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Bristol Games Hub December newsletter

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Auroch Digitals latest podcast and Ndemic and Force of Habit have exciting news.
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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter

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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Sarah at info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th January.

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…

Games Hub News

Auroch Digital latest podcast episode and Ndemic Creation and Force of Habit have exciting updates.
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Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 31st January 2019,19.30

No Anti socials talk this month but watch this space for next months topics.

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, opposite the Canteen.

 

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital- How to make a video game.

Episode 3 of the Auroch Digital podcast is now live! Featuring Nina Collins, Production Manager, it sees we ask… What is it like working for an indie company? Talk about advice for getting your CV noticed, and… who the best video game hero is!
You can view this episode, and the last two by visiting aurochdigital.com/podcasts

Ndemic Creations

Rebel Inc. launches on iOS,Six years after releasing global hit Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations is pleased to announce that we’ve launched a new game! Rebel Inc. is a unique and deeply engaging political/military simulation that challenges you to stabilise a post-war country and stop the spread of a deadly insurgency.
More information here: www.rebelincgame.com

PC Connects

New details (and special PC ticket offers) unveiled for PC Connects London
There’s just a month to go before London’s two-day games industry conference! On January 21st and 22nd, PC Connects London 2019 will shine a light on the trends changing the PC development world. It will explain the realities of the current markets and offer essential strategies to survive and thrive. And it’s going to be huge: 500 delegates will hear from 50 speakers in five conference tracks covering everything from technical talks to marketing and discovery. Come and meet the likes of Cyberpunk developer CD Projekt RED, UK games industry pioneer Sir Ian Livingstone CBE, Jagex Partners, Sega studios Sports Interactive and Creative Assembly, data giants Newzoo, blockchain-powered PC games storefront Robot Cache, mobile-turned-PC MOBA specialist Super Evil Megacorp and London-based indie games publisher Curve Digital. There are still more big-name speakers yet to come so keep your eyes peeled for more announcements. In the meantime, exclusive tickets for PC Connects London 2019 are available right here, with new indie tier prices available for as little as £80 + VAT.

Gloucestershire Gamestesters’

Our ongoing mission is to connect small games producers anywhere with young Gloucestershire people who want work experience in Games. If you have a game that needs testing contact Gloucestershiregamestesters@gmail.com

Force Of Habit

We participated in Ludum Dare 43 – a 48/72 hour game jam competition organised online – at the beginning of December. We created a spirit-shifting puzzle platformer titled Aetherspirit. It’s all of 5 minutes long, so perfect for a lunch break – playable here. You can check out the other entries here. Maybe see you at the next jam?
Also: Keep an eye out for Toast Time: Smash Up! on the Switch eShop over Xmas/New Year. A small celebratory discount will be applied. 🙂

Jobs & Opportunities

Auroch Digital

Auroch Digital is looking looking to add a QA Tester to our award-winning team for a 6+ month role.
We are looking for someone who is familiar with the basics of development and have a passion for making games.If this is you, or you know someone who would fit the bill – please visit aurochdigital.com/jobs or email jobs@aurochdigital.com with you CV and covering letter.ext

Events Diary

South West Megagames are running a ‘megagame’ called ‘Infinite Horizons,19th January 2019 at Frenchay Village Hall,Bristol,BS16 1NUMore info here

PC Connects, 21st/22nd January, London

For more information, visit event page.

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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter Nov 18

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Dates for Publishers Pitch Event,Anti-Socials info,latest from Pixel Trip Studio and Force of Habit.
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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter

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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Sarah at info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th December.

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…

Games Hub News

Bristol Game Hub’s Publisher Pitch Event – 16th May 2019

Last year we hosted some publishers at the VR lab  (including Sony, Greenman Gaming, Square Enix and PQube) and developers got a chance to pitch their games to them. We’re aiming to follow up with another event on 16th May next year where we’ll have more publishers. We’ve had a few confirm attendance already and we’ll be asking more to attend too. As before we’ll be opening up slots for developers to pitch with. So this initial message is to give you a heads up that it’s coming. More will follow as we get into 2019,but we wanted to give you a date to aim for if you’re wanting to connect to publishers.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 19.30, Thursday 29th November, 2018

This month we have got: BYOG: Bring your own game!
Do you have a new game you want to show off or need some feedback on a work in progress? Join us for the last social of the year and make it festive! Free mince pies to the first 20 visitors.
Please email nils@largevisiblemachine.com and let him know what you want to show so we can make sure there’s space and machines to play on.

