Post Galway Game Jam 10 Update

Huge thanks to everyone who came to Galway Game Jam 10 last weekend. As always, it’s amazing to see the imagination and creativity in the local Game Development community. The theme was “Extinction and/or Insomnia” and there were a lot of different interpretations of the theme in the entries. Most games made at the jam can be seen at our itcho.io (https://itch.io/jam/galway-game-jam-10/entries) jam page.

We’re intending to run our next Jam in September (or possibly early October), hopefully we will be able to confirm a date and venue in the next two weeks. I’m hoping to improve the next Galway Game Jam to make it better. I’d like to run some talks on Game Development between the game jams and prepare some code and asset templates for people to use in Game Jams and make them available on GitHub for people to use, if anyone wants to help please get in touch with us on GitHub (Pull requests very welcome) or Twitter, Facebook or E-mail.

Some pictures from the day:

What was Ticket Money spent on?

We like to be transparent at Galway Game Jam!

  • Net Ticket Sale were €111.80.
  • Pizza Saturday: €120
  • Food for Weekend:  €51
  • Sanwidches Sunday: €38
  • Food Resupply Sunday: €5.29
  • 2x €5 refund because of dietary requirments: -€10
  • Venue was free.

This mean the event was overbudget by €102.49 (48%). We would prefer to  be bale to keep evens on budget in futer, but we’d rather not raise the ticket price. As a result, we have decided not to order pizza at the next event as we do not raise enough money for ticket sales to be able to afford pizza two days in a row.

Galway Game Jam 10

Galway Game Jam 10 is happening at the PorterShed, Galway 16-17 June 2018. The event starts at 0900 16 June.

We’re running a 24 hour jam this time, with a break overnight in between. We will probably use the last hour as a showcase (2000-2100 on Sunday). Join us and make a game in a 24 hour jam, learn new skills and meet people interested in game development and, above all, have fun!

We’ll have some food later in the event as always – please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements because we want to include you.

FAQ

What is the ticket money spent on?

Galway Game Jams are not for profit events. The ticket money is used to purchase food and pay for venue costs (eg a cleaner after the event).

When?

9am to 9pm Saturday 16th June and 9am to 9pm Sunday 17th June

Where?

The PorterShed, Galway City

Google Maps: bit.ly/portershed

What do I need to bring?

  • PC or laptop & its cables
  • Keyboard & mouse etc.
  • Headphones or earphones – No speakers allowed
  • Any game making equipment you think you’ll need (e.g. graphics tablet, game controllers, VR headsets etc.)
  • If you are travelling from outside Galway you will need to organise your own accommodation. There are hostels in the city with reasonable rates and Bed & Breakfasts on College Road are only a few minutes walk from the venue.

Do I need to be a pro gamedev to participate?

No, not at all! The gamejam is for everyone from complete beginners to professional game devs. If you’ve never done anything like this before that’s totally okay. We would recommend having a look around the interenet for some tutorials in whatever aspect of gamedev interests you the most before the event, or attending some local game dev workshops – consider bringing a friend to work with! We will try to accommodate everyone as best as we can. Keep in mind there are some lovely folks attending these gamejams that would be happy to help a fellow jammer who’s gotten stuck.

Is it for computer games or board games?

Everything! You can use the Galway Game Jam to make any type of game.

Can online/remote participants join the competition?

Yes. You must purchase an Online Competitive ticket before the ticket sales end in order to take part in the competion. For more information send us an email or leave a message on our community forums at https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam8.

Can I work on a project that I’ve already started?

The game jam is for making something new, however you can use the time to work on your own project. Note you won’t be allowed to enter the competition with such a project. If in doubt, message us or ask an organiser!

Can I use a game engine/library/framework/asset packs/royalty-free music etc?

Yes. Simply include the names of the technologies or libraries used in the description of your game.

Can I participate with a pre-arranged team?

Yes. As long as your team is no larger than 5 people.

Can you eat/drink at the venue?

Yes but we’d like you to observe some rules. Please use the bins for any rubbish you have. Please don’t eat or drink anything that smells strongly in the main game jam area. Please tidy up after yourself.

What kind of skills would be helpful at the gamejam?

Pretty much all of them! The aim is to make stuff and have fun making. We encourage everyone to plan for a (very) small game. For example, a game that a single person can play in their web browser and complete in a few minutes.

These skills can be handy, but by no means definitive:

  • Game Design – coming up with game mechanics in systems
  • Writing – weaving a story, giving depth to the game through lore.
  • Programming – trying out making a game using programming language you already know, or taking some tutorials in a game engine and bring all the pieces together.
  • Art – create beautiful (or horrifying) art assets, and maybe some animation
  • Audio/Music – making some noise, and some music. A great way to boost percieved production quality of a game!
  • Production – organisation and time management skills. If this is a strength of yours you could take the lead in making deadlines for your team to achieve at different points over the event.
  • And more!

Of course you can always use the gamejam to try something new, and I totally encourage it!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The event is typically for adults. If you are under 18 years of age and want to attend, get a parent/gaurdian to contact us beforehand. info@galwaygamejam.com

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a multi-story car park close to the venue. You may load/unload your vehicle at the front door.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us at info@galwaygamejam.com, on our facebook page or twitter.

What will the ticket money be used for?

The money raised from tickets is used to buy food and pay for cleaning costs at the venue.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, if you have some form of ID then an event organiser will match it and check off your arrival.

What is the refund policy?

If you decide you don’t want to go to the event, please contact us before the event for a refund. 72 hours prior to the event we will no longer be able to refund tickets.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

If someone else got you a ticket then that’s okay. If there are any issues then you agree to follow the course of action chosen by the organisers.

Galway Game Jam 9!

Galway Game Jam 9 is happening at the PorterShed, Galway 10-11 March 2018. The event starts at 0900 10 March.

It’s also our 5th Birthday Party! So they might be cake, that might also be a lie. You’ll have to attend to jam to find out. We’re running a 24 hour jam this time, with a break overnight in between. We will probably use the last hour as a showcase (2000-2100 on Sunday). Join us and make a game in a 24 hour jam, learn new skills and meet people interested in game development and, above all, have fun!

We’ll have some food later in the event as always – please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements because we want to include you.

Book Now

FAQ

What is the ticket money spent on?

Galway Game Jams are not for profit events. The ticket money is used to purchase food and pay for event costs (eg. renting a venue or equipement such as power leads and occasionally prizes).

When?

9am to 9pm Saturday 10th March and 9am to 9pm Sunday 11 March.

Where?

The PorterShed, Galway City

Google Maps: bit.ly/portershed

What do I need to bring?

  • PC or laptop & its cables
  • Keyboard & mouse etc.
  • Headphones or earphones – No speakers allowed
  • Any game making equipment you think you’ll need (e.g. graphics tablet, game controllers, VR headsets etc.)
  • If you are travelling from outside Galway you will need to organise your own accommodation. There are hostels in the city with reasonable rates and Bed & Breakfasts on College Road are only a few minutes walk from the venue.

Do I need to be a pro gamedev to participate?

No, not at all! The gamejam is for everyone from complete beginners to professional game devs. If you’ve never done anything like this before that’s totally okay. We would recommend having a look around the interenet for some tutorials in whatever aspect of gamedev interests you the most before the event, or attending some local game dev workshops – consider bringing a friend to work with! We will try to accommodate everyone as best as we can. Keep in mind there are some lovely folks attending these gamejams that would be happy to help a fellow jammer who’s gotten stuck.

Is it for computer games or board games?

Everything! You can use the Galway Game Jam to make any type of game.

Can online/remote participants join the competition?

Yes. You must purchase an Online Competitive ticket before the ticket sales end in order to take part in the competion. For more information send us an email or leave a message on our community forums at https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam8.

Can I work on a project that I’ve already started?

The game jam is for making something new, however you can use the time to work on your own project. Note you won’t be allowed to enter the competition with such a project. If in doubt, message us or ask an organiser!

Can I use a game engine/library/framework/asset packs/royalty-free music etc?

Yes. Simply include the names of the technologies or libraries used in the description of your game.

Can I participate with a pre-arranged team?

Yes. As long as your team is no larger than 5 people.

Can you eat/drink at the venue?

