version is available now. Plus, we’ve been geeking out over all this original Dark Future art work.

Games for Health UK Conference 2016

Coventry University’s renowned Serious Games Institute (SGI) is hosting the second Games for Health UK Conference on 21st July. The event will feature leading names from the games industry, healthcare and academia. Speakers include; Jamie King – co-founder of Rockstar Games, Andy Yeoman – founder of Focus Games, and Howard Rose – CEO of DeepStream Virtual Reality which is developing a system of drug-free pain relieving systems. Click here for more info and for tickets.

Jobs & Opportunities

Women in Innovation Award and Funding

Innovate UK is a government initiative focusing on boosting innovative businesswomen. 12 finalists will receive a package of support tailored to their needs and 4 winners will each receive £50,000 to support their innovation project or activities. For full details, click here.

PQube – Entry Level Content Editor

PQube are looking for a talented writer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of video games to join the editorial team to create articles, features, opinion pieces as well as bit of video editing. No experience necessary, other than able to show you can write about games and the industry. To apply email Oscar Taylor at oscar(at)pqube.co.uk with your CV and some examples of your writing. Click here for examples of content.

Weston College – HE Lecturer in Games & Animation Production – Part Time

Weston College in Weston-Super-Mare is looking for a part time lecturer for their Game and Animation Production Degree. For more information or to apply, click here.

Creative England – Game Development Fund

Funding for studios which show high growth potential. Investments of between £50k – £150k will be made for the development and commercial release of new game IP. Click here for full details and how to apply.

Creative England – Greenshoots

For the third year running, Creative England have partnered with Microsoft to develop the Greenshoots funding programme. Intended for smaller studios and start ups, this funding is for between £25k – £50k along with other benefits, including; bespoke technical guidance and support directly from Microsoft on the ID@Xbox programme for Xbox One Dev Kits. Click here for full details and how to apply when it opens in early July.

Plus… South West Games Dev Jobs

There is a Facebook group for devs to post opportunities; South West Games Dev Jobs. It’s for companies seeking new people, freelancers and the like. It’s free to use but please don’t use it to ask for work. Currently it has opportunities from, Game Debate, Rendermedia and PQube.

Events Diary

Bristol Refugee Hackday (24th – 25th June)

Come along to a Hackathon, intended to bring those with coding and technical skills, social media and web skills together with those who have experience of the asylum system and the needs of refugees in Bristol. The hope is to create the beginning of a problem solving, constructive relationship across Bristol. Click here for more info.

Grrrl Gamers (5th July)

The monthly Grrrl Gamers will be held from 7:30pm onwards and is open to women at all levels of the industry. Click here for more info or to RSVP.

Unreal Meet Up (14th July)

Next month’s Meet up has been moved to a week later, so to discuss the latest tools and news from Unreal Engine, click here for more details or to RSVP.

Game for Health UK Conference (21st July)

See above for more details or click here.

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Thanks all!

Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

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30% Discount for Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival

The all new Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival (EDEF) will see an amazing array of emerging technologies at their Tech Hub. This will be an expo of some of the world’s leading VR, AR and Games companies demoing their cool technology and immersive content from 4th to 19th August at the heart of the Edinburgh Festival.

The Tech Hub is predicted to attract up to 1,500+ people a day, these people will be technologists, gamers, press, media and people who are just curious about new technology.

The Tech Hub will be at the heart of the EDEF and based in the stunning Assembly Rooms Ballroom.

Packages start from £500 ex VAT. However, if you sign up before Thursday 9th June, there is a discounted rate of £350 ex VAT per day.  

Contact carri@secret-sauce.co.uk to reserve your space.

+44 (0)7881 833443

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Bristol Games Hub – May Newsletter

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at aurochdigital.com for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th June.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 26th May, 7.30pm

This month we’ve got:

The Oliver Twins – Over 30 Years of Making Games. This month we are very honoured to have Andrew and Philip Oliver who have been programming computer games since the early 1980’s. In 1986, it was reported that an estimated 7% of all UK games sales were accredited to The Oliver Twins. At the age of 22 they started Interactive Studios, now called Blitz Games Studios, as well as porting a number of prominent games to theSage platform, including Theme Park and Syndicate.

Jonathan Smith – UKTI. Jonathan has worked a lot with Chinese games companies and will be providing an overview of the games industry in China, a description of the key differences between what is popular in China and in the UK.

So join us then! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.

Games Hub News

Bristol Games Hub – The Guardian

Bristol Games Hub was featured in an article in The Guardian about how the game development scene is changing!

CCG/LCG Meetup (25th May)

Hey folks! Our semi-regular card game meetups are expanding, and we’re looking for new games to play and new people to play them with. If you play (or are interested in checking out) any CCGs or LCGs why not come along and find some new opponents? We’re mostly playing Netrunner and 40k: Conquest at the moment, but anything is welcome if you bring decks and are willing to teach.

