Exactly one year after 93 Made's incorporation, 93 Made's Managing Director, Sean Carroll, discusses the past year and the plans for the year ahead.
93 Made was incorporated as an Australian company on 18 April 2008. Prior to this, the company operated for several years as two separate entities - 93 Made (table top game designers) and Julia Fergusson's piano and Japanese tuition. These entities came together to share their skills and initiative in providing high-quality and cost-effective education and entertainment media.
The company's Music and Education Division now provides music and Japanese language tuition throughout Sydney City and the Eastern Suburbs. The company's tuition services are planned to expand to servicing over 150 students by the end of 2010.
Meanwhile, the Entertainment Media Division is producing a range of card games and miniature games to be released in 2009-10. Viewpoint is scheduled for release in July 2009 and a range of other games are scheduled for release in 2010. The company will exhibit Viewpoint and other games it is currently developing at the Gen Con Oz games exposition in Brisbane in September 2009.
93 Made is very well poised for the future and its employees are excited about all of the opportunities for providing the best education and entertainment media in 2009-10.
Happy Birthday 93 Made!
Contact us to find out more about 93 Made's plans for 2009-10.
93 Made Games' Visual Art Manager, Anthony Condos, discusses his submission for the 2008 Project Joystick Game Design competition.
Project Joystick is an initiative of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and BigPond Games. Entrants are required to submit a conceptual design for a game that can be played on mobile phones. The winner receives a monetary prize and gets their game developed by a leading Australian mobile games developer for exclusive release by BigPond Games.
Anthony submitted a leading-edge design for a Syndicate-style game that pits your gang of assassins against other mobile-networked gamers' gangs. The gangs are required to complete objectives, acquire 'turf' and become one of the top-ranking gangs over the mobile network. Anthony prepared and submitted sample artwork and a comprehensive listing of weapons, gangs and objectives.
The winning entry for the 2008 Project Joystick Computer Game Design competition was a game where the player controls a dung beetle that has to push its pile of dung around the world.
Find out more about Project Joystick at www.acmi.net.au.
93 Made Games' Game Design Manager, Sean Carroll, discusses his submission for the 2008 Graniph T-Shirt Design competition.
Sean discovered the Graniph T-Shirt Design competition while investigating the local game and art scene during his trip to Japan in January 2008.
Graniph are great supporters of independent artists and showcase the works of illustrators, graphic designers and photographers from all around the globe. Their T-Shirt Design competition is one of the pre-eminent alternative artwork competitions in the world. The idea is that you submit a drawing suitable to be displayed on a T-Shirt and if they select your drawing it is used on their next range of T-Shirts.
Sean sketched a drawing of 'Bulborb' (aka 'baruborubu' in Japan) which is a stylised representation of a light globe with the outline of Australia as the filament. Sean gave Bulborb some character using Paint Shop Pro and his Wacom to produce the final image. On reflection, he thinks the image could have been more basic as Graniph prefer rawer images. However, he is still very happy with what he submitted and even displays the image on the obverse side of his business card.
To find out more about Graniph go to www.graniph.com.
93 Made Games met with Australian rugby league legend Laurie Daley on 26 October 2008 to discuss his career, the game of Rugby League and marketing to rugby league fans.
Laurie is very proud of his career and what the game of rugby league has done for his life. He hopes that his State of Origin side, the NSW Blues, can regain the dominance it held over the Queensland Maroons in the 1990s.
On expanding the NRL competition into regions like Papua New Guinea, he thought that it was not currently feasible for the NRL to include a team from PNG as suitable infrastructure does not currently exist. However, he remained open to the idea of such a venture in the future.
Laurie reminisced a little with 93 Made Games regarding rugby league's heyday in the '80s and '90s. He agreed that the game has lost a bit over the past 10 years and knows that it will always be a favourite pastime for many Australians.
Laurie was also kind enough provide a couple of autographs including signing a prototype of the Show'n'Go Rugby League card game dial.
93 Made Games wishes Laurie all the best for the future and looks forward to meeting with him again.
Laurie Daley played 244 games for the Canberra Raiders during which he won 3 premierships. He also represented NSW 26 times and played 34 test matches for Australia. He is now most recognised for his work on Channel 9's Footy Show, as a Rugby League commentator on Fox Sports and as the assistant coach of the NSW Blues.
93 Made Games will be exhibiting at its first games expo when it sets up its booth at Gen Con Oz in September 2009.
Gen Con is a series of games expositions held in the US, UK, Europe and, as of 2008, in Australia. Gen Con is devoted to providing attendees the chance to discover the latest table top, role-playing and electronic games. Gen Con Oz is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on 18-20 September 2009.
93 Made Games will be exhibiting a range of its released and developmental games as well as its game design and art services. Attendees who visit the 93 Made Games stand at Gen Con Oz will have the opportunity to play the company's latest games and participate in other fun activities.
To find out more about Gen Con Oz go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen_Con.
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