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Introduction to Game Development with Pico-8

This summer Mind Cauldron will be running a series of game development workshops for beginners.

Learn to code and make a tiny retro-style arcade game. Learn to make games for yourself, for your friends or your family.

This workshop aims to teach you basics of coding using PICO-8. The programming language used is a sub-set of of the Lua programming language. Lua is a tiny embedded language often used in video game modding.

PICO-8 itself is a tiny game engine and editor. You can export your games to be playable in a web browser, or on desktop (Windows, Mac, Linux).

The outcome from the course is an understanding of basic game development using PICO-8. The lessons learned here can help you understand retro games as well as give you a wider understanding of game development that you can apply to other game engines.

Details on the workshops: TBA

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

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 you must make arrangements to migrate your WordPress site before the deadline.

“When do I have to migrate my website?”

The Free WordPress Hosting servers will be taken offline at the start of next month. The deadline is Thursday 28th of February 2019 at 5pm.

“What do I have to do with my website?”

To keep your website online you must find another hosting arrangement. Here are your options:

I am grateful that you have chosen to stay with me on my web development journey by sticking with my web hosting to this point.

Current clients will be notified by email at the start of the sunset period at the beginning of February 2019.

On purchasing a Basic WordPress Hosting plan for your website we will discuss your requirements and assist in transferring your website at no additional cost.

“Can we still avail of Free Hosting if my website is for a charity or non-profit organization?”

Requests from charities and non-profits will be assessed on a case by case basis. Please send your queries to Thank you!

“Why is the free hosting plan stopping?”

As a quick refresher, the free WordPress hosting was a project I was running for my very first web development clients. The free cost was due to the fact it was experimental and I was still learning a lot about web servers and hosting. I was able to build a lightning fast server that could serve basic WordPress sites from Dublin, Ireland to Vancouver, Canada, in under 3 seconds.

Over the past several months the cost of running the servers has increased and I am no longer able to sustain the increased cost and effort to maintain them.

To respond to the situation, I am bringing the free hosting offer to a close with a month’s notice as well as offering a new paid hosting plan for anyone who wishes to host with Mind Cauldron

During this sunset of the free hosting servers, I will be investing in a new infrastructure for Mind Cauldron’s paid WordPress hosting plan. This new set up aims to be more sustainable and easily maintained, providing a more robust hosting solution.

If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Thank you for choosing Mind Cauldron!

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Introduction to 3D Modelling with Blender

3d modelling with Blender workshops by MindCauldron

Learn the fundamentals of 3D modelling in this practical workshop series.


  • Day 1 – Saturday 16th March, 2019
  • Day 2 – Saturday 23rd March, 2019


Eyre Square,
Galway for detailed map.


€100 per person for the workshops. Book your place:

A Certificate of Completion will be presented by Mind Cauldron to each workshop participant on successful completion of the workshops.*

What the workshops will cover

We will cover the basics of these topics over the two workshops:

  • Blender’s Interface.
  • Box modelling.
  • UV unwrapping.
  • Rigging – make a basic 3D game character model with armature/skeleton for animation.

It’s a lot of material to cover. Thankfully we have an experienced 3D artist to guide us! There will also be homework between workshop days to help the new knowledge stick.

Our goal is to deliver a practical workshop that teaches you everything you need to know to leave the workshop with enough skills and confidence to create 3D art assets by yourself.

Our approach puts practicality first. Your instructor will guide you through the processes of 3D modelling in Blender. While you follow along, you are building up your ‘muscle memory’ of the skills. This approach will make 3D modeling become a more familiar, less daunting task.


Please ensure you have the following at the workshop:

  • A laptop/computer with its cables.
  • A 3-button mouse (left-click, right-click and scroll-wheel)
  • A copy of Blender installed.

You must be aged 18 or over to participate in this workshop.

All participants must agree to our Code of Conduct to participate in the workshop.

About Your Instructor

Your instructor will be Trevor Burke, a 3D artist working in the games industry.

Trevor has years of 3D experience with Blender as his modelling tool of choice.

Trevor has previously delivered a more pared-back version of this workshop as part of a gamejam survival series. For this intensive workshop, we will cover even more ground.

Part of something larger, #MarchOfGameDev

During March 2019, I’m organising a series of game development workshops in which lead to the next Galway Game Jam!

A gamejam is a game making event. You can take the skills you learn at these workshops to the gamejam, to apply them in a real life project with a team and get a taste of what it’s like to make games.

If you’d like to get in touch with me about this 3d Modelling workshop series, or #MarchOfGameDev events, you can email

* Please note this certificate is not accredited by any educational institution or authority, though it may still serve to demonstrate your learning commitments and acomplishments to employers or education institutions.

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GGJ19 Galway Jam-Site Approved!

Global Game Jam '19 at PorterShed, Galway

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.

Registration through ClearBookings:

If you have any questions let me know in the comments or get in touch at

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Organising a Galway jam-site for Global Game Jam 2019

Global Game Jam ggj17 presskit header image

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 Colston will not be able to continue as an organiser.

Chris reached out to the community and I answered the call. I have run many game jams in the past, and I’m currently on the board of Global GameCraft LtdG. Chris has been supportive of me taking on the role of organiser for this event. I am more than happy to ensure that Galway does not lose it’s Global Game Jam tradition!

I’ve registered with Global Game Jam and will update with news over the coming weeks.

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

Mind Cauldron Ablaze - Last Minute Gamejam

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 for something?

After a poll on Facebook, people voted to use it for a gamejam:

So we have!

Facebook Event: Jam Page:

The theme is: LAST MINUTE

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Intro to 3D Modelling with Blender Press Release

3d modelling with Blender workshops by MindCauldron

“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 the Game and Film/Animation industries, including a few Galway-based game developers.

The course starts this Saturday 24th November, with a second day on Saturday 1st December.

Mind Cauldron will award a certificate of completion participants on completing the course. Please note that these certificates are not recognised by the NFQ, though they may still be a valuable addition to your C.V.

Mind Cauldron is a new game development business in Galway run by Darren Kearney. Darren is an active member of the game development community in Ireland and is the best known for organising game making events locally and nationally.

Ticket price for the course is €100. Ticket booking and more information at

Please direct any course queries to Darren at

Thanks to the PorterShed for continuing to support the local game development community.


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Introduction to 3D Modelling with Blender

Please book as places are limited.

Trevor Burke will be delivering this workshop. Trevor is a professional 3D artist working in the game industry. Trevor will be delivering an ambitious series of workshops for the complete beginner that cover the basics of 3D modelling from concept to export file.

You are required to bring your own laptop/computer and a 3-button mouse (mouse with scroll wheel).

Ticket booking and workshop information are available at the event page: