Tonight at First Tuesday Claire Morley gave a great introduction to the joys of Bitsy Game Maker software and how to get started making games with it. We followed along on our laptops as she patiently answered all our questions. I can see why Claire likes Bitsy – it’s a lovely way to play with making games and the simplicity of the software means it gets you thinking really creatively about how to build the game you want.
Bitsy is free to play with – go to the Bitsy site and have a go at building something, then go on itch.io and search for Bitsy games – there’s some stunning ones out there. Claire showed us Mark Wonnacott’s The Last Days of Our Castle which is really impressive. It is a brilliant example of how you can make something rather beautiful even within the limitations of 8×8 & 16×16 grids that Bitsy offers to build avatars and “rooms” (playing canvas).
Claire’s Bitsy tutorial HERE is a great starting point if you want to have a go. She suggested following @AdamLeDoux’s twitter feed to find inspiring games and get involved in his monthly Bitsy jams. Claire also talked us through variables and found this really useful TUTORIAL on how to use them to make more complex games.
I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s Bitsy ideas at the next Grrrlgames First Tuesday on 7th August. Get making, get playing!
nb Thanks again to Bristol Games Hub for the meeting space – check out the opportunities and meetups there by signing up to their newsletter.
This Saturday we’re running a free workshop at the Games Hub in Stokes Croft. From 1-4pm, Ben Pitt has kindly offered to take us through some fun things you can do in Unity with text.
You can sign up for free on our Meetup page, but space is limited so please make sure you turn up!
1-2pm TextMesh in Unity
Come with a laptop that has Unity installed. We’ll be looking at how to make text look nice in Unity.
2-4pm Incorporating Ink into Unity.
For the second part of the session we will be having a go at taking narrative text adventures built with Ink/Inky (nb that’s your prep pre-workshop) and integrating into Unity.
Inky is the editing tool to write Ink with: http://www.inklestudios.com/ink/
Download Inky first so you can have a play with it before Saturday and prepare something to work with – there are probably samples online but get that sorted before saturday so we don’t all try and download things on the day.
nb I can make myself available on Friday afternoon if anyone wants to have a pre-workshop meetup to do the Ink side of things – I am not at all expert but will be stumbling through it too!
Head over to our Grrrl Games meetup page to sign up for free – space is limited!
Any questions, email Constance via firstname.lastname@example.org
Us Grrrl Games have been supported by the loverly peeps at Bristol Games Hub, with space for meeting up and unfettered use of the kettle since we were a twinkle in our own eyes. GG now has a proper desk space on the top floor of the hub and I’m hoping to be there most days for at least a few hours so that I can focus on developing some of our GG ideas into actions eg workshops, talks, events.
Grrrl Games is already in cahoots with various Women In Games talking about what we can do together, notably a Women Only Games Jam planned for Ada Lovelace week this autumn; check out XX Games Jam 2012 (btw the clockwork crocodile was my team) So hold the date: 13/14th October 2016. We are hoping for simultaneous jams in Bristol, Brighton, London, Ireland (not sure where), Montreal & Toronto. We are Everywhere!
There will also be a women’s meet up at Develop in Brighton so keep an ear out for that in July.
I’ve also been talking to women in VR, if anyone is interested in meeting up at all in Bristol.
I’ll stop now and tidy the desk a bit.
Still not too late to sign up now for our May meetup for women wanting to make games, hosted at Bristol Games Hub – Ben Pitt aka @robotduck is teaching us how to set up Player or NPC animated characters in Unity. Here’s a sneak preview of the sort of thing we’ll be up to.
Don’t worry if you’ve never used Unity before – load the free version of the software on to your laptop from the Unity website – and bring yourself along to our meetup. It’s very laid back and great fun as we stumble along together learning how to make things work with Ben.
There’s never enough time to do AND document. Still need to write up last #FirstTuesday & it’s time for another one!
We have another practical session planned – suitable for beginners too – with the very patient and clever Ben Pitt from Unity. We are going to look at AI/navmesh and don’t worry if that sounds like gobbledigook, Ben is very good at explaining things. Last month we played around with particles and if I was on the pc laptop I would share a screenshot of my teddy bear that puffs out little rainbow cloudlets when you click on it. My excuse is I thought the grandchildren would find it highly amusing, I know I did.
So, head over to the Grrrl Games meetup and join us this evening. All you need to bring is a laptop with Unity installed. Crisps welcome too.