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, opposite the Canteen.

 

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital

Auroch Digital have got a new Podcast called “How to make a game with
Auroch Digital /www.aurochdigital.com/podcast/>”. In it they go
under the hood of the gaming industry and each episode features a special
guests. You can find more information on their website
/www.aurochdigital.com/podcast/.

Pixel Trip Studios

Bristol based indies Pixel Trip Studios have released their first game, The
Videokid on XboxOne & Nintendo Switch. Its a colourful, fast paced homage
to the arcade classic Paperboy. In it you deliver pirated video tapes to
your customers, whilst performing tricks and combos on your trusty
skateboard. The Videokid will take the player on a journey back through
their 80s childhood as its also jam-packed with everyone’s favourite film,
TV & cartoon characters…
Kickflip over time-travelling doctors, ollie off the roof of a Dolorian or
grind on top of a radioactive alligator – all while trying to stay one step
ahead of the cops. Complete with a pulsating 8 bit soundtrack by Savant and
retro soundFX it’s sure to spark that warm feeling of nostalgia deep in
your bellies!

Available on XboxOne, Nintendo Switch and Steam now:

 

Force Of Habit

We have officially announced our second bread and breakfast-based title, Toast Time: Smash Up! exclusively for Nintendo Switch. This brings TERRY the toaster and the unique toast-driven recoil/reload action from 2013’s mobile release to the multiplayer brawler genre. Whether you’re ready to rumble, a gluten for punishment or just loafing around, there’s something in there for you. Intrigued?

Jobs & Opportunities

Auroch Digital

Hey all. We have got 2 openings. We’re looking for an experienced programmer and also a demo programmer, the latter being some one building demos of cool new ideas. Full details are here

Matter 2 Media

Looking for a 3D character modeller / artist from the games or film world. The project is for public engagement concerning mental health. Features a CGI character with dynamically (programmatic) assigned textures. Shortly applying for funding and putting a team together. Could this be you? tim@matter2media.com

Events Diary

Game Audio South West 19.00 Friday 23rd November at Chance and Counters Cafe

Game Audio South West meet up is coming up next Friday at Chance And Counters cafe – would love to see you there (£5 per person to play) for more info see link 

Anti-socials 19.30 Thursday 29th November at 77 Stokes Croft

BYOG: Bring your own game! See Next Games Hub Anti-Social for more info.

South West Megagames are running a ‘megagame’ called ‘Infinite Horizons,19th January 2019 at Frenchay Village Hall,Bristol,BS16 1NU

If you’re not familiar with megagames, they’re a large board game / RPG
hybrid event that takes place over a single day. The game has units and
maps but also role-playing elements and a lot of communicating and
negotiating with other teams.
Infinite Horizons is set in a new human colony on a far-flung world.
Various political, manufacturing, scientific and financial factions will
help shape the civic, industrial and political development of the colony
during its first few years.

There will be challenges to overcome and unexpected threats (both internal
and external) that must be dealt with. Meanwhile, the factions will be
trying to balance the interests of the colony itself with the needs of
their sponsors back on Earth.

PC Connects, 21st/22nd January, London.

Prepare for the coming PC revolution.From the makers of Pocket Gamer and PC Games Insider comes a two-day conference that will prepare you for the future. Everything you know about PC games development is wrong… or at least it soon will be. In 2019, the industry is going to change significantly. From assaults on Steam’s position to the rise of new subscription models and streaming cloud tech, the scene will soon see a revolution. On January 21st and 22nd, 2019, PC Connects London will shine a light on these trends and more. It will explain the realities of the current markets and offer essential strategies to survive and thrive. The event – taking place at the same time as Pocket Gamer Connects and Blockchain Gamer Connects – will bring together representatives from across the ecosystem, including the biggest players in the UK and from around the globe. 500 delegates will hear from 50 speakers in five conference tracks covering everything from technical talks to marketing and discovery. Moreover, PC Connects London is also the setting for the first PC Indie Pitch of 2019: you’re welcome to sign up your PC game!
For more information, visit the event page.
/www.pgconnects.com/london/pc-connects/>

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Bristol Games Hub October Newsletter

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Bristol Games Hub Newsletter

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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Sarah at info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th November.

