Local Gaming News for November, 2016

From the Editor

Hello and welcome to Brisbane's newest gaming newsletter, Brisbane Byte!

This newsletter is a collective effort from the entire Brisbane gaming community. It's a cork board for everyone to see the recent and upcoming games from local developers, as well as any other related news. From big name studios to one man teams, what you'll see here is a good representation of the local industry as it currently stands, and Brisbane truly has some world-class talent on offer.

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Rule & Make, together with Defiant Development, is working on a Hand of Fate Board Game. The game will feature elements from both the original Hand of Fate as well as the sequel. They will have more information to share regarding the Hand of Fate board game at PAX Australia 2016.
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If you're reading this then you know who Halfbrick is. Don't miss the Play To Win documentary about the rapid rise of the Fruit Ninja studio, airing November 22nd at 9:30pm on ABC.
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Screen Queensland had a fascinating discussion with Brisbane developers about state government funding for the local industry that you can watch here
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After the huge turnout last time, the Video Game & Pop Culture Market is back on! Head on down to The Shady Palms in Stones Corner on November 27th (9am - 1pm) for all the vintage consoles, games, and accessories that you can handle!
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5 Lives Studios has been nominated for a Unity Award for the highly rated strategy game Satellite Reign. Congratulations guys!
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Good luck to all of the Queensland studios who are representing their home state at the Australia Game Developer Awards. See the nominees here.
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Sarah Smith, founder of Smithsoft Games, has been tearing up the guest speaker circuit in the States, appearing at Indiecade in LA and MGF in Seattle. It's always good to see the little Aussie battlers show the world how it's done.
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Noosa based indie studio Disparity Games (Ninja Pizza Girl, Run Fatty Run) is starting a regular dev meetup on the Sunshine Coast. For more info, contact Nicole Stark.
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Our very own Zed Games continues to go from strength to strength. They've interviewed the likes of Defiant DevelopmentSpunge Games, and Witchbeam, added two new regular hosts, and they're now broadcast nationwide across the local radio network.

Be sure to check out their weekly radio show at 6PM Wednesdays on 4ZZZ (102.1FM), or you can download their podcast and listen whenever you want.
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Supanova Brisbane is back for another year.
Don't miss out on your chance to go as tickets are selling fast!
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If you miss the Mana Bar and are looking for a new barcade in Brisbane, then keep an eye out for Nether World Arcade, coming soon to Fortitude Valley.
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Want to see what the next generation of Brisbane game developers have to offer?
SAE Brisbane is showcasing the games their students have been working on.

For a free ticket to the December 7th event, register now.
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Indie Studio Fluffy Knuckleduster Games are proud to announce that after competing at the 48 hour game jam (see below), they are shelving their current plans to further refine and polish their concept from the event.

"At the beginning of the month, Fluffy Knuckleduster were lucky enough to be selected to compete in the 10th annual 48hr Game Jam here in Brisbane. One half of us had to work from home, so not only was it already a high-stress environment, but we made our game via Skype chat and Dropbox transfers!

Despite the adversity, we managed to produce
Love Cannon, a classic platformer with arcade leanings. We believe that pride in one's work is important, and we're super proud of what we made, so be sure to keep an eye out for it when it hits the digital shelves!"


This was first published in the November 2016 issue of Brisbane Byte magazine. Subscribe below to get future issues delivered straight to your inbox.

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