Alumni Days 2009 Program

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Alumni Day 2009 Participants

The annual Alumni Days are upon us yet again! This year features three full days of guest lectures and workshops by our industry active former students – ending the week with a huge party over at the Motion Capture Studio. Be there or be square!


13:00 – 17:00 (3rd year GAME Students)
Mikael HedbergFrictional Games
Location: E30
Workshop: Storywriting

13:00 – 17:00 (All Students Welcome! – but space is limited on sign-up basis)
Jonas Eriksson och Johan Presto – Pitchin
Charlotte Ryberg – Disco Volante

Sign-up: with Maria Larsson at BAC
Location: GIP
Workshop: Att Kommersialisera Kunskap


10:30 – 12:00 (All Students)
Tobias LundmarkStarbreeze Studios
Location: Borgen Movie Theater
Quality Assurance: Riddick – Assault on Dark Athena


13:00 – 14:00 (All Students Except 3rd Year GAME Students)
Johan Svahn – One Man Productions
Lecture: How to Start Your Own Studio

13:00 – 17:00 – (3rd year GAME students)
Mikael HedbergFrictional Games
Workshop: continues.

14:00 (All Students Except 3rd Year GAME Students)
Workshop: “Konsten att gå rätt – hur du använder kroppen, blicken och rösten för att nå dina mål.”


10:30 – 12:00 (All Students)
Mikael HedbergFrictional Games
Lecture: Story Writing


13:00 – 14:30 ( All Students)
Martin Ekdal & Koshjar Hamedi – Donya Labs
Demonstration: 3D Optimization

14:30 – 15:30 (All Students)
Nils Stadling – Microsoft Sweden
Lecture: Introduction of Microsoft Partnership

15:30 – 16:00 (All Students)
Emma MellanderNordic Game
Lecture: Nordic Game Presentation

16:00 (All Students)
Don Geyer – Wrap-up and Party Tickets Distributed

19:00 (All Students)
Alumni Mingle & Party! – With DJ Doktor DRYG
Location: Motion Capture Studio

Tobias Lundmark – Starbreeze Studios

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Tobias Dopefish Lundmark - QA at StarbreezeTobias ‘Dopefish’ Lundmark is a GAME-alumni working (since 2006) at Starbreeze Studios as Quality Assurance. Dopefish has been in charge of breaking titles like The Darkness, The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, Bourne and the unannounced Project RedLime. He’s also a recurring guest teacher in our vastly popular online course Quality Assurance in Games.

Dopefish is coming here during the Alumni Days to do an informal Q&A-session about Riddick, Starbreeze and life as a game tester. Also, he’s promised to show some unreleased behind the scenes footage from the production of Riddick. 🙂

Question & Answers: Riddick – Assault on Dark Athena
Time: Torsdag, 10 December, 10:30 – 12:00
Location: Borgen Movie Theater

Peter Stråhle Technical Artist

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GAME alumni of the year Peter Stråhle returns for another session on art fundamentals and to hold a short workshop – sharing his experience of common modelling mistakes and demonstrating a more efficient work flow in 3D Studio Max. He’ll also spend some time talking about his time at GRIN.

As you can see in Peters blog, anyone interested in game specific art can get some great stuff from this guy, but the art fundamentals are an especially helpful tool for your team based productions. These are true tricks of the trade. 🙂

Public Lecture: Art Fundamentals
Time: Wednesday, December 16, 09:00 – 12:00
Location: HGO, E22

Mikael Hedberg from Frictional Games

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Mikael Hedberg is a former GAME-student, game designer at GRIN and current full time writer at Frictional Games in Helsingborg. Mikael Hedberg

Hedberg introduces himself thusly;

I’m a writer who had the great fortune of working with both games and film. As an obsessive compulsive storyteller I spend my time plotting against you thinking of new stories and how to tell them. For some reason I believe it’s in my authority to lecture you how to go about telling your stories.

What a douche!

Frictional Games are currently working on Amnesia: The Dark Descent; a first person horror adventure due to be released summer 2010, but Mikael is kind enough to take the time to visit us and talk about writing in the game industry and do a workshop with our students.

Lecture: “Hur bygger man en bra berättelse för spel och hur implementerar man den?”
Time: Wednesday, December 9 13.00-17.00
Location: HGO, lecture hall E30 (students only)

Workshop on yesterdays lecture
Time: Thursday, December 10 13.00-17.00
Location: HGO, lecture hall E30 (students only)

Public Lecture: “What does the game industry know about storytelling, and how does it work?”
Time: Friday, December 11 (time TBA)
Location: HGO, lecture hall TBA (open to the public!)

Peter Bryngelsson on music for Dictators, Torture & Drugs

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Peter Bryngelsson (foto:

Peter Bryngelsson (foto:

Peter Bryngelsson is a musician, composer, lyricist, author, director and researcher – in charge of more than 19 album releases since 1976. He founded Ragnarök and have played in bands like Kung Tung, Triangulus and Urban Turban. He’s currently teaching movie soundtrack composition at Malmö’s Music University.

Peter is coming here to talk about:

  1. How movie soundtracks “animate” everything you see on screen
  2. Music and Torture – based on interviews with torture victims and the documentary he’s producing for SVT.
  3. Music and Drugs – based on Peter’s research on LSD, Woodstock and Peter Green.
  4. Musical preferences of dictators. What did Hitler, Stalin and Adi Amin listen to?

Time: Tuesday, November 10 13.00-16.00
Location: HGO, lecture hall E22

Robert Nyberg from Starbreeze Studios

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Robert Nyberg at the Gotland Game Awards 2009

Robert Nyberg at Gotland Game Awards 2009

With apologies for the extremely short notice we wish to announce Robert Nyberg from Swedish Starbreeze Studios who’s coming tomorrow!

Robert Nyberg has been the human resources manager at Starbreeze Studios for the past four years. As such, he’s the guy with final say in all recruitments and staff policies.

Robert will do two talks in succession, the first one on practical advice for how to get a job in the gaming industry. The second one will be about quality assurance in the Starbreeze production pipeline; what happens when an error is discovered and how is it remedied during production?

Time: Friday, Oktober 23 13.00-15.00
Location: HGO, lecture hall E22