Festival Schedule

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7:00pm - 9:00pm

VIP Opening by Dr Jo Twist, CEO UKIE

This event is invite-only.

Following a welcome from Cllr Paul Crossley and Korash Sanjideh, Explay Festival Director, there will be a keynote speech from Jo Twist, CEO UKIE.

UKIE is a modern trade body for all games and interactive entertainment businesses across the UK. We represent multinational games businesses and many UK development studios: from promising start-ups to some of the biggest, most successful studios operating in the UK today. We support games businesses by offering services to help their companies to grow, including: access to finance sessions, PR and marketing support, business model master-classes, access to unique market data and mentoring schemes. We’re also running major political campaigns to make sure that the industry has the right flow of talent reaching it and that the UK has the best possible tax breaks system.

9:00am-10:00am

Doors open

Coffee and registration.

10:00am - 10:30am

Talk: I’ve got an idea for a game!

Track: Inspire
Speaker: Alex Trowers, Game Designer, Boss Alien

10:30pm - 11:15pm

Panel: What can games offer science and society?

Track: Share
Moderator: Tomas Rawlings, Games Consultant, Wellcome Trust
Panelists:
Martha Henson, Multimedia Producer, Wellcome Trust
Phil Stuart, Creative Director, Preloaded
Nick Dymond, Force Of Habit

11:15am - 11:45am

Talk: Games for Animals, Art, Culture and Science

Track: Share
Speaker: Ben Templeton, Co-founder & Creative Director, ThoughtDen

11:45am - 12:10pm

Talk: Developing for PlayStation®Mobile

Track: Create
Speaker: Mehul Shukla, Engineer, SCEE R&D Developer Services

12:10pm-1:00pm

Lunch & Expo Area Events

Card Room
Lunch and drinks provided.

Expo Area

Southwest Companies Day
12 Southwest companies demo’ing their games all day.

During this break, there will also be an informal chat session hosted by Anthony Story, iNET Director, with 4 companies, talking about development in the Southwest.

JS Joust Charity Tournament, in aid of SpecialEffect
£2 entry per round, all proceeds go to SpecialEffect charity, with prizes to be won!

1:00pm-1:45pm

Panel: Games and the media: is all publicity good publicity?

Track: Create
Moderator: Alex Wiltshire, Editor, Edge Magazine
Panelists:
Will Luton, Games Consultant
Martin Darby, CCO, Remode
Pavla Kopecna, Partner, LadburyPR
Keith Stuart, The Guardian

1:45pm-2:30pm

Finding Love in the Zombie (Freemium) Apocalypse

…A Humourous Guide For Developers to Understand the Marketing Techniques Needed To Successfully Promote Freemium Games That Your Players will Fall in Love With.

Track: Inspire
Speaker: Oscar Clark, Consultant

2:15pm - 2:40pm

Talk: More platforms mean more possibilities. Why cross-platform development is key to creating successful games and apps.

Track: Create
Speaker: Alex Caccia, President, Marmalade*

2:40pm-3:30pm

Coffee Break & Expo Area Events

Card Room
Coffee provided.

Expo Area

Southwest Companies Day
12 Southwest companies demo’ing their games all day.

JS Joust Charity Tournament, in aid of SpecialEffect
£2 entry per round, all proceeds go to SpecialEffect charity, with prizes to be won!

3:30pm-4:15pm

Panel: Accessibility and the practicalities of inclusive design

Track: Create
Moderator: Gina Jackson, Chief Executive, Women in Games Jobs
Panelists:
Ian Hamilton: Accessibility Consultant
Lynsey Graham, Designer, Blitz Game Studios
Barrie Ellis, Accessibility Bod, SpecialEffect & OneSwitch
Jemma Kamara: Digital Producer, Aardman Digital

4:15pm-5:00pm

KEYNOTE: Dear Esther – A Journey from Experimental Mod to Award Winning Indie Game

Speaker: Robert Briscoe, littlelostpoly / thechineseroom

Robert’s talk aims to give a unique, personal insight into the journey Dear Esther made from its early experimental-mod roots to its eventual evolution into an award winning indie game.
 
