On Wednesday April 24th 2019 Breda University of Applied Sciences will open its doors for a variety lectures, talks and demonstrations in the field of procedural content generation and will offer many opportunities to meet and share knowledge with fellow developers. The Conference will cover various topics ranging from procedural game design, level design, storytelling, world building to generative art. Presentations will be provided by leading figures in the field, presenting procedural content application in companies from indie game development to AAA games.

On Tuesday April 23rd, the day before the conference we organize an Everything Procedural Open Podium. Open for everyone interested to show and share procedural content for games. On Thursday and Friday after the conference we will host a SideFX Houdini Masterclass that highlights several procedural concepts that attendees will actively explore.

The Everything Procedural Conference previously took place in 2016 and 2018 and is gaining strong recognition as a leading conference in the field of procedural content for games.

CONFERENCE
Wednesday 24-04-2019

A need driven faction system in a simulation based world

Speaker: Marc Braun - Blue Byte



Marc Braun will introduce Blue Byte's “Procedural Environment System”, a technology based on Ubisofts Snowdrop engine, being developed in their Düsseldorf studio. Marc will go through the steps of the simulation behind world creation and demonstrate the various needs they can derive from the geological structure as well as the setup of Flora and Fauna. He will show how they use these to spawn and move the simplest factions in the world – animals roaming through the world. He will then show more complex, human factions, define how they will want to settle in the world. He will talk about various connection types between settlements, and the generation of the settlements themselves. At the end, Marc will give an outlook on the logical next steps, creating single individuals of a certain faction and interaction between these.

> Blue Byte


Analytics at the core of game production, a Ghost Recon Story

Speaker: Yossef Benzeghadi - Ubisoft Paris



Procedural generation and systemic content often imply a lot of uncertainty for a game and how it will be experienced by players ultimately. But did you know game analytics can be your best ally in order to fine tune both your world and systems, and ensure the best player experience?

From our first playable build to a successful live game, you will discover how game analytics became a key pillar of Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Yossef Benzeghadi, Game Analytics Project Manager & Lead Data Analyst on Ghost Recon from Ubisoft Paris, will share concrete analytics use cases and success stories. This talk outline how gameplay data allowed us to better understand our players and leverage actionable insights directly into the game. Yossef will also give you a glimpse of analytics-driven features present in the game, unlocking technical and game design innovations.

> Ubisoft


More Like This, Please! Texture Synthesis & Remixing from a Single Example

Speaker: Anastasia Opara - Embark Studios



Often, procedural approach involves a carefully hand-crafted set of rules to approximate the desired outcome. The process requires a keen human expertise as well as considerable time investment. But what if we could automatically "learn" the rules by simply providing an example of what we want?

In this talk, we will investigate example-based generation though a lens of texture synthesis. You will learn of its applications ranging from multi-example style transfer to single-example photogrammetry asset completion. We will also touch upon a long-term vision of enabling anyone to "program" by making art.

> Anastasia Opara
> Embark Studios


Overcoming over-engineering by reusing proc-gen bits to make better tools

Speaker: Thomas Altenburger - Flying Oak



NeuroVoider is a game with virtually infinite content through proc-gen, which turned to be quite challenging to craft for a team of two. Through a tentative to generalize a flow theory into math to make an ever growing experience, we ended over-engineering all of our systems. But the magic happened when we overcame this complexity by reusing the same proc-gen systems to make assisting design tools to mass produce content.

> Flying Oak


Houdini as the main tool in an Indie studio

Speaker: Simon Verstraete - eXiin



Simon Verstraete from eXiin will talk about how Houdini is used in an Indie company. At eXiin Houdini is one of the main 3D programs and is used from modelling to procedural tools to animations. A few years ago the company decided to switch to Houdini and this had impact on how they work. As a result eXiin is able to work faster and produce a decent amount of content with a small team.

> eXiin


Down to the Fundamentals - Procedural Texturing in Blender 3D

Speaker: Simon Thommes



Maybe not the most efficient solution for procedural texturing at the time, but Blender still holds a lot of potential under the surface. It is gaining increasingly more popularity due to recently drastic advances. In this talk, I will walk you through my findings on how a restricted extent of tools forces, but also enables, very essential methods of procedural texturing, and how learning from this theoretical approach can be lucrative, regardless of the software."

> Simon Thommes




More speakers to be announced
MASTERCLASS
Thursday/Friday 25/26-04-2019

SideFX Houdini Masterclass - Louis-Philippe Clavet


Following the Everything Procedural conference, Breda University of Applied Sciences will host a two-day SideFX Houdini Masterclass by Louis-Philippe Clavet. This is an unique opportunity to learn, experience and get acquainted with one of the most versatile procedural content generation tools.


Day 1: SideFX Houdini - Procedural Animation

Houdini has long been known for its great ability to reproduce the motion of many natural phenomena through its dynamic operators. Even if they are fantastic tools, some movements are hard to generate with these systems. A procedural animation approach seems to be a great alternative to infuse life into a cg scene when artists need more intuitive ways to bend motion to their will. Through skillful attribute manipulations and a clever use of CHOPs, you will experiment what can be put into motion with a limited use of dynamic simulation and keyframe animation.

This masterclass is a collection of test scenes built to showcase the versatility of procedural animations in Houdini. It is intended to Houdini users of all levels, but requires a good knowledge of how to navigate the software and its interface.


Day 2: SideFX Houdini - Procedural Dependency Graph (PDG)

Discover the new context introduced in the most recently announced version of SideFX Houdini. Houdini now offers us a visual management system that handles all tasks and all dependencies in which TOPs (Task Operators) are the new set of nodes tailored to improve workflows and pipelines. Learn how to deal with the challenges of creating and working with a great amount of data. Experiment how this system can also help artists to automate tasks that they do on a daily basis.

This masterclass is an overview of the new technology. It is intended to Houdini users of all levels, but requires a good knowledge of how to navigate the software and its interface.


The Masterclass is a two-day event (both 9:00-17:00) and takes place on Thursday April 25th and Friday April 26th. The Masterclass will be hosted in a workshop setting with live presentations, demonstrations, hands-on experimention and exercises. You need to bring your own hardware (laptop is sufficient) to be able to actively participate. Admittance to the Masterclass is 249 Euro for industry and 19 Euro for students, this includes lunch and free entrance to the Conference on Wednesday 24th of April. We have only limited places.

OPEN PODIUM
Tuesday 23-04-2019

Everything Procedural Open Podium




This year we are trying something new! Preceding the Everything Procedural conference we will open our doors for anyone interested in procedural content generation. The Open Podium will be a meet-up where like-minded professionals and students show, share and discuss procedural content. We will "on-the-spot" organize presentations, tutorials, and portfolio reviews. Get the latest insights from peers on SideFX Houdini, Allegorithmic Substance, machine learning, procedural world building, procedural level design and creative coding.

The Open Podium is also a great place to meet employers and experts in the field of procedural content generation for games looking for a new challenge or a change in their career. During the open podium there will be many network opportunities. We try to create an informal safe environment to get in touch with your future employee or future employer.

The Open Podium takes place on Tuesday April 23rd, and is open to everyone enthusiastic about proceduralism and game development. Doors will open at 10:30, free coffee and tea provided. Sign up is not required, however we encourage everyone interested to fill in this form:

> Open Podium Form


What:
EVERYTHING PROCEDURAL CONFERENCE (EPC2019)
Conference on Procedural Content Generation for Games

Admittance:
The conference is open to industry, professionals and students in the field of Video Games, Game Development, Computer Graphics and Procedural Content Generation. Sign up is required, as we will have limited places.

Talent scouts and job hunters:
The conference is a great place to meet employers and experts in the field of procedural content generation for games looking for a new challenge or a change in their career. During the day there will be many network opportunities, we try to create an informal safe environment to get in touch with your future employee or future employer.

Passes & Prices:
- Conference - Industry: 89 Euro (includes free lunch, coffee and drinks afterwards)
- Conference - Students: 9 Euro (includes free lunch, coffee and drinks afterwards)
- Masterclass + Conference - Industry: 249 Euro (includes free lunch, coffee and tea)
- Masterclass + Conference - Students: 19 Euro (includes free lunch, coffee and tea)

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When:
Open Podium: Tuesday 23 April 2019
Conference: Wednesday 24 April 2019
Masterclass: Thursday 25 and Friday 26 April 2019

Where:
Breda University of Applied Sciences
Sibeliuslaan 13
4837 CA Breda
the Netherlands
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Archive:
> EPC2018 - Everything Procedural Conference 2018
> EPC2016 - Everything Procedural Conference 2016

Program Board:
Ronny Franken
Bojan Endrovski
Zoran Arizanovic
Mata Haggis

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