Galway Game Jam 16 – Virtual Jam!

We are hosting a virtual gamejam event on split over two weekends in December.

Assistance will be provided to ensure everyone can get up an running for the event. If you have any technical questions please reach out and we will do our best to help you get set up for the jam!

Theme announcement will happen on our Discord server at 10:00am Saturday December 12th.

Details and tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/galway-game-jam-16-virtual-jam-tickets-130779197099

You must agree to our Code of Conduct and Privacy Policy to participate in the event and access our Discord community server.

1GAM Galway and Galway Game Jam

Our community Discord server will host virtual 1GAM Galway meetups.

1GAM Galway is a monthly game-maker enthusiast meetup.

What is 1GAM Galway? 1GAM is an acronym for One Game A Month which references the personal challenge of the same name. Over time our meetup has evolved it’s scope as a more general game-makers meetup, sometimes with featured talks and demonstrations. All are welcome to present progress on a your own games. The spirit is that of encouragement and a positive approach to learning. This meetup takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. 1GAM Galway is for adults (18+ years), and you must agree to the Galway Game Jam code of conduct on the Discord server.

See you soon!

Virtual Gatherings to have the craic during Social Distancing

Hi folks,

Galway Game Jam is hosting a schedule of virtual meetups during the week.

We will be running them from our Discord server. Check the sidebar for a link, and say hi.

The schedule will be updated throughout the week, with games, times and links to game pages and downloads etc. I’ll be managing the schedule so please message me (Darren / mindcauldron) with any updates you want to make.

You can view the current state of it here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1APmjvP_xzO5QV79SJ_mteWabzPIoeTpFysKdUs2UTAQ/edit?usp=sharing

If you would like to run a game or change a time of an activity, let us know on our Discord Server.

We will be running our Minecraft server throughout so you can hang out and bulid stuff. It is protected by a whitelist. Please message us with your Minecraft nickname/username and we will add you so you can join the server.

Take care folks!

Complete! Galway Game Jam 15 done, games are up!

Moody fantasy scene for game at Galway Game Jam 15, artist is Darren Kearney

Thanks again to everyone for making Galway Game Jam 15 possible.

It was a cozy little jam and we are delighted with the results.

We were very impressed by the professionalism shown by the film students from GMIT while undertaking their observational documentary project, from initial meetings setting up the project, through to execution over the two days. Great job folks!

The games made at the jam are available at the link below.
The theme was “An Epic Evil”.

https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam15/entries

Our good friends at Galway Gaming Tribes are willing to host us for public demo of the games. We will be demoing all games who’s creators have given us permission to do so. If you would like your game demo’ed at Tribes, please get in touch!

— Darren

Galway Game Jam 15

Galway Game Jam 14 Poster. Original artwork by Tia Friedel, GreenRat

This two-day game jam will be taking place in Galway, a city along the Atlantic coast of Ireland, during the growing wintery darkness of November. It’s okay, we have hot beverages and donuts to keep you warm and cozy as you create weird and wonderful games!

Dates:

  • Sat 23rd November
  • Sun 24th November

Admission: €10

Booking and details: http://bit.ly/GalwayGameJam15

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2574442122785793/

News: We may have a student film crew at the event making an observational documentary of the game jam. We have not had anything like this before at a gamejam, so before the event we will send out more information regarding this collaboration (e.g. release forms). See our discord server for further discussion and to express any concerns you may have about this so that we can address them.

Everyone is required to agree to our Code of Conduct in order to participate or attend the jam in any capacity.

Galway Game Jam 14 – 2 day gamejam

Galway Game Jam 14 poster

A 2-day game making event.

Attempt to make a game or prototype in a super short timeframe.

This game making even aims to be a creative, collaborative and welcoming event. We are open to people of all levels of experience and welcome different types of games; video games, board games, card games, table top games etc.

Organisers will assist team formation on the first day.

Games made at the event will be played by everyone at the end of the event, so people can see what everyone has been working on and get a chance to play each others games. We may assist people wishing to order food as a group at the end.

When: 
Day 1 – Sat 21th – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Day 2 – Sun 22th – 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (4pm submission time.)

Admission: €10

Bookings: https://galwaygamejam.clr.events/event/128809:galway-game-jam-14

Theme/Limitation: TBA – Please discuss on discord/facebook!

Discord server: https://discord.gg/ah4WcdW

We will announce the theme on Saturday morning that will serve as a focus or design pillar for your game. Themes and limitations are great for your creativity – they remove the problem of having a “blank page” of infinite possibility. Feel free to interpret the theme is your own way. Use this as a core part of your game, or at the very least a starting point for your game idea. Hopefully, this focus will serve to channel your creativity and experimentation.

Check our facebook event page and our discord server on the lead up to the Galway Game Jam 14 for updates!

We will not be providing food; please arrange food and snacks for yourself. Our venue is located in the city centre, so there are plenty of options for you to get a bite to eat. There are also the Saturday markets and Sunday markets if you are up for a short walk!

