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Game Dev Zone

Conference Room, City Stadium (next to Atlas Arena)

Saturday, 03.10.2015

11:00 Filipe Duarte Pina (Nerd Monkeys, Portugal) – What is good game design?

12:00 Jaroslav Švelch (Charles University, Czech Republic) – Indiana Jones Saves Prague: The wonders of 1980s computer games in Czechoslovakia

13:00 Lunch break

14:00 Łukasz Spierewka (Komiks Game Jam, Poland) – Game Jams Explained

Special guest

15:00 Katharine Neil (Lady Shotgun Games, France) – Making games in a time of crisis

16:00 Sos Sosowski (McPixel, Poland) – A Brief History of Game Development Tools

17:00 Magdalena Cielecka (Artifex Mundi, Poland) – Digital Love-Affair – the Mechanics of Building a Relation with your NPC

Sunday, 04.10.2015

10:00 Rafał Jaki (CD Projekt RED, Poland) The Wither Universe – from Games to Comics

11:00 Marek Madej (CD Projekt RED, Poland) – Concept Art in the Witcher

12:00 Marcin Przybyłowicz – (CD Projekt RED, Poland) – Musical Narration in the Witcher 3

13:00 Jarek Kolář (Bohemia Interactive Studio, Czech Republic) – Writing story for a mobile F2P shooter: Dead Effect 2

14:00 Krzysztof Ostrowski (Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland) – Concept, comics, animation – presentation of the Faculty of Visual Arts

15:00 The Grand Finale of the Komiks Game Jam 2



11:00 Filipe Duarte Pina (Nerd Monkeys, Portugal) – What is good game design?


Videogames have always been a big part of my life. I have been working in or around videogames in one way or another since 1999. I started out doing some 3D works and small mods. In 2006 I co-founded and co-managed Seed Studios where we produced several games including Toy Shop Tycoon and Aquatic Tales for the Nintendo DS. In 2011, Under Siege for the PlayStation3 was created. I was published in more than 60 countries in six different languages and was awarded the ZON Grand Prize Award, the ZON Multimedia Award and the Exame Informática Best Software of 2011. In 2013 I directed, wrote and co-produced Murder in the Hotel Lisbon for Windows, Mac and Linux for my newly created company, Nerd Monkeys. In 2015 we re-launched it for iOS and Android devices. Since 2014 I have also been working with Science4You to create several educational videogames like Micro Dinos and Sparks – Mega Quiz. I am currently working on my next videogame in my office of Nerd Monkeys located inside “The Lisbon Studio”, in Portugal.

12:00 Jaroslav Švelch (Uniwersytet Karola, Czechy) – Indiana Jones Saves Prague: The wonders of 1980s computer games in Czechoslovakia


Jaroslav Sˇvelch is a lecturer and researcher at the Charles University in Prague’s Faculty of Social Sciences. He was a Fulbright visiting researcher at MIT’s GAMBIT game lab from 2007-8 and a Ph.D. intern at Microsoft Research New England in 2012. His work focuses on local histories of computer games, humor in virtual spaces, and video game monsters. He is a co-founder and program chair of the Central and Eastern European Game Studies conference.

13:00 Lunch Break

14:00 Łukasz Spierewka (Komiks Game Jam, Polska) – Game Jamy – z czym się to je?


Łukasz Spierewka is a jack-of-all-trades guy who codes, designs, does a bit of art, organizes game jams, talks about things and more! Previously worked on SUPERHOT, currently spends his time dabbling around with small game prototypes.

Special guest

15:00 Katharine Neil (Lady Shotgun Games, Francja) – Making games in a time of crisis


In Europe we’re living through a period of economic, social and environmental crisis. I use anecdotes and experiences from a career in game development to talk about what it means to be making games in a time of crisis: how it affects the way we as game developers live and work, and the kind of games we make.

Katharine has enjoyed a long career in game development, with game credits that include 16 console titles and 3 mobile titles. As a game designer, programmer and sound designer her experience has ranged from creating audio for racing games to writing narrative for kids’ DS titles. She also led the development of one of the first social impact games – “Escape From Woomera” – a game about the plight of asylum-seekers living in detention centres in Australia, and is co-founder of Freeplay, Australia’s annual independent games festival.

16:00 Sos Sosowski (McPixel, Polska) – Krótka historia narzędzi do tworzenia gier


Sos is a walking legend of Polish indie game scene. He describes himself as a mad scientist of video games. He is the creator of Thelemite (2011) and McPixel (2012) and many other games you have never heard of. Last but not least, he is a hopeless game jam addict. So no surprise he is involved in the Komiks Game Jam since the very beginning of our initiative last year.

17:00 Magdalena Cielecka (Artifex Mundi, Polska) – Cyfrowe zakochanie – mechaniki budowania relacji z NPC


Magdalena Cielecka is a doctoral student at the Institute of Audiovisual Arts at the Jagiellonian University, member of the Games Research Association of Poland and producer at Artifex Mundi, a studio internationally renowned for their adventure games. Cielecka’s research interests lie between the history of adventure games and designing the protagonist-player relationship. She was behind the editorial series Anatomia Gier (The Anatomy of Games) at Gram.pl and the video series Ludovlogia (Ludovlogy) on her youtube channel. In Artifex Mundi she was responsible, among others, for production of the “Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink” and “Grim Legends 2: Song of the Dark Swan”. She’s not waiting for the Citizen Kane of video games. If she’s not currently playing some obscure, yet compelling game, she’s most likely tackling another BioWare production.


10:00 Rafał Jaki (CD Projekt RED, Polska) Uniwersum Wiedźmina – od gier do komiksów


Rafał Jaki is a Business Development Manager in CD PROJEKT RED and co-creator of Gwint. He will talk about the co-operation with international partners such as Fantasy Flight Games amd Dark Horse Comis. He will also describe the process of the Witcher’s universe expansion beyond the game.

11:00 Marek Madej (CD Projekt RED, Polska) – Concept Art w Wiedźminie


Marek Madej is a Senior Concept Artist in CD PROJEKT RED. He will present his views on concept art and it’s importance in the Witcher production process, exploring the development stories.

12:00 Marcin Przybyłowicz – (CD Projekt RED, Polska) – Narracja muzyczna w Wiedźminie 3


Marcin Przybyłowicz is a Principal Composer in CD PROJEKT RED. He will talk about sound design in the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt where the music serves an important role in creating and supporting the narration. His presentation will focus on the art of sound design, composition and implementation of different pieces in non-linear game environment. He will also present the adaptive music system especially designed fot the Witcher game.

13:00 Jarek Kolář (Bohemia Interactive Studio, Czechy) – Writing story for a mobile F2P shooter: Dead Effect 2


Jarek Kolář is a team leader, veteran producer, occasional designer, freelance writer, pixel artist, interactive media theorist, renegade architect and amateur cook. Despite his many years in a leadership role, he always ends up with dipping his hands into game design. Lately on Mafia II and Mafia III in 2K Czech and Hangar 13. Since his recent escape from sunny California this summer Jarek is back in Czech Republic, preparing something new at Bohemia Interactive Studio. In the meantime Jarek has managed to contribute to a small indie team BadFly Interactive on Dead Effect games as a freelance writer.

14:00 Krzysztof Ostrowski (Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Łodzi, Polska) – Koncept, komiks, animacja – prezentacja Wydziału Sztuk Wizualnych

Krzysztof Ostrowski – cartoonist, animator, music video director. Teaches storyboard, concept drawing, basics of 2d animation at the Faculty of Visual Arts (Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz)

15:00 The Grand Finale of the Komiks Game Jam 2