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.
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Next Games Hub Anti-Social: Thursday 29th March, 7.30pm
This month we will be hosting the Anti-Social at the Bristol VR Lab, rather than the usual venue of the Bristol Games Hub, on Thurs 29th March at 7.30pm, where we will be running a small games tournament for those who want to test their skills.
Games will include Rocket League and R6 Siege, along with multiplayer VR games Coco VR and Space Pirates.
As ever, if you would like to demo or trial your game amongst a friendly audience bring it along!
Doors open at 7.30, and if you’ve not been there before, the Bristol VR Lab is between the Aquarium and We The Curious in the centre of Bristol. You can find it on a map here.
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, opposite the Canteen.
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
Dutch Game Garden
The good people of the Dutch Game Garden recently kicked off Game Garden Academy, a portfolio of online video courses about game business for starting game developers and students. As an industry, a lot of our knowledge and business experience stays within, but they figured it was time to share it with the world. Currently they have 4 courses, and each course contains interviews with experts in the game industry, including Rami Ismail (Vlambeer), Leonie Manshanden (Bioshock Infinite) and Katie Stegs (Crossy Road). You can use the code ACADEMY152 to get a discount for all our courses on Udemy! See here: https://www.dutchgamegarden.nl/academy/
We’re incredibly proud to announce that our latest project, Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – The Forest of Fear, was successfully Kickstarted in just 3 days! Since then, thanks to the support of our incredible backers, we’ve managed to fund the game at over 218% of our initial goal, which unlocks the Pathfinder Demon Hunters, plus three additional stretch goals;
PLUS, we recently announced that the game will not only be released on Steam for PC in September, but also PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch!
If you missed it, you can check out studio head Tomas Rawlings and Community Manager Jake Connor talking about the project, showing off brand new in-game assets and demonstrating gameplay mechanics over on our Twitch channel. Be sure to follow us on Twitch for regular updates on what we’ve got going on, how our various projects are developing and exclusive looks at in-game content.
Plague Inc: Evolved, the enhanced version of Plague Inc., available on PC, PS4 and Xbox One, has now sold over 2 million copies. It’s gone Double-Platinum!
Jobs & Opportunities
Call out for real-time Architectural Visualization freelancers
We’re always on the lookout for new talent and have a number short-term projects that require additional resource. If you a local freelancer with experience in Architectural Visualisation we’re keen to hear from you. Send us your portfolio, CV and rates to email@example.com
Ndemic Creations is still on the hunt for a senior game designer. If that sounds like you or you know someone suitable for the role, find full details here: https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/19-careers
Reload, Relive, Replay (30th and 31st Mar @ Bristol Hippodrome)
This Easter weekend Bristol’s premier theatre transforms into a gaming hub!
With multiple zones situated throughout the theatre each session offers a full gaming experience in areas not usually open to our customers.
Playing games on the famous Hippodrome stage, sub-stage and bar areas with more than 100 machines and games for 1, 2 and more players, this will be an unforgettable experience!
Full information on the schedule can be found here.
The Incredible Playable Show (Thurs 12th April @ Bristol Improv Theatre)
Bristol developer Alistair Aitcheson will be performing his interactive comedy show The Incredible Playable Show as part of an digital theatre double bill. Play This Show! takes place on 12th April at the Bristol Improv Theatre.
Alistair specialises in alternative controllers, and the show is made up of four alt-controller games of his own creation, played by members of the audience. Players climb between the seats with barcode scanners, play Pac Man with inflatables, and even get to become Power Rangers!
The Incredible Playable Show won the Jury Choice at the IndieCade Festival in Los Angeles.
Tickets are available from this link: https://improvtheatre.co.uk/events/play-this-show/
‘Den of Wolves’ Megagame (Sat 14th April @ Frenchay Village Hall, Bristol )
South West Megagames are running a ‘megagame’ called ‘Den of Wolves’ in Bristol on 14th April. 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.
Full information on the event and the game itself (it sounds awesome!) can be found here.
Game Audio South West meetup (7pm, Fri 23rd Apr @ King Street Brew House)
Game Audio South West is where sound designers, composers, audio developers and game developers of any skill can come together to strengthen the amazing game audio community.
The group is available to join at www.facebook.com/groups/gameaudiosouthwest
And the event is here www.facebook.com/events/148200799207705
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