February 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 March.

Next Games Hub Anti-Social: Thursday 22nd Feb, 7.30pm

Join us for a great talk from Hub director Tomas Rawlings!  This month he’s talking over his findings from Kickstarter – dos and don’ts, stretch goals, how to reach the best audience possible and more!

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

Ben Byford

Just released on iOS and soon on the playstore – Full Colour Tiles is a fiendishly simple puzzle game. Created over a year and a half in my spare time, this is my first public game release!

Auroch Digital

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics revealed, Kickstarter funded in just three days, and stretch goals being added! A turn-based strategy with RPG elements, the game is set in the ultra-compelling world created by our partners at Modiphius, and is being published by the mighty Ripstone. The Kickstarter has 17 days left to run and unlock some (or all…?) of the amazing stretch goals available!

We were at City of Games 2018 too, which was great fun. It was the Bristol board game expo’s first year and went down a storm! We were showing a pen and paper prototype of the Achtung! Cthulhu video game, which seemed to go down really well, and we were secretly showing off a very early version of another new project that’s in the works – we’ll be talking more about this one in the coming year.

We also once again ran the Bristol edition of the Global Game Jam. It was a huge turnout, with people from all walks of life coming together to make games of all shapes and sizes. We were really proud of the quality of output at this year’s event. You can try out the games for yourself over on the Global Game Jam website.

Jobs & Opportunities

Runwild Entertainment – 3D Artist

We are looking for a 3D Artist to join our pack as we set out on a great adventure with the development of our ambitious first game Almighty. More information here.

Auroch Digital – Unity Programmer

We’re looking for a programmer that is proficient in C# and Unity for a six-month contract working on a high-profile video game project, starting ASAP. Email a CV and cover letter to nina@aurochdigital.com including salary expectations.


You will research and develop Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality prototypes to primarily support Research and New Product Innovation teams, with a focus on Robotics Research at Dyson. More information can be found here.

Events Diary

GAConf (Monday 13th March @ Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco)

Time is running out to get tickets for GAconf, a game accessibility conference in San Francisco on March 19th (Monday of GDC week) and organised by Hub resident Ian Hamilton alongside Tara Voelker of Microsoft. Great speakers on accessibility for gamers with disabilities.

Ludonarrative Discourse

Steampunk! Jules Verne! Stuffy high class Englishmen! Suitcases!

Ludonarrative Discourse, Bristol’s book club for games, will be meeting up again at 7pm on Monday the 19th of February at The Bell. This month the group will be discussing 80 Days, Inkle’s award-winning branching narrative game. Come along to chat about the routes you took, the people you met and the trials you overcame!

More information on Ludonarrative Discourse can be found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2067024330197998/

Southwest VR Meetup (Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ The Boardroom, St Nicholas St, Bristol)

The Bristol VR Lab and SouthWest VR team are pleased to announce the resurrection of the SouthWest VR Meetup. This time we’re taking it back to basics with a fun VR-themed pub quiz in The Boardroom on March 1st.

This event is all about having fun and networking; you’re welcome to bring along a mobile headset and chat about what you’re up to in the immersive tech space but we’re not going to be setting up anything elaborate outside of the quiz itself.

Get your thinking caps on, do some VRevision and sign up over at Meetup. It’s gonna be a ♫ whole lot of fun, prizes to be won…♫

Grrrl Games Spring Jam (23rd / 24th Feb at the Foundry, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol)

We are very pleased to announce our first jam of 2018, hosted by PlayWest and supported by FET / UWE Frenchay and PrettyDigital. The GrrrlGames Spring Jam is open to all women (trans-inclusive) with all levels of experience. Absolute beginners and games-curious people are very welcome to come along and have a go at designing and making a game in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

We will run a FREE creche for 2-10 year olds on the Saturday 24th to make it easier for parents to attend, whether they are coming as participants or tech support. More info can be found here.

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