May 18 Newsletter
All the latest updates from the Hub, news from Bristol & SW developers, jobs, opportunities & events.
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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
Phew! We’ve been busy recently. Today, we announced Mars Horizon, a space agency management and mission simulator inspired by real science and engineering. This project was backed early on by the UK Space Agency and is scheduled for release on Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch in Q4 of this year!
If you missed the Kickstarter for Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – The Forest of Fear, the project is now up on PledgeManager where you can get a bunch of awesome bonuses on top of the core game, when it is released later this year.
Our own Tomas Rawlings and Nina Adams are speaking at Develop too! If you’re heading to the conference, be sure to check out their talks on the Steampocalypse (Tom) and How to Make People Love You, Or at Least Love Working With You (Nina)
And finally, we’ve updated our site (looong overdue!), with a brand new Store page, individual game pages for all of our projects and an updated blog page.
Ndemic wins Queen’s Award!
We are honoured to announce that Ndemic Creations has won the UK’s most prestigious business award – and it’s a royal one at that! The Queen’s Award for Enterprise is awarded for excellence in Innovation and it recognises the global impact that our infectious strategy game Plague Inc. has had – continuing to top sales charts worldwide six years after initial release.
Artful Innovation 2018 (Deadline for applications: 10.00 Monday 18 June 2018)
Artful Innovation is an intensive Watershed course for West of England creative businesses looking to identify and develop a sustainable business model to underpin their ideas. Spaces are fully funded (usual fee of £3,250) and will bring together a group of tutors and mentors to deliver a range of creative business development modules to offer a new lens through which to understand their business. Teams will enter into a task based journey of learning, sharing, building and evaluating their businesses
The theme is Future Content; we are looking for businesses that might be exploring the future of books and storytelling, immersive cultural experiences, game design or VR/AR/XR for the next generation of audiences.
Further information, including the brief is here: http://wshd.to/artfulinnovation
The event itself will run from Monday 15 to Friday 19 October and a follow up day.
SW Megagames (not until September but tickets selling fast!)
South West Megagames are running a ‘megagame’ called ‘Watch The Skies: Second Sight’ in Bristol on 22nd September. 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. WTS: Second Sight has been designed to be accessible to new megagamers, so there’s a discounted price for this event to anyone who has never played a megagame before (and anyone who brings a new megagamer with them).
WTS: Second Sight is a game about high-level political decisions during a of crisis of extraterrestrial proportions. What do the aliens want? Will the Earth survive? Nothing is certain, except that the aliens are coming – so be sure to ‘Watch The Skies!’
- UKie has published a guide to financing your new game
- Negative reviews get posted faster than possible ones…
- Global games market to hit $137.9 billion this year
- How to stop big publishers breaking your business
- Beyond Dungeons and Dragons: can role play save the world?