Shaz Yousaf, one of our favourite local game devs, who you may remember from previous games featured on this blog, is back. This time with a new project, BFF or Die, which has just launched on Kickstarter. It’s described as “an award winning tactical-action-puzzler for up to 4 players”. I’ve played it; it’s a great game and lot’s of fun with friends – the perfect sofa game. Check out the video below, particularly the player reactions at 2:38, which are priceless, and totally genuine.
Check out the kickstarter now, and give a fellow indie a helping hand.
A lot of the London crowd are now preparing to head down to sunny (you better be sunny, Brighton, or I’m gonna trample some seagulls) Brighton for the annual Develop conference. Here’s a brief rundown of the events and parties that are happening outside the main event:
The Big Indie Pitch
PocketGamer are bringing their well travelled pitch-athon event to Brighton, on Tuesday evening. Indies can sign up here for a chance to pitch their mobile games to a roomful of developers, publishers and journalists. The winners get coverage on PocketGamer and “the mobile games media”. Plus there is free drinks and food!
Games By The Sea
Wednesday evening welcomes back an annual party, with a line-up of trend-setting indie games. So you can play while you drink and drink while you play. Currently sold out, but there is another release of tickets on the 8th July. Gang Beasts, Arena Gods and Videoball will be in attendance, along with their friends (their friends are also video games).
If you like Biz, and you like Games, then you’ll like Wednesday night’s business card competition, the GamesIndustry.biz summer party. Your £35 ticket will buy you “liberal buckets of beer” and apparently, traditional midnight bacon sandwiches. You have to eat the sandwiches quickly though because of the well documented gremlin effect, which kicks in a 12:01.
Special Effect Raffle / Simon’s Party
Thursday evening hosts another party – Simon’s Birthday party (don’t worry, I don’t know Simon either). With a charity raffle, beers on the beach, and lots of fish and chips, it’s a more relaxed event, suitable for winding down the week. You can donate £10 or more for a ticket, more if you want a chance to win an Occulus, a Develop 2017 pass, or a bunch of games.
Another party supporting the Special Effect charity, this time at seafront party-time house, Shoosh. This one is on Wednesday and the first 75 attendees get a free drink. Entry is free, but you should get a ticket here. There will be a raffle, arcade games, and “free swag” – the pervasive tautology of the modern games conference. Organised by recruitment company SkillSearch and lots-of-men-in-a-field simulation company, Creative Assembly.
Meet the Gaming Business Experts
The magic of internet comments has also alerted us to another event happening on Monday – not quite a party, but a chance to meet business people and talk about Brexit (and games too, I suppose). Check out the comments for more infos.
If you know about any other events, let me know in the comments.
Hey everyone! I’ve just conducted the raffle for the Develop pass winners and I will be emailing them shortly. The winners were:
- Istvan Dabronyi
- Arron Steed
And the mystery runner up prize goes to:
- Darren Daley
Thanks for taking part everyone, and I hope I’ll see you all at Develop this year.
Hello friends! We’re coming round to that time of the year when everyone heads down to Brighton, complains about how it could be sunnier, gets a bit drunk on the beach, and learns some cool things about video games! Develop Conference is here again and we have discounts for you, and a free pass giveaway for two lucky readers.
This year there are a bunch of great speakers, some cool workshops, the lovely expo, and of course, Hideo “Hide in a box” Kojima giving the keynote. You can use the code DEV16AF2 to get a 10% discount on tickets, and the lovely people at Tandem Events have also offered us 2 free 3-day passes to give away, worth over £500 each! To be in with a chance for a pass, leave a comment here on the post (don’t forget to include your email), or come along to the pub night on the 2nd May at The Crown, or the 18th at The Bank.
If you want to buy a ticket, there are currently still super early bird prices, but they end tonight (27th April).
Developers with unpublished games can also apply to show their game in the Indie Showcase, submissions close on the 19th May. There’s a lot of people wandering through here – developers, publishers, and the press – so it’s a good chance to show off your game.
You may well have heard of the rolling behemoth that is the PGC conference. If you’re interested in mobile dev, or are making a game for mobile platforms the conference is a major networking, showcasing and learning opportunity. And it’s right on your doorstep, here in London.
Pocket Gamer got in touch to offer a 25% discount to London Indies, you can get the discount by using this link. The conference runs from 18th – 19th January, so not long now. It promises to have a huge array of media in attendance, investors, other studios showing their games. They even have a talk on the Indiepocalypse, and how to survive it! Hopefully next year there’s a talk on how to survive talks on how to survive the Indiepocolypse.
You might find the I Love Indies expo area particularly interesting, if you want to check out new upcoming games, or exhibit yourself. The Very Big Indie Pitch also looks like fun – giving small devs a chance to pitch the next big thing, with prizes worth up to £7,000 for the best ideas.
Hi everyone, long time no see. I’ve been listening to a treat of a podcast recently, The Games Factory Podcast.
It’s all about the business of indie games development – covering marketing, coping with stress, how to impersonate Total Biscuit, and many more fruity advice nuggets. It features three prominent London developers Moo Yu (who produces the podcast), the inescapable Mike Bithell (what’s your opinion on the Bithellator?) and Andrew Smith (very handsome on-screen).
INTEL are organising a day of talks, workshops, and a game showcase on the 8th December at Impact Hub in Westminister.
It sounds like an interesting event, with some good speakers, including our own Game Jam patriarch Gorm Lai, Intel gurus Leigh Davies and Costas Stylianou and ligbdx dev Tom Wojciechowski. If you want to show off your game you can submit it to their developer showcase, and otherwise you can turn up and (probably) get lots of very useful advice about cache misses, thread context switches and other technical sounding CPU stuff. I’m hoping for the announcement of some fancy new x86 instructions – like the rumoured MNCRFT – a single CPU instruction which creates and boots a Minecraft clone.
The event is free but if you plan to go you should register. All the details are on the INTEL Buzz Workshop site.
OMUK, a longstanding voice recording studio in North London are opening their doors to indies next Wednesday. It’s free to attend and they promise to give you a chance to meet voice actors, directors and producers, check out some of the latest facial mo-cap technology, and sit in on a recording session.
OMUK has done work for Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones adaptation, which if you played it, has really industry leading voice acting and mo-cap work. It should be a really interesting night and a chance to learn more about an area that is often neglected or left out in indie games.
Register on Eventbrite, the free event is on the 10th June.
Last night was another great London Indies, with lots of great games brought along. Here’s a short video of one, Line Wobbler by Robin Baumgarten.
The game came out of Exile Jam which happened last week in Denmark.
Now in it’s 4th year, the London based adventure and narrative games conference, AdventureX, is coming up again. This year’s event will be held at London South Bank University, which also hosts yearly GameCamp unconferences and numerous IGDA events, as well of being home to some of the country’s best video games courses.
There are talks covering writing for games, surviving as a full-time developer, do’s and dont’s for making great adventure games, and lots more yet to be announced. The call for submissions is still open too, so if you have something you want to say about adventure games, then get in touch via the website. There will also be lots of upcoming and newly released adventure games on show, and again, slots are still available if you want to get involved yourself.
The event takes place on the 6th and 7th of December and is free to attend. Find directions on the conference homepage.
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