December 17 Newsletter
2017 was a great year for the Hub, with lots of amazing content produced, and we can’t wait to share what we have in store for 2018!
We hope you had a great Christmas and New Year!
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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 happyto 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
Mad Cow Disease Update rolls out: This month the Ndemic team has been hard at work getting the Mad Cow Disease-flavoured Mutation 15 of Plague Inc. into as many hands as possible after positive feedback from its iOS launch. It’s coming very soon to Android, and we worked together with Auroch to get it up and running on Plague Inc: Evolved on PC, (where it’s playable right now – get a moo-ve on!).
The Xmas Board Game sales epidemic: We’ve also seen copies of Plague Inc: The Board Game absolutely fly off shelves ahead of the holidays. So much so that we’re lining up third production run plans several months earlier than anticipated!
Ndemic Creations is hiring! We’re currently on the hunt for a Senior Game Designer and a Senior Game Developer/Programmer, both on a full-time basis. We’re also looking for someone to help out in a part-time/freelance Community Manager role. For full details on all these roles, including on how to apply, click here: http://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/19-careers
As the studio begins to wrap up work for the year, December has been an interesting and highly productive month for the team here at Auroch, with a number of projects in full swing, new opportunities coming to fruition, and top secret stuff just on the cusp of being unveiled.
We’ve sent out our Kickstarter-funded Cthulhu Christmas Cards, we’re running the first City of Games in Bristol in February and lots of other exciting stuff!
Check out this blog post for a full update on all that we’ve been up to recently! 🙂
Jobs & Opportunities
We’re looking to expand the Ndemic Creations team with a number of key hires. Would you (or someone you know) be a perfect fit for any of the following roles?
Senior Game Developer / Programmer
Senior Game Designer
Community Manager – (part-time / freelance)
If so, full details – including on how to apply – can be found here:
Falmouth University – Lecturer openings
Falmouth University’s Games Academy is currently recruiting a Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in game design, as well as an Associate Lecturer in game programming
These are excellent degree programmes with a strong focus on practice-led studio work and collaboration between teams of students who each specialise in one game development discipline.
Gamesforum (24th, 25th January, Central London)
Gamesforum London is a cross platform games business conference taking place on the 24th/25th January. Over 80 speakers from companies such as Rare, Netease, BAFTA and more will be speaking on six content tracks. We’ll also be running four fringe events – the Games Business Workshop, Meet the Publisher, the XDS Sessions and the Game Dev Showdown – throughout both days, while also offering complimentary food, drink and access to our meeting app for all attendees.
We’re offering 25% off passes before Christmas. Use the code XMASSPECIAL25 to get £25 off Micro Studio passes and over £60 off a regular delegate pass.
Registration link: https://www.globalmgf.com/london-register-now/
Ludonarrative Discourse (Mid-January, exact date and location TBC in Facebook group)
Ludonarrative Discourse is a book club for board games, we play a game over a month and then meet up to discuss it at a pub. In our first meetup in December, we played Her Story then nerded out for nearly 2 hours on the themes and secrets. Some people brought notes! Our second meetup is in January and we’ll be playing Firewatch. If you’re interested then head over to the Facebook group where we’ll be organising the date or follow on Twitter for updates.
Global Games Jam 2018 (26th Jan-28th Jan, Bristol VR Lab)
The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world’s largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development.
People are invited to explore new technology tools, trying on new roles in development and testing their skills to do something that requires them to design, develop create, test and make a new game in the time span of 48 hours.
Tickets can be purchased here.
BGH Bi-Monthly Board Game Night (16th Jan, PM Studio)
The residents at Bristol Games Hub are running a bi-monthly board game night (that’s every two months, not twice a month!) where we’ll be playing table top & card games such as Netrunner, Ogre, Blood Bowl, Pandemic and more! Come along to meet fellow gamers and developers, build your network and most importantly, have fun!
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