We meet in the Auroch Digital office, on the first floor of Bristol Games Hub from 7pm. See you there!

SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory
If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work – put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory

SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page – Find roles and post new openings here…

Monthly Indie Spotlight

Joe Blakeston

“Hey guys, how’s it goin?

Sooo while I was studying Animation at Birmingham I was doing work experience as an animator and concept artist for a games studio called Flaming Pumpkin. They were kind to me and paid in Subway sandwiches. Once I’d graduated they took me on full time and although I was now getting real money it just meant there was a middle man between me and the Subway sandwiches.

When I moved to Bristol I quickly got a desk at Bristol Games Hub because I had learnt that working from home makes me fat and lonely. Once I was there I slowly managed to worm my way into Opposable Games as a 2D artist/animator using a mixture of proximity and irritation. I was there for nearly two years before leaving to spread my dirty, ginger wings as a freelancer which I have been doing for the past year and working with clients such as Aardman Animations and the BBC.”

Dev Scene News

Twice Circled – Big Pharma

Tim from Twice Circled has released an expansion for last year’s Big Pharma, the pharmaceutical strategy sim. The expansion, Marketing and Malpractice, offers a range of new features looking at the more nefarious side of the industry. Check out the trailerhere.

Auroch Digital

We unveiled in-engine footage of Dark Future: Blood Red States at Warhammer Fest 2016, and it was incredibly exciting to see the superb reaction from the audience. Last Days of Old Earth continues its Early Access journey this month with the release of the Campaign content update, and Develop spoke with our own Tomas Rawlings (among others!) about the wonderful world of games hubs.

Staying In Podcast

Auroch Digital’s Producer, Peter Willington, has recently launched a new podcast called Staying In. Covering video games, board games, comics, movies, and more, the show champions the best of geek culture. You can get the show here and if you have a project you think would be a good fit then drop them an email.

Jobs & Opportunities

Commission: EUPORIAS – Met Office – Kaleider

Our friends at Kaleider in Exeter have a great call out to encourage makers across the globe to imagine and propose a piece of artwork using climate data for the EUPORIAS General Assembly in Oct 2016. Award includes £15k, residency at Kaleider’s studio in Exeter, dev time with Met Office scientists and full support. The deadline is Friday 10th June, click here for full info on how to apply.

Plus… South West Games Dev Jobs

There is a Facebook group for devs to post opportunities; South West Games Dev Jobs. It’s for companies seeking new people, feelancers and the like. It’s free to use but please don’t use it for asking for work. Currently it has opportunities from, Game Debate, Rendermedia and PQube.

Events Diary

Unity Group (18th May – Tonight!)

For the May meetup, Alexander Birke is back with another talk. This one is a bit special since it’s one he’s going to give at Unite Europe at the end of the month, but you get to see it first! The talk covers how to use the Mesh API in Unity to create 3D models at runtime, a technique Alexander is using extensively in his upcoming self inflicted bullet hell game, Laser Disco Defenders. Signup to the meetup here.

CCG/LCG Meetup (25th May)

See Games Hub News above for full details.

Bristol Games Hub Antisocial (26th May)

See above for more details or click here to RSVP on the Meetup page.

Unreal Meetup (2nd June)

Come along to chat all things Unreal at the monthly Unreal Engine Meetup.

UWE Degree Show (2nd June)

Environment and Technology Degree Show 2016. You’ll have the opportunity to view emerging student talent from a wide range of subjects including computing and creative technologies. Click here for more info.

Grrrl Gamers (7th June)

The monthly Grrrl Gamers will be held from 7:30pm onwards and is open to women at all levels of the industry. Click here for more info or to RSVP.

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April Newsletter

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All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.

Bristol Games Hub is a non-profit space for games and play. We run this newsletter, host events, and also rent desk space at cost price with no strings attached so you can get on with creating amazing games. Contact nina at aurochdigital.com for more information.

Nina can also be contacted regarding including news items in the next newsletter, the deadline for which is 10th May.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 28th April, 7.30pm

This month we’ve got:

Toxic Games demoing their new game, ‘Gravitational’

Tomas Rawlings – How to start a games studio

So join us then! We’re at 77 Stokes Croft on the 3rd Floor. The entrance is off Thomas Street, just up from the junction of Thomas St/Stokes Croft, above MEATLiquor.

Games Hub News

Congratulations Opposable!

Bristol Games Hub would like to congratulate Opposable Group for knocking the VR World Congress out of the park! With over 20 speakers and 25 exhibits it was a sell-out success! It’s great to see one of our own making such leaps in the industry and really helping to put Bristol on the map when it comes to games development.

