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
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…
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.
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.