Originally starting out as a hobby project whilst between jobs in early 2009, Dear Esther eventually became a personal obsession for Robert, driven by a passion to create something free of the restrictions found in traditional game development and inspired by the ever-growing indie scene that was blossoming before him. He’ll be discussing the highs and lows of the projects development, including the desperate struggle for funding, licensing negotiations, getting on Steam and how the project almost died before it was saved at the last minute by Indie Fund.
 
Finally he’ll be taking a look back at the game’s release, looking at what contributed to its amazing launch and how being on Steam and building a community was such an important part of their success.

6:30pm-10:30pm

TIGA Games Industry Awards

Please note: Separate tickets must be purchased to attend this event. Visit http://awards.tiga.org/awards_about.php for further info and tickets.

The launch of TIGA’s (tiga.org) awards is to truly celebrate and honour the best games, the best people and the biggest contributors to our sector.

As trade body for the UK Games industry, we’ve set up our awards up with a difference. As well as focusing on the best games in the industry over the last 12 months, we want to highlight best practice and reward those in the industry contributing to its long-term innovation.

Jason Kingsley, TIGA Chairman and CEO and Creative Director at Rebellion, said:

“TIGA was set up by games developers many years ago when there was no representation for our development community. At TIGA we aim to champion and strengthen the UK games industry as a whole. The TIGA Awards celebrate excellence in our ever changing industry and encourage future talent. The ‘Business of Games Categories’ reward TIGA members and recognise high performance businesses.”

10:30pm-02:00am

After Party

Access: £5 with any Explay or TIGA Awards Ceremony pass.
Venue: The Earl Bar
Website: http://earlbar.co.uk
Address: The Earl Bar, 10 Manvers Street, Bath, BA1 1JQ
Getting there: 10 minute walk from The Assembly Rooms (conference venue)

9:00am-10:00am

Doors open

Coffee and registration.

10:00am - 10:30am

Talk: Process of Game Design

Track: Create
Speaker: Clive Lindop, Lead Game Designer, Sega/The Creative Assembly

10:30am - 11:15am

Panel: The Neverending Story?

Track: Inspire
Moderator: Ed Fear, Designer and Communications Manager, Mediatonic
Panelists:
Edward Stern, Lead Writer, Splash Damage
Andrew S. Walsh, Narrative Designer
James Parker, Opposable Games
Paul Taylor, Co-owner, Mode 7

11:15am - 12:15pm

Startup Stories: Tales from 3 Graduate Startup Studios

Track: Share
Speakers:
Alex Ryley , MD, Mutant Labs
Kevin Chandler, IndieSkies
Daniel Da Rocha, Managing Director, Toxic Games

12:15pm - 1:15pm

Lunch & Expo Area Showcase

Card Room
Lunch and drinks provided.

Expo Area

TIGA Games Contest Showcase
The 4 winners of the TIGA Games Contest showing their games.

Wellcome Trust Game Jam Showcase
The 8 finalist games from the Wellcome Trust Game Jam available to play.

During this break, there will also be a session of short talks from each TIGA Games Contest company, hosted by Alex Tutty from Sheridans.

JS Joust Charity Tournament, in aid of SpecialEffect
£2 entry per round, all proceeds go to SpecialEffect charity, with prizes to be won!

1:15pm - 2:00pm

The Edge Panel: Five inspirational game design ideas

Track: Inspire
Panelists:
Tony Mott, Editor-in-Chief, Edge Magazine
Jason Killingsworth, Features Editor, Edge Magazine
Nathan Brown, Online Editor, Edge Magazine
Ben Maxwell, Writer, Edge Magazine
Alex Wiltshire, Editor, Edge Magazine

2:00pm-2:30pm

Talk: Creating Games with Character

Track: Share
Speaker: Paul Croft, Co-founder & Director of Games, Mediatonic

2:30pm-3:30pm

Coffee Break & Expo Area Events

Card Room
Coffee provided.