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…

Games Hub News

The regular developer’s board game night is back! See Events Diary for more details.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: 25th October, 19.30

This month we will feature a “round table” discussion about developing for Nintendo Switch, featuring a panel of developers who have experience developing on the platform. So whether you’re already developing for Switch, looking to do so in the future, or are simply interested in the people who are, then bring along yourself and your best questions for an open and honest (as open and honest as NDAs will allow) conversation about creating games for everyone’s new favourite hand held/console hybrid (And probably try out the games, too!)

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, opposite the Canteen.

 

Dev Scene News

Auroch Digital

We’ve been busy releasing a game! Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is now live on Steam and we’re really proud of it. The game sees you take on the role of defeating Nazi terror and battle an immortal evil in a turn-based tactical strategy game set in the award-winning Achtung! Cthulhu universe. It’ll also be coming out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in the near future. Finally, we are at the very early stages of development in a brand new project, and we’d love your thoughts! It’s currently called Project: War Strider and we’d love to hear from you to help shape it’s direction. Any help you can give is greatly appreciated!

Ground Shatter

Ground Shatter is pleased to announce the Nintendo Switch edition of their high-rise platform brawler SkyScrappers. Developed in the Bristol Games Hub and featuring the incredible artwork of friend-of-the-hub Tom Waterhouse, the game features the complete package of single player story modes and 2-4 player couch multiplayer from the original game as well as a brand new arcade-inspired, vertical screen mode exclusive to Switch. The game will be available to pre-order on the Switch store from Monday October 15th, and released on Monday 29th. For more information visit.

Ndemic Creations

Ndemic Creations was recently honoured to welcome Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent to our office. His Royal Highness presented us with The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the UK’s most prestigious business award. We took lots of photos of the occasion, which you can check out on our social media channels and our blog.

Plague Inc. Mutation 16 spreads to Android:This month also saw Plague Inc.’s most recent ‘Royal Update’ – Mutation 16, come to Android, after launching on iOS and PC earlier in the year. Expect news of further infections across Plague Inc: Evolved on consoles soon!

Jobs & Opportunities

SGS College

SGS College,Filton, Bristol are looking for a Games Design Lecturer, see this link for more details.
The role requires some experience in game development, with some experience using Unreal Engine including blueprint scripting. Knowledge on Game Design Theory, UI/UX Design would be beneficial.

Fundamentally Games

We’re looking for a graduate/someone looking to break into the industry, to join us! Here are the Job spec.

Antimatter Games

Antimatter Games are seeking a Senior Gameplay Programmer. Come work with us in wonderful Cornwall!

Audience of the Future

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to create faster, more efficient immersing content. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. Closes Wednesday 28 November 2018 12:00 – this can including gamic content. See site for more details.

Events Diary

Free games design sessions for girls 13+, 13.00 to 15.00 Saturday 13th, 20th, 27th October @ Acta Community Theatre.

Do you like-drawing/ writing stories/recording silly sounds/playing games/ sharing ideas…?
Come and have a go at designing your own games.

Games 4EU People Vote March 11.45 -14.45 Saturday 20th October at Serpentine Bar and Kitchen. London.

We will be joining the march in an attempt to help secure a final say on the Brexit deal for the general public and the video games industry.

Games Hub Anti-Social: 25th October, 19.30.
See games hub news.

 

Bristol Games Hub Board Game Night, Tuesday, 6th November, 2018 at 19.00 at the PM Studio

The regular developer’s board game night is back! Come play a game or bring an offering to tempt others to try! Free, but you do need a ticket

Quick Links

  • The Games industry contributes 47,620 jobs and £2.87bn to UK economy
  • An example of a 2,000-year-old board game was found in a secret passage in a Medieval castle
  • Years In the Making: How Kitfox Games played the long game with Boyfriend Dungeon hype
  • Indie Marketing – It’s Never Too Soon

September 18 Newsletter

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News from Anti social, Large Visible Machine,Twice Circled and much more…

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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact Sarah info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th October.

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…

Games Hub News

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: Thurs 27th September, 19.30

Yes! The Anti-Social is back after a Summer hiatus! This month we are joined by representatives from Game Workers Unite as well as local indie dev phenomenon Tim Wicksteed.

