[Linux-aus] Gaming Miniconf Program Released! - but we still need your help!

Tim Ansell mithro at mithis.com
Wed Dec 20 21:39:03 UTC 2006

Hello everyone!

I'm happy to announce that the Game Development and Gaming Miniconf has
released it's Program. You can find the latest program at

I've included the current program at the bottom of this email so you can
check it our without even having to click a link!

*** Tickets are quickly selling out so you need to get in fast! ***

Don't forget that you can come to the Gaming Miniconf even if you
registered for another Miniconf!

We still need your help however to make the Gaming table at the Open Day
a great success. If you have any hardware you can lend us please contact

Thanks for your help and hope to see you there!

Tim Ansell

=== So how can you help? Bring some hardware ===
At the Linux.conf.au 2007 Open Day (http://lca2007.linux.org.au/OpenDay)
the Miniconf the will be hosting a stand to demonstrate successful and
fun Open Source games to the public.

To do this we need hardware. If you or anyone you know is willing to
loan hardware for this event, could you please contact me. 

We are specially looking for the following hardware:
 * DDR Mats compatible with PC Converters
 * PCs with working Linux 3D drivers
 * Xbox's which run Linux
 * Handheld consoles with "Homebrew" Open Source software
 * Large monitors or TV screens

The Open Day is on Thursday the '''18th January''' from 2pm till 8:30pm.
Hardware would need to be available for the complete time and delivered
earlier that day.

We will try our best to make sure no damage occurs to your hardware, but
please note we won't be held responsible for any damage which may occur.

=== So how can I help? Actually come along ===
So you don't have time to make a talk, and your travelling so can't
bring along any cool hardware. 

Another good way is to just come and listen. There would be no point of
the Miniconf if nobody came to it! Don't forget to bring your brain so
you can ask insightful questions and learn lots of cool stuff.

All people attending the Miniconf MUST be registered with Linux.conf.au.

Don't forget that you can come to the Gaming Miniconf even if you
registered for another Miniconf!

=== Program ===
  Main Miniconf - Tuesday, January 16th

       09:00 LCA Keynote
       10:30 Morning Tea
       11:00 Introduction
             by Tim Ansell
       11:15 Mystery Talk
             by Unknown
       11:45 FOSS License for Content Developers
             by Brendan Scott
       12:15 License Panel Q&A
             with Brendan Scott, Rusty Russell and Kimberlee
       12:30 LUNCH
       14:00 Love and Algorithmically Generated Content
             by Chris McCormick
       14:45 Wesnoth for Kernel Hackers (and everyone else)
             by Rusty Russell
       15:30 Afternoon Tea
       16:00 Why it didn't fly - Game Dev BoF Post Mortem
             by Lee Begg
       16:25 Code be free! - The quest to free Rayzom
             by Jeremy Brun
       16:50 Lightning Talks
             by whoever turns up
       17:30 CLOSE

=== Open Day - Thursday, Janurary 18th ===

   The Miniconf will have a stand somewhere in the venue
   demonstrating cool FOSS games. Come and see Open Source
   programmers make fools of themselves on games like pyDance!

=== Talk Descriptions ===

  11:00 - Introduction

   by Tim Ansell

   A quick introduction to all the things that are happening on the
   day and other cool info. Maybe even a special surprise or two.

  11:10 - Mystery Talk

   by Mystery Speaker

   This talk is yet to be announced but it will be by a well known
   company in the gaming industry.

  11:45 - FOSS License for Content Developers

   by Brendan Scott

  12:15 - License Panel Q&A

   with Brendan Scott, Rusty Russell and Kimberlee Weatherall

  14:00 - Love and Algorithmically Generated Content

   by Chris McCormick

   Commercial game budgets are getting huger and huger all the
   time. In the Free software world it's hard to make games with as
   many 3d assets, sprites, characters, textures, and huge levels
   using only a group of enthusiastic programmers. The aim of this
   talk is to offer an alternative to the idea of game artists and
   level designers hand creating every single asset in the game. We
   will cover a brief history of procedurally generated game
   content, and then introduce a host of algorithmic techniques for
   generating game content.

  14:45 - Wesnoth for Kernel Hackers (and everyone else)

   by Rusty Russell

   I've (Rusty Russell) been a Wesnoth developer for about 12
   months, since the 1.0 timeframe. This talk will deal with
   several things:

    1. How and why I got involved,
    2. The Wesnoth code itself,
    3. The Wesnoth project people & politics
    4. Some example contributions I made
    5. The improvements between 1.0 and 1.2

  16:00 - Why it didnt fly, a Game Development Bird-of-Feather Post

   by Lee Begg

   At LCA 06, Lee Begg ran the Game Development Bird-of-a-Feather
   (BoF) meeting where the state of Linux/Free/OSS Games,
   frameworks, projects and the lack of reuse in game development
   was discussed. Some actions were suggested. Very little progress
   has been made, and Lee blames himself squarely for that. He will
   explain what went wrong, why, and how he might try to do things
   differently, and how these lessons learnt also apply to other
   open source projects, especially Game projects.

  16:25 - Code, be free! The quest to free Rayzom

   by Jeremy Brun

   Earlier this year the company which made the popular MMORPG
   Rayzom went bankrupt. Jeremy Brun has been actively involved in
   trying to get the Rayzom code released to the community in a
   similar manner to Blender. This talk will document this process
   is going and how to organise such events yourself.

  16:50 - Lightning Talks

   by whoever turns up

   Each person gets 5 minutes to give a quick talk about a project
   they are part of. No time for questions or slides, just the
   speaker at the podium.

   No need to prepare or send the organisers anything, just put
   your name up on the lightning talk list at the conference.
   (Located at the entrance to the Miniconf room.)

=== Speaker Descriptions ===

  Tim Ansell

   Tim Ansell is the lead developer of the Thousand Parsec project
   which he started in 1999. Previously he has organised the
   Embedded Miniconf but this year is trying something different.

  Lee Begg

   Lee Begg has been Open Source Game Programming since 1998 when
   he joined the Worldforge project. He is now co-lead developer of
   Thousand Parsec with Tim Ansell, and is still working on his
   leadership abilities. He suggested and ran the LCA 06 Game
   Development BoF in Dunedin.

  Jeremy Brun

   Description still pending :-).

  Chris McCormick

   Chris McCormick is a director and programmer in the video games
   company he helped start, Hypercube Pty Ltd. He has worked
   commercially in the games industry, and given lectures on games
   programming at Murdoch and Edith Cowan universities in Western

  Brendan Scott

   Description still pending :-).

  Rusty Russell

   Rusty Russell is an experience Linux kernel coder who last year
   morphed into a Wesnoth developer to justify the inordinate
   amount of time he spent playing the game.

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