Expo Area

TIGA Games Contest Showcase
The 4 winners of the TIGA Games Contest showing their games.

Wellcome Trust Game Jam Showcase
The 8 finalist games from the Wellcome Trust Game Jam available to play.

During this break, there will also be networking event (free beer!) and game jam awards ceremony hosted by The Wellcome Trust, with Tomas Rawlings and Prof. Bruce Hood.

JS Joust Charity Tournament, in aid of SpecialEffect
£2 entry per round, all proceeds go to SpecialEffect charity, with prizes to be won!

3:30pm - 4:00pm

This Time It's Personal

Track: Create
Speakers:
Will Goldstone, Content Manager, Unity Technologies
Aurore Dimopoulos, Community Manager, Unity Technologies

4:00pm-4:45pm

Panel: Cultural Exchange: Japanese Gaming and How it Impacts us

Track: Inspire
Moderator: Alex Tutty, Lawyer, Sheridans
Panelists:
Harry Holmwood, European CEO, Marvelous AQL
Geraint Evans: Director, Zen United
Rhodri Broadbent, Director, Dakko Dakko
Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Executive Director. Media Business Department, GREE, Inc.

4:45pm-5:30pm

KEYNOTE: As Fun to Watch as It Is To Play: How Games with Audiences Are Taking Over The World

Speaker: Alex Fleetwood, Founder/Director, Hide & Seek

Public games festivals like Come Out and Play, Game City, The New Year Games and Indiecade are growing rapidly in popularity. Club nights with indie games in them like Wild Rumpus are defining a new kind of entertainment. Indie game designers are starting to understand the requirements of designing games for public spaces. Alex Fleetwood, founder & director of pioneering game studio Hide&Seek breaks down the detail of this new cultural trend, explores key games such as Hokra, Renga and Searchlight, and offers some thoughts on how these games are going to be instrumental in the next-gen battle for the living room. 

5:30pm-6:15pm

JS Joust Tournament Finals & Networking (free beer!)

The finals from the 2 days of JS Joust Tournaments, all in aid of SpecialEffect charity!

Come and have a beer, take part or just watch people competing for the range of prizes, including a 3DS XL!

What’s JS Joust?
Johann Sebastian Joust is a no-graphics, digitally-enabled playground game for 2 to 7 players, designed for motion controllers such as the PlayStation Move. The goal is to be the last player remaining. When the music – selections from J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos – plays in slow-motion, the controllers are extremely sensitive to movement.
When the music speeds up, this threshold becomes less strict, giving the players a small window to dash at their opponents. If your controller is ever moved beyond the allowable threshold, you’re out! Try to jostle your opponents’ controllers while protecting your own.!

Who are SpecialEffect?
SpecialEffect is the only specialist UK-based charity dedicated to helping all people with disabilities enjoy video games – from injured soldiers to young disabled people who can’t play any other way. They’re also changing the way the whole world plays through collaboration with developers and acclaimed online information service – the ‘GameBase’.

6:30pm-02:00am

After Party & Edge Pub Quiz

Access: With any Explay pass
Venue: Revolutions Bar (upstairs)
Address: York Buildings, George Street, Bath BA1 2EB
Getting there: 3 minute walk from The Assembly Rooms (conference venue)

Edge Pub Quiz
Come along to the first ever Edge Pub Quiz at Bath’s Revolution Bar, hosted by the publication’s editorial team. Demonstrate your gaming knowledge, earn the respect of your peers – and win some exclusive prizes.
Teams can consist of up to six people, and rounds will test your knowledge of game trivia, game music and game people, with bonus rounds dedicated to Edge itself.
Taking place at 7pm on the final day of Explay, the Edge Pub Quiz will provide the perfect opportunity to stretch your mind before you wind down at the festival after party, held at the same location in Bath.

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