November 17 Newsletter
All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.
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Next Games Hub Anti-Social: Thursday 30th November, 7.30pm (Changed date from mailout, apologies for any confusion!)
Join us for two great talks! This month we’ve got:
George Osborn – Under press-ure: how the changing video game media landscape affects developers
Getting your video game covered by the press remains one of the biggest challenges for a developer to overcome. But how is that challenge evolving as the games media itself is changing? This talk seeks to outline how the press is changing, why it is doing so and what that means for anyone looking for publicity.
Nina Adams – An Agile Approach to Making Games.
An introduction into how Agile project management methods can be used in game development to reduce stress and increase productivity.
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.
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
The Kickstarter for our Cthulhu-themed Christmas cards ended over the weekend, and we’re incredibly proud to announce we gained 226% of our initial goal! This allowed us to include some great stretch goals, with two unspeakable extras now included; backers will now receive A4 prints and mugs with the fantastic artwork from Dylan Shipley and Stu Griffin. You can check out the designs on the Kickstarter page. Huge thanks to everyone that supported the project!
We’re also continuing to update Ogre with new features, and would love for those of you that have picked up the game so far to let us know your thoughts and feedback in the Steam Discussions. If you haven’t already, feel free to leave a review too!
We’ve been busy working on a few things here at Ndemic HQ, not the least of which is Plague Inc.’s upcoming Mad Cow Disease-themed Mutation 15 update, with its three new official scenarios (details here!).
This past month saw the launch of iOS 11, and we got to see the effects of being featured by Apple in one of its ‘developer stories’ App Store editorials. Downloads of the game surged in number following this piece, showing them to be a really effective way to help a game stand out from the infamously crowded storefront.
We’ve also announced the winner of the Scenario Creator competition. If you fancy spreading a tabletop RPG pandemic then give the winning entry a try! 😉
Jobs & Opportunities
Aardman’s games department is looking for a Unity FX artist or programmer for a short term contract. If you have a passion for making particle effects, explosions, amazing volumetric lighting, fluid systems or anything like that then drop us a line! George.firstname.lastname@example.org
SW Megagames (Sat 27th January @ Frenchay Village Hall, Beckspool Rd)
South West Megagames are running a ‘megagame’ called Crisis in Elysium in Bristol on 27th January. If you’re not familiar with megagames, they’re probably most comparable to a large board game/RPG hybrid style of 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. You can check out full details as well as past events here. Reservations can be made here.
Crisis in Elysium – When the tension hits breaking point in the giant Martian city-dome of Elysium, local authorities, Earth governments and radical factions fight over control of the city’s streets. Players take on the roles of political leaders, diplomats, military commanders and more, representing the factions on all sides of the conflict – including the forces of powerful Earth governments, multiple radical groups, local Martian authorities, and also some other actors with a stake in the future of the city.
Influence and control, as well as sudden strikes, raids and combat will be happening across three maps representing Elysium’s three main domes – whilst the Council of Mars meets to discuss and enact solutions. And, as ever, yet more diplomacy and discussion is being had in back rooms and dark streets across Elysium, outside of official government channels.
The City of Games 2018 (9th – 11th February @ Future Inns, City Centre)
A massively varied and exciting new 3-day gaming convention in the heart of Bristol, running from 9th – 11th Feb 2018. They’ve absolutely smashed their Kickstarter and tickets are very limited, though there are still some left for the Friday. You can also upgrade your ticket to take part in the Board Game Jam! Check them out, pledge your support and hopefully see you there!
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