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Member of the Week - Tristan Mills

As a man of many hidden talents, whether he is transforming his van into a DIY camper, or using his self-taught environmental artist skills to digitally improve their upcoming first-person shooter ‘Squad' - we caught up with Offworld Industries’ Tristan Mills to find out how he getting on at PLATF9RM Hove.



Where did your journey with Offworld Industries begin?

I was jobless and living at home, trying to build a new skill after dropping out of doing physics at university. Through a serendipitous contact, I was approached to work on the commercial successor to a popular modification of Battlefield 2. Having played this altered game in my teen years, and considering I was not looking for a job at this point - I was still working on my portfolio - this was an extremely exciting opportunity. I'd spent the last several years working jobs I hated, and suddenly I'd made it.


What element of the games are you tasked on developing and what part do you enjoy working on the most?

I work as an environment artist, which means I create the visuals for the areas of play, telling stories and crafting atmospheres in doing so. The part I enjoy the most is the fusion of artistic and technical challenges, and collaborating with my colleagues to solve them. Breaking down objects, even mundane ones, into what defines how they appear is another thing I love doing - because it makes me more aware of the beauty of the world around us.


What makes your upcoming game ‘Squad’ stand out above the rest?

Squad’ is a large scale combined arms multiplayer first-person shooter emphasizing combat realism through communication, team play, emphasizing strong squad cohesion mechanics as well as larger-scale coordination, tactics and planning. Think more realistic than other shooters, more fun than military simulators! The areas of play are very large, up to 4km², which is a constant technical challenge for us to create.


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What drew you to PLATF9RM and how do you feel you have settled in over the past few months?

Initially, I was just looking for somewhere to work that wasn't my bedroom. The PLATF9RM space looked visually attractive, but what sold it to me was the team here. From day one they were helpful, friendly and accommodating. The working environment here is very pleasant, and there is nothing better than meeting all the dogs that people bring in! I'd say I've settled in well, everyone is so friendly, I just need to get some of my colleagues here too!

If we could run a PLATF9RM Social on your chosen theme, what would it be?

Our game ‘Squad’ of course! I'd want to see everyone in full military gear. Faction is the guest's choice.


Are you excited to use the brand new Ground Floor at Hove Town Hall?

Yup! I hear there will be showers, so I'd definitely feel more comfortable cycling into work.


What’s your favourite game from your childhood?

Fallout 3. I love the 1950's styling, the image of the idyllic "American Dream" destroyed by the nuclear war that overshadowed the period. Exploring the derelict buildings and piecing together the last trivial matters of the occupant before the bombs hit was of particular fondness to me - eventually sparking a general interest in urban exploration.


Any secret talents or skills you’re willing to share?

I'm currently converting my van in a camper, so I've picked up plenty of practical skills doing that. I wouldn't say my abilities amount to talent though!


What is the most ‘Hove actually’ thing you’ve ever seen?

I'm not sure if it can be said to be distinctly "Hove, actually", but one of my favourite anecdotes from the area comes courtesy of a man I'd briefly spoken to while I was working on my van. He excitedly reapproached me later in the day, clearly drunk, proclaiming "I just nicked this fish! And this whisky! Want to do some shots with me?" I had to point out to him that I was currently wielding a power tool.

Thank you Tristan!

If you want to be a member at our space, get in touch for a tour and trial.

INF9RMER #12

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The INF9RMER Newsletter is matt-iculously crafted, lovingly nurtured, marinated in enthusiasm and cooked at 200℃ for 15 minutes, by PLATF9RM's Membership Assistant Matt. If you have any exciting upcoming projects within your company, would like to let everyone know how your business is progressing in some way, or have a future event coming up - then feel free to email Matt, drop him a message on Slack or come find him in person for a quick chat.


The Vlog Academy, Virtual Reality and a Video about Ethical Sustainability


International Women's month is important to us all, especially to our members. Sarah Bagg guides us straight into the first section of this month's INF9RMER, sharing her female focused Artists Open House. Scott Sale's Hen party haven was given the limelight it deserves whilst PLATF9RM Hove Ground Floor's newest member Wendy Dolan, treated us all to a podcast she guest starred on last week; ranging from her New Orleans inspired playlist to life as an overseas entrepeneur.


Offworld Industries' Tristan Mills told us all about Squad's goals, sharing an insight into about his life alongside his work as a environmental digital artist. We tightened up our running boots (prematurely as it may be...) as Claire Jenkins let us in on an early bird discounted entrance fee for Brighton's oldest 10k run.

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SuPR-man Mike Marquiss explained how his company Decoded Comms stands aside from the rest as it continues to grow entering his second year of freelance work, whilst Vlogging pro Mi Elfverson fills PLATF9RM members in on the benefits The Vlog Academy courses can provide for companies.


PALA's ethical genius John Pritchard yet again found himself an exciting addition to the INF9RMER Newsletter as he presented his video which tells the bigger story behind his glasses cases. Finally, Tower Point's touring twosome Roxy and Jerome of Coglode take a pit stop from their UX trip to invite PLATF9RM members along to their talk at UX London - with a discounted entrance code!


Thank you to everyone who put in the time to offer news for this month's INF9RMER, if you have something you would like to include for April then contact Membership Assistant Matt.

Member of the Week - Angela Brightwell

Introducing Angela Brightwell; Cofounder of Brighton Food Tours, writer and owner of Bubs the dog.

HELLO ANGELA, What made you want to begin Brighton Food Tours?

A friend of mine Cat and I started it together because we really love Brighton. We are really passionate and proud of Brighton's independent spirit and its exploding food & drinks scene. We wanted to spread the message that if we don't support and celebrate independent Brighton businesses they won't be there in 5 years. We have very strong values and it comes across in everything we do; we have been known to confiscate one or two punters’ Starbucks coffee on a tour, but by the end of their time with us, people are usually really inspired and fired up to support local businesses.

What made you decide to make it a walking tour rather than just picking one spot or facilitating a supper club?

I think because we have got such a huge range of independent food and drink hot spots, makers, producers, pop-ups, creators etc. We aim to showcase as many places as we can in our tours. We want them to have an experience that surprises and delights, which is why we call our tours a smorgasbord experience; it’s a real variety of different experiences in one.

Brighton for us is eclectic, it lends itself really well to a walking tour format - we can cover as many as 6-8 food or drink experiences in one tour. We also like to not tell people where they’re going, we call it a magical mystery food adventure! We love to include hidden gems that everybody should know about.

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What has been a highlight of running Brighton Food Tours so far?

Without a doubt, it is the sense of connection with Brighton I now have. I’ve lived here for 6 years, and more than anywhere else I’ve ever lived I feel at home. Meeting such incredible people through my work has helped me feel a connection to the beating heart of the city.

Also, having the majority of the punters on the tours being local to Brighton is an absolute joy; they say it helps them fall back in love with their city which is a fantastic feeling. They’ll be the ones going back to the businesses and keeping them alive.

What initially drew you to PLATF9RM?

Dogs. Also having space where you get away from home where you can get in your own head, to being surrounded by lovely people is a plus. It’s relaxed, everyone's creative, friendly and open but still professional... Plus there are about 50 different ways of making coffee here. The dog-friendly part was a clincher though.

Do you have a favourite spot to sit in at Tower Point?

The cubby holes, the booths. I feel like I’m in a little creative shed.

Have Brighton Food Tours been to any events and are you looking forward to any coming up?

We just did a talk here the other week, T-Shaped Talks, where we spoke about local community and values, was really good fun. I’m looking forward to joining the next social and I fancy going to the next Cereal Filler.

I’m sure this a question you get asked a lot, but, what are some of your favourite eating spots in Brighton?

It all depends, there are so many variables; what’s your price, what mood are you in, do you want somewhere fancy pants, or somewhere relaxed? Off the top of my head, if you’re wanting to go fancy pants but still feel relaxed then Little Fish Market is absolutely amazing. It’s not cheap but totally worth it. For lunchtime, head to Happy Maki, I’m totally addicted. Curry Leaf cafe. Baby Bao at The Pond. And I can’t wait to go up to the Hampton who have the new Easy Tiger kitchen, it’s the same people that run the pond. Plateau as well - they do amazing cocktails. There’s so many!

What would you say is your guilty pleasure?

I suppose, naff 80’s music? I can't get enough of disco. Although I don't think it’s that guilty, to be honest. And watching First Dates on the telly.

Do you have any favourite ‘That’s so Brighton’ moments?

There’s not a tour that goes by where you don't pass someone on roller skates dressed as a GI Jane or something equally as strange… A hippy at a bus stop with a dog on a piece of string… Whatever it is, there’s always something.

Thank you Angela!

If you want to be a member at our space, get in touch for a tour and trial.

INF9RMER #11

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The INF9RMER Newsletter is matt-iculously crafted, lovingly nurtured, marinated in enthusiasm and cooked at 200℃ for 15 minutes, by PLATF9RM's Membership Assistant Matt. If you have any exciting upcoming projects within your company, would like to let everyone know how your business is progressing in some way, or have a future event coming up - then feel free to email Matt, drop him a message on Slack or come find him in person for a quick chat. (Matt even has his own little section in this month's!)


Pedal People, Personal Projects and a PR Pro's Progression


Smiley faces all round this month as we step straight into the compassionate section of the INF9RMER, with Andy Bradley from Frameworks 4 Change. Andy believes that vulnerability should be met with kindness and helps businesses embrace these compassionate mentalities for within the workplace. Next up we have Jude Thompson from WDM Collective, filling us in on their mission to amplify women in the dance music industry - with a nod towards an event they are running at Brighton Music Conference later this year! PLATF9RM's answer to Bear Grylls, Kim Slade from Unlost Co. tells us about his latest venture - Adventure Club! Come along Thursday 21 February and find out more!


Brighton Third Sector Training (B3ST) fill us in on their internship in Seville, Spain - who wouldn't want to go teach languages and learn social media and marketing skills over in Sunny España?! We also paid homage to David Hillier, the Mr Miyagi that inspired Matt to write the INF9RMER in the individual style it's developed in to. David is flying the PLATF9RM nest as he utilises 2019 to focus on personal projects.

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Rose O'Callaghan has taken the plunge many other PLATF9RM'ers are all too familiar with - the stride towards becoming freelance. Bringing her PR and journalism skills to the table, Rose is looking for other freelances and business owners to chat with over a cuppa whilst sharing experience and inspiring creativity. For those of you who attended Hove's Cereal Filler in December, you may remember Jason Baker of Citrus Ornge sharing his business motive of helping ex-offenders and those recovering from addiction get back into the working world. Jason shared with us his exciting news that the Forward Enterprise Fund have agreed to supply his company with all the funding the company needs - amazing news!


Elly Hargreave of the newly named Pedal People, shared with us the amazing journey that they have taken not only as a start up charity, but also their bike journeys. The charity they run supports older people and helps get them out of thei care homes and seeing the city in a way they may now find less accessible. We finished off this month with Matt plugging his very own charity cause, (because if you can't promote yourself in your own newsletter, then where can you?!). Matt is running his very first half-marathon this Sunday, raising money for a personal cause which is very close to his heart. If you would like to find out more about little Franck's story, you can find and support the cause here.


Thank you to everyone who put in the time to offer news for this month's INF9RMER, if you have something you would like to include for March then contact Membership Assistant Matt.