Worcester Sun announces Worcester Games

Worcester Sun is proud to announce Worcester Games, which is devoted to video gamers and video games in New England’s second largest city. Worcester Games features games developed by and for Worcester Sun. In addition, Worcester Sun coverage of local video game developers and studios as well as links to games produced in Worcester will be in Worcester Games. Enough already. I want to play

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Local Business Spotlight: That Breeze you feel is the momentum behind Zephyr Workshop

The Worcester-based startup has harnessed some magical powers — for instance, childhood passion for Japanese anime and business acumen that focuses on the customer — to rise in the gaming world. If real-world (tabletop) playability with fantastical characters appeals, check out “AEGIS” and look for new creations ahead from this team of Becker grads led by Breeze Grigas. Sean Haley has the story.

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Zephyr Workshop kicks off push to bring AEGIS game to life

“It can’t be understated that A.E.G.I.S. has been a pure passion project. We didn’t just set out to build a game, we set out to build a world with a distinct style all its own, but one still familiar enough to pull at the heartstrings of everyone everywhere who loves fighting Super Robots. From Power Rangers to GaoGaiGar to Gurren Lagann to Voltron — this is it. This is the definitive tabletop game about explosive, combining robot combat — and we put everything we had into it.”


Local Business Spotlight: That Breeze you feel is the momentum behind Zephyr Workshop


AEGIS Combining Robot Strategy Game is a tactics game where players use teams of five combining robots to face off against each other in combat. Your squad of robots share energy and fight as one united front, and engage in simple dice-based combat. There are over 80 different robots in five different Classes (Assault, Evasive, Guard, Intel, Support).

AEGIS and Zephyr Workshop are building momentum.

Courtesy Zephyr Workshop / Breeze Grigas

AEGIS and Zephyr Workshop are building momentum.

The game is launching with two different boxes, the red Arc Buster box and the blue Sky Guard box. Each is a standalone game for 2-4 players which will retail for $39.95.

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McGovern trumpets $583K for MassDiGI, $327K for WPD, $300K for housing initiatives

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern’s office announced last week nearly $2.8 million in federal funding for Massachusetts, about $1.2 million earmarked for Worcester.

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

Office of Congressman Jim McGovern

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern

On Thursday, he announced a five-year, $583,000 University Center program grant for MassDiGI (Massachusetts Digital Games Institute) at Becker College. Those funds were awarded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce. The new federal funding will support MassDiGI’s ongoing efforts to promote entrepreneurship, academic cooperation and economic development across the state’s video and digital games ecosystem. This is the second such grant for MassDiGI from the competitive University Center program. The first was awarded in September 2011.

Local Business Spotlight: That Breeze you feel is the momentum behind Zephyr Workshop

Most graduates from Becker College’s game design program compete for work in the high-tech space. Breeze Grigas, however, created a niche for himself in the analog world with his tabletop game company, Zephyr Workshop.

The company’s flagship product, “AEGIS,” which is an acronym for Assault, Evasive, Guard, Intel, Support, describes the various classes of giant robots that players command and fight within the game. Each turn, players are allotted a certain amount of energy to shoot, move and even combine robots to harness their unique specialties.

AEGIS and Zephyr Workshop are building momentum.

Courtesy Zephyr Workshop / Breeze Grigas

“AEGIS” and Zephyr Workshop are building momentum.

Grigas drew ideas for these games from his own childhood, citing his love of giant robot anime and strategy games as his sources of inspiration.

“I grew up watching nothing but ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Voltron.’ That’s pretty much been my life, just watching giant robot anime.”

So Grigas studied at Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School in Charlton for programming, and then later drafting/CAD (computer-aided design), an experience which helped define his future path as a game designer.

“I intended to make games or do something similarly creative going into high school, and going to a high school that let me explore different professions rather than normal classes really helped me out.”