Game Workers Unite

Game Workers Unite is an organisation seeking to unionise the games industry on an international scale. For this talk, several members of the UK chapter will be coming along to discuss with you what unionising means for game developers and the industry as a whole, how we can help improve conditions for workers in the games industry, what actions we are taking and, should you wish to, how you can get involved.

My Best Friend: Tim Wicksteed

In this inaugural installment of a new series of fireside chats, Games Hub director Nils Hellberg will sit down with Twice Circled’s Tim Wicksteed to talk about his latest release Megaquarium, a theme park management tycoon game with an aquatic twist. How did the launch go? Any lessons learnt? Which is the biggest/most adorable fish in the world? Join us to find out!

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, opposite the Canteen.

 

Dev Scene News

Large Visible Machine

The Gromit Unleashed 2 VR Experience
Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal has partnered with the University of Bristol and Large Visible Machine to bring virtual reality into Bristol Children’s Hospital, helping patients unable to leave the hospital experience Gromit Unleashed 2 – the latest arts trail featuring 67 giant sculptures across Bristol and the surrounding area.
While some patients and their families staying at the hospital were able to go out and about sculpture hunting, patients with complex needs or those undergoing intense treatments, such as Bone Marrow Transplants, are unable to leave the hospital. Using headsets donated by the University of Bristol, patients are transported to the streets of Bristol to see the sculptures up close and personal in a live setting with the use of 360 videos.

Twice Circled

Megaquarium – the public aquarium tycoon game – arrives on Thursday 13th September. Here’s the link:
Inspired by classic theme park management games, it revolves around two main tasks. Firstly, building and laying out your tanks, filled with fish and decorations you have unlocked and powered by expensive filtration systems. The second part is the management of your team of aquarists as they go about your aquarium and keep everything running smoothly and at a profit – harder than it sounds in a large aquarium!
The game is the culmination of 2 and a half years of hard work and I’m very proud of it! Wish me luck!

Ndemic Creations

Plague Inc: Evolved for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will soon receive a hearty new update! Five Official Scenarios – including Ultimate Board Games and Mad Cow Disease – are set to infect consoles, each of which requires a completely new strategy to win.

Cowly Owl

Somerset based indie Cowly Owl re-brands with a new focus on games that the family can play together. With a first new game Sizzle & Stew, a two player cooking game for mobile & tablet

Force Of Habit

We participated in Ludum Dare 42 – a 48/72 hour game jam competition organised online – back at the beginning of August. We created an upgrade-driven arcade/action fire-’em-up game called Deep Heat:
“Don your flamethrower, your CO2 canisters, your dancing shoes – fire & flounce your way through the deepest, darkest, hottest, hungriest underground bunker in history.”
* 10 floors of mayhem – with 6 unique enemy types.
* 15 upgrades – including sprinklers, big sacks, hot feet and night vision.
*  Money, money, money! Fire! Money!
After a few weeks of community judging, the results of the competition were announced. Deep Heat scored 6th place in Graphics, 7th place in Audio, and 42nd place Overall. That’s all out of a total of 1056 entries — so pretty amazing!
Anyway, the game is playable in the browser here, and you can check out the other games here. Maybe see you at the next jam? 

Jobs & Opportunities

Aardman

Are you passionate about games and have a meticulous attention to detail? We’re looking for a ‘QA Tester’ to join our Interactive team. For more details, please go to:

Events Diary

IGLAB 06

Thur 20 Sept, 18:45, Pervasive Media Studio
Join IGLAB for the final edition of six events produced by our friends at Free Ice Cream. IGLAB is a place to test and play games – games that are played in the real world rather than via a console or screen, games that are social, definitely fun, and possibly a little bit absurd. It’s a testing ground for those who have a game idea they want to try out on people, and it’s also a place for people who want to play new games. 

Fuse Jam #2 – “Sounds of the Emocean”

Fri 28th Sept and Sun 30th Sept 18.00, At dBs Bristol.
This time we will also be hosting micro talks before the jam and finish the whole thing on a high note with a chip tune gig! If you fancy creating some games in a cosy atmosphere you can get your tickets here 

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August 18 Newsletter – Updates from Auroch Digital, Toxic Games, Ndemic Creations and more!

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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@aurochdigital.com for more information.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, contact info@bristolgameshub.com. The deadline for entries is 10th September.

