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 place<coming soon>
Facebook event page<coming soon>
Theme / Limitation<to be announced>

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!

Global Game Jam – Closing Times Extended!

Some folks in the game development community really wanted us to run a 48-hour event without closing times. In fact, they even volunteered to join the team in order to make it happen!

We now have the green light for a 48-hour event!

Huge thanks to the all-nighter volunteer team for taking this responsibility on board. We are all doing this out of a passion!

While the facility is now there for working into the early hours of the morning, it is perfectly okay to leave whenever you like. We would like to stress that the Global Game Jam is about collaboration and is not a competition.

Please note that we can only keep the venue open after hours while a staff member of the organiser team is on site for security and insurance reasons. Should the staff leave for any reason, they will inform you and you must also vacate the venue immediately. Please ensure you have your accommodation planned in advance of the game jam. Thank you!

Global Game Jam ’19 at PorterShed, Galway

Global Game Jam 19 Banner with Mind Cauldron and Galway Game Jam

Dates: January 25th – 27th.
Location: PorterShed, Eyre Square, Galway.
Book tickets and get more information here.

We’re teaming up with local game developer Mind Cauldron to keep our communities Global Game Jam tradition alive in Galway!

As a result, we will be running a jam-site out of the PorterShed, Galway – our favourite gamejam venue!

Global Game Jam 19 is a 48-hour game-making event with locations taking part all over the world. People participate in teams at different jam sites. We will be presenting a live stream of different jam sites, and be running a stream ourselves.

Dates: January 25th – 27th.
Location: PorterShed, Eyre Square, Galway.

Book tickets and get more information here.

Currently, the jam is limited to closing times of 11pm. However, we’re now expanding our organising team to enable us to support a 48-hour jam without closing times. If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Darren at info@mindcauldron.com.

Galway Game Jam 11

Galway Game Jam 11 is coming!

Venue PorterShed, Galway
Date 22-23 September 2018
Start-End Times 9am Sat – 9pm Sun
Admission Free
Reserve your place https://www.eventbrite.com/e/galway-game-jam-11-tickets-50316106830
Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/2275983909296340/

The event starts at 0900.

This event is 24 hours long, split into two days. 9am-9pm Saturday, 9am-9pm Sunday.

We plan to use the final hour as a showcase (8pm-9pm on Sunday) so you really have 23 hours to work on and deliver your game jam entry.

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

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

You do not need to be at the event all day, or even be there on time in the morning, however it is advised to be early on Saturday to get your team in order and find a good spot to work.

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