My name’s Steve Thomas and I’m the
Creative Director here at Roar Film in Hobart. We recently worked with Professor
Hamish Maxwell-Stewart from UTAS to create an online game called
The Voyage. So The Voyage is a game where the
player becomes the surgeon superintendent of a convict ship. The
idea sprang out of a number of conversations that we’ve had with Hamish.
People believe the convict voyages were hellish journeys into degradation where
in actual whilst there were some very bad voyages most of them weren’t like
that. The voyages were actually run by a
surgeon superintendent so much of the game is about keeping convicts safe and
to get them to the other side of the world in a healthy condition. The Voyage
is a classic example of a really creative collaboration. It’s a rather
unique symbiotic relationship in that we’re a private company and Hamish is a
an entrepreneurial academic whose aim is to get his area of
information out into the world so it works as a sort of unique collaboration
for both of us.