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

 

Toxic Games

After the release of Q.U.B.E. 2, our first-person puzzle game and sequel, in March 2018, we’re set to release a DLC Puzzle Pack called Lost Orbit on 19th August on PC.

Lost Orbit features 10 additional puzzle rooms plus a master puzzle room, 32 collectibles in hidden areas, an open game structure and a space theme. It is notably more difficult than the main game.

You can find the trailer here.
You can find the full details and features of the Puzzle Pack and Season Pass here.

Auroch Digital

The Steam page for Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is now live (with a stylish new teaser trailer!), and we’ve been releasing more content from behind -the-scenes as development speeds onward. You can now wishlist the game on Steam which is really helpful to us, and keeps you updated with release information, sale info and more.

Lead designer Adam Carter-Groves streamed the first level of the game, showing off early gameplay and visuals (all pre-alpha!) and talking about the development. As part of the buildup to release, we’ve also been podcasting the development experience, which you can find on our Podcasts page.

Our August blog post goes into more detail about these points and more, including some brand new Dark Future: Blood Red States content!

Ndemic Creations

Plague Inc: Evolved has mutated! Mutation 16, AKA “The Royal Update” is now live on Steam. This update includes two brand new scenarios; ‘Science Denial’ imagines a world in which faith in scientists is at its lowest ebb, while ‘Ultimate Board Games’ pits the player as a tabletop game designer! Mutation 16 has now launched across iOS and Steam, and is due to spread to other formats soon.

Plague Inc: The Board Game is out of stock in the US. We’re working hard to complete the third production run of Plague Inc: The Board Game, even more so now that Amazon US has completely run out of stock! A fresh batch of copies is due to land on American shores soon.

Ben Byford

Full Colour Tiles, the first game by Ben Byford, is now available on Steam!

Thanks to everyone who has played the game on mobile and supported me, including BGH. Please let me know what you think about it. Also, big thanks to Fraser McCormick for getting me over the line with uploading multiple build formats to Steam. I’m currently working on several new prototypes for my next project and looking for level design and AI Ethics work.

Jobs & Opportunities

 

PM Studio & Watershed

Immersion New Talent Fellowships – A ten-month, flexible programme with a £15,000 bursary for New Talent to develop ideas and leadership roles in the field, as part of The South West Creative Technology Network.

Virtual Realities – Immersive Documentary Encounters commissions – In partnership with UWE BristolUniversity of Bristol and University of Bath, PM Studio are excited to invite bold and distinctive proposals to create nonfiction experiences in virtual reality. They are seeking to commission three original works, each receiving a £50k production budget and support from the commissioning and research teams.

Creative Producing MA – UWE Bristol and Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio run an MA/MFA course in Creative Producing. The next cohort starts in September 2018.

UWE – Games Technology Lecturer

Our team at UWE is looking for a full time, fixed term maternity cover Game Technology lecturer for 12 months on our TIGA accredited course!
If you are interested in teaching the next generation game dev your programming skills and developing your presentation skills, you can apply here.

DTM Global – Unity3D Junior Developer

Full time employment, salary of £22-£25k near Exeter.

We are not a game development studio but we work in serious large scale simulation using Unity3D.

More info can be found here.

Events Diary

 

VR The News Hackathon (24th-26th August @ Bristol VR Lab, Leadworks, Anchor Square Bristol BS1 5DB)

The goal of the VR The News Hackathon is to explore how immersive tech can be used to tell current affairs stories! Contestants will be exposed to new ideas, collaborate and build something that’s never been built before. We are looking for original AR|VR|MR projects that might have a witty twist on current events or rethink the way in which the news is presented. Humour is encouraged but not essential.

All who are interested in immersive technology and current events are welcome! Designers, developers, engineers, artists and creatives—all who want to deepen their understanding of immersive technology through this fun VR The News Hackathon should apply here.

Tech Play Fridays (Every Friday in August @ Bristol VR Lab)

On every Friday each week until the end of August, anyone aged 18 or over who would like to come to the lab to use our equipment is welcome to do so. All we ask is that participants respect our residents and work at a reasonable volume.

If you would like to take part in a Tech Play Friday simply turn up on the day at 2pm. If you have any questions please get in touch at hello@bristolvrlab.com.

