Running the first online-only Galway Game Jam (w/livestream)

written by Galway, Galway Game Jam, gamejam, news

This event went surprisingly well. While it was organised in haste, in a bit of a last-minute bid to get a gamejam done in 2020, the community really came together around this one to make it a worthwhile endeavor. Want to see the games made at this event? Check out itch.io/jam/galway-game-jam-16/entries Organiser team Brian (Another […]

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Fungi Garden funding approved!

written by fungi garden, gamedev, news, WRAP Fund

Last updated: January 12, 2021

We have just learned that our game application for the WRAP fund has been successful! This means we are now looking at paperwork and figuring out the details. This is truely a very exciting moment for the team and project! We are currently waiting on more details, as we may not have been granted the […]

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Mind Cauldron is two years old! What now?

written by long rest, mental health, milestones, news, opinion

Mind Cauldron is celebrating 2 years since establishing in 2018! Taking a Long Rest To kick off the celebration, I’m taking a holiday! When I began my business in Autumn 2018, I decided that I would “make the call” in two years time to decide if I want to continue running my own business or […]

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Learn Unity by making a game, livestreamed on Twitch

written by fungi garden, gamedev, learning, prototype, streaming, twitch, unity

I have been interested in learning Unity for some time though never seem to get around to completing online courses. To finally tackle this personal mission, I have teamed up with two artists from Goat Planet so I can learn Unity by making a game and focus on the technical side of things. Motivation and […]

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Remote work setup package for your business

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Exhibiting at Gamerfest 2020, Limerick

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Judging at Games Fleadh 2020

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Beginners Game Development with PICO-8, April 2020

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COURSE DESCRIPTION In this three week evening course, you will make a tiny game using the PICO-8 “fantasy console” – a delightful game making tool for retro style games. Over three weekly sessions, you will create your own retro arcade hi-score chaser. This course takes a hands-on approach – you will follow along the development […]

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Global Game Jam 2020 Galway Roundup

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Global Game Jam ’20 Seattle-Galway Collaboration Experiment!

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As Galway’s Site Organiser, I’ve joined the first ever Global Game Jam cross-site collaboration experiment with a small bunch of participating Site Organisers across the world. Our Galway site will be teaming up with Seattle, and we will have at least one team with members in both sides of the planet, jamming together. How exciting! […]

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Site Approved for Global Game Jam ’20

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Last updated: September 21, 2020

Hi everyone! Great news. Our Galway jam-site has been approved! Jammer registration will open on November 8th. You can check it out here: https://globalgamejam.org/2020/jam-sites/galway-ireland At this early stage if you have any feedback or requests please get in touch at darren.ggj@mindcauldron.com. The upcoming GGJ20 will be the 6th Global Game Jam event to take place […]

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Gamescom 2019

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Last updated: September 16, 2019

Well that was intense! I’m super busy for the next while but will catch up on doing a follow up to my little adventure to Köln, Germany for one of the largest game conferences on the planet. In short, I went over without a plan and a desire to meet people and learn about the […]

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Beginners Game Development with PICO-8

written by course, education, learning, pico-8, training

Last updated: May 23, 2019

COURSE DESCRIPTION In this three week evening course Darren Kearney (Mind Cauldron) will teach you the basics of making tiny games using PICO-8 – a “fantasy console” and delightful game making tool. This course takes a hands-on approach to learning. Each student will make a tiny retro arcade hi-score chaser from design to delivery in […]

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Introduction to Game Development with Pico-8

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Winding down Free-Hosting for WordPress plan – deadline 28th February 2019

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I’ve been running a free hosting plan for over a year for my first WordPress development clients who opted in. Unfortunately it is time for the free plan to come to an end. Thank you to everyone who has participated in this fun and educational experiment. If your website is currently on this hosting plan […]

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Introduction to 3D Modelling with Blender

written by 3d, 3d art, 3d modelling, beginners, blender, course, education, workshop

Last updated: May 1, 2019

Learn the fundamentals of 3D modelling in this practical workshop series. When: Day 1 – Saturday 16th March, 2019 Day 2 – Saturday 23rd March, 2019 Where: PorterShed,Eyre Square,Galway https://portershed.com for detailed map. Tickets: €100 per person for the workshops. Book your place: https://mindcauldron.clr.events/event/127860 A Certificate of Completion will be presented by Mind Cauldron to […]

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GGJ19 Galway Jam-Site Approved!

written by Galway, gamejam, ggj19, global game jam

Last updated: December 13, 2018

Hi folks, Our Global Game Jam jam-site at the PorterShed has been approved by Global Game Jam 19! You can check out the page here for details about the site. https://globalgamejam.org/2019/jam-sites/portershed-galway-ireland Registration through ClearBookings: https://clr.ie/127719 If you have any questions let me know in the comments or get in touch at info@mindcauldron.com.

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Organising a Galway jam-site for Global Game Jam 2019

written by Galway, ggj19, global game jam

Last updated: December 11, 2018

Hi folks, I’m putting together Galway’s next Global Game Jam. Global Game Jam 2019. Over the last 4 years, Pulse College Galway has brought Global Game Jam to Galway and made it into a landmark game making event for the community. Unfortunately, Pulse College Galway has closed it’s Galway Campus earlier this year and Chris […]

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Blender Workshops cancelled – Drop-in replacement gamejam instead! Free entry

written by Galway, gamejam, hotmess, throughthefireandthegames

Last updated: September 21, 2020

Unfortunately we didn’t get enough bookings for the Blender workshops. Everyone who booked a place on the Blender workshops is getting a full refund. Next time I’ll ensure we have more lead up time to the event for promotion. But, we still have the event space booked for the workshops! So why not use it […]

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Intro to 3D Modelling with Blender Press Release

written by 3d, blender, Galway, portershed, workshop

“Introduction to 3D Modelling with Blender” is a beginners level course starting this weekend at the PorterShed, Galway. The workshops will be delivered by Trevor Burke, 3D Artist of Howling Hamster Games. Blender is a free, open-source tool for creating and rendering 3D art and animations. It is used mostly by smaller studios in both […]

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