Yes but we’d like you to observe some rules. Please use the bins for any rubbish you have. Please don’t eat or drink anything that smells strongly in the main game jam area. Please tidy up after yourself.

What kind of skills would be helpful at the gamejam?

Pretty much all of them! The aim is to make stuff and have fun making. We encourage everyone to plan for a (very) small game. For example, a game that a single person can play in their web browser and complete in a few minutes.

These skills can be handy, but by no means definitive:

  • Game Design – coming up with game mechanics in systems
  • Writing – weaving a story, giving depth to the game through lore.
  • Programming – trying out making a game using programming language you already know, or taking some tutorials in a game engine and bring all the pieces together.
  • Art – create beautiful (or horrifying) art assets, and maybe some animation
  • Audio/Music – making some noise, and some music. A great way to boost percieved production quality of a game!
  • Production – organisation and time management skills. If this is a strength of yours you could take the lead in making deadlines for your team to achieve at different points over the event.
  • And more!

Of course you can always use the gamejam to try something new, and I totally encourage it!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The event is typically for adults. If you are under 18 years of age and want to attend, get a parent/gaurdian to contact us beforehand. info@galwaygamejam.com

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a multi-story car park close to the venue. You may load/unload your vehicle at the front door.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us at info@galwaygamejam.com, on our facebook page or twitter.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, if you have some form of ID then an event organiser will match it and check off your arrival.

What is the refund policy?

If you decide you don’t want to go to the event, please contact us before the event for a refund. 72 hours prior to the event we will no longer be able to refund tickets.

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

If someone else got you a ticket then that’s okay. If there are any issues then you agree to follow the course of action chosen by the organisers.

Galway Game Jam 8

Make a game in a 12 hour jam!

Make games. Learn stuff. Meet people interested in game development and have fun!

Book Now

 

This gamejam we’ll be changing up a few small things in the hopes of making an even more enjoyable jam. We’ll have some food later in the event as always – please do let us know if you have any dietary requirements because we want to include you.

FAQ below.

When: 9am to 10pm Saturday 5th November. 12 hours of gamejam followed by an hour of playing the results. Typically, that’s great craic.

Where:
The PorterShed
Galway City

Google Maps: bit.ly/portershed

What do I need to bring?

  • PC or laptop & its cables
  • Keyboard & mouse etc.
  • Headphones or earphones – No speakers allowed
  • Any game making equipment you think you’ll need (e.g. graphics tablet, game controllers, VR headsets etc.)
  • If you are travelling from outside Galway you will need to organise your own accommodation. There are hostels in the city with reasonable rates and Bed & Breakfasts on College Road are only a few minutes walk from the venue.

Do I need to be a pro gamedev to participate?

No, not at all! The gamejam is for everyone from complete beginners to professional game devs. If you’ve never done anything like this before that’s totally okay. We would recommend having a look around the interenet for some tutorials in whatever aspect of gamedev interests you the most before the event, or attending some local game dev workshops – consider bringing a friend to work with! We will try to accommodate everyone as best as we can. Keep in mind there are some lovely folks attending these gamejams that would be happy to help a fellow jammer who’s gotten stuck.

Is it for computer games or board games?

Everything! You can use the Galway Game Jam to make any type of game.
Can I take part remotely/online? Can I still join the competition?

Yes.

Can online/remote participants join the competition?

Yes. You must purchase an Online Competitive ticket before the ticket sales end in order to take part in the competion. For more information send us an email or leave a message on our community forums at https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam8.
Can I work on a project that I’ve already started?

The game jam is for making something new, however you can use the time to work on your own project. Note you won’t be allowed to enter the competition with such a project. If in doubt, message us or ask an organiser!

Can I use a game engine/library/framework/asset packs/royalty-free music etc?

Yes. Simply include the names of the technologies or libraries used in the description of your game.

Can I participate with a pre-arranged team?

Yes. As long as your team is no larger than 5 people.

Can you eat/drink at the venue?

Yes but we’d like you to observe some rules. Please use the bins for any rubbish you have. Please don’t eat or drink anything that smells strongly in the main game jam area. Please tidy up after yourself.

What kind of skills would be helpful at the gamejam?

Pretty much all of them! The aim is to make stuff and have fun making. We encourage everyone to plan for a (very) small game. For example, a game that a single person can play in their web browser and complete in a few minutes.

These skills can be handy, but by no means definitive:

  • Game Design – coming up with game mechanics in systems
  • Writing – weaving a story, giving depth to the game through lore.
  • Programming – trying out making a game using programming language you already know, or taking some tutorials in a game engine and bring all the pieces together.
  • Art – create beautiful (or horrifying) art assets, and maybe some animation
  • Audio/Music – making some noise, and some music. A great way to boost percieved production quality of a game!
  • Production – organisation and time management skills. If this is a strength of yours you could take the lead in making deadlines for your team to achieve at different points over the event.
  • And more!

Of course you can always use the gamejam to try something new, and I totally encourage it!

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

The event is typically for adults. If you are under 18 years of age and want to attend, get a parent/gaurdian to contact us beforehand. info@galwaygamejam.com

 

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

There is a multi-story car park close to the venue. You may load/unload your vehicle at the front door.

 

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact us at info@galwaygamejam.com, on our facebook page or twitter.

 

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, if you have some form of ID then an event organiser will match it and check off your arrival.

 

What is the refund policy?

If you decide you don’t want to go to the event, please contact us before the event for a refund. 72 hours prior to the event we will no longer be able to refund tickets.

 

The name on the registration/ticket doesn’t match the attendee. Is that okay?

If someone else got you a ticket then that’s okay. If there are any issues then you agree to follow the course of action chosen by the organisers.

Humble GameMaker Bundle: Get Pro & Export Modules for only $15!

Hey folks,

There is an incredible bargin right now for anyone getting into gamedev. https://www.humblebundle.com/gamemaker-bundle

Do yourself a favour and pick it up!

If you needed some encouragement, here’s a few words from Galway game devs in a random sort of quote thing:

Benjy Bates of Hot Cereal said this when he shared it:

You don’t need me to tell you how worth the purchase this bundle is
https://www.humblebundle.com/gamemaker-bundle

Fair enough! Just in case you don’t know of GameMaker Studio, or that quote somehow didn’t do it for you, Kevin Lynch sums it up nicely:

For anyone who is interested in game development, but hasn’t quite started yet there’s a Humble Bundle on at the moment with keys for GameMaker Studio Pro, and modules for exporting games to the web and mobile devices. The bundle also includes the source code for a number of games that have been released on Steam and mobile devices. It’s well worth checking out, especially since you can get everything for the small sum of $15!

https://www.humblebundle.com/gamemaker-bundle

And sure if you don’t want it yourself it would probably be a nice gift for someone you know who dreams of making games!

Thanks for sharing 😉

Gamedev workshops with local gamedevs

Learn to make games, by making a game! Starting this Saturday is a 3 day course, spread over 3 weeks. Each Saturday will introduce a new aspect of Game Development were you will make assets using freely available tools.

You’ll need to bring along a laptop or computer (one with good specs if possible) and pre-installed software for the workshop.

You can book your place here: https://bit.ly/1stGameIn3Days

If you are on facebook you can check out the event page here: facebook event link

Galway Game Jam 7

The third Galway Game Jam of 2016 is here! On August 27th we’ll be hosting a jam in The PorterShed, Galway’s newest tech innovation hub. PorterShed is a recently renovated open plan workspace with lots of natural light and awesome facilities. Parking will be available at the venue. It’s located right in the city centre so you’ll have lots of options for food and whatever else you like if you’re not a fan of pizza.

If you’ve never been to a gamejam before that’s cool, you can probably do more than you think, so come along! If you still feel like you lack the skills after reading that sentence then you’re in luck. We’re teaming up with the folks at Howling Hamster to deliver a series of game development workshops to get you up to speed before the gamejam. For more info on that sign up to our newsletter bit.ly/GalwayGameJamNews or follow us on social media.
@GalwayGameJam

You can get tickets here: bit.ly/GalwayGameJam7
A FAQ is provided on the ticket page.

You can also sign up on our jam on itch.io if you want to take part in the competition. If you’ve any questions you can use the community forums for the jam or send us an email to info[at]galwaygamejam[dot]com

Sponsors:
The PorterShed (backed by AIB)

GameCraft

Galway Game Jam 6

Make a game in our [updated] 12 hour jam this 18th June!