Each week will give participants the chance to experiment with a different piece of kit owned by the lab. Full info on what is on when can be found here.

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July 18 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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact jake@aurochdigital.com. The deadline for entries is 10th August.

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…

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Dev Scene News

 

Opposable Games

Bristol VR Lab have recently launched a jobs page gathering together local VR and AR on their website here. It’s updated regularly as new positions arise so do keep checking back to it! See the Jobs section for their current posting.

Auroch Digital

We sent two of our fittest and finest down to Develop: Brighton this week! Our Design and Production Director, Tomas Rawlings, gave a talk on ‘Surviving the Steampocalypse‘ and our own Nina Adams gave a talk titled ‘How to Make People Love You, Or at Least Love Working With You‘! Both talks were a great success. Did you manage to get down to Develop this year? Let us know your thoughts and if you have any further questions, feel free to let us know.

Our Mars Horizon podcast episode 3 is now live, and features a guest appearance from Andrew Kuh of the UK Space Agency! It was a fascinating experience talking to him about how real world ideas will feature in the game, and you can check it out on Apple Podcasts or our website.

Finally, our GameTheNews initiative has been fully absorbed into Auroch Digital. You can read more about this in our final blog post as Tomas talks about newsgaming in general, summarises on the initiative as a whole, and our plans to incorporate it into Auroch Digital projects in the future.

Ndemic Creations

Plague Inc. infects Buckingham Palace – Ndemic founder and Plague Inc. creator James Vaughan took a trip to London to visit the Queen (well, Prince Charles), and to receive in person the Queen’s Award For Innovation. He had to scrub up, of course, but didn’t neglect to represent the company with his trusty pair of Plague Inc. socks.

Plague Inc. Mutation 16 is live on iOS! – the latest, most Royal update to Plague Inc. brings with it a big UI overhaul and two brand new scenarios. ‘Ultimate Board Games’ tasks you with designing, producing and selling your own infectious tabletop game, while ‘Science Denial’ imagines a world in which faith in scientists is at its lowest ebb. Mutation 16, AKA ‘The Royal Update’, is free to download on iOS now and is due to spread to other formats soon.

SPECTRUM 48

SPECTRUM48 are looking for beta testers to help test their upcoming mobile game OCO. There’s a very rough video and game details here: www.oco-game.com

If you’re interested please get in touch with Philip: philip@spectrum48.com

Jobs & Opportunities

 

Opposable Games

Opposable Games are soon going to be needing testers for their new R&D project – a sci-fi local multiplayer VR arcade game complete with tracked Nerf guns and backpack PCs (read: “no” wires). If you’re interested in testing the game then you can sign up here. The tests won’t be taking place for a little while but Opposable will let you know when they have a date.

Ndemic Creations

Ndemic Creations is looking for a new tech/programming intern!
A slot has opened up for a tech/programming internship (paid) at Ndemic Creations starting in the next month or so. Follow the link for more info and how to apply: https://bit.ly/2JexWUk

Auroch Digital

At Auroch Digital we’re hoping to add an Unreal Developer and Marketing & Community Manager to our award-winning team. The Marketing & Community Manager is a combined marketing and community role with a primary focus on marketing and selling our products and developing and building our audience of fans. The Unreal developer role is for a programmer who will be working on a groundbreaking Unreal Engine 4 project. You’ll be an integral part of our coding team, working alongside a talented group on a very special, high visibility project with a major tech partner. For more information or to apply, email admin@aurochdigital.com.

Events Diary

 

Super Hamlet 64 (Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th July @ The Arma Tavern, BS8 2HY)

3 years ago poetry slam winner Edward/Edalia Day set about rewriting Hamlet using only videogame quotes. 400 hours of playing later they’ve come up with the wildest Shakespeare experience you’re ever likely to see. Combining classical text with modern poetry, the show also dissects modern ideas of
privilege, gender and mortality. You can check out the trailer here!