There are some kitchen facilities available. You are permitted to eat & drink at the gamejam and are responsible for cleaning up after yourself – thank you!

Organisers and volunteers, identified by “STAFF” badges and during announcements, will be around during the event. Feel free to ask them any questions and bring any issues to their attention.

Galway Game Jam 13

Galway Game Jam 13 Poster by Tia Friedel, GreenRat

A 2-day game making event.

You and your team attempt to make a game or prototype in a super short timeframe. Open to all levels of experience from total beginner to gamedev pro. Organisers will assist team formation on the first day.

When: June, Sat 15th & Sun 16th.
Admission: €10
Bookings: https://galwaygamejam.clr.events/event/128350:galway-game-jam-13
Theme/Limitation: TBA – Please discuss!
Start time: Sat 10:00am.
Finish time: Sun 8:00pm. (Thanks to our poll on facebook!)
Discord server: https://discord.gg/ah4WcdW
T-shirts: “What? T-shirts?!”, you say? “Yes!” I say! Read more about this special occasion below. 😉

A theme will be announced that will serve as a focus for the gamejam. The idea is to interpret the theme and use that as a core part of your game (or at least as a starting point for your game idea!). Hopefully, having this as a focus will fuel your creativity and experimentation with core gameplay. Themes and limitations are great for your creativity – they remove the problem of having a ‘blank page’ of infinite possibility. A possibility space that has boundaries is easier for us to think about and play with, helping us to generate ideas and solutions. A theme also gives all the games from the jam a shared connection (or jam flavour!), though the games might all be different in many ways.

Some details yet to be determined. Check our facebook event page and our discord server on the lead up to the Galway Game Jam 13 for updates!

Food will not be provided, please arrange food and snacks for yourself and try to keep it healthy! The venue is centrally located, so there are plenty of options available (there is also the Saturday markets and Sunday markets!). There are some kitchen facilities available. You are permitted to eat & drink at the gamejam and are responsible for cleaning up after yourself – thank you!

Organisers and volunteers, identified by “STAFF” badges and during announcements, will be around during the event. Feel free to ask them any questions, or bring any issues to their attention. 

Awesome T-Shirts!

Our new, limited run, Galway Game Jam t-shirt will feature a design by pro illustrator and animator Tia Freidel made especially for Galway Game Jam 13.Why? Well, enough people have been asking about it! It is clearly past time to show your creative past-time game jam alter-ego to the world!

If you are interested in ordering a t-shirt please get in touch with us at info@galwaygamejam.com to avoid disappointment.

You must agree to our Code of Conduct (see our website) in order to participate in the jam.

Galway Game Jam 12 – 1 day jam, Sat 30th March

Galway Game Jam 12 is coming!

VenuePorterShed, Galway
Date30th March 2019
Start-End Times9am-9pm Saturday
AdmissionFree
Reserve your placehttps://galwaygamejam12.eventbrite.ie
Facebook event pagehttps://www.facebook.com/events/265358531027320
Theme / Limitation<currently being discussed on Discord>

Challenge yourself to make something, learn new skills, meet people interested in game development and have fun!

This game making event will be a little different as we are planning on putting some more strict limitations in place.

Normally we select a theme that games are made around, which in general has been loosely interpreted. We have never before put a harsh limitation on the outcome of a Galway Game Jam game. This time we are considering a harsh limitation, visual or otherwise, that will create a more unifying identity to the games that are produced, and hopefully free people up through the limitation to really experiment with core gameplay.

It’s generally great for your creativity to have some limitation in place. It moves past the ‘blank page’ of infinite possibility into a possibility space that has boundaries, which is easier for us to think about with our amazing huemon brains. A theme also gives all the games from the jam a connection to each other, a shared identity from it’s source.

So, some details yet to be determined, that will be discussed on the facebook event page and our discord server over the course of the next few weeks!

This event is 12 hours long. We plan to use the final hour to showcase each others games. There will be some announcements but you will are free to come and go throughout the day and are encouraged to take regular breaks.

Food will not be provided, please arrange food and snacks for yourself. The venue is centrally located, so there are plenty of options available (there is also the Saturday market!). You are permitted to eat & drink at the gamejam and are responsible for cleaning up after yourself – thank you.

You must agree to our Code of Conduct in order to participate in the jam.

Our Global Game Jam ’19 Poster!

GlobalGameJam'19 at PorterShed, Galway, organised by Galway Game Jam and sponsored by Mind Cauldron, Poster by Kinley Raftery

Thanks to the wonderful Kinley Raftery for making this delightful poster for us!

We approached Kinley to make the poster because she was the natural choice.

We love the sense of friendliness and coziness that comes through Kinley’s personal style, and want our gamejam to feel just as friendly and welcoming!

Kinley is an illustrator and has taken part in a our previous Galway Game Jams making 2d art assets for games. Her art features in these games made at 1-day long Galway Game Jams:

Check out some more of Kinley’s artwork at her portfolio on behance!