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Dr. Caligula’s Pirate Willy Workshop might be impossible to reproduce, even with the best colour photocopier. We hope you’re ready. Wetgenes will be running it at Feral Vector, and we’ll say no more for now.


DOOM! The DOOM Piano is returning to life and will be at Feral Vector. Built in 2013 with a host of designers including Sos Sosowski, George Buckenham, and Jonatan van Hove, we got quite a few accusations it was faked. It wasn’t. It’s a fully functional piano that also creates keyboard input, and runs a custom build of DOOM. Here’s a video of Martin Hollis playing it. We’re bringing it up to Yorkshire and refurbishing it. Here’s a photo of the not-durable-enough guts we put in it the first time:

DOOM Piano guts

Henrike Lode will be travelling over from Copenhagen to give an expanded version of her talk “Games No One Wants To Make With Me“. Henrike is also one of the developers behind Machineers, but has many, many other ideas for games. Such as:

“This is nipple effect. I want to make game where you’re presented with a picture of breasts that you have to identify as male or female, and if you think they’re female you have to cover the nipples with a picture of male nipples, but if you accidentally place male nipples on male breasts you lose because that’s censorship.”

More Speakers, Things and Games

We’re excited to announce our next bunch of speakers, doers, and things: Katharine Neil! Elizabeth Simoens! Alex Roberts! Overcooked! Line Wobbler! Chalo Chalo!

Bizarre co-op kitchen sim Overcooked will be playable. Here’s a gif of some chefs in space:


Katharine Neil will be travelling over from Paris to speak. Katharine began her game development career in 1998, led the team behind the Escape from Woomera; and following her escape from AAA has worked on indie games including her own Alone in the Park and Lady Shotgun’s Buddha Finger. She also recently completed a PhD on experimental game design tools.

Alone In The Park - Katharine Neil


2016 Sponsors!

Feral Vector has sponsorship this year; enough that we can cover costs and bring some interesting people up without worrying so much. We’d like to give massive thanks to the following companies who are making FEral VEctor in Hebden Bridge possible once more.

First of all, festival production for Feral Vector is being funded by local studio Crows Crows Crows:

Crows Crows Crows

They’re a relatively new studio led by William Pugh, making experimental work. If you were around for Feral Vector last year you’ll remember William doing magnificent entertaining things with Kevin Patterson, and art director Dominik Johann making brilliant stuff out of cardboard. Their debut game Doctor Langeskov, The Tiger, and the Terribly Cursed Emerald; is free on Steam and itch.io.

Our tech sponsor for the second year running is Sheffield-based Boneloaf: