D1DLC was given the opportunity to speak on stage for the first time at the recent AVCon in the Mall event. Jake, Aido and Brad talk about the day…
D1DLC’s First Live Performance
What a few months it’s been for the crew here at D1DLC. Podcasts galore, game reviews, the occasional rant or two (looking at you Brad!) and more recently our first foray into the world of conventions! When we were approached by the team from AVCon to front a number of panels and interviews at the new AVCon in the Mall event it’s safe to say we were excited, stoked and more than a little nervous. So far the D1DLC guys have done a lot of firsts over the past few months, but this was another level for us and definitely on our wish list!
The AVCon in the Mall event is the first marketing and media push to promote the biggest Adelaide centric Anime and Video Games Convention held annually at the Adelaide Convention Centre. So as you can imagine, it was easy to feel daunted by the prospect of discussing AVCon with some of the head honchos in a ‘live on stage’ environment but an opportunity we all eagerly accepted.
Thankfully, our inaugural induction into the world of live interviews and discussion was made a lot easier with the excellent team of volunteers from AVCon. These ladies and gentlemen give their time and effort purely for the passion of making a Convention we can all love and enjoy! In particular our thanks go to Kira Austin (AVCon Convener) and Ellie McPhee (AVCon Marketing Manager) for giving us the opportunity to attend and discuss all things AVCon with them, but more on that from Aido shortly. Also on our radar for the day was a great team of developers from Krion Games which we had the pleasure of discussing their newly released game, but again more on that from Brad soon.
So with no small amount of pride, excitement and trepidation (in particular yours truly) we buckled up and prepared to dive in for what would be a fantastic day for AVcon and indeed, D1DLC. And yes, you can be sure that the entire team from D1DLC still rocked up with our brown pants on just to be safe!
Our first live interview at AVCon in the Mall was with the wonderful Kira and Ellie. The aim of the interview was to help spread information on AVCon to people who may have never heard of it, or were not sure exactly what the event entailed.
We asked both Ellie and Kira the sort of things AVCon has to offer people, which are two and a half days of anime and video events held at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Some of the major attractions include voice actors from Anime and video games, cosplay events and information, anime screenings, the Indie Games Room and even a super-secret guest that is yet to be announced.
As someone who has never been to AVcon and is an avid gamer, I was curious to find out if the event was more tailored to Anime than video games. Whilst previously having the perception of being an Anime-orientated event, Kira explained AVCon has a broader focus and has plenty to offer the Adelaide gaming community and AVcon in the Mall was all about getting the word out there. Just a few of the options Kira touched on included free tournaments throughout the weekend, an entire section where people can go to play games for free, the return of tabletop RPG gaming to AVcon, various competitions and a variety of games rooms. There may even be a local gaming podcast being recorded at the event so watch this space (we hear they are awesome)!
Tickets can be bought from Shin Tokyo on the lower ground floor of Rundle Mall plaza, online via the AVCon website or at any Gametraders. You can alternatively go to Eventbrite to grab your ticket. Prices start at $40 for a day pass or $60 for the weekend if you pre-purchase. Tickets at the event will be $45 for a day & $65 for the weekend. There is also the gold pass which gets you general admission to the full weekend, priority entry to most events, private meet and greets with a number of guests and lots of other goodies. But be quick, gold pass tickets are limited and will soon be gone!
Krion Games debut
In our last event of the day at AVCon in the Mall, Jordo and Brad got to chat with new Adelaide gaming development studio Krion Games on the day their first game was released on iOS and Android no less. Greg’s Eggventure is a clever and addictive puzzle game with a distinctive mini-golf feel and unique mechanics.
Talking to the team behind Greg’s Eggventure it’s clear that they know what they’re about. They spoke confidently about their roles within the studio but also about how they support each other. It’s fascinating to listen to developers talk about how an idea for a game begins and the process it goes through to become a fully-fledged released game.
The most enjoyable thing about chatting to Krion Games though was their enthusiasm and just how contagious it was. They were openly excited about releasing their first game, being on a stage for the first time to talk about it and everything they’ve achieved. And well they should be. After the event finished the D1DLC team headed out for a well-earned drink and decided to give the game a go for ourselves. As you can see we were soon huddled around our phones having a great time.
While many people rightly bemoan the loss of triple a game development studios in Australia, we get to constantly see the amazing talent that exists in the local industry. We have no doubt that Krion Games is a name we’ll be hearing more about in the future. In the meantime get cracking and check out their eggselent debut game! You can get it here for Android and here for iOS.