SW Freelancer/Company Dev Directory
If you’re looking for people to help on a project, or you are available for work – put your details in. Please only list info you’re happy to have in the public domain: http://bit.ly/bghdirectory

SW Game Dev Jobs Facebook page – Find roles and post new openings here…

Monthly Indie Spotlight

Toxic Games

Toxic Games, established in 2010, is a UK based developer founded by former classmates. The team began development on Q.U.B.E as a student project in 2009 and sought out investment from independent game dev veterans, Indie Fund. All three core team members were game designers and were involved in bringing Q.U.B.E. to fruition without any programming expertise.

Thanks to the encouragement of academic mentors and with the help of Indie Fund, Toxic Games went from student hobbyists to independent developers upon graduation from University.

Five years on and the team have developed a richer Q.U.B.E. experience within the Director’s Cut version, which was released on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Wii U and mobile platforms in 2015. Toxic Games is now developing a third person puzzle platformer call Gravitation as well as Q.U.B.E. 2 so keep an eye on the newsletter for updates!

Dev Scene News

Force of Habit

Some cool new features for indie games portal Game Jolt. The site now supports upload of GameBoy, GameBoy Colour and GameBoy Advance ROMs and they will all play right inside the browser! Homebrew only though, can’t be infringing on copyrights now can we! Watch this space for a potential unofficial homebrew game jam😉

Additionally, Ashley’s press management tool, similar to Distribute and Promoter, is in private beta. Email him at ashley(at)forceofhabit.it if that sounds intriguing and you would like to give it a try before release.

Auroch Digital

The Early Access journey of Last Days of Old Earth continues, with a huge new chunk of content being added to the game in the form of the Stealth Update, and another update coming in the very near future. Plus those in the mood for a bargain should check out both of the Chainsaw Warrior games that are part of the massive Games Workshop Sale on the Humble Store right now!.The deal ends at 6PM BST this evening, so get there quick to take full advantage!

Out of Bounds Games

Out of Bounds Games have been busy working up to the announcement of their upcoming self-inflicted bullet hell game, starring space disco, robots and a ton of lasers. They had the pleasure of getting announced on the official Playstation blogalong with the release of the announcement trailer.
If you want to follow the development of the game or just have a craving for 70s music videos, you can head over the the game’s dev blog. See you in space cowboy!

Lo Fi Games

Last month the Monthly Indie Spotlight shone the light on Lo Fi Games and their upcoming beta release, Kenshi. After 6 years of development, this squad-based, roaming PC-RPG has been released to beta on Steam. It features 355 square miles of world map to explore and has a full year’s worth of updates since its Early Access release. Click here to see what Robot Said have to say about it.

PlayWest

PlayWest, a student and graduate games studio based at UWE, have just taken their latest game ‘The Breakfast Club’ to Steam Greenlight. It is a collaborative, physics-based party game where players must work together to make delicious morning meals. Originally built as part of the Global Game Jam earlier this year, they have added more levels and the game has been described as ‘I am Bread’ meets ‘Surgeon Simulator’ with its devilishly tricky controls and low poly art style.
Click here to help support them in their Greenlight campaign.

Jobs & Opportunities

Crowd10

A new scheme to support 10 South West startups looking for between £20-150k in launching crowdfunding campaigns on Crowdcube in June. For more info or how to apply , click here.

Jennifer Ann’s Group

Up to $11,000 in prizes from Jennifer Ann’s Group’s Life.Love. Game Design Challenge as featured on gamesindustry.biz. Click here for more info or to enter. Entry closes 1st June 2016.

Aardman Animations – Creative Director

Aardman are looking for a creative individual with at least 5 years experience in a commercial and digitally focussed environment to join the team of Creative Directors. You will be responsible for a number of individual projects from generation of an idea through to its full creation, spanning new business and live projects. Click here for full job spec and how to apply.

UWE – Lecturer in Games Tech

The Department of Computer Science and Creative Technologies is looking to appoint a new Lecturer. You will contribute to teaching on the BSc (Hons) Games Technology degree programme. For more info and how to apply, click here.

Plus… South West Games Dev Jobs

There are job posts on South West Games Dev Jobs Facebook page including 3D games artist over at Rendermedia and with PQube for a Digital Media Assistant.

Events Diary

Unity Group (moved to 27th April!)

Hey Unity lovers! If you find your way to this month’s meetup, Ben Pitt from Unity will be giving us a talk on Navmeshes and AI, which is what allows characters to navigate around an environment. Signup to the meetup here.

Bristol Games Hub Antisocial (28th April)

See above for more details or click here to RSVP on the Meetup page.

Grrrl Gamers (3rd May)

The monthly Grrrl Gamers will be held from 7:30pm onwards and is open to women at all levels of the industry. Click here for more info or to RSVP.

Unreal Meetup (5th May)

Come along to chat all things Unreal at the monthly Unreal Engine Meetup.

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