Global Game Jam 2022 in Galway!

Hi folks, it’s time for Global Game Jam, to largest game jam event in the world!

Join us online and make a game over a weekend! It can be a computer game, board game, card game, table top game, social game, it’s up to you!

Registration open!

Registration and details here:
https://globalgamejam.org/2022/jam-sites/galway

Theme Reveal

Jammers (you!) will be working together in teams, or solo, to create a game inspired by a theme. Each year the theme is revealed along with a Keynote speach and discussion around game jams, game development, with tips on how to approach the challenge in a healthy way.

This year the theme has been announced by Global Game Jam in their official theme reveal stream, available here:

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1265904745

Diversifiers

This years Diversifiers can be used to add extra challange/spice to your game jam effort. Global Game Jam games can be searched and filtered by the Diversifiers applied to them too, so it can help people discover your game after the jam:

https://globalgamejam.org/news/ggj-2022-diversifiers

Event Details

We have decided to stick to the original 48 hour format for this year.

Beginning 5pm Friday 28th of January, and ending 5pm Sunday 30th January.

The community in Galway has been running these events for the last 6 years, including online-only jams during lockdown. We will continue the tradition, and evolve as needs be!

Rules and Links

Global Game Jam Code of Conduct and reporting: https://globalgamejam.org/code-conduct

Global Game Jam rules and legal policies: https://globalgamejam.org/legal-policies

Global Game Jam FAQ: https://globalgamejam.org/faq

Our local Galway Game Jam community event Code of Conduct: Code of Conduct

Galway Game Jam 18 – Livestream schedule (last update 12th November)

A Table titled Galway Game Jam 18 - Saturday 13th Livestream Schedule. The table contains three columns times, guest and topic. At 10:00 Sophia talks on how to turn concepts into designs. At 11:00 Dr. Sam Redfern from Psychic Software talks about Building your GameDev Inventory. At 12:00 There is live development followed by a break. At 13:00 Alastair Low from Lowtek talks about Accessibility and Dislectek. At 14:00 Leela Colins from run.design gives an overview of Northern Irish Game Development plus questions and answers. At 15:00 Jupiter Hadley talks abou making a good first impression. At 16:00 There is live development followed by a break At 17:00 There is a review of Jammer Progress. At 18:00 There will be a Wrap up for the day.

Hi folks,

Here’s the schedule for the livestream on Saturday 13th November.

See you then!

TimeSpeakers at #GalwayGameJam 18Topic
10:00Sophia ImpetusHow to turn Concepts into Designs
11:00Dr. Sam Redfern (Psychic Software)Building your GameDev Inventory
12:00Live development followed by break
13:00Alastair Low (Lowtek Games)Accessibility and Dislectek
14:00Leela Colins (run.design) & James BrownOrganised fun @ NIGD
15:00Jupiter HadleyMaking a good first impression
16:00Live development followed by break
17:00JammersJam progress and playtests
18:00Wrap up
Galway Game Jam 18 slow jam – week 2 livestream schedule

*All times are Irish standard time / GMT / UTC+0.

Changes:

  • Update 12th – added Sophie Impetus.
  • Update 12th – added James Brown to panel with Leela Collins.
  • Update 12th – final topic titles.

November Slow Jam! – Galway Game Jam 18

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

Make a game throughout the month of November! On the last Saturday of the month (27th) we will run a showcase livestream on our Galway Game Jam discord server where we will play everyones jam creations.

  1. Join the jam on itch.io: https://itch.io/jam/galwaygamejam18
  2. Join the discord server: https://discord.gg/S5YtdKMU7R
  3. Discuss the jam in our #galwaygamejam18 channel and feel free to use the voice channels to organise a team.

Are Galway Game Jam going to run a venue-based jam?
We are still uncertain about running a physical Galway Game Jam event. We would love to hear any ideas about how you would like this to be done on our discord, and if you have any suggestions for fun things to do for the game jam that is currently underway, we would love to have them!

Galway Game Jam 17 – Virtual Jam

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

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 June 12th.

Details and tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/galway-game-jam-17-tickets-149767361209

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

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