We just got back from Nasscom Game Developer Conferece 2016 and it was EPIC!
For the record, we have been showcasing and visiting NGDC for the past 4 years now and this was by far the best in our opinion. Apart from meeting our fellow developers and friends, we also got to meet some new folks in the industry. The game dev scene also has become really diverse with folks coming in from different backgrounds and fields of expertise.
We of-course managed to showcase Asura at the show and had a very good response. It was a humbling and an amazing experience to see almost everyone coming down giving us feedback’s as well as their well wishes for the release of Asura. We also managed to sell some merchs a.k.a Asura & Ogre Head T-shirts.
Although we were super busy managing our booth and talks, we somehow managed to checkout a handful of new and interesting upcoming game from the gig.
Out of all the sessions, we managed to only sit at one talk and it was a track by Dr. Padmini Ray Murray and Avinash Kumar, two super intellectual human beings with super Saiyan skills. The track really opened our eyes on how an academic or a DJ/Studio head/Designer, basically a person who is not from the usual gaming background can develop games and bring a host of interesting ideas to the table. Their game is all about the dream theorems of Mr. Srinivasa Ramanujan and an opera by the classical dancer Jayalaxmi Eshwar. Yup, it sounds way out the ordinary and it being made with incredible love and care. We have yet to check out the game-play but the concept and their development shots just blew our minds!
Alter army is beat em up game in development by mere 15 year old mortals. The game has a certain charm, innocence and passion which is exactly what the game industry in India desperately requires! These kids if on track can do some brilliant things in the future. It is amazing that TFC Lab is supporting them with development . We played a level of their game and although it is too early in development, do have a look out for this one!
The trailer is the one that caught our attention! Bot rod is a battle racing game with robots. Select your bot and duke it out among each other in the winding tracks, at least that’s what we got to check out at the showcase. Again, it is super early in development but the concept and the idea is super cool. Hopefully it will fill our Crash Nitro Cart craving!
On the final day, there was an after Party at Nine Tails Studios. We had expected 5-10 people to come in since we assumed that majority of the people were leaving right after the show but then an amazing thing happened. Almost 30 folks from all phase of game dev scene came for the gig. There was board games, card games, our upcoming games, Overwatch, party games, Biryani and many other things happening and to see all of us under one roof was an amazing experience and a dream come true.
A very big thank you to Ravi and Alok for managing the food and venue. A shout out to Yadu and Rishi for being optimistic as well as all the help for the gig. A fist bump to Mithun and Tejas for bringing a variety of board games. Also, super grateful for all you folks who came to the show with a variety of games and contributing to actually making the gig happen. It was just EPIC!
NGDC has always been great but this time, it was special since it happened in our home turf, Hyderabad and it went by like a breeze. Shruti, Darryl and the whole nasscom team, thank you so much for making it happen and for the opportunity. Hrishi and Mukund for helping us with the talk and working super hard on managing their tracks. Thanks for letting us blabber on stage and had an amazing time with all of them especially the final design talk >.<
Finally, thank you all for checking out Asura and for supporting us all the way. Exciting news regarding the same coming very soonly !