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.
Just a little reminder that we have our long-awaited Bitsy session with the very talented Claire Morley tomorrow so sign up! HERE
Other news, the Suffragette Landmarks project funded by Bristol Women’s Voice is finally going ahead in a couple of weeks time, kicking off with a session at The Station on Tuesday 10th July, 10am-2pm. This is to introduce the stories about Bristol Suffragettes with historian Madge Dresser, map out where they happened and begin to think about how we can use those to inspire some games. If you want to come then email email@example.com
The making workshops with young women and girls aged 13-18 will start on 16th July and will be Mondays in Knowle West Media Centre, Tuesdays at Docklands Youth Centre in St Pauls and Wednesdays at The Vench in Lockleaze. All the sessions will be 10am-3pm and have space for a dozen young participants. Get in touch if you know any 13-18 year old grrrls – they don’t need any experience or computer skills at all, just an interest in making stuff up. There’s a flyer/poster you can share HERE
Come & Talk about your work!
And also let me know if you are up for coming to talk to any/all of the groups about your work in the games industry. The four weeks of workshops end on the 8th August so tell me sooner rather than later – it doesn’t matter how established you are, just come and show them what you do and have made. I am drawing up a timetable of who can come in when, and can offer travel expenses/tiny stipend if you can talk to the groups and inspire them with ideas of future careers.
There will be more Suffragette Landmarks activities in September/October, with a website launch and exhibition of the games and ideas at The Station and a couple of public talks in Bristol. It would also be great to find a way of keeping the work going after the funding has ended, maybe a monthly meetup for all the groups together, somewhere central? I’m working on it, ideas & offers welcome.
GrrrlGames is still on for August too – we aren’t taking a break this year so the 7th is the date for your diaries. We don’t have a named speaker yet – so this is a chance for you to talk about and test out your personal games projects and get supportive feedback. Let me know if you want to book a slot ~ firstname.lastname@example.org