“Day never ceased to impress…like a man possessed at times, effortlessly switching
between characters…for me, the best original play I have seen.”
★★★★★ Theatre Bath

Suffragette Landmarks (Multiple dates and venues throughout July)

This is a government-funded project initiated by Bristol Women’s Voice. It’s a games-making project working with young women and girls aged 13-18 that has several aims;

  • raise awareness of histories of Bristol Suffragettes and explore their relevance today
  • use those Bristol Suffragette stories to inspire the young women and girls to design and build computer games
  • create opportunities for participants to find out more about careers in the games industry through meeting people working in the sector and visiting different creative industry spaces
  • create real world markers on the city landscape to draw public attention to both the games and associated stories

The dates these workshops will be running are as follows;

  • Mondays in Knowle West Media Centre 16/23/30 July & 6th August
  • Tuesdays at Docklands Youth Centre in St Pauls 17/24/31 July & 7th August
  • Wednesdays at The Vench in Lockleaze 18/25th July & 1/8th August

Get in touch with constance@grrrlgames.org for more information.

 

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June 18 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.

To have your news, events and / or job opportunities featured in the monthly newsletter, you can contact jake@aurochdigital.com. The deadline for entries is 10th July.

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…

The Bristol Games Hub Anti-Socials are on their summer holidays and will return in September!

 

Dev Scene News

 

Evil Twin Artworks

Evil Twin Artworks announces its long awaited follow up to Victory At Sea, called Victory At Sea Pacific; a huge Open World RTS where you play out the entire Pacific War.

To celebrate this announcement, Evil Twin has created a brand new trailer for the game.

The new Steam page for Victory At Sea Pacific can be found here.

Evil Twin Artworks plan to start streaming live gameplay sessions on Twitch. Tune in to the official stream here.

Auroch Digital

Ogre is 40% off on Steam and to celebrate, this month we’re running a screenshot contest with the chance to win some amazing signed Ogre goodies! All you need to do is submit your best Ogre screenshots to the Steam Community page and let jake@aurochdigital.com know. Full details can be found here. We’ll also be pushing an update to Ogre very soon with a bunch of fixes to Multiplayer. Look out for an announcement in our Steam group with full details.

Our recently-announced space agency management  game, Mars Horizon, was featured in May’s Sky at Night magazine, a massive honour for the team working on the project. The game was also listed as part of DT Gaming’s Top 16 New Strategy Games 2018.

Lukas Roper

Happy to share that I’m developing a board game called Corrupt Cup Contest! Corrupt Cup Contest is a party game inspired by the FIFA corruption scandal, which tasks you to win the rights to host the “Global Sports Tournament” for your country. Players must schmooze, accuse and bribe each other to be declared the most influential G.A.F.S delegate over quick fire rounds.

If you are interested in hearing more, you can subscribe to the mailing list here:  www.corruptcupcontest.com

I’ll also be looking for willing participants to be filmed playing the game for promotional purposes. If you are interested, please email me at lukasroper@outlook.com and I can send more details when I have a date.

More major news will be announced in the week preceding the World Cup final so keep your eyes peeled!

Ndemic Creations

Mutation 16 (‘The Royal Update’) out now on iOS, named in celebration of Plague Inc. winning The Queen’s Enterprise Award for Innovation! Key new features include iPhone X support, a freshly rebuilt UI, and two new official scenarios – Ultimate Board Games and Science Denial. We’re excited to see what everyone makes of them!
https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/news/145-plague-inc-mutation-16-preview-the-royal-update-is-here

Events Diary

Bristol Gaming Market (24th June @ The Passenger Shed, Bristol)

Replay Events is expanding into Bristol with the launch of the city’s first Gaming Market – an event set to draw around 4,000 gaming enthusiasts from across the South West and Wales on 24th June.
If you want to be in with a chance of get a few FREE tickets, simply let us know on social your favourite game growing up using #BristolGamingMarket and we’ll pick the winners at the end of the week.

Find out more information about the event here.

Tech & Cider Presents – Start-up Stories: Open Bionics  (Thu 28 June @ Pervasive Media Studio)

Open Bionics is an award-winning robotics company developing affordable, assistive technologies that enhance the human body.

This talk is organised by Tech & Cider with the partnership of YHP, Reach Robotics and Deniz Designs. Tech & Cider is a forum for early stage start-ups and budding entrepreneurs with the aim of demystifying the start-up journey and nurturing the Bristol tech ecosystem. Free tickets can be booked here.

Ludonarrative Discourse (Date TBC @ The Bell pub, Bristol)

Have your say on what game we play and discuss this time around, and let us know what date works best for you. We’ve even created a handy form for you to fill out with your suggestions! Voting closes at the end of the week.

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