GameCraft is a games jam event designed around building the gaming community. We aim to create events which allow game-makers to meet, share ideas, have fun, compete for prizes and most importantly make games! Connect, Create, Collaborate.

Join a team or work solo. Meet game developers. Learn stuff. Make games. Have fun!
Also, there will be tea/coffee/water and food during the day.

Much the same as previous Galway Game Jams, except this time it’s in 1/3 duration and taking place in Pulse College, Galway.

FAQ below.

**When**: 9am to 9pm Saturday 18th June. (12 hours of jam!)

**Where**:
Pulse College
1st Floor,
Geata na Cathracha
Fairgreen Road
Galway City

**Tickets**: https://bit.ly/GalwayGameJam6

**Twitter**: (@GalwayGameJam)[https://twitter.com/GalwayGameJam]

Our hashtag for the event is #GalwayGameJam6

**Itch.io event page**: itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam6 – Online/remote participants please join here!

**Facebook event page**: https://www.facebook.com/events/579690282190570/

What do I need to bring?

* PC or laptop & its cables
* Screen & its cables
* Keyboard
* Mouse
* Mouse pad
* Headphones or earphones – No speakers allowed
* Any game making equipment you think you’ll need (e.g. graphics tablet, game controllers, VR headsets etc.)
* If you are travelling from outside Galway you will need to organise your own accommodation. There are hostels in the city with reasonable rates and Bed & Breakfasts on College Road are only a ten minutes walk from the venue.

**Do I need to be an expert gamedev to participate?**
No, not at all! The gamejam is for everyone from complete beginners to professional game devs. We will try to team up beginners with some more experienced game jammers so you can be sure to learn and have fun and have something made by the end of the event.

**Is it for computer games or board games?**
Everything! You can use the Galway Game Jam to make any type of game.

**Can I work on a project that I’ve already started?**
Ideally the game jam is for making something new but by all means you can work on your own project. Please state this clearly in your submission so voters can accurately judge your entry. Any work you have already done before the gamejam is not eligable for that category of prizes. If in doubt, ask! We’re here to help 😉

**Can I use a game engine/library/framework/asset packs/royalty-free music etc?**
Yes.

**Can I participate with a pre-arranged team?**
Yes. 5 people is the maximum teamsize. If you have any questions please ask an organiser.

**Can I take part remotely/online? Can I still join the competition?**
Yes. Join here: https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam5
You don’t need to pay the ticket price to take part online/remotely AND you can submit your game for the competition.

**What prizes are there?**
We’re working on that, but with our current lack of sponsors our prizes will likely be small. We’re working on getting bigger and better prizes with each game jam.

**Can you eat/drink at the venue?**
Yes but we’d like you to observe some rules. Please use the bins for any rubbish you have. Please don’t eat or drink anything that smells strongly in the main game jam area. Please tidy up after yourself.

**What kind of skills would be helpful at the gamejam?**
Pretty much all of them! The aim is to make stuff and have fun making. We encourage everyone to plan for a small game. Something achieveable in a weekend, for example, something that a single person can play in their web browser and complete in a few minutes.

These skills can be handy, but by no means definitive:

* Game Design – coming up with game mechanics in systems
* Writing – weaving a story, giving depth to the game through lore.
* Programming – trying out making a game using programming language you already know, or taking some tutorials in a game engine and bring all the pieces together.
* Art – create beautiful (or horrifying) art assets, and maybe some animation
* Audio/Music – making some noise, and some music. A great way to boost percieved production quality of a game!
* Production – organisation and time management skills. If this is a strength of yours you could take the lead in making deadlines for your team to achieve at different points over the event.
*  And more!

Of course you can always use the gamejam to try something new, and I totally encourage it!

**Note to Online Participants:**
Please submit your game for voting to https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam6 by 8:00pm GMT/UTC on Saturday June 18th.

If you have any questions contact us at info@galwaygamejam.com or through our https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam6 forums, twitch or twitter.
Galway Game Jam 6 is made possible thanks to the Bank of Ireland Workbench